Mundelein Park District honors Employees of the Year

  • Mundelein Park & Recreation District's Employees of the Year, from left, John Bestler, Debbie McInerney, Dan Keefe, Cheri Rehor and Sarah Bannon.

    Mundelein Park & Recreation District's Employees of the Year, from left, John Bestler, Debbie McInerney, Dan Keefe, Cheri Rehor and Sarah Bannon. Courtesy of Deb Engdahl

Submitted by Deb Engdahl
Updated 1/24/2020 12:12 PM

Five Mundelein Park & Recreation District employees were awarded the honor of Employees of the Year at the district's annual Employee Celebration & Recognition Event this month.

Sarah Bannon was recognized by the administration department for showing great dedication, going above and beyond to do her job well. Dan Keefe was recognized by the parks department for his willingness to offer his services and jumping in to help without even being asked.


Cheri Rehor was recognized by the recreation department for her dedication and excellent performance. John Bestler was recognized by revenue facilities (aquatics, fitness and golf) for consistently providing outstanding customer service to guests at Steeple Chase Golf Club and offering help in areas that are not part of his responsibility.

Debbie McInerney was recognized by the board of commissioners for doing an outstanding job handling many technology challenges while putting in long days to stay on top of her other responsibilities. She is an excellent communicator, who takes the time to explain how something is done as well as why it is done.

Also recognized were Louis Melchiorre and Steve Yeazell for 20 years of service. Margaret Milton, Lacey Stark, Nancy Toland and Diane Woo were recognized for 15 years of service.

Diane Capasso, Erin Eiserman, Filomena Fiore, Kathryn Gruber, Steve Horworka, Sally Kainrath, Kevin Kelly, Nathan Neuwirth, Lauren Ozimek, Karen Peterson, Derek Solberg, Kevin Stith, Lauren Troy, Matt Wells and Michelle Whelan were recognized for 10 years of service, and Caroline Bullington, Jerry Cleaveland, Ronald Dolejs, Scott Falato, Nathan Friese, William Garcia, Emily Hay, Brian Jeske, Karly Kledzik, Jennifer Knop, Angeline Milton, Emma Rappe, Colleen Swanson and Elizabeth Wingender were recognized for five years of service.

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Two employees were also recognized for special circumstances in the district. Jon Karl went above and beyond during phone problems at Steeple Chase Golf Club, and Mike Krauleidis assisted a community member in distress, possibly saving his life.

"These great employees, and many more like them, make for a wonderful and supportive work environment and, in turn, a great park district," Mundelein Park & Recreation District Executive Director Margaret Resnick said.

"Not only the park district, but the community as a whole benefit from all their hard work."

Conveniently located in north-central Lake County, Mundelein Park & Recreation District has 33 park sites offering more than 735 acres of open space, playgrounds, ball fields, lakes and trails. More than 650 seasonal programs are offered, as well as more than 20 annual events, many of them free.

Facilities include the championship, 18-hole Steeple Chase Golf Club, multifunction Community Center, NovaCare Fitness Center, Diamond Lake Beach, outdoor water park Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center, Spray Park, Lions Field Skatepark, Regent Center for adults 50 and older, Big & Little Child Development Center, Learning Center Preschool and Diamond Lake Sports Complex.

For more information about Mundelein Park & Recreation District, visit, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter and Instagram (@MundeleinParks).

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