The Spot Light pages profile people and projects that exemplify the AHPD brand and make AHPD a success. Here you will find a collection of interviews and photos, providing an insider's view of working at AHPD.

Get to know Emilly Sowa

by: Kara Cichon
From: Wheeling
Hobbies: Water Polo, binge watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.
Favorites: I love going to concerts, Coldplay is my favorite band and I would follow them around the world if I could. I love going to see a bunch of different artists, though.
Something interesting about you: I love to cook and bake new recipes!
Where would you like to travel to: I would love to take a trip across Europe to see cities like Paris, Rome, Milan, Vienna, Budapest, etc.
What are you excited about doing with your position in the AHPD: I am excited to be at all of the swim meets! I swam competitively for years, so getting to be a part of the sport again is exciting for me!
Hidden Talent: Singing. I also played clarinet for 9 years, so that is another hidden talent.
One meal you would eat everyday: Pizza of course! There are so many different kinds, so it wouldn't be too hard, plus we live in Chicago, which obviously is the bet city for pizza.
If you could win an Olympic Medal, what would it be for: Water Polo or Gymnastics. I have played water polo for over 8 years now, so of course it has always been a dream of mine to go play in the Olympics. However, a small part of me has always wished that I was an elite gymnast going for the gold!


Congratulations to New Employees and Recent Promotions to Full time Status

Jason Myers
Director of Finance and Personnel
Kendra Maher
Executive Director Administrative Assistant
Peggy Monson
Administrative Assistant
Kara Cichon
Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator
Kristy McCann
Superintendent of Recreation Programs
Philip Wendell
Golf Operations Assistant Manager
Sean Potter
Assistant Program Manager HTC
Linda Paxson
Recreation Supervisor Senior Programs
Dave Anderson
Custodian at Camelot

Arturo Mancera
Groundsman III
Jorge Morales
Groundsman I
Sixto Hernandez
Groundsman I
Javier Garcia
Groundsman I
Ernest Johnson
Golf Maintenance Grounds Worker
Kevin Kelley
General Trades Worker
Marlon Tabamo
Grounds Worker


Exciting Upgrades

by: Jennifer Rogers & Kyle Kuhs
This year Lake Arlington was transformed into an outdoor playground built for multi-generational fun.
Many amenities were added including: game tables, a new fishing pier, rhapsody instruments, fitness equipment, new paths, and more! Its popularity has grown since the launch and we are happy to see the joy it brings to the community.
>> Learn more about the "New" Lake Arlington Park
2018 was a big year that took on a huge project! The much anticipated and exciting expansion andrenovation of the Olympic Indoor Swim Center, as it nears its 50th birthday continues! Make sure to drive past the old building and check out the great progress that has been made. Stay up-to-date by visiting the Going For Bold 2020 page on the AHPD website. The snow and extreme temperatures hampered work in January. But half of the roof joists in thenew double-gymnasium have been installed, and cold form framing work on first and second floors of the west side of the building continues. >> Follow the Progress at www.ahpd.org

The annual IPRA Conference, "Soaring to New Heights," was held in mid-January, downtown Chicago. The AHPD was well represented at the IPRA Conference and participated in creating a display for the Showcase this year. The display is shown on the left.
The Marketing Department took home many awards despite the fierce competition:
• WINNER of the People's Choice vote for the agency showcase display (see below)


• 1st Place - Website - One Radical Redesign
• 2nd Place - Overall Agency Showcase
• 2nd Place - Print Communication Promotional - Summer Camp Guide
• 3rd Place - Overall Agency Showcase Display
• 3rd Place - Print Communication Informational - Launch, Walk, Roll piece
• 3rd Place - Public Relations Campaign - New Building. New Name. Can You Solve It?
IPRA Display 2019
 >> Click to enlarge display


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FEBRUARY - Celebrations

Arturo Mancera 2/2
Jennifer Rogers 2/8
Kendra Maher 2/12
Lindsey Robertson 2/15
James Halloran 2/16
Anita Pacheco 2/25
Kyle Donahue 2/26
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Patricia Simonson 12
Donald Gach 11
Anita Pacheco 10
Brian Meyer 7
Elizabeth Zieger 6
Jason Myers 2
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