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Ray McGury

Executive Director

Ray McGury joined the Naperville Park District in September 2008 with more than 30 years of community leadership, education and law enforcement experience. In his role as Executive Director, Ray oversees a budget of more than $41 million and is responsible for the overall management of a regular staff of 100+, and more than 1,000 seasonal employees. As the head of the District, he is additionally responsible for directing the operations and maintenance of 136 parks across 2,400+ acres, several unique facilities, and more than 7,500 recreational classes, teams, events and performances offered annually for all ages.

Prior to joining the Park District, Ray served as a leading law enforcement professional with the Naperville Police Department for more than 20 years, retiring at the rank of police captain, and later at the Bolingbrook Police Department where he served as the Chief of Police from 2005-2008.

The Naperville Park District has continued to make significant progress under Ray’s leadership, completing key facility projects like the District’s first nature center at Knoch Knolls Park, Fort Hill Activity Center, the 95th Street Community Plaza in partnership with the Naperville Public Library, and Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, a 33-acre outdoor facility. The latter two facilities, completed in 2020, also introduced the District’s first splash/spray parks to the community. Additionally, Ray oversaw a years-long project that involved seeking significant community input, the decommissioning of the 51-year-old Barn Recreation Center and the building of a new Central Maintenance Facility in its place.

Demonstrating the District’s exceptional leadership in the industry, in 2011 Ray led the organization through an accreditation process offered by the National Recreation and Park Association to receive the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) distinction; the District also achieved reaccreditation in 2016 under Ray’s direction.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ray has been honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission as Police Chief of the Year and received the Medal of Honor for Bravery from the International Narcotics Officers’ Association. He also received the Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, the Kreml Leadership Award from Northwestern University, and many others. An involved community member, Ray has been active in the Illinois Special Olympics, St. Baldrick’s Cure for Pediatric Cancer, Naperville Ribfest, and volunteered as a coach for the Naperville and Bolingbrook park districts and YMCA. Additionally, he serves as a board member for Little Friends School for Autism, Naperville Developmental Partnership, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and the Naperville Cemetery Board.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier University and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Integrated Emergency Management, the Rocky Mountain Executive Management Program and is a certified ALICE Active Shooter Survival instructor.


Leadership Team

The Naperville Park District's Leadership Team is comprised of directors and managers who direct business efforts on behalf of the District within their areas of specialty. The vast knowledge base and experience of these professionals is represented in the development of organization-wide initiatives such as the Strategic Plan, Master Plan, development projects, measuring success of the District, budgeting and many other projects throughout the course of the year. The Leadership Team is led by Executive Director Ray McGury.

Kevin Carlson

Director of Golf

Kevin Carlson is the Director of Golf at the Naperville Park District. He is responsible for the management of the District’s two 18-hole golf facilities, Springbrook and Naperbrook, which average a combined 70,000 rounds annually. Additionally, Kevin oversees all clubhouse and course maintenance operations, programming and capital planning. Kevin joined the District in 1997 as Golf Grounds Manager, focusing primarily on the maintenance of the two golf courses. Beginning in 2015, he served as the Superintendent of Golf Operations, managing all golf operations and facilities. Kevin’s background includes over 30 years of experience in the golf industry, managing golf maintenance and clubhouse operations, and including several years in the private sector as a Golf Course Superintendent.



Sameera Luthman

Director of Marketing & Communications

As the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Naperville Park District, Sameera leads the planning, development and execution of all marketing and communications related initiatives for the agency that serves a community of more than 146,000 residents. She is responsible for developing all District publications including the quarterly Program Guide – a catalog that is distributed to 55,000 households – leading email marketing and social media projects, directing public relations efforts across the organization, overseeing the design and branding of promotional materials and managing sponsorship development.

From a community perspective, Sameera is the organizer of the Communications Roundtable – a group of marketing professionals who represent various civic and community organizations in Naperville – that meets several times a year to share best practices, collaborate and provide support to one another.

Sameera has represented the Naperville Park District as a speaker on marketing topics at the state level for the parks and recreation industry and has authored several articles on marketing, recreation and special events that have been published in local and state publications.

Sameera has a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from Illinois State University and a graduate marketing certificate from North Central College. Although she has spent the bulk of her career working in the public sector, Sameera also possesses private industry experience, having worked as a communications professional in IT and software design.


Tim Quigley

Director of Parks

Tim Quigley serves as the Director of Parks at the Naperville Park District. He is responsible for the overall management of the District’s 136 parks covering more than 2,400+ acres while directing staff across three regional divisions that care for parks of all sizes with varying aspects and amenities, including the renowned Naperville Riverwalk; he also manages the fleet department. Tim oversees daily maintenance practices and stewardship of the District’s park land in addition to providing support to Park District programs throughout the year. Tim joined the District in 2001 as a Park Specialist I, progressed to a Park Specialist II and later became the South Division Park Operations Manager before being promoted to Director of Parks. Tim has dedicated his career to the field of recreation, having worked in the golf and baseball sectors prior to joining the Naperville Park District. Tim is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Park Association.



Steve Schindlbeck

Park Police Chief

Steve Schindlbeck is the Chief of Park Police for the Naperville Park District, leading a staff of approximately 27 sworn park police officers and park service officers, most of whom serve on a part time basis. The Naperville Park Police patrol the parks year round, focusing on the busy spring, summer, and fall months with the mission of keeping our patrons safe. Park Police also provide event security and maintain communications with the City of Naperville Police to enhance the community’s ability to respond in an emergency.

Chief Schindlbeck has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aurora University and comes to the Park District with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, most recently serving as Patrol Commander with the City of Naperville Police Department. He has served as Deputy Emergency Manager for the City of Naperville, and as a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.  He has worked in partnership with Park Police for many years to manage security for large outdoor events such as Ribfest, and was recognized in 2017 by the Board of Commissioners with a resolution thanking him “for his outstanding contribution to the safety and success of Naperville’s largest outdoor public events.”


Katie Sepe

Director of Human Resources

Katie Sepe is the Director of Human Resources for the Naperville Park District. In that role, she is responsible for administering employee benefits, overseeing the risk management program, and managing recruiting efforts, compensation administration, performance appraisal process and legal compliance matters. Additionally, Katie represents the District on the PDRMA Claims Committee, the PDRMA Education and Training Committee, the Management Association of Illinois HR Advisory Committee and the Ribfest Steering Committee.

Katie graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety. She joined the Naperville Park District in January 1996 as the Risk Manager and assumed the role of Human Resources Manager in January 2005. Katie became the Director of Human Resources in January 2011.


Eric Shutes

Director of Planning

Eric Shutes is the Director of Planning for the Naperville Park District. In that role, Eric oversees the planning and development of parks and facilities. This is accomplished through two primary functions – park planning and the executing  capital improvements. The park planning function primarily involves the preparation of and monitoring compliance of land acquisition and development grants. In addition to park planning, the function of executing capital improvements is imperative for maintaining and developing much needed parks and facilities. The Planning Department also assists the City of Naperville in administering the Land Dedication Ordinance.

Eric joined the Naperville Park District in May 2001 with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his employment at the Park District, Eric served as a landscape designer and construction foreman for a leading design/build landscape contractor. While employed by the Naperville Park District, Eric acquired a state license in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University.


Sue Stanish

Director of Finance

Sue Stanish joined the Naperville Park District as the Director of Finance in January 2011. A Certified Public Accountant, she brings more than 20 years of leadership and work experience in municipal finance with employers that include the Village of Willowbrook, City of Naperville and KPMG Peat Marwick. Sue currently represents the District on the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) Finance Committee. Her professional memberships include: the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) where she currently serves as Past President of the Executive Board. Sue also has served IGFOA in several other capacities including leading the IGFOA's Career Development Committee to develop and provide educational seminars for its members. Additionally, she served as an Executive Board member of the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET). Sue received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from DePaul University and is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Executive Management Program.


Brad Wilson

Director of Recreation and Facilities

Brad Wilson is the Director of Recreation with the Naperville Park District. He joined the Park District in 1998 as an intern from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Upon completion of his internship he remained with the District as a Program Manager within the Programming Division, where he focused primarily on managing youth athletic programs. Since 2003, Brad has served as the Recreation Department Supervisor.

The Recreation Department consists of four primary service areas including the Programming, Community Relations, Aquatics and Recreation Support Divisions. The Programming Division’s responsibilities include the development and administration of over 1400 annual Park District programs and special events, as well as scheduling athletic fields. The Community Relations Division manages program registration, facility rentals and front-line customer service, the Aquatics Division coordinates Centennial Beach operations and Recreation Support Division provides maintenance and support for programs and rentals at Park District indoor facilities.

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