Mike Gianatasio, CPRP Superintendent of Recreation
Mike Gianatasio began in the field in 2002 as a camp counselor. After graduating from Western Illinois University in 2004, he found himself with a passion for recreation. He was hired as a program supervisor at York Center Park District overseeing general interest programs, teen camp and special events. In 2008, Mike was hired as the Recreation Program Manager at the Lisle Park District managing youth, teen and adult general interest programs, special events, before and after school program and teen camp. Mike took on a role as the Superintendent of Recreation at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District in 2014 where he led recreation, nature, marketing, customer service, IT and was the agency Safety Coordinator. Mike came to the Berwyn Park District in Oct. 2017 where he manages the recreation department, Proksa Park Activity Center, Freedom Park Wading Pool, and more. Mike was awarded the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Young Professional of the Year Award in 2011 and the IPRA Recreation Section Marcy Adams Spirit Award in 2009. He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and a Certified Pool Operator (CPO).
Joseph Bzdyl Superintendent of Parks
Joe grew up in the Harrison Park neighborhood of Chicago and relocated to Cicero in 1974. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Westchester and moved to Berwyn in 1989 after a few seasons of seasonal work for the Clyde Park District in Cicero and Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale. After 3 years of working in the printing ink industry, Joe returned to the Park Districts in April of 1992 as a Full-Time Grounds Maintenance worker. By 1996, he became Parks Foreman and in 2007 became the Superintendent of Parks for the Berwyn Park District where he oversees the current Parks Foreman and a Full-Time Buildings and Grounds maintenance staff of three. Joe is an avid 16” softball player and passionately enjoys the field of athletics both in a recreational sense and by being a related collecting enthusiast.
Jeff Janda Executive Director
Jeff graduated from North Central College in 1990 with a B.A. in Communications. He has been in the Parks and Recreation Field for more than 30 years having started as a seasonal park maintenance worker in high school. Over the years Jeff has held main positions and certifications at the District including lifeguard, parks foreman, risk manager, and Executive Director. Certifications achieved include Certified Pool Operator (CPO), Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), Jeff Ellis & Associates Special Facilities Lifeguard Instructor, State of Illinois Licensed Pesticide Applicator, and CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. In 2005, Jeff successfully completed the 400 hour basic training and is currently a part-time certified police officer as well.
As the Executive Director for more than 20 years, Jeff is responsible for the administration and operation of the entire District and reports to the Board of Commissioners. His hobbies include home repair, concerts, time with family.
Kristine Kalfas Early Childhood and Recreation Manager
Kristine Kalfas was born and raised in Berwyn. She is a graduate from Roosevelt University with a degree in Education. She started out at the Berwyn Park District in 2010 as a Camp Counselor within our Adventure Camp. In 2014 she became the Adventure Camp’s Director and then in 2015 she became the Early Childhood and Recreation Manager for the Park District. Kristine supervises our Early Childhood Department and Summer Camps.
Cody Brown Events and Recreation Manager
Cody grew up in Lyons and attended Morton West High School. He played 4 years of High School Baseball which helped him receive a Baseball Scholarship to Viterbo University in Lacrosse, WI. This is where Cody received his Bachelors Degree in Sport Management and Leadership. He moved back to the area recently and has taken over as the Berwyn Park District’s Events and Recreation Manager. One of his main goals is to exceed the community’s expectations with upcoming programming and community events. In his spare time, Cody enjoys being outdoors, sports of all kinds, and is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan!
Nick Cronin Athletics & Recreation Manager
Nick Cronin graduated from Blackburn College with Bachelors of the Arts in Sports Management, with a Business Administration Minor. Nick has a combined ten years of experience in recreation and athletic management through the Zion Park District, private sports academies, and a combined four years at the YMCA of Metro Chicago. Nick has had the opportunity to begin his recreational career as a field supervisor at the age of 16 and has grown to become a Sports Director at the YMCA and now the Athletics and Recreation Manager at the Berwyn Park District. He was a four year collegiate baseball player at Blackburn College as a pitcher, catcher and an infielder. Nick also has a combined 10 years of experience in coaching recreational through elite teams in baseball, softball, football, volleyball and basketball, ages 4-18.
Brian Brock Elected Term: 2017-2019
Brian Brock was elected to the Berwyn Park District Board of Commissioners in 2017. He and his spouse David moved to Berwyn from Michigan in 2012. He is a volunteer and donor for special events and charities in Berwyn, a member of Unity Temple in Oak Park, an active runner with the Berwyn Runners Club, and an avid supporter and participant in historic preservation and renovation. He regularly advocates for progressive causes to ensure social justice for all people, including access to recreational activities and open space parkland to all.
Professionally, Commissioner Brock is a healthcare technology sales leader with IBM Watson Health. He has more than 25 years of experience in employee benefits, including insurance design, data analytics, healthcare information technology, and wellness programs.
Mr. Brock earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan.
Ana M. Espinoza
Ana M. Espinoza Elected Term: 2017-2023
Married to Edward, two daughters Ana Elisa and Mara Rebeca
Berwyn resident, 28 years
Retired Teacher, Counselor and Vice-Principal
St. Leonard’s Parishioner
MacNeal Hospital Volunteer
PAV YMCA Board Member
Berwyn Centennial Lions Club Member
Oktoberfest Committee Member
Berwyn 708 Mental Health Board, former President and Member
Jefferson School PTA, former Officer and Member
Avid traveler, runner and reader
I love all things Berwyn
Mario Manfredini Elected Term: 2009-2021
Mario Manfredini was initially elected to the Berwyn Park District Board in 2009. He has served as the Board President for five terms and was re-elected to the Board in 2015. As a life-long Berwyn resident Mario has been serving his community for over 30 years. A desire to be involved with an integral community entity and help to foster its growth and service to residents is one of the main reasons that Mario ran for the Board. Mario has served on several committees that have put Berwyn and the Park District on the map and has had the pleasure of being the guest chef at the District’s annual Positively Pasta Fundraiser since 2011.
Mario has been a Berwyn Firefighter for 22 years and is involved with over a dozen non-profit organizations in the area, most recently being elected to the Board of the Berwyn Development Corporation. Mario owns and operates Mario’s Marinara – Recipes From The Firehouse, which is a small artisanal product line of sauces and condiments. Mario is well-rounded in the budget process, policy making, grant writing, and staff / resource management.
Mario was happy to bring his talents to the Berwyn Park District where he treats every issue before him with an open-mind and researches all information before making a decision that will be in the best interest of the community. Mario’s belief is that the BPD is a valued gem in the city and runs well; it is his goal to keep this gem shining. Mario’s vision is that by providing recreational facilities and programs, the Park District not only improves the quality of life of Berwyn’s residents, but it also helps to attract new residents and businesses to the community.
Sandy Fejt Elected term: 2013-2019
Sandy is the Manager of Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation of Willowbrook Wildlife Center, in Glen Ellyn and oversees all operations of this nationally renowned wildlife rehabilitation and education center which includes an annual operating budget totaling over a $1 million. Prior to working for Willowbrook Wildlife Center, she had 8 years of volunteer interpreter experience with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and 12 years of volunteer interpreter experience with Brookfield Zoo all while working full time for a real estate property management company.
Sandy graduated from Elmhurst College with a major in Geography and a minor in Urban Studies, earned a Master’s Certificate in Leadership from North Central College in Naperville and was also in the first graduating class of the Morton Arboretum’s Naturalist Certificate Program. She has lived in Berwyn for 32 years with her husband, Robert and their 12 year old daughter Lauren.
James Woywod Elected term: 2018-2019
Occupation: Director of Group Homes, Hephzibah Children’s Association
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; Master’s Degree in Social Work, Dominican University
Family: Wife of 24 years, Deddra Woywod; Max (age 19), sophomore at Concordia University Chicago; Cassidy (age 17), senior at Morton West High School; Devynn (age 11), sixth grader at heritage Middle School
Years residing in Berwyn: 26
Affiliations: Active member of Morton Mustangs Booster Club, Volunteer basketball coach for the Berwyn Recreation Department