Conor graduated from the school of Kinesiology & Recreation at Illinois State University with a double major in Program Management and Commercial Recreation. He has been in the field for over 13 years and has held his position at the Berwyn Park District for the past 8 years. Conor oversees the entire Recreation Department, including three full time Recreation Managers, our part time Marketing Coordinator, and numerous seasonal staff.
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.
Lindsey Torphy Marketing Coordinator
Lindsey is currently studying Corporate Communication, Business, and Graphic Design at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Over the past four years, she has worked for the Berwyn Park District as a camp counselor, a marketing intern, and now the Marketing Coordinator.
Erik Rivera Athletics and Recreation Manager
Erik grew up in the Cicero neighborhood and is a proud alumni of J. Sterling Morton High School. Upon completion of high school Erik attended Western Illinois University where he received his Bachelor and Master degree in Recreation, Park And Tourism Administration with a focus in Park District Administration. He has been an employee of the Berwyn Park District since 2014 and currently oversees Youth and Teen Programs. A
Cubs enthusiast and avid sports lover, Erik Rivera strives to make programs at the Berwyn Park District the best they can be.
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!