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.