Meet the Gymnastics Staff
Jamie Lapke, Gymnastics Manager
Jamie began gymnastics at the age of 4, eventually becoming a top performer for the Chicago Park District’s Avondale Park Level 5 competitive team. Subsequently, Jamie competed in the USAG program through Level 9 and retired after competing at Level 9 Regional Championships. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in secondary physical education and began working at Chicago Park District’s Merrimac Park, where a large part of her work involved teaching tumbling and gymnastics, and she developed a top ranking competitive team for the park. Jamie joined the gymnastics staff of the Park District of Oak Park in 1994 and became Program Director in 2004. Jamie is USAG Safety Certified, is a USAG Professional member, and is instructor certified and a KAT (preschool) instructor.
Tanya Chmielewski, Principal Coach and Program Specialist
Tanya is a USAG Women’s Artistic Professional member who coaches pre-school, recreational and competitive team gymnastics. Tanya started working for Oak Park Gymnastics Center in 2003. She spent 10 years as a child competing as an all-around gymnast in the USAG program and reached the level of Class I. She first coached both recreational and competitive gymnastics in Southern California for over 6 years before moving to Illinois. She has also danced professionally for over 12 years and uses her dance experience to create original floor routines for the optional girls’ team. Tanya also judges competitive levels 3 – 9 as a member of the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics.
Darion Knight, Principal Coach & Program Specialist
Darion Knight comes to us from the Chicago Park District where he coached all levels of youth gymnastics for the past ten years. Darion coached several gymnasts to state and national level competitions. Before beginning his coaching career, Darion was an accomplished gymnast himself. He finished his competitive career at the Elite Level. Darion is a certified USAG mens judge. He is a professional member of USA Gymnastics as well as Safety Certified.
Katie Kujawa, Principal Coach & Program Specialist
Katie has been enjoying gymnastics since she was 8 years old. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 with a BA in Elementary Education and Sports Management and Communications (SMC). She has experience teaching pre-school, recreational and competitive gymnastics to aspiring gymnasts of various ages and abilities. Katie is NAWGJ judging certified for USAG levels 5/6 & 7/8. She is a professional member of USA Gymnastics as well as Safety Certified.
Patrick Murphy, Principal Coach & Program Specialist
Patrick coached recreation classes and pre-team for 2 years at Excel Gymnastics before coming to Oak Park. He also spent four years training as a gymnast at Midwest Academy of Gymnastics, Inc. in Warrenville. He coaches preschool, recreational and team gymnastics. Patrick is a certified USAG mens judge. He is a professional member of USA Gymnastics as well as Safety Certified.
Ronda Weiler, Administrative Assistant
Ronda Weiler joined the staff of the Oak Park Gymnastics Center as the Administrative Assistant in August 2004. Her duties include customer service, processing all program registrations, maintaining the facility schedule and collecting payments for our gymnastics teams.
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