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Meet the Gymnastics Staff

Jamie Lapke, Gymnastics Managercoach_jamie
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.


Keith Kerrigan, Gymnastics Program & Operations Supervisor

Keith will take on a new position as Program & Operations Supervisor.  His responsibility will include overseeing the daily operation of the GRC, planning for programs and coaching all levels of the boys USAG Team.  He comes to us from the Chicago Park District where he has worked for the past 9 ½ years.  He started out as a Gymnastics Instructor and has been a Gymnastics Supervisor since 2009.  As a supervisor he oversaw 6 gymnastics center programs, staff and special events.  He is looking forward to working for the Park District of Oak Park at the GRC because of his passion for teaching children. His goals include developing relationships with families, developing staff and successful gymnastics programs and building a report with the community. 


Tanya Chmielewski, Principal Coach and Program Specialistcoach_tanya
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 Specialistcoach_darion
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.


emily_pokryfke_miniEmily Pokryfke, Administrative Assistant

Emily joined the staff of the Oak Park Gymnastics Center as the Administrative Assistant in August 2015. Her duties include customer service, processing all program registrations, maintaining the facility schedule and collecting payments for our gymnastics teams in addition to other projects for the GRC.  She is a graduate of DePaul University.

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