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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, CPRP, 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 rapport 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 2 – 10 as a member of the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics.

Demarco Edwards, Principal Coach & Program Specialist

Demarco comes to Oak Park with a lifetime of gymnastics experience.  He has been involved in the sport of gymnastics as a coach for the past 25 years and was a gymnast himself before that.  During his coaching career he has taught preschool and school age recreational classes as well as coached both girls and boys USAG competitive teams.  He also owned his own gym for 10 years in the Chicagoland area. Demarco holds certifications through USA Gymnastics University in Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction, Safety & Risk Management, USOC SafeSport. He has attended trainings for Regional Congress, National Congress and a men’s JO Competition Program Workshop.

Alek Pederson, Part-Time Coach

Alek started his gymnastics career at the GRC when he was the ripe old age of 4 years old.  His hard work paid off when he was asked to join the Boy's Competitive Team in the Fall of 2001.  Alek remained on the team for the next 6 years retiring as a Level 7.

Alek's work experience includes The Wednesday Journal were he worked as both a paper sorter and mail room attendant and a bike/facility attendant at RCRC.

In addition to gymnastics, he enjoys film, graphic design, football and making music.

Raye Inksetter, Part-Time Coach

Raye's gymnastics career as a gymnast herself was with the Park District of Oak Park.  Raye was a gymnast for 8 years and part of the GIJO team.  Raye is a graduate of OPRF HS and is currently attending Triton College.  Raye is a USAG instructor member and is certified in First Aid and CPR/AED. Raye's favorite class to teach at the GRC is Tumbling and Trampoline.


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