Departments of the District


Michael Benard, Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of Commissioners

Mike Benard has served as the Executive Director since 2007.  Mike serves as the chief administrative officer of the district. He is responsible for implementation of district policies and overall management of the parks and recreation system. Mike directly supervises the Director of Recreation, Director of Athletics, Director of Parks & Planning, Director of Special Facilities, Director of Finance, Director of Marketing and the Human Resources Manager. Mike is supervised by seven elected volunteer park board commissioners.

Donna Siciliano, Executive Assistant
– Serves as Assistant to the Executive Director
– Attends park and foundation board meetings
– Deputy FOIA Officer

Athletics & Facilities

Daniel Novak, Director of Athletics & Facilities
-Administers the planning, organization, direction and supervision of the Athletics and Facilities (Central Athletic Center, Parks Plus Fitness Center, Northside Family Aquatic Center, Rice Pool & Water Park, Clocktower Commons Mini Golf & Skate Park, and all outdoor sports fields)
-Personnel management of all staff in the Athletics and Facilities department


Sandra Simpson, Finance Director
– Manages all financial functions of the park district

Marketing & Development

Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing
– Manages all marketing functions
– Oversees special event planning
– Develops partnerships that support the district’s mission

Parks & Planning

Rob Sperl, Director of Parks & Planning
– Maintains 52 parks-oversees capital projects and equipment replacement
– Directs all custodial work and operations of the Parks Department, Community Center, Cosley Zoo and Lincoln Marsh
– Facilitates the safety and upkeep of all the pools, playgrounds, athletic fields, buildings
– Manages repairs at recreational facilities and oversees day-to-day operations


Vicki Beyer, Director of Recreation
– Plans, implements and evaluates programs and select facilities to provide comprehensive recreational services
– Oversees Recreation staff and all functions thereof

Special Facilities

Andy Bendy, Director of Special Facilities
– Administers the planning, organization, direction and supervision of Special Facilities (Cosley Zoo, Parks Plus Fitness Center, Arrowhead Golf Club)
– Personnel management of all staff at Special Facilities