Longtime Geneva parks director retiring Dec. 31

 
Shaw Local News Network
Updated 10/2/2022 6:55 PM

Geneva Park District Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte will retire Dec. 31, district officials announced.

Lambillotte has worked for the district for 23 years, the last 13 as its executive director.

 

"I am so grateful to have worked in such a vibrant, engaged community," Lambillotte said in the announcement. "This career in public service has been rewarding to me professionally and personally, thanks to our wonderful residents, staff, board and partners,"

Lambillotte began her career at the park district in 1999 as superintendent of recreation. She was named executive director in 2009, officials said.

Lambillotte has guided several projects, including the development of Hawks Hollow Nature Playground at Peck Farm Park; the creation and implementation of Kids' Zone, the park district's before- and after-school program, in cooperation with Geneva District 304; the development of Playhouse 38, the park district's community theater facility; and the Community Garden at Prairie Green in cooperation with the city of Geneva and the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

"Sheavoun's vision and accomplishments have been vital in continuing the park district's mission to enhance the quality of life for residents," park board President John Frankenthal said in the announcement. "She has led with passion and integrity, and we are thankful for her many years of dedicated service."

Lambillotte also was instrumental in securing more than $1 million in grant funding for numerous projects, including $400,000 for the Peck Farm North Trail Expansion, officials said. Under her leadership, the district received the National Excellence in Aquatics Award from the National Recreation and Park Association and three Distinguished Agency Accreditations in 2010, 2015 and 2020, according to the district.

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