Interim Executive Director/Director of Parks and Planning
Jim Jarog has served as the Director of Parks and Planning since 2012. He oversees 450 acres of District grounds and facilities managing maintenance and repair, site development, land acquisition, grant implementation and infrastructure improvement programs. Jarog oversees the operational budget and a staff of 40+ in the combined departments of Buildings, Grounds and Fleet Services.
Jarog has served the Mt. Prospect Park District for 34 years and has held progressively responsible positions with the District. His extensive field and management experience have enabled Jarog to successfully meet District challenges relative to seven facilities, two outdoor pools and over 30 neighborhood parks.
Jarog has worked on several large scale capital improvement projects including the renovation of the Central Community Center, Meadows Aquatic Center, Mt. Prospect Golf Clubhouse reconstruction as well as the redevelopment of the Mt. Prospect Golf Course. He supervised the construction of the Walter Cook Maintenance Facility, Veterans Bandshell Memorial Fountain and the construction / redevelopment of Clearwater, Dara James, Einstein, Kopp and We-Go Playgrounds. Jarog manages smaller-scale capital improvement projects on a daily basis.
In 1998 and 2008, Jarog was nominated and awarded the Park District’s “Employee of the Year.” He is a 25 year resident of Mount Prospect and dedicated to the District’s mission of providing exceptional parks and recreational experiences that enrich the quality of life for present and future generations
Director of Golf Operations
Brett Barcel joined the Park District in 1994. His duties include overseeing the daily operation of the District’s 18-hole golf course and pro shop as well as managing and coordinating its lesson program, leagues, teams, special events and outings. Additionally Barcel serves as Administrative Representative for District Board meeting and citizen advisory groups. He is also responsible for supervising staff and directing the contract of the golf course’s food and beverage vendor for all rentals and food service operations.
With over 20 years of experience in the field, Barcel has been a member of the PGA of America since 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Most recently, he was recognized as a member of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game. He has been awarded the Illinois PGA Merchandiser of the Year and previously worked as Assistant Pro at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge and the Village Links of Glen Ellyn.
Director of Recreation
Brian Taylor joined the park district in 1997 as youth athletic manager. With the opening of Central Community Center in 2001, he assumed the responsibilities of inline hockey director and later as facility manager of CCC.
In 2013 he became director of recreation overseeing 9 full-time recreation managers and all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the recreation department. Responsibilities include: providing strategic leadership on decision-making issues affecting the department and the district; overseeing the hiring process, training and performance of recreation staff; preparation of a comprehensive annual departmental budget that achieves the district’s vision, mission and goals, and evaluating the effectiveness of department services.
Brian holds a bachelor of education and allied professions degree from Bowling Green State University and a master of science degree with a special emphasis in recreation administration from Aurora University.
He is a member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and Suburban Parks and Recreation Association where he serves as a board member.
Director of Community Relations & Marketing
As the Director of Community Relations & Marketing, Ruth Yueill is responsible for the development and administration of public information, public relations and marketing strategies for all operations of the District. The Director also develops and implements strategies to fulfill the District’s mission and promote the organization and its programs through both traditional and electronic media. As the primary liason to our Community Partners, Yueill is responsible for maintaining community relationships through a variety of partnership opportunities as well as securing district sponsors through connections with the local and regional business community.
Yueill joined the district in 1996 as the Art Studio Coordinator growing the Studio into the area’s premiere center for visual arts programming. In 2012, she accepted a position as the Cultural Arts Manager overseeing all aspects of arts programming as well as organizing district special and community events. In 2015, Yueill was promoted to Director of Community Relations & Marketing.
Yueill is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a BA in Communications and concentrated studies in Business and Professional Communications, Public Relations and Marketing.
Yueill is a 29 year resident of Mount Prospect and an active member of the Women’s Professional Group as well as the Mount Prospect Public Relations Group.