Promoted to Executive Director in February 2019, Jim Jarog has served the Mt. Prospect Park District for almost 35 years. His extensive management experience has enabled him to successfully meet District challenges relative to seven facilities, two outdoor pools and over 30 neighborhood parks. As Executive Director, Jarog oversees a staff of 60 full-time, 38 part-time IMRF and 629 regular part-timers. He also serves on the Board of the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA).
Jarog previously served as the Director of Parks and Planning, where he was responsible for 450 acres of District grounds and facilities managing maintenance and repair, site development, land acquisition, grant implementation and infrastructure improvement programs. Over his career, he has also been involved with 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.
In 1998 and 2008 Jarog was nominated and awarded the 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.
“I am honored and excited to serve as the Executive Director of the Mt. Prospect Park District. I strive to bring positive recreation opportunities to the community while working with a dedicated Park Board and talented staff.”
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 Parks & Planning
Scott Elman joined the Mt. Prospect Park District as the Director of Parks and Planning in May 2019. Scott brings over 30 years of experience as a Landscape Architect.
For the last 20 years, Scott held the position of Senior Park Planner with the Arlington Heights Park District. He has extensive knowledge of the public procurement process including project planning, bidding and construction management. Scott was also responsible for the majority of all project budgeting and capital improvement planning. He managed the design and replacement of 58 parks and playgrounds focusing on ADA improvements to all of the park amenities.
During Scott’s tenure, the Park District received ten legislative grants and four OSLAD grants. The most notable was a grant received for improvements at the Arlington Lakes complex. Scott developed all maps and drawings for the Park District’s Distinguished Agency and Gold Medal accreditations.
Director of Recreation
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.