Meet the Staff
Susan B. Friend, CPRP, is the Executive Director of SEASPAR and has been with SEASPAR since 1979. She served as Superintendent of Recreation during the organization’s formative years and was responsible for developing programs and services as the agency grew to its current twelve member entities. Prior to working at SEASPAR, Susan began her career at Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. Susan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Management from National Louis University. As a part of her Master’s program, she wrote a thesis on inclusive recreation services. Susan likes working with the public and enjoys the variety of experiences that working at SEASPAR provides.
Catherine A. Morava, CPRP, is the Superintendent of Recreation and has been with the agency since June 1983, having served as a Recreation Specialist and a Staff Coordinator. Cathy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. In her role as Superintendent, she supervises full-time staff, is the safety coordinator for the agency, and supervises core programs and special events. Cathy is very active in state professional organizations and enjoys serving all SEASPAR residents.
Matthew R. Corso, CPRP, CTRS is the Superintendent of Program Development and Public Awareness and has been with the agency since 2004. Matt started in the field of special recreation working part-time for the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA). After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, he became a full-time specialist for NEDSRA and eventually became a manager. Matt left NEDSRA after three years to try his hand in the benefits and staffing industry. During his five years out of the field, he continued to work part-time for NEDSRA and even worked part-time at SEASPAR. In May of 2002, Matt worked as Manager of Programs at the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association for two years before returning to SEASPAR. Matt’s favorite part of his job is coming to work and being a part of a team that provides unique opportunities to SEASPAR residents to help them enjoy their lives.
Shannon Tovey, CTRS, is the Support Staff Manager at SEASPAR. She is directly responsible for hiring, training, and supervising part-time staff and volunteers. Shannon is also responsible for SEASPAR’s fleet of vehicles, supervising interns, and coordinating SEASPAR’s Ability Awareness program. Shannon graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. Shannon completed her internship at the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association in December 2008 and launched her full-time career at Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation as its Inclusion Specialist in 2009. Shannon joined the SEASPAR team in July 2012. Some of Shannon’s hobbies include playing tennis, traveling, and going on canoe trips with her husband and dog. Shannon finds her job very rewarding and takes pleasure in getting to know all of the staff and volunteers to find how to best use their talents at SEASPAR.
Dawn Krawiec, CPRP, is SEASPAR’s Day Program Manager. Dawn received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Kinesiology. After graduation in May of 2005, Dawn launched her full-time career at West Suburban Special Recreation Association in 2006. She was hired by SEASPAR in October of 2013 as the EAGLES Manager. Dawn currently coordinates the EAGLES Brookfield, Darien, and Lisle sites and is directly responsible for hiring, training, and supervising EAGLES staff. Dawn’s hobbies include running, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family. Dawn’s favorite part of her job is finding new opportunities for the EAGLES to become involved in the SEASPAR communities.
Lisa Barrera, CTRS, is the Inclusion Manager at SEASPAR. Lisa graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Lisa completed her internship at FVSRA and began her career as the Recreation Specialist at SSSRA. Lisa moved into the role as Coordinator of Special Olympics and Day Camp until 2010. She then worked at NEDSRA where she took on several different positions, most recently that of Recreation Manager, overseeing Support Staff, Volunteers, Inclusion, and Risk Management. Lisa was very happy to join the SEASPAR team in July 2016 and bring her previous years of experience to the organization. Some of Lisa’s hobbies include spending time outdoors with her husband and three children, reading, and completing DIY projects around her house. Lisa looks forward to meeting all of the families and participants at SEASPAR and working closely with our member partners to provide their participants with successful inclusion experiences.
Lisa Rasin joined the full-time staff on January 2009 as the Fund Development Coordinator. Lisa’s responsibilities include raising funds to continue and expand services to meet the growing needs of the communities that SEASPAR serves. Lisa has strong ties to the local community, including six years on the board of Directors for the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Boundary YMCA. Lisa is also a member of the Downers Grove Kiwanis Club, which sponsors two of SEASPAR’s largest special events. For two years she chaired the Downers Grove Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. She has been recognized by the Business Ledger as an “Influential Woman in Business,” and the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce honored her with its Outstanding Volunteer award. In addition, the Village of Downers Grove named her the “Citizen of the Year.” Lisa has had the privilege of working with individuals with disabilities as a volunteer at SEASPAR for many years through the Kiwanis Club in Downers Grove. Her nephew, Jack, also participates in a variety of programs at SEASPAR, and Lisa feels this is her way of giving back to this wonderful organization. She truly understands the challenges and importance of providing quality programs to our families in SEASPAR’s communities.
Greg Pavesich, CPRP, is a Recreation Coordinator and has been with SEASPAR since September of 2009. Greg received a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from Drake University. After working at Orchard Place Youth Treatment Center in Des Moines, Iowa, Greg returned to community-based recreation as a Program Specialist with Northwest Special Recreation Association in May of 2005. Some of Greg’s hobbies include swimming, cycling, and playing golf. Greg’s responsibilities as a Recreation Coordinator include adapted sports, nursing home outreach, and youth at risk. What Greg loves most about his position is being able to offer opportunities in recreation to individuals that might otherwise not have the same opportunities.
Kimberly A. Huggins, CPRP, is a Recreation Coordinator and has been with SEASPAR since June 2010. Kim started her career at the Fox Valley Park District while pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Aurora University. After graduation in August of 2006, Kim started working at the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association and moved up to Senior Recreation Specialist. Kim currently coordinates teen and adult special events, social clubs, and vehicle and facility scheduling. The part Kim loves most about her job is seeing miracles happen every day and giving everyone a chance to participant in different activities.
Rachel Pavesich, CTRS, Recreation Coordinator, started with SEASPAR in September of 2010. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University in Recreation and Park Administration with an emphasis on Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology. Rachel completed her internship during the summer of 2010 at NEDSRA in Addison. Rachel coordinates children’s weekly and special events, youth weekly and special events, and day camps. Rachel values supporting SEASPAR participants as they develop through new and meaningful experiences.
Aaron Hirthe, Recreation Coordinator, started with SEASPAR in July of 2011. His responsibilities include Special Olympics, aquatics, and cooperative camps. Prior to joining SEASPAR, Aaron was the Adult Recreation Coordinator for the Little City Foundation in Palatine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He enjoys exploring the world with his wife and son. He is an “outdoor enthusiast” who enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, sailing, and most sports.
Morgan Drdak, CPRP, joined the SEASPAR team in July 2015 as its Marketing Coordinator. She is responsible for building awareness and support of SEASPAR’s services, programming, and events. Morgan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and her Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Before joining SEASPAR, Morgan served the south suburbs for 11 years with the Forest Preserve District of Will County. She is active in animal rescue and shares her home with four furkids and a feathered friend. Morgan is excited to share SEASPAR’s wonderful work with the community.
Nicole Guzior started part-time at the SEASPAR office in 2015 and became the full-time Administrative Assistant July 2016. Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in both Communication and Psychology from the University of Illinois focusing on her interest of nonprofit management. Nicole is responsible for coordinating human resources for part-time and volunteer staff as well as assisting with SEASPAR’s bookkeeping and participant registration. After working at both Woodridge and Downers Grove Park Districts, she recognizes the importance of SEASPAR programs in the community and looks forward to collaborating with coworkers and families to provide these opportunities. Although she operates mostly behind the scenes, Nicole’s primary motivation is seeing the participants smile.