Our Directors

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Dan Malartsik

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Dan Malartsik, is responsible for the overall operation of the District, which spans 454 acres and provides recreation programs, facilities and services to portions of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village. He oversees the District’s five divisions that include: Administration and Human Resources; Community Relations & Marketing; Recreation; Golf Operations and Parks and Planning.

Malartsik holds a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. He is a certified Parks & Recreation Professional and led the Park District of Highland Park to receive the IPRA Distinguished Accreditation Award. He looks forward to developing his vision for the district while applying skills in strategic planning to best serve the needs of the Mt. Prospect Park District and its residents.



Brett Barcel

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.



Jim Jarog

Director of Parks and Planning

Jim Jarog has been with the park district since 1984. His duties include the administration of general maintenance, repair, development, land acquisition and capital improvement programs for all grounds, buildings and park facilities. He supervises three departments including buildings, grounds and motor pool.

Originally hired as Head Automotive Technician, Jarog became Buildings Department Crew Leader in 1998 and Building Department Manager in 2000. Throughout his years of service he gained a solid, practical knowledge of the district’s various mechanical and electrical systems. This hands-on knowledge along with progressively responsible experience in the field, enabled Jarog, with the rest of the parks and planning staff, to keep park district facilities open despite challenging weather conditions that included floods, tornados, 70 mph winds and major snow events. He was involved in the construction of Central Community Center, Meadows Aquatic Center, the Golf Course Club House, the Melas Sports Complex and the Veterans Memorial. Jim also managed several roof replacements including RecPlex, Lions Recreation Center and Friendship Park Conservatory; the “pool pak” replacement at RecPlex and the gymnasium floor renovation at Lions Recreation Center.

In 1998 and 2008, Jim was nominated and awarded the Park District’s “Employee of the Year.” 



Brian Taylor

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.



Barry Kurcz

Director of Business Services and Human Resources

Charged with recommending and administering policies and procedures for the sound operation of the District’s business, Barry Kurcz oversees human resources; financial procedures, processes and purchasing; inventory controls; budget; registration and the management of information systems and technology. 

Kurcz previously served as Director of Human Resources for the City of Waukegan and the Village of Glenview. While there he was involved in development of business plans, compensation, labor and employee relations, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, union grievances, policy and procedure development and benefits administration. Prior experience includes his work in human resources at Deluxe Corporation, Bethany Methodist Corporation and Affiliated Bank of Skokie. He holds an MBA in HR Management from Dominican University and BS degree in HR Administration and Union Management Relations from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management and both the Illinois and National Public Employers Labor Relations Associations. He has also served as Board Member of the Intergovernmental Personnel Benefit Cooperative.