Sycamore Park District hires new rec superintendent

Theresa Tevsh is the new superintendent of recreation at Sycamore Park District.[]

SYCAMORE – As the Sycamore Park District’s new community center nears completion, the district is welcoming a new superintendent of recreation.

Meghan Jourden-Messerich, the current superintendent of recreation, announced her resignation effective March 2, according to a news release from the district. Jourden-Messerich cited an opportunity her husband had with a South Carolina company as her reason for leaving.

Theresa Tevsh, who has been part of start-to-finish projects for the village of Richton Park’s community center and a new splashpad at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District, was named to replace Jourden-Messerich.

Jourden-Messerich was with the district for less than a year, according to the release.

Tevsh will oversee recreational facilities, services and initiatives throughout the district, including the new community center.

She took on the role Monday, and the center is set to open mid-April.

“We will miss Meghan greatly but understand that life happens and wish her all the best in South Carolina,” Executive Director Daniel Gibble said. “Theresa is able to overlap a couple of weeks with Meghan before she leaves, so I am confident that this fortunate opportunity, along with her enthusiasm for recreation programming, and the extent of her experience will make this a smooth transition. She’s already house hunting in the Sycamore area and is prepared to hit the ground running.”

Tevsh earned her degree in parks and recreation administration from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She is also a certified parks and recreation professional, having worked in the field for 23 years at both park district and municipal government agencies, according to the release.

“Theresa is ‘almost’ an empty nester with her oldest son recently graduating from Monmouth College and her youngest just starting college at Eastern Kentucky University,” the release stated. “She and her husband are looking forward to moving to the Sycamore community to put some ‘miles’ on the bike trails, Kishwaukee River and enjoying twilight golf.”