Fox Valley Special Recreation Association Announces New Executive Director

Thu April 25, 2019

Aurora, IL- Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) Board of Directors is excited to announce Alex Engelhardt as Executive Director. Engelhardt follows Carolyn Nagle who is retiring after 27 years as Executive Director of FVSRA.

FVSRA, as an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts and Village of South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department, enriches the lives of individuals with special needs through meaningful leisure and recreation programs.   Under Nagle’s dedicated leadership, FVSRA ensured 1600 children and adults had access to meaningful leisure experience annually, expanded services from four Member Agencies to seven, and in 2018, was recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency.

Engelhardt started her career at FVSRA as a Therapeutic Recreation intern in 2006.  Shas worked under the leadership of Nagle for 13 years in various capacities such as Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Support Staff Manager, and has been the Superintendent of Recreation for the past five years.  She has presented at local, state, regional and national conferences on fitness inclusion, created an award winning personal training and fitness program, and was recognized as one of the Kane County Best Under 40 in 2016. Engelhardt is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, and received her Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources from Aurora University.

“I am excited to honor the history and traditions of the past, navigate the team through the future, and continue the mission of enriching the lives of individuals with special needs,” stated Engelhardt.