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Neal's experience working with children spans two decades and includes teaching, activity development, and athletics. Neal has directed at The Menomonee Club since 1987. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Redlands, California and an MA in Interpersonal Communications from Governors State University.
Linda, our Clubhouse Supervisor since 1991 has devoted her life to caring for children. She provides a fun, welcoming atmosphere in the Clubhouse Game Room everyday!
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Gary has been an integral part of the Menomonee gang for over ten years! He teaches all of our JK and SK Sports classes as well as coaches and coordinates our leagues and junior leagues.
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Erica graduated with a BS in Sports Management and a minor in Business from Valparaiso University. She played Division 1 Softball for Valpo all four years. Erica has been a life long sports nut. Her sports of choice are baseball, softball and running. She has run 13 marathons and counting!
Other interests include hanging out with her 12 nieces and nephews, going to the movies with friends and a good turkey sandwich.
As Program Director at Menomonee, she has helped many kids develop the skills, attitudes and self esteem to be great team players in sports and in life, over her 13 years with the Club.
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Sara has enjoyed her work in the Menomonee office since 2000. She is a Registered Nurse and a certified Pediatric Nurse. When not in the Menomonee office, you can find her at Children's Memorial Hospital, on the Neurology and Neurosurgery units.
Sara loves to cook and her favorite thing in the world is traveling to new places--Nicaragua, Ethiopia, what's next?
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Sarah studied at the University of Colorado in the field of Environmental Design and worked as an architectural drafter for two years. She loves art and cooking, and of course kids! She grew up in Chicago and attended the Francis Parker School and City Day. Sarah took Menomonee programs since she was in first grade! She is happy to be a part of The Menomonee Club, but this time in a different way! Sarah works as the Program Administrator in the office full time and also teaches Cooking classes with her mom, Robin Schroud.
Grand Master Kidd
Grand Master Kidd holds a 7th degree black belt under the WTF Kukkiwon (certified from Korea), an 8th degree black belt under Grand Master Duk Gun Kwon, and has over thirty years experience in the Olympic sport and Korean martial art of Taekwondo. He studied and trained in South Korea, and is ranked #1 in Illinois. Master Kidd runs a success Taekwondo program at Menomonee Club, emphasizing a balance in education - knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body!
Windy City Fencing
Tsanko Hantov competed in the 2000 Olympic Games and won a Bronze Medal at the 2001 World Championships in the Modern Pentathalon. Tsanko was National Senior Champion in 1998 and National Junior Champion in 1995 and 1996 in Men's Epee in Bulgaria, and continues to be an "A" rated fencer. Tsanko has coached fencing for more than 7 years, and has extensive experience training fencers at all levels. Tsanko has been the head coach at Windy City since 2005. He is a graduate of the National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Tsanko Hantov is now the owner of Windy City Fencing -Chicago, Inc.
Sensei Brett has been with The Menomonee Club since 1993. His 4th degree black belt is certified through the Kodokan in Japan. Brett is an international level coach through USA Judo. He has coached USA Judo's Junior Pan American Team for the past three years. Menomonee Judo Club is the training home of Max Schneider, who recently earned the Youth Olympic Gold Medal in Singapore.
Menomonee's Judo program has children of all levels from ages 3-18. Judo is a Japanese Olympic sport and means, "the gentle way", which makes it a challenging and rewarding discipline. Feel free to contact Sensei Brett directly if you have any questions.