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New director receives warm welcome at St. Charles Park District reception

ST. CHARLES – Members of the St. Charles Park District on Thursday said they couldn’t be happier that Holly Cabel is the organization’s new director.

“She’s passionate about all the aspects of the park district and how it contributes to the quality of life of the community,” marketing manager Erika Young said. “We’re lucky to have her as a leader.”

The St. Charles Park Board approved Cabel’s appointment Sept. 10. She replaced Ray Ochromowicz, who retired from the district Aug. 31.

The park district held a welcome reception for Cabel on Thursday afternoon at the Baker Community Center in downtown St. Charles.

Cabel – who has worked at the park district full-time for 17 years and served as the superintendent of recreation for the last eight – said her first weeks as director have been busy.

“Days go zooming by,” she said, greeting someone with a hug. “It’s been great.”

Linda Jones – instructor of the upcoming early childhood program “It’s All About Purple, Girls!” – has known Cabel for about two decades, she said, noting Cabel was her direct supervisor for many years.

“I’m doing backflips,” Jones said, describing Cabel as competent, pleasant, kind and efficient. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Although Community Center supervisor Lara Piner is relatively new to the park district, she said she felt comfortable asking Cabel questions.

“She’s very approachable,” she said.

Candy Boulay, Cabel’s administrative assistant, and Recreation Supervisor Krista Mulready echoed the excitement others had about Cabel’s promotion.

“She does a very good job of motivating us by leading by example,” said Mulready, calling her new position “well deserved.”

Cabel and her husband have three sons, ages 12, 9 and 2.

They live in St. Charles and visit several parks on a weekly basis, she said.

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