Staff Directory

Julie Milavec
Library Director
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4300
Julie came to the library in August 2016, during the 125th anniversary year for the library. She looks forward to leading the way into the next 125 years of service for the Downers Grove Library. She is an avid audiobook reader because they allow her to read while gardening and walking her dog, two of her other favorite pastimes.
Cindy Khatri
Public Relations Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4296
Cindy joined the library as a patron in the 80’s and as a staff member in 2018. She loves a good mission statement and has worked with numerous nonprofits and organizations to strengthen communities. In previous positions you could find her in the collections rooms of museums, teaching at local colleges, and in the board room with community leaders. She loves spending time with her family, gaming, and eating.
Ian Knorr
Building Operations Director
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4244
Ian joined the library after 8 years with Kane County as Facilities Manager. He resides in St.Charles with his wife and 2 daughters. He loves all things music related, is an active musician, and can be found saying "rock on" more than any person ever should. Ian also enjoys cooking and entertaining.
Christine Lees
Circulation Services Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4264
Christine has had the awesome privilege to work in public libraries for the past twenty years, enjoying watching libraries become the center of the communities they serve. A fan of all things 80's, you will hear Christine say, "Awesome!".. like, a lot! British humor, listening to audio books and helping others are a few of her favorite things.
Lizzie Matkowski
Adult and Teen Services Manager
630-960-1200 ext. 4247
Lizzie started working in libraries in 2007 and was an Adult & Teen Services Librarian at DGPL from 2011-2016. She is thrilled to be back serving this amazing Downers Grove community as the Adult & Teen Services Manager. She loves reading, especially fantasy, graphic novels, and cozy mysteries. Lizzie also loves video games, making pottery on the wheel, and spending time with her family.
Amy Prechel
Access Services Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4301
Amy received her MLIS from Dominican University, and her professional experience includes both public and academic libraries. She finds working in libraries rewarding because she gets to have a role in connecting people with things they are passionate about. Amy enjoys learning new skills and figuring out how things work so she can share that knowledge with others. In her free time, she likes to bake pies, throw dinner parties, keep up with her book club, and spend time with her family.
Paul Regis
Information Technology Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4291
Since joining the library in 2006, Paul has worked many different IT-related positions. His previous employers described him as "a good son" and "get out of my garage". He is excited to see what advances in artificial intelligence will offer, mainly so that he will never again have to think about what to have for dinner. He relaxes by harassing his two cats, and he swears he will get around to reading one of these days.
Allyson Renell
Children's Services Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4260
Allyson joined the library in October 2015 after moving back to Illinois from Coastal Virginia. She loves helping kids and their families use and enjoy the library's programs and services. In her free time she enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, and sharing stories.
Jen Ryjewski
Assistant Director
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4299
Jen joined the library in December 2013. She is passionate about the library and enjoys connecting to and serving patrons in a meaningful way. She especially loves listening to patrons share their stories. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with family, spending time in her garden, and relaxing with a good book.
Ask Us Desk
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4274
Karen Bonarek
Adult and Teen Services Librarian, Program Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4254
Book an Expert
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4274
Ed Bromiel
Media Lab Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4309
Circulation Services
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4271
Computer Help Desk
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4288
Lauren Cantore Gonzalez
Computer Help Desk Supervisor
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4293
Grace Goodwyn
Graphic Design and Display Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4297
Sharon Hrycewicz
Children's Librarian, Reference & Technology Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4261
Annie Jagielski
Technology Trainer
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4294
Kids Room Desk
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4279
Amanda Klenk
Adult and Teen Services Librarian, Teen Services Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4257
Erin Linsenmeyer
Children's Librarian, School Liaison
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4263
Joy Matteson
Adult and Teen Services Librarian
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4256
Van McGary
Adult and Teen Services Librarian
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4253
Max Mogavero
Assistant IT Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4292
Karen Neal
Adult & Teen Librarian, Home Delivery
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4252
Cheryl Pawlak
Circulation Assistant Manager
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4265
Kira Riddle
Adult and Teen Services Librarian
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4251
Brian Ruane
Marketing Content Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4298
Traci Skocik
Children's Librarian, Program Coordinator
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4262
Lorel Trout
Interlibrary Loan Supervisor
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4266
Katelyn Vabalaitis
Executive Assistant
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4245
Sophia Vaughn
Administrative Assistant
(630) 960-1200 ext. 4246