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The Lake Zurich Flames Board

The Lake Zurich Flames board is comprised of parents, coaches and professionals across flag, tackle and cheerleading.

Board members have been nominated, interviewed and voted upon. This process occurs once per year and those interested in serving on the board, in any capacity, may submit their name for consideration.

Board Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, the Board meets the 4th Tuesday of every month except for December when there is no meeting.  Please check our calendar for start times as they vary depending on the time of the season.  All visitors wishing to address the Board must be added to the agenda prior to the meeting by contacting the Director of Communication or the Board President.

Flames Mailing Address

Lake Zurich Flames 
P.O. Box 1196
Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047

Executive Committee

Jay Erkman

Jay Erkman

President

Jay is entering his 9th season with the Flames.  He has been a head coach for 5 years and an assistant for 3 years.  Jay is entering his seventh year on the board and his sixth year on the executive board.  This is Jay's fourth year as President of the Lake Zurich Flames.  Jay’s responsibilities will be to lead the future growth of the football and cheer program and ensure the program's yearly goals are being met.  He will also work with community leaders from the village of Lake Zurich, Ela Township and district 95 to make sure all the Flames needs are being met.  Jay is married to his wife Heather and they have three kids.  Chloe will be a senior and Tyler will be a freshman at Lake Zurich HS.  Bryce will be a 6th grader and this fall will be his 5th year playing for the Flames.

Chuck Burkley

Chuck Burkley

Vice President of Football Operations - League Rep

Chuck will be entering his 9th year in the organization and his 8th as a coach. He has two sons that have gone through the program with one still to go. Chuck is entering his third year on the Lake Zurich Flames board and his second on the Executive Board. In November, Chuck was voted the Vice President of Football Operations. In addition to his current responsibilities as equipment coordinator and league liaison to the TCYFL, where the Flames are members of the Health & Safety, Ethics and Competition Committees, Chuck will chair the Coaching Committee for the Flames for the 2016 season, lead our fields crew, work with the Village of Lake Zurich, Ela Township, District 95 and Lake Zurich High School to secure our practice and game fields and other football related issues regarding the Lake Zurich Flames. 

Eric Loch

Eric Loch

Vice President of Business Operations - Treasurer

Eric has been with the Flames Organization for 7 years acting over the years as a head coach and assistant coach.  Eric has had 3 boys involved with the program (two moving on to high school).   Eric is entering his 6th year on the Board and 5th as the Treasurer.  Eric is responsible for the day to day financial activity of the Flames organization as well as helping ensure its future viability.  Eric works closely with the board committee heads, fundraising and concessions. 

Gretchen  Donaldson

Gretchen Donaldson

Director of Cheerleading

Gretchen has been part of the Flames Board since 2016. She serves as the Director of the Cheer Program and is also on the Executive Board. Gretchen has two children who are both part of Flames. Her son has been playing Tackle since 2nd grade in 2014. Her daughter was a Flames cheerleader for 5 years and now she is a Junior Coach for the program. Gretchen is passionate about the benefits of community sports, for both kids and their families.

Regina Hope

Regina Hope

Director of Communication

Regina has been part of the Flames Board since 2018. She served as a general board member in year one, but took on the managing the Flames social media sites and participating in as many events as possible. Now in year two, she serves as the Director of Communication and works to ensure our community and Flames Families are in the the know about important dates and information via social media and email blasts. Regina has three sons, two who now participate in Tackle and one in Flag.  Having a dance background herself, she is also specialty coach for the Cheer program. Her biggest mission is to grow the program and to make sure our town is educated on the benefits of participating in youth sports! 

Matt Zawilenski

Matt Zawilenski

Director of Safety & Player Development

Matt has been coaching with the Flames every year since 2007, in capacities ranging from assistant to head coach. He joined the board in 2015, and became Director of Safety and Player Development in 2017. Additional responsibilities include alternate TCYFL league representative and member of the TCYFL Health and Safety Committee. Matt has a son Matthew who played 7 seasons with the Flames, a daughter Ava who was involved with Cheer, and son Michael who will be in his sixth season with the Flames in 2019.

Chris DiCicco

Director of Competition

Chris is entering his 3rd year as a Lake Zurich Flames Board Member and his 6th season as a Flames coach.  As the Director of Competition, Chris’s responsibilities include ethics, rule changes, league liaison, fundraising and most recently taking on a bigger role in the Flames Flag Football program. Chris and his wife Lindsay have three children of which two are currently active within the Flames organization.  Dylan is entering 6th grade and this is his 4th season in the tackle program.  Addison is excited to start 3rd grade this fall and is gearing up to begin her 3rd season as a Flames Cheerleader.  Their youngest daughter, Emmie, enjoys attending all of her brother and sister’s games and is looking forward to joining the Flames Family as a cheerleader come 2020.

Board Members

Chris Piggott

Chris Piggott

General board member

Steve Schuetz

Steve Schuetz

Field Commissioner

Kyle Lappin

General board member

Danielle Klee

General board member

Matt Larsen

General board member

Jen Boenzi

Spirit Wear

Jeff Bartlett

Jeff Bartlett

High School Liaison

Open Board Positions

Open Position

Flag football coordinator

Open Position

Concession Lead

The Lake Zurich Flames are always looking for extra helpers. If you are interested in helping out as a Committee Volunteer, please contact a Board Member for additional committee information, and to get started volunteering.

Thank You!

The Lake Zurich Flames Board