Meet the Recreation Staff

Matthew Schwey, Head Instructor for the Gymnastics Plus Program

Matthew hails from Florida via the South Bay, where over the past 15 yearshe worked with children in recreational settings as well as gymnastics competitors through Level 10. He holds a BS in Recreation and Leisure Services, a Masters in Exercise Physiology, and is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified.

Rick Slettedahl

Rick is a former collegiate player with the University of Washington and has been coaching for over 25 years. He directed the YMCA’s Youth Basketball Program from 1993–95, founded the East Bay Youth Basketball Programs, and has been Youth Basketball Director at University Village since 1996.

Teale Matteson, Founder and Director of Pacific Soccer Training

Teale has been coaching soccer for the past 25 years. He was the assistant coach for the Men’s Soccer team at Cal from 1985-87, coached at St. Mary’s College High School for 12 years, and for 8 years served as head coach at Cal State Maritime Academy. He is a head coach at East Bay United Soccer Club (Bay Oaks) and was formerly with the ACCYSL Mavericks. He has served as an evaluator for the Olympic Development Program and provided coaches training through the ACCYSL. Teale teaches middle school PE at The Crowden School in Berkeley. See Teale's Pacific Soccer Training  Facebook page.

Dr. Agnes Miklos-Illes

Dr. Miklos-Illes comes from a family of musicians. She grew up learning music with the Kodaly method in her native country of Hungary. Kodaly believed that “music belongs to everyone.” This philosophy has had a great impact on Agnes. As a teacher she aspires not only to guide her students in how to play an instrument, but to foster their love of music as well. Agnes began taking piano lessons at the age of 8, preparing to become a professional musician. For years she enjoyed taking daily music classes. Later she decided to turn to academia, and earned her MA and Doctor Universitatis degree in Economics, focusing her research on Intellectual History. Despite her detour into academia, music remained a very important part of her life. In 1991, while studying in Switzerland, she started teaching piano. After moving to the Bay Area, she began studying piano again with Michael Seth Orland of UC Berkeley, and completed her Suzuki piano teacher training with Caroline Fraser at Holy Names University in Oakland. Agnes currently teaches at her studio at the University Village in Albany. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Learn more about Dr. Miklos-Illes. 

David Moore

A resident of the Village, David has been practicing Taiji Quan, Qi Gong, White Crane Gong-fu, and Bagua Zhang with his teacher since 1996. David is excited to share his passion for the martial arts. Beginners highly encouraged.

John Vehikite, Zumba® Instructor

John is a certified Zumba® Instructor in both Basics and Toning since 2011. "In my search for a health regimen I would actually commit and stick to, my wife mentioned the word Zumba, and that it was a type of dancing exercise. Zumba seemed like a fun way of getting into shape (a lot more fun than walking on a treadmill or pedaling on a still bicycle). Since that day, my diet has improved and I exercise (I Zumba) multiple times a week. Thanks to Zumba (and a supportive wife and family), my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have lowered significantly, and I have lost more than 50 pounds. During this road to weight-loss, I have learned life lessons on goal-setting (and achieving), the importance of self-worth, and the significance of staying in shape and leading a healthy life. Now my goal is to share this joy of living healthily with others. Please join me in one of my classes, and let's party our way towards a stronger and healthier life!"

Ken Cober, Kojosho Karate Instructor

Ken began his study of Kojosho karate in 1990 and received his black belt in 1994. At that time he became an assistant instructor in Kojosho karate. Since 1999 he has been the main instructor of the Berkeley Albany class. He currently now holds a fourth degree black belt.

Wendy Ellison

Wendy is from Seattle, Washington, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and a Masters in Social Work. Wendy enjoys working with children and coordinating after-school programs. Wendy recently completed the School Garden Teacher Training program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

Berkeley Chess School

Berkeley Chess School is a nonprofit organization offering chess instruction from kindergarten through high school for over 25 years. It is an affiliate of the US Chess Federation. Over the years, our students have won many state championships and several have gone on to become FIDE Masters, International Masters, and Grand Masters. For further information, please call us at 510. 843.0150, email us at, or visit our website at