Debbie Trueblood, MS, CAE
Executive Director
debbie@ilipra.org  708-588-2285

• Oversight

•  Board

• Budget/Financial Health

• Strategic Planning

• Foundation

Year started at IPRA: 2012

Education: Master’s in Social Work, Certified Association Executive, certificate in nonprofit management

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: My favorite event is our annual Awards Luncheon at the conference. I love the opportunity to recognize professionals across Illinois for their hard work and dedication. It is a wonderful opportunity to see each award recipient’s face light up when they hear their name called and they hear the words of their peers honoring them.

Little Known Fact About Me: Before he had a security detail with him, I once ran into Barack Obama in a hotel elevator when I was going for ice in my pajamas!
What I like to do when not working for IPRA: When I’m not at IPRA, I like to participate as volunteer supporting theater in my local community. I also enjoy spending time with my mom and my husband Tom.

Matt Fairbanks, MS, CPRP
Education and Membership Director
matt@ilipra.org  | 708-588-2286
 
•   Education Offerings

•    Networking Events

•    Ambassadors / Affiliate Relations

•    Elections
 
•    Awards


Year started at IPRA: 2012

Education: B.S., Geography, Illinois State University, M.S., Recreation and Sport Management, Indiana State University, CPRP, AFO

Favorite IPRA Experience:  Agency Showcase

Little Known Fact About Me: I do not like watermelon!

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spending time with family and friends, CrossFit, watching/playing basketball, enjoying good food and traveling.

Barry Franks
Finance Director                              
barry@ILipra.org | 708-588-2284

                                           

 •  IPRA’s Finances

•   Section Financials

•   Foundation financials

     


Year started at IPRA: 2009

Education: MBA    

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: Time spent in Lombard Maintenance Facility

Little Known Fact About Me: Olympic Torch Bearer

What I like to do when not working for IPRA:  Any outdoor activity.


Leesa Johnson
Conference and Meetings Director
leesa@ilipra.org  | 708-588-2287


•  IAPD/IPRA Conference Programming 

•  Meeting Planning

•  IPRA Event Logistics 




Year started at IPRA: 2013

Education: B.A., Liberal Arts & Sciences, Virginia Tech; M.S., Social Work, University of Chicago

Favorite IPRA Experience: TBD

Little Known Fact About Me: I was a senior in high school twice because I earned enough credits to graduate a year early, but then decided to stay with my original graduating class! 

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spend time with my husband; visiting family and friends back in DC; hosting gatherings with local friends.



Sheila Mulvey
Membership and Website Manager
sheila@ilipra.org | 708-588-2283


•   Website

•   Membership Services

•   Member Renewal

•   Education Registration 


Year started at IPRA: 2008

Education: B.S., Environmental Science

Favorite IPRA Experience: Park Pursuit

Little Known Fact About Me: I found my love for parks and recreation while working as a tree surveyor for the Department of Agriculture.

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Outdoor recreation of any kind...I love it all! 

Duane Smith, CPRP
Education & Events Manager
duane@ilipra.org | 708-588-2288

•    Administrative Support to Education and Conference Directors

•    Section & Committee Liaison

•    CEU Processing & Information

•    Conference Mobile App


Year started at IPRA: 2016 

Education: B.A., Social Science / Secondary Education, North Central College 

Favorite IPRA Experience: Soaring to New Heights Conference 

Little Known Fact About Me: I coached high school soccer and taught junior high Language Arts for four years. 

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: traveling, reading, wood-working, biking, and spending time with my family.

Heather Weishaar
Outreach Director
heather@ILipra.org | 708-588-2282


•   Commercial Membership

•   Job Board

•   Newsletter

•   Unplug Illinois 


 
Year started at IPRA: 2001

Education: B.A., Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: Park Pursuit

Little Known Fact About Me: I love to watch boxing. 

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spend time with family, shuttle my kids Emma & Andrew to their park district activities, travel!