Barry Franks
Interim Executive Director / 
Finance Director

• IPRA Financials

• Section Financials

• Foundation Financials

• Finance Committee Liaison

• Audits

Year started at IPRA: 2009

Education: MBA    

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: My time spent in Lombard Maintenance Facility during our location transition.

Little Known Fact About Me: I was an Olympic Torch Bearer.

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


Leesa Johnson
Conference & Meetings

• IAPD/IPRA Conference Programming 

• IAPD/IPRA Conference Website

• 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 Event/Experience: Conference stuffing party. It's a ton work to coordinate but awesome to see all of the volunteers come together to help.

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.


Jean Kane
Marketing Manager & Executive Assistant

• Support for the IPRA Board

• Support for the IPRF Board

• Marketing

• Office Management

Year started at IPRA: 2018

Education: Moraine Valley Community College: Focus in Business Administration, Meeting & Event Planning 

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: TBD

Little Known Fact About Me: I was in several movies.

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spend time with family & sleep!


Kim Laper, CPRP
Education & Events Manager

• Support to Education & Conference Directors

• Section & Committee Liaison

• SIGnature Education & Events

• Conference Headquarters

• IPRF / Joint Section Golf Outing

Year started at IPRA: 2018

Education: B.A., Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater;  M.S., Recreation, Sport & Tourism, University of Illinois

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: Professional Development School

Little Known Fact About Me: I hate bananas!

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spending time with family/friends and traveling.


Lynn Rotunno
Membership & Website Manager

• Membership recruitment

• Member services

• Website/EMS management

Year started at IPRA: 2019

Education: M.A., Conservation Biology, Miami University - Ohio

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Volunteering, spending time with friends and family, hiking in nature preserves, and traveling.  


Duane Smith, CPRP
Education Director

• Educational & Networking Oversight

• Affiliate Relations

• CEU Processing & Information

• Elections

• Awards

Year started at IPRA: 2016 

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

Favorite IPRA Event/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
Communications & Marketing Director

• Unplug Illinois

• IPRA Career Center

• IPRAConnect Online Communities

• Marketing & Communications

• Silent Auction Liaison 

• Health & Wellness Committee / Exceptional Workplace Award

Year started at IPRA: 2001

Education: B.A., Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University, Certification in Nonprofit Management, University of Illinois - Chicago

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!