Interim Executive Director /
|• IPRA Financials
• Section Financials
• Foundation Financials
• Finance Committee Liaison
Year started at IPRA: 2009
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.
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.
Marketing Manager & Executive Assistant
• Support for the IPRA Board
• Support for the IPRF Board
• 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.
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
• Educational & Networking Oversight
• Affiliate Relations
• CEU Processing & Information
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.
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!