Debbie Trueblood, MS, CAE
• Budget/Financial Health
• Strategic Planning
Year started at IPRA: 2012
Education: Master’s in Social Work, Certified Association Executive (CAE), 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.
• 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: B.F.A., Northern Illinois University
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!