Debbie Trueblood, MS, CAE
Executive Director

• Oversight

• Board

• Budget/Financial Health

• Strategic Planning

• Foundation 

Year started at IPRA:

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.


Barry Franks
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: 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
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!