Media Release - For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar
Communications & Marketing Director
708-588-2282

Election Results Announced for Illinois Park & Recreation Association 
2022 Board of Directors and Section Leadership Positions

 

La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) is pleased to announce the election results for the Chicago Metro and Southern Region Representatives with the IPRA Board of Directors, as well as numerous leadership positions within the Section Boards. Congratulations to the following candidates:

IPRA Board of Directors

Chicago Metro Representative: Matt Fairbanks, Palos Heights Parks & Recreation Dept.
Southern Region Representative: Andrew Dallner, O'Fallon Parks and Recreation

IPRA Section Board Positions

Administration & Finance Section Director-Elect: Gina Hassett, Frankfort Park District
Administration & Finance Section Secretary: Matthew LaPorte, Mundelein Park & Recreation District

Communications & Marketing Section Secretary: Cassidy Reinhard, Vernon Hills Park District
Communications & Marketing Section Treasurer: Kristina Nemetz, Village Of Montgomery
Communications & Marketing Section At-Large Representative: Sheri Potter, Warrenville Park District

Diversity Section Director-Elect: Mark Burrage, Dundee Township Park District
Diversity Section Secretary: Ann Marie Shipstad, Glenview Park District

Facility Management Section Director-Elect: Matt Szytz, Huntley Park District
Facility Management Section Secretary: Jenn Foreman, Buffalo Grove Park District

Forest Preserve & Conservation Section Director: Elizabeth Kessler, McHenry County Conservation District
Forest Preserve & Conservation Section Director-Elect: Anamari Dorgan, Forest Preserve Dist. Of DuPage County
Forest Preserve & Conservation Section Secretary: Jessica Ortega, Forest Preserve Dist. Of DuPage County
Forest Preserve & Conservation Section Treasurer: Ralph Schultz, Forest Preserve District Of Will County
Forest Preserve & Conservation Section Membership Council Representative: Monica Meyers, Forest Preserve District Of Kane County

Park & Natural Resource Management Section Secretary: Valerie Gerdes Lemme, Elk Grove Park District
Park & Natural Resource Management Section At-Large Representative: James Kim, Vernon Hills Park District
Park & Natural Resource Management Section Membership Council Representative: Theresa Kyriazes, Elk Grove Park District

Recreation Section Secretary: Cori Veverka, Oswegoland Park District
Recreation Section Treasurer: Mark Dolphin, Wheaton Park District
Recreation Section At-Large Representative: Erin Sweet, Northbrook Park District

Therapeutic Recreation Section Secretary: Erin White, Chicago Park District
Therapeutic Recreation At-Large Representative: Victoria Gonzalez, NWSRA


On behalf of IPRA, we are thrilled to congratulate each of these leaders on their election and look forward to working with them to serve our members and our mission.’ – Barry Franks, IPRA Interim Executive Director. 

All elected members will be sworn in during the IPRA Annual Business Meeting, held January 28, 2022 during the 2022 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association serves nearly 2,500 park, recreation, and conservation professionals throughout the state, and is a national leader in providing premier education, networking, and resources. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please visit the IPRA website: www.ILipra.org