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IPRA Executive Director Named Vice Chair of the National Association of Park Foundations


La Grange, IL – The National Association of Park Foundations (NAPF) has named Debbie Trueblood, CAE, Executive Director of the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) as Vice Chair of NAPF’s Board of Directors. Ms. Trueblood’s term will continue through 2022.

NAPF was founded in 2013 and was granted 501c3 status in 2014. They are a trusted national leader in providing knowledge, skills and capacity to local park foundations, volunteers and other citizens who work to enhance and strengthen park systems in their communities. 

Ms. Trueblood has served as Executive Director of IPRA since 2012, where she is responsible for ensuring that IPRA’s mission is accomplished through the development of  innovative programs, advocacy, strategic planning and industry and collegiate outreach.

‘Debbie has been a trusted Association professional to me and the NAPF since our launch in 2015.  Her knowledge and experiences have been so appreciated over the years and have helped guide the NAPF into greater relevance within the park and recreation conversation on a national basis.   The NAPF was thrilled when Debbie joined the NAPF Board of Directors a couple of years ago.   We are very proud to announce her new leadership role as Vice Chair of the NAPF Board of Directors.  We thank her for her continued support and passion for our mission’   - Donald Ortale, NAPF’s Executive Director

Reflecting on her role, ‘In these challenging times, many park and recreation agencies all over the country are looking to their foundations for the support they will need to continue to serve their communities, in light of local government budget reductions. The role of the local park foundations has never been more critical. The NAPF has been able to provide high quality resources and support both for brand new foundations starting out as well as those 
who are more established and need support advancing their strategies to the next level. I am very proud to be affilia ted with NAPF and I look forward to serving as Vice Chair for the next two years, helping to get the message out about the great value that local park foundations can provide to their communities.’

About IPRA
Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please visit the IPRA website: 

About NAPF
The National Association of Park Foundations vision is to build effective, active, local park foundations, volunteers and other citizens that support their park systems to enhance the park experience in their communities. To learn more, please visit