Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar
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Maine-Niles Association Special Recreation (M-NASR) Executive Director 
Installed as 2022 Chair of Illinois Park & Recreation Association

La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has installed Trisha Breitlow, Executive Director of the Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation, as its 2022 Board Chair. She was sworn in during the 2022 IAPD/IPRA Annual Soaring to New Heights Conference in January. 

Trisha Breitlow began her career in 1999 at the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA). Breitlow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Winona State University in Minnesota. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), and has held certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is actively involved in professional organizations, having served in leadership roles with the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section (ITRS) of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), Professional Development School Board of Regents (IPRA), a committee for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), and Director of ITRS.  Breitlow received the ITRS New Professional Award and ITRS Director’s Award in 2004 and the ITRS Professional of the Year Award in 2013. 

 ‘I am thrilled to continue to serve on the IPRA Board as Board Chair. Park and Recreation professionals in Illinois are known for being at the top of their field nationwide, and we have continued to demonstrate that with the unimaginable challenges of the past several years. IPRA members provide outstanding services for their communities and residents and are an amazing network of support for each other. It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent and help meet the needs of the membership.’

‘We are very excited to have Trisha Breitlow as our new Board Chair. Her energy, leadership, and vision will benefit IPRA and our members statewide.’-Barbara Arango, CAE, IPRA Executive Director. 

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) 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: