Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar, Outreach Director, [email protected]

Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) Names 2019 Chair-Elect

La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has elected Erin Folk, Executive Director of the Oregon Park District, as its 2019 Chair-Elect. She will take office on January 25, 2019 at the IPRA Annual Business Meeting and will become IPRA’s Chair in January of 2020.

Erin entered the field in 2002 after completing her undergraduate degree in Recreation Administration at Eastern Illinois University. She joined the Lombard Park District, and been with the Oregon Park District since 2006.  She has been an IPRA member since 2002, a member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation Board in 2016, and IPRA North West Region Representative in 2017 and 2018. Erin is also a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

Reflecting on her upcoming role, ‘I am honored to have been selected as the 2019 Chair Elect and 2020 Chair and look forward to working with the IPRA staff and board as we continue to provide positive experiences for our members.’

‘We are thrilled that Erin is going to be our Chair Elect in 2019 and our Chair in 2020. Erin will be among an elite few who have been IPRA Board Chairs from the North West Region of Illinois. Erin has done terrific work at the Oregon Park District and we are confident she will do just as well as our statewide leader.’-Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director.

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 call us or visit the IPRA website: