For Immediate Release

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Heather Weishaar
Communications & Marketing Director
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Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) Names Glencoe Park District
Executive Director as 2022 Chair-Elect


La Grange – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has elected Lisa Sheppard, CPRP,  Executive Director at the Glencoe Park District, as its 2022 Chair-Elect. She will take office in January 2022 and will become IPRA’s Chair in January of 2023.

Lisa Sheppard has over 30 years of experience in the field of parks and recreation, where she has worked for progressive, innovative, and award-winning park districts. Her work resume is extensive, with experience in all major disciplines of the district, including recreation, facility and park management, public relations, marketing, and fiscal management. Lisa spent 15 years as the Superintendent of Recreation and Facilities at the Gurnee Park District, and in 2013 became the Executive Director of the Glencoe Park District. 

In 2019, the Glencoe Park District, under her leadership, became an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency and was awarded the NRPA National Gold Medal for the first time. Other outstanding achievements for Lisa include several state and national honors, including the Gurnee Park district NRPA Gold Medal, IPRA Professional of the Year, IPRA Marcy Adams Spirit Award, and the Gurnee Days Honoree.

Reflecting on her upcoming role, ‘I have always felt the development and growth of our professionals is the highest calling of leadership. I am excited and honored for the opportunity to lead a dedicated Board, support and listen to Section members and work alongside the amazing IPRA staff.’ – Lisa Sheppard, CPRP

‘Lisa is a well-known leader in the Illinois park and recreation community, and we are thrilled to have her as our chair-elect. She is a detail-oriented board member, and we are confident she will do an excellent job as our state-wide leader.’  – Barry Franks, Interim Executive Director

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: