Media Release
For Immediate Release
November 10, 2022

Contact Information:
Heather Weishaar
Communications & Marketing Director
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Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) Names Geneseo Park District
Executive Director as 2023 Chair-Elect

La Grange, IL – The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) has elected Andrew Thurman, CPRP, Executive Director at the Geneseo Park District, as its 2023 Chair-Elect. He will take office in January 2023 and will become IPRA’s Chair in January of 2024.

Andrew Thurman grew up in Geneseo, Illinois and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure, Youth and Human Service. His career began at the Lake Bluff Park District, and in 2014, he accepted the position of Superintendent of Recreation at the Geneseo Park District. There, he was very involved in the construction of the John & Carla Edwards Aquatic Center, which received the IPRA Outstanding Facilities and Park Award in 2018. In 2016, he accepted the Executive Director position in Geneseo. Under his leadership, they have updated the gymnasium with new flooring, windows, and paint, and completed a collaborative building with the local football organization. They’ve also added many free events with assistance from the Geneseo Park District Foundation. 

Andrew is an avid runner and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family. This past summer, he completed his first half ironman! His wife, Morgan, owns a boutique in Geneseo and they have two children, Vincent 8, and Imogen 6. Andrew currently serves on the Geneseo Youth Baseball/Softball Association Board, the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a Geneseo Rotarian.

Reflecting on his upcoming role, ‘I’m very excited to continue my service on the IPRA Board, while working with tremendous representation from all regions of the State. Being part of what Illinois does to be a leader in Parks and Recreation is an amazing opportunity.’ – Andrew Thurman, CPRP

‘IPRA is fortunate to have a thoughtful, dedicated leader like Andy. We are excited to continue IPRA’s growth and development under his leadership.’ - Barbara Arango, CAE, Executive Director

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association serves nearly 3,000 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: