536 East Ave, La Grange, IL 60525
708.588.2280 Phone 708.354.0535 Fax 


Executive Director                                                                                                      alt
Debbie Trueblood  708-588-2285  

  • Oversight

  • Board

  • Budget/Financial Health

  • Strategic Planning

  • Foundation

Year started at IPRA: 2012

Education: Master’s in Social Work, Certified Association Executive, certificate in nonprofit management

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: My favorite event is our annual Awards Luncheon at the conference. I love the opportunity to recognize professionals across Illinois for their hard work and dedication. It is a wonderful opportunity to see each award recipient’s face light up when they hear their name called and they hear the words of their peers honoring them.

Little Known Fact About Me: Before he had a security detail with him, I once ran into Barack Obama in a hotel elevator when I was going for ice in my pajamas!

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: When I’m not at IPRA, I like to participate as volunteer supporting theater in my local community. I also enjoy spending time with my mom and my husband Tom.



Financial Services Director alt
Barry Franks                       | 708-588-2284                                         

  •  IPRA’s Finances

  • Section Financials

  • Foundation financials

Year started at IPRA: 2009

Education: MBA    

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: Time spent in Lombard Maintenance Facility

Little Known Fact About Me: Olympic Torch Bearer

What I like to do when not working for IPRA:  Any outdoor activity.



Outreach Director                                                                                                      alt
Heather Weishaar | 708-588-2282

  • Commercial Membership

  • Job Board

  • Newsletter

  • Silent Auction

  • Member Communication

  • Webinars

  • Section Communication 

Year started at IPRA: 2001

Education: B.A., Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University

Favorite IPRA Event/Experience: Park Pursuit

Little Known Fact About Me: I love to watch boxing. 

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spend time with family, shuttle my kids Emma & Andrew to their park district activities, travel!



Membership and Website Manager                                                              alt
Sheila Mulvey | 708-588-2283
  • Website

  • Membership/Customer Service

  • Education/Customer Service

  • Education Registration 

Year started at IPRA: 2008

Education: B.S., Environmental Science

Favorite IPRA Experience: Park Pursuit

Little Known Fact About Me: I found my love for parks and recreation while working as a tree surveyor for the Department of Agriculture.

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Outdoor recreation of any kind...I love it all! 



Conference & Meetings Director                                                                             alt                                          
Leesa Johnson  | 708-588-2287

  • IAPD/IPRA Conference Programming 

  • Meeting Planning

  • IPRA Event Logistics 

Year started at IPRA: 2013

Education: B.A., Liberal Arts & Sciences, Virginia Tech; M.S., Social Work, University of Chicago

Favorite IPRA Experience: TBD

Little Known Fact About Me: I was a senior in high school twice because I earned enough credits to graduate a year early, but then decided to stay with my original graduating class! 

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spend time with my husband; visiting family and friends back in DC; hosting gatherings with local friends.



Education & Membership Director                                                                          alt
Matt Fairbanks  | 708-588-2286 
  • CEUs
  • Education Offerings
  • Networking Events
  • Sections
  • Committees
  • Ambassadors / Affiliates
  • Elections
  • Awards
  • CEUs
  • Leadership Academy

Year started at IPRA: 2012

Education: B.S., Geography, Illinois State University, M.S., Recreation and Sport Management, Indiana State University, CPRP, AFO

Favorite IPRA Experience:  Agency Showcase

Little Known Fact About Me: I do not like watermelon!

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spending time with family and friends, CrossFit, watching/playing basketball, enjoying good food and traveling.



Administrative Assistant / Marketing Coordinator                                                 alt
Jessica Kollman, MBA | 708-588-2281
  • Section emails

  • Membership emails

  • Social Media

  • Supports the Board of Directors and Foundation Board

  • Administrative support for the Executive Director

  • Administrative support for the Education Director

Year started at IPRA: 2013

Education:  AAS In International Business, BA in Marketing and Management, MBA

Favorite IPRA Experience: Conference time!

Little Known Fact About Me: I did an on-air TV internship with a sports show.

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: I’m family-oriented with a love for nutrition and sports.


Education & Events Coordinator                                                alt
Duane Smith, CPRP | 708-588-2288

  • Administrative Support to Education and Conference Directors

 Year started at IPRA: 2016 

Education: B.A., Social Science / Secondary Education, North Central College 

Favorite IPRA Experience: Leadership Academy 

Little Known Fact About Me: I love to watch movies and eat lots of popcorn. 

What I like to do when not working for IPRA: Spending time with my wife and two children; vacationing in St. Joseph, MI.