Debbie Trueblood, MS, CAE
• Budget/Financial Health
• Strategic Planning
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.
Matt Fairbanks, MS, CPRP
Education and Membership Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 708-588-2286
• Education Offerings
• Networking Events
• Ambassadors / Affiliate Relations
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.
barry@ILipra.org | 708-588-2284
• IPRA’s Finances
• Section Financials
• Foundation financials
Year started at IPRA: 2009
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.
Conference and Meetings Director
email@example.com | 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.
Membership and Website Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | 708-588-2283
• Membership Services
• Member Renewal
• 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!
Duane Smith, CPRP
Education & Events Manager
email@example.com | 708-588-2288
• Administrative Support to Education and Conference Directors
• Section & Committee Liaison
• CEU Processing & Information
• Conference Mobile App
Year started at IPRA: 2016
Education: B.A., Social Science / Secondary Education, North Central College
Favorite IPRA Experience: Soaring to New Heights Conference
Little Known Fact About Me: I coached high school soccer and taught junior high Language Arts for four years.
What I like to do when not working for IPRA: traveling, reading, wood-working, biking, and spending time with my family.
heather@ILipra.org | 708-588-2282
• Commercial Membership
• Job Board
• Unplug Illinois
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!