Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation

The Mission of the Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation is  serve as the philanthropic and support organization of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and its members, committed to the investment in today’s students and professionals within the Illinois park and recreation industry, by promoting and supporting the continuing education and professional development of its members and development of future leaders within the Association.   View Foundation Bylaws.

Goals of the Foundation


•  To provide support and funding for 1) educational programming and 2) advocacy/research that will benefit the IPRA members.

•  To provide funding to support professional development for students studying parks and recreation, as well as professional members employed in agencies within the State of Illinois.

 •  The safeguard and management of the “Partners of the Future” fund, an endowment originally developed to purchase the IPRA Training Center building and continues to this day in the professional development of IPRA current and future members and the"Disaster Relief” fund, a campaign of fund raising and donations to assist in an park and recreation agency in need of assistance to unforeseen events of disaster and tragedy..

 •  To support the vision, mission and values of IPRA and its’ members.



2018 IPRF Foundation Board:  

Chair: Michael Clark, CPRP (Jan 2019)
Palatine Park District

Vice-Chair: John Curran, CPRP (Jan 2019)
Retired Park & Recreation Professional

Treasurer:  John Wilson, CPRP (Jan 2019)
Retired Park & Recreation Professional
Sports Raffle Chair

Cameron (Cam) Bettin (Jan 2020)
Pekin Park District
At-Large Rep

Carlo Capalbo, CPRE (Jan 2020)
Plainfield Park District
Scholarship Review Committee Chair

Tracey Crawford, CPRP, CTRS (Jan 2020)
NWSRA
Strategic Plan Co-Chair

Michael Kies, CPRE 
(Jan 2019)
St. Charles Park District
Disaster Relief Chair

Ray Ochromowicz, CPRP (Jan 2019)
Executive Decisions Consulting
Strategic Plan Co-Chair

Jarrod Scheunemann, CPRP (Jan 2020)
Camp Fire Concepts
Disaster Relief Vice Chair

Carol Sente (Jan 2020)
FGM Architects

Liz Serruto (Jan 2020)
Bloomingdale Park District
At-Large Rep

Chuck Szoke, CPRP (Jan 2020)
Channahon Park District
Joint Section Golf Committee Rep


Non-Voting Members: 

Membership Council Liaison: Conor Cahill, CPRP

Silent Auction Chair: Nannette Sowa, CPRP

Events Committee: Bill McAdam, CPRE

Events Committee: Gayle Mountcastle

University Rep: Lindsey Nicholson

Executive Director: Debbie Trueblood, CAE

IPRA Board Liaison: Jeff Fougerousse, CPRP

IPRA Staff Liaison/Board Secretary: Jean Kane

IPRF ByLaws

IPRF Information Booklet