Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation

IPRF Chair Mike Kies & Vice-Chair Jarrod Scheunemann at IPRF Joint Section 2021 Golf Outing
The Mission of the Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation is to be a sustainable philanthropic organization benefitting members of Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA).

Vision: To invest in developing park and recreation professionals to achieve their full potential.

: Advancement of Illinois parks, recreation, special recreation, and conservation professionals. Committed to support students in the parks, recreation, therapeutic recreation, and conservation fields. Dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Foundation Board


Michael Kies, CPRE (Jan 2025)
Superintendent of Recreation
St. Charles Park District
[email protected]
Jarrod Scheunemann (Jan 2024)
Assistant to Executive Director 
Champaign Park District 
Kevin Romejko, MBA (Jan 2025)
Executive Director
Rolling Meadows Park District

Cam Bettin (Jan 2024)
Executive Director
Pekin Park District

Scholarship Chair 
Carlo Capalbo, CPRE (Jan 2024)
Executive Director
Plainfield Park District
[email protected] 

Disaster Relief Chair
Michael Clark, CPRP (Jan 2025)
Executive Director
Palatine Park District

Strategic Plan Chair
Tracey Crawford, CPRP, CTRS (Jan 2024)
Executive Director
Dave Dillon (Jan 2024)
Sales Specialist
The Larson Equipment & Furniture Company

Bill McAdam, CPRE (Jan 2024)
Executive Director
Downers Grove Park District

Marketing Chair
Joan Scovic, CPRP (Jan 2024)
Director of Marketing & Communication
Northbrook Park District

Tim Reinbold, CPRP (Jan 2025)
Executive Director
Warrenville Park District

Lauren Koszola (Jan 2025)
Superintendent of Recreation
City of Palos Heights Parks and Recreation


IPRA Chair
Lisa Sheppard, CPRP
Executive Director
Glencoe Park District

IPRA Board Liaison
Keith Wallace, CPRP
Executive Director
Lincolnway SRA

IPRA Membership Council Liaison
Erika Strojinc, CPRP
Deputy Director
Buffalo Grove Park District

Barbara Arango, CAE
Executive Director
Illinois Park & Recreation Association

IPRA Staff Liason
Nicole Dotson
Administrative Support Specialist
Illinois Park & Recreation Association

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