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Eye on the Profession: Meet the Team!

  

Happy Fall! It’s hard to believe we’re already nearing the end of 2022. IPRA has been busy planning and hosting events this year to bring our members back together and learn from each other. We’re now looking ahead to 2023 and planning some new events to add to our already full calendar. It truly is an exciting time to be part of this organization.

This issue’s theme is leadership and I think it’s important to remember that you don’t need to be the boss to be a leader. Being a good leader is as easy as setting a good example for your team - being a positive presence and an encouraging voice for others. Leaders bring out the best in the people around them no matter what their role. And one quality that exemplifies a good leader is the commitment to lifelong learning and self-improvement. IPRA can help with both. Be sure to check out some of the upcoming opportunities you have to make progress in your professional development journey through the various IPRA offerings. We hope you will take advantage of your membership and join us!


As many of you are aware, there are some new faces at IPRA headquarters. I’d like to take some time to introduce each of them to you.

Vince Davis, Membership Manager

What is your favorite Illinois park/facility?

Olympic Field/Basketball Court in Schaumburg

Name a Park and Rec memory from childhood.

I have way too many to list: Playing SAA soccer, playing basketball with my dad at Meineke and Sport Center. Getting kicked off the hockey rinks at Dirksen for playing street soccer and the basketball courts at Olympic Park for playing way too late into the night.

What is your hidden talent?

Gardening and Cooking

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

Bali

What is something you’re looking forward to at IPRA?

Conference and coming up with new ideas for our members

 

Nicole Dotson, Administrative Support Specialist

What is your favorite Illinois park/facility?

Moore Park in Chicago

Name a Park and Rec memory from childhood.

I was a camp counselor at The Golden Dome in Garfield Park.

What is your hidden talent?

Making candles

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

Maldives

What is something you’re looking forward to at IPRA?

Soaring to New Heights Conference

 

Cindy Galvan, Conference and Meetings Manager

What is your favorite Illinois park/facility?

Harrison Park, Pilsen, Chicago

Name a Park and Rec memory from childhood.

Being in the programs like gymnastics and dance. I vividly remember, as one of my earliest memories, the end of the year program when all the parents would come to see us perform.

What is your hidden talent?

Crocheting – since I was 9 years old

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

Italy and/or Spain

What is something you’re looking forward to at IPRA?

Soaring to New Heights Conference – I’m so excited to see it, up close and personal!


You may see them at various events this fall and will definitely see them at the 2023 Soaring to New Heights Conference in January. Make sure to stop by and say hello!

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