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IAPD Staff

Peter M. Murphy, Esq., CAE, IOM
Attorney at Law
President & CEO
Association General Counsel 1980-2009
Complete Bio

  • Manages the Association's operations and personnel
  • Directs grassroots legislative activity - state and federal
  • Manages the Association's legal and legislative programs
  • Provides testimony on behalf of the Association to House and Senate
  • Committees
  • Provides legal consultation to members
  • Works with the IAPD Board of Trustees to advance the Association's mission and vision
  • Leads the Association's Executive Search service
  • Responsible for the Association's finances - investment and fundraising
  • Directs the Association's programs and services
  • Provides technical assistance
  • Directs research development designed to serve members' needs
  • Serves as an IPARKS board member
  • Acts as the Association's spokesperson
  • Establishes on-going partnerships with state and national organizations that further open space protection and the development of recreational opportunities
  • Conducts Board Self-evaluations for agency board members and leadership teams
  • Directs boardmanship training and education
  • Manages the Association's affinity partner relations
  • Authors books and magazine articles on boardmanship, leadership, legal topics and governance
  • Serves as President of the Friends of Illinois Parks
  • Develops corporate and nonprofit partnerships

Committee Liaison: All Committees
217-523-4554 PH
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Jason Anselment
Legal/Legislative Counsel

  • Provides legal consultation to membership and local counsel
  • Association liaison to General Assembly
  • Staff liaison to Illinois Assoc. of Conservation and Forest Preserve Districts
  • Review all legislation introduced by the General Assembly
  • Staff liaison to IPARKS
  • IAPD Legislative Conference and Legal Symposium
  • Statehouse Insider column for Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine
  • Legislative Updates and Alerts and Legal News to membership
  • Maintains Public Policy and Legal Assistance sections of IAPD website
  • Maintains legislative database
  • Association’s Grassroots Advocacy Program

Committee Liaison: Joint Legislative
217-523-4554 PH
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Bobbie Jo Hill
Public Relations Director

  • Media Relations
  • Park District Conservation Day
  • Parks Day at the Capitol
  • Flying 4 Kids
  • IAPD Summer Golf Tour
  • Public relations activities
  • Special event coordination
  • Promotional planning
  • Benefits research
  • Copy writing
  • e-News
  • Award Coordination

Committee Liaison: Honors & Resolutions, Distinguished Accreditation
217-523-4554 PH
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Alan Howard
Finance Director

  • Association's accounting, financial statements, payroll and record keeping
  • Annual budgets and audit
  • Membership dues
  • Membership database
  • Advertising management
  • Conference registration and finance

Committee Liaison: Joint Conference
217-523-4554 PH
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Rachel Laier

Publications Director
  • Editor, Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine
  • IAPD/IPRA Buyers Guide
  • Graphic artist
  • Special publications

Committee Liaison: Joint Editorial
217-523-4554 PH


Shannon Sartain
Legal Secretary

  • Assistant to Legal Counsel
  • Joint Legislative Committee correspondence
  • Legislator correspondence
  • Publications assistance
  • General public and member inquiries
  • General office assistance
  • Website maintenance


217-523-4554m PH
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Casey Wichmann
Director of Marketing and Development

  • Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watch Program                                                    
  • Affinity Partnerships
  • Park District Youth License Plate
  • Friends of Illinois Parks
  • EarthShare of Illinois
  • e-Advertising
  • IAPD Sponsorships
  • Conference Sponsorships
  • Corporate/Associate Memberships
  • Director Search Service
  • PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program
  • Web design and maintenance
  • Membership Database
  • Social Media Marketing & Advertising

Committee Liaison: Municipal Committee
217-523-4554 PH

Sue Triphahn
Educational Services Director

  • Annual Conference Manager
  • Educational Program Planning & Registration
  • Arranges Board & Committee Meetings
  • Special Events
  • IAPD Summer Golf Tour

Committee Liaison: Program and Joint Conference
847-496-4449 PH
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on her IAPD Profile Page

Kari Catton

 Executive Secretary

  • Assistant to President & CEO
  • IAPD board correspondence
  • Publications assistance
  • General public and member inquiries
  • General office assistance

217-523-4554 PH