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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

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

Bobbie Jo Hill

Public Relations Director

  • Media Relations
  • Park District Conservation Day
  • Parks Day at the Capitol
  • Flying 4 Kids
  • IAPD Summer Golf Tour
  • Park District Youth License Plate
  • 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

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 & finance

    Committee Liaison: Joint Conference
    217-523-4554 PH


    Wayne Utterback

    Director of Communications & Digital Content

    • Graphic Design
    • Video & Audio Production
    • Photography
    • Digital Publications & Content
    • Assists with designing new publications
    • Assists with the creation of content
    • Hosts the IAPD Park Cast
    • Develops new online materials
    • Creates presentations
    • Website Maintenance and Development


    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 - Advocacy & Legal


     217-523-4554 PH

    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 & Dues
    • Director Search Service
    • Graphic Design
    • PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program
    • Web Design & Maintenance
    • Membership Database
    • IAPD SocialLink
    • Social Media Marketing & Advertising

    Committee Liaison:  Municipal Committee



    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

    Kari Catton

    Executive Secretary

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


    217-523-4554 PH