The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) honored Lisa Sheppard with the 2017 IPRA Professional Award. The award winners were announced during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, January 20, 2017.
The Professional Award is given to the nominee who has made an impact in the parks and recreation industry and made a significant impact in the community they serve. It is an honor to announce that Lisa Sheppard was selected as the top nominee for this prestigious award.
Throughout her career, Lisa has been very active in IPRA and has held many leadership positions, including that of IPRA Board Member, Recreation Section Director, Teen Committee Chairperson, and President of Suburban Park and Recreation Association (SPRA).
Lisa is a life-long learner and is always asking questions, which has helped her grow throughout her career. She first served as a Recreation Supervisor at the Rolling Meadows Park District, and then moved up to serve as Superintendent of Recreation at the Gurnee Park District. In February of 2013, she became the Executive Director of the Glencoe Park District. As the Executive Director, she led the development the District’s Master Plan, along with the revitalization of Friends Park, Shelton Park, Kalk Park, and Melvin Berlin Park.
Lisa is an active member in her various communities. She is a founding member of Gurnee’s Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Organization, which is designed to develop healthy, responsible, caring and competent youth. In addition to being a volunteer youth sports coach, she is also Vice President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women in Leisure Services, which is designed to provide a forum for women in leisure and community services to exchange ideas and enrich their professional skills.
“As a leader in every sense of the word, her vision, integrity, and ability to build an outstanding team earned her the respect of her staff and colleagues,” said Carol Mensinger, Glencoe Park District Director of Finance and Human Resources. “We are pleased to see Lisa Sheppard of the Glencoe Park District receive IPRA’s Professional of the Year Award.”
Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities.