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IPA Staff

Jason Leahy

Executive Director
Jason Leahy

217-525-1383

  • Serves as Chief Executive Office
  • Provides leadership and counsel to IPA Members, Board, and staff regarding Association matters
  • Develops and leads processes to continuously improve Association effectiveness
  • Provides constant and appropriate information to IPA Members, Board and staff about Association activities
  • Responsible for coordinating communication and cooperative relationships with individuals and organizations consistent with the Association’s mission

Brian Schwartz

Deputy Director / General Counsel
Brian D. Schwartz

217-525-1383
brian@ilprincipals.org
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  • Serves as the Association’s legal and compliance officer.
  • Provides legal assistance to Association members.
  • Oversees lobbying and legislative operations.
  • Speaks at conferences, region meetings and other Association events.
  • Attends meetings and events at the direction of the Executive Director

Alison Maley

Governmental Relations / Public Relations Director
Alison Maley

217-241-0595
alison@ilprincipals.org
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  • Lobbies the General Assembly and other entities on behalf of the Association
  • Communicates and works with the Illinois State Board of Education and other state and national agencies
  • Communicates with the general membership on legislative issues
  • Tracks and reports on federal legislation
  • Promotes the Association and the principalship

Jean Smith

Associate Director for Professional Development
Jean Smith

217-720-2683
jean@ilprincipals.org
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  • Coordinates and oversees all parts of the Associations professional development program
  • Develops cutting edge, relevant, and cost effective workshops for the membership
  • Schedules general session speakers and coordinates small group sessions for Fall and Summer Education Leaders Summer Conferences
  • Oversees the scheduling of all workshops
  • Completes yearly assessment of members’ professional development needs

Arlin Peebles

Online Professional Development Director
Arlin Peebles

217-241-0598
arlin@ilprincipals.org
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  • Oversees online professional development and provides technical assistance for online academies and events
  • Oversees content development and management of the Ed Leaders Network (ELN) service
  • Provides developmental assistance for online academies and ELN video content
  • Records/Produces IPA podcasts and videos
  • Assists Associate Director of Professional Development in maintaining all IPA online services

Dave Landers

Technology Director
Dave Landers

217-241-0601
dave@ilprincipals.org
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  • Ensures IPA is effectively and efficiently utilizing appropriate technologies to maximize member services
  • Continually researches for new technologies, systems and software
  • Maintains IPA servers and hardware by providing or ensuring staff provides necessary routine maintenance
  • Works cooperatively with third party technology providers as needed and ensures all third party contracts and purchases are cost effective
  • Develops, implements and maintains the IPA database
  • Ensures the IPA database, websites (including social networks), servers, etc. are secure
  • Provides technology training to IPA staff and members

Drew Thomason

Marketing and Communications Director
Drew Thomason

217-525-1384
drew@ilprincipals.org
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  • Develops graphics and marketing materials for IPA
  • Maintain IPA's web site
  • Community manager for IPA Connect
  • Manages IPA's communication and marketing emails

Maureen Cheever

Professional Development Director
Maureen Cheever

847-542-1832
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  • Provides professional development guidance
  • Develops administrator academies
  • Assists in managing online professional development, including administrator academies

Lynne Woodrum

Executive Assistant
Laura Adams

217-321-9570

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  • Personal Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Coordinates housing & receptions for NASSP & NAESP Conferences, Board of Director meetings, Region Director meetings and Leadership Conference
  • Assists Award Committee with nominations, selections and notification of award winners
  • Collects, updates and maintains Board of Directors, State and Region leadership
  • Responsible for updating the playbook, website and IPA warehouse

Lynne Woodrum

Professional Development and Conferences Coordinator
Lynne Woodrum

217-241-0592
lynne@ilprincipals.org
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  • Supports and facilitates online administrator academies
  • Assists with coordination of IPA’s mentoring program
  • Coordinates two annual conferences in collaboration with the Member Services and Conference Coordinator 

Pam Burdine

Member Services and Conference Coordinator
Pam Burdine

217-525-1385
pam@ilprincipals.org
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  •  Assists with conferences planning
  • Handles conference registrations and coordinates small group session presenters
  • Assists in securing IPA partners
  • Manages Model Student Handbook subscriptions

Anna Nickelson

Bookkeeper
Anna Nickelson

217-525-1499
anna@ilprincipals.org
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  • Handles all payables
  • Prepares and maintains monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reports for all funds
  • Prepares payroll, payroll taxes, and quarterly/yearly reports (including W2's and 1099's)
  • Reconciles all funds bank statements
  • Responsible for annual audit preparation
  • Prepares and sends grant quarterlies and end of the year report

Lisa Thoele

Member Services Coordinator 
Lisa Thoele

217-241-2648
lisa@ilprincipals.org
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  • Responsible for Large District Incentive Program
  • Contact for Region Book reports
  • Handles membership partnerships with IRTA, NASSP, NAESP & ISDA 
  • Assists with membership recruitment and retention campaigns
  • Oversees monthly membership billing
  • Sends out renewal cards and new member packets 

Beth Broyles

Professional Development Coordinator
Beth Broyles

217-241-0594
beth@ilprincipals.org
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  • Works with Associate Director for PD in creating quarterly workshop overview piece for graphic artist
  • Sends speaker letter and contract and reserves hotel room for speakers
  • Enters registrations in the database, e-mail confirmations and files registration forms
  • Sets up hotel contracts once dates and locations have been decided
  • Responsible for incoming/outgoing administrator academy calls, faxes, and e-mails
  • Emails ISBE Letter to “CPD Only” workshop participants
  • Prepares workshop materials and ships to appropriate field staff

Vicki DeWitt

Professional Development  Project Manager
Vicki DeWitt

618-304-2972
vicki@ilprincipals.org
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  • Identify PD needs and create plans/timelines for high-quality PD content/resources for ELN and other identified content needs
  • Assist writing administrator academy proposals
  • Assist with video content development for ELN
  • Identify and seek appropriate funding sources to assist in creating or purchasing high-quality content through pursing grants and other alternative funding

Scott Wilkison

Ed Leaders Network (ELN) Coordinator
Scott Wilkinson

217-321-9574
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  • Record, edit and publish video content for IPA and Ed Leaders Network
  • Establish contacts and coordinate scheduling for ELN video shoots
  • Assists in maintenance of ELN website with homepage, presenter and content updates
  • Assists in the ELN Support Queque to assist ELN users with technical support

Alex Dillon

Ed Leaders Network (ELN) Data Coordinator
Alex Dillion

217-321-9571
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  • Assists in maintenance of ELN website with homepage, presenter and content updates
  • Assists in the ELN Support Queque to assist ELN users with technical support
  • Assists in ensuring subscribers have access to, and fully utilize, ELN

Julie Miener 2015

Data Support Specialist
Julie Miener

217-525-7145

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  • Collect, manipulate and analyze the member related data
  • Improve and expand databases, reporting toolsets and enter information into data systems, manually or otherwise, when necessary and delete any duplicate, outdated or irrelevant information
  • Develop an understanding of the data, know where to find it, and how to use it.  Be able to source and retrieve data from both internal and external sources
  • Maintain integrity and accuracy of data in member and ELN databases

Daryl Peel

Administrative Assistant
Daryl Peel

217-525-1383
daryl@ilprincipals.org
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  • Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Responsible for bookings and preparations for in-house meetings   

Pat Smith

Accounts Receivables Clerk (Part-time)
Pat Smith

217-525-7140
pat@ilprincipals.org
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  • Enters accounts receivable
  • Answers billing questions
  • Assists with purchase orders
  • Processes credit card payments and refunds

Frank Conry

Field Services Coordinator
(Part-time)

Frank Conry

815-994-8591
frank@ilprincipals.org
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  • Contacts members including:  those being mentored, attended new administrator workshops, make cold calls to non-members, contact Region officers and State Director, and make welcome calls to new members recently joining IPA
  • Attends Regional activities including Regional executive board meetings, socials and other activities
  • Provides workshop support
  • Attends meetings called by the Field Director for the purpose of updating, coordination of information and reports on assigned Region activities
  • Coordinates the IPA Regions of Blackhawk,Kishwaukee, Northwest, and Western

Karen Triezenberg

Field Services Coordinator
(Part-time)

Karen Triezenberg
630-643-8078
karen@ilprincipals.org
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  • Contacts members including:  those being mentored, attended new administrator workshops, make cold calls to non-members, contact Region officers and State Director, and make welcome calls to new members recently joining IPA
  • Attends Regional activities including Regional executive board meetings, socials and other activities
  • Provides workshop support
  • Attends meetings called by the Field Director for the purpose of updating, coordination of information and reports on assigned Region activities
  • Coordinates the IPA Regions of DuPage, South Cook, Starved Rock and Three Rivers

Don Dillon

Field Services Coordinator
(Part-time)
Don Dillon

618-367-2596
dond@ilprincipals.org
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  • Contacts members including:  those being mentored, attended new administrator workshops, make cold calls to non-members, contact Region officers and State Director, and make welcome calls to new members recently joining IPA
  • Attends Regional activities including Regional executive board meetings, socials and other activities
  • Provides workshop support
  • Attends meetings called by the Field Director for the purpose of updating, coordination of information and reports on assigned Region activities
  • Coordinates the IPA Regions of Egyptian, Kaskaskia, Shawnee, Southwestern and Wabash Valley

Don Hansen

Field Services Coordinator
(Part-time)
Don Hansen

217-480-6703
donh@ilprincipals.org
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  • Contacts members including: those being mentored, attended new administrator workshops, make cold calls to non-members, contact Region officers and State Director, and make welcome calls to new members recently joining IPA
  • Attends Regional activities including Regional executive board meetings, socials and other activities
  • Provides workshop support Attends meetings called by the Field Director for the purpose of updating, coordination of information and reports on assigned Region activities
  • Coordinates the IPA Regions of Abe Lincoln, Central Illinois Valley, Cornbelt, Illini and Two Rivers

Kim Zinman

Field Services Coordinator
(Part-time)
Kim Zinman

847-606-4371
kim@ilprincipals.org
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  • Contacts members including: those being mentored, attended new administrator workshops, make cold calls to non-members, contact Region officers and State Director, and make welcome calls to new members recently joining IPA
  • Attends Regional activities including Regional executive board meetings, socials and other activities
  • Provides workshop support
  • Attends meetings called by the Field Director for the purpose of updating, coordination of information and reports on assigned Region activities
  • Coordinates the IPA Regions of Lake, North Cook and West Cook

Don Anderson

Mentoring & Coaching Director/Field Services Coordinator
(Part-time)
Don Anderson

312-339-6488
don.anderson@ilprincipals.org
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  • Contacts members including: those being mentored, attended new administrator workshops, make cold calls to non-members, contact Region officers and State Director, and make welcome calls to new members recently joining IPA
  • Attends Regional activities including Regional executive board meetings, socials and other activities
  • Provides workshop support
  • Attends meetings called by the Field Director for the purpose of updating, coordination of information and reports on assigned Region activities
  • Coordinates the IPA Regions of North Cook, South Cook and West Cook

IPA Employee Motto


Serving Each Other, Serving Educators,
Serving Children

The IPA Service Basics


The IPA Employee Motto will be known, owned and energized by all employees.

Our IPA Motto is: "Serving Each Other, Serving Educators, Serving Children."

Each employee will be an ambassador of the IPA both inside and outside of the organization. All employees will embody the IPA mission, vision, and beliefs.

Each employee will foster a positive and encouraging working environment, because we understand that teamwork makes our service #1. We serve the members by serving each other.

All contacts with fellow coworkers, members and associates will be professional, positive, personal, prompt, and go the extra mile. "We are only a phone call away," and If we don't know the answer, we will find the answer" are what we live by.

100% coworker, member, and associate satisfaction is the responsibility of every employee.

An uncompromising level of respect for coworkers, members, associates, and confidentiality of others is the responsibility of each employee.

Every employee will advocate for the needs of educators and their students.


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