Decatur Park District Commissioner Elected Trustee of Leading Statewide Association for Parks

Dr. Kristin White, Commissioner of the Decatur Park District, was recently elected to the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees.

As an IAPD Trustee, Dr. White will assist the association with its mission of advancing Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies in their ability to preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois. She will work with the 19-member board to advise the association in providing service, research, advocacy, public awareness, and educational programs to its membership of 360 park, recreation, and conservation agencies and nearly 100 affiliated business partners.

“Dr. White is a tremendous champion of the numerous benefits of parks, recreation, and conservation,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “Her commitment to community service and her enthusiasm for improving health and wellness through parks and recreation are unparalleled. We are fortunate to have her on the IAPD board.”

Dr. White is a member of the IAPD Nominating Committee and the Program Committee.

She has been a chiropractor in Decatur since 2004, specializing in sports medicine.  She has served on the Decatur Sister Cities Committee and has been on delegations to both of Decatur’s sister cities in Japan and Germany.

She was elected to the Decatur Park District board in 2019.

IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation, and conservation in America.  The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation and forest preserve district board members who govern 360 agencies employing 40,000 individuals.

IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation, and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities, and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois.