Lisa D. Nye, Executive Director


Lisa Nye has over 30 years’ experience in non-profit management, twenty-five of those as an Association professional. She is currently the Executive Director of the Indiana Park & Recreation Association where her focus is on broadening IPRA’s ability to positively impact park professionals and their communities throughout Indiana, as well as provide them with valuable professional development opportunities and resources.

Prior to joining IPRA, Lisa served as Vice President of the Professional Association for Customer Engagement where she was responsible for administration of two major national conventions, 12 U.S. chapters with 40 chapter based events annually, and was founder and director of the PACE philanthropic initiative which has supported charities in 20 states.

Lisa also served as Director of Finance and Administration for IARCA – an Association of Children’s and Family Services for 14 years before leaving to join the staff of an IARCA member agency as Director of Community Services at Resource, Inc., a facility that provides services for seriously emotionally disturbed or delinquent children and their families.

Her career also includes time as a consultant for the Ball State Social Science Research Center and SomeIQ.

Lisa has been an active volunteer with many charities that focus on children, hunger, homelessness, human rights, the environment and Down Syndrome. She enjoys spending time visiting local parks with her six grandchildren, and visiting/hiking national parks.

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Lindsey Houston, Membership & Marketing Coordinator


Lindsey comes to IPRA with over 8 years experience in non-profit development and marketing. She thoroughly enjoys all aspects of marketing, fundraising, and social media. Her previous experience includes serving as a Development Manager for the American Diabetes Association and Community Manager for the American Cancer Society.

Lindsey enjoys living in downtown Noblesville with her daughters. In her spare time she loves to travel, visit local parks, and attend concerts.

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Felisha Canillas, Development & Events Coordinator


Felisha joined IPRA in April 2018 after having served in development and events management roles for over 5 years at the American Cancer Society and at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. She is a proud Indiana University alumnus where she received her degree in Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

In her role, Felisha will primarily focus on fund and sponsorship development as well as assist with Association and Foundation event planning and execution.

Felisha enjoys spending time with her son and husband, watching reality TV and eating sushi.

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