Advisory Council


The National Association of Park Foundations (NAPF) Board may from time to time establish an Advisory Council or Councils that serve as NAPF’s presence in key geographical or demographic areas of the country. Regional Advisors advance the mission and goals of NAPF and serve as direct links to the communities in which they reside. The Advisory Council will assist in Membership Recruitment and Retention, Fundraising Campaigns, Special Projects and promotion of NAPF educational programs and activities. The Advisory Council will not have voting authority and serve only as ex-officio members of the NAPF Board.



The Advisory Council shall be composed of no more than 36 persons at any time and members will be appointed by NAPF Board of Directors. Former members of the Board of Directors are eligible for appointment but cannot hold a Board position consecutively with a position on the Advisory Council. 



Council members shall serve a term of three (3) years. The Board of Directors may reappoint Council members to an additional three year term at the conclusion of the first term. No Council member shall serve for more than two consecutive three year terms


For additional information about the Advisory Council and/or to request consideration to serve on the NAPF Advisory Council, please contact NAPF executive director, Donald A. Ortale, at or call 630-965-1000.


Ronald D. Lehman

Donald Jessen

Donald Jessen is a 30+ year veteran of volunteer service to Parks and Recreation serving in various volunteer and elected leadership positions.  He is an advocate for parks and recreation on a legislative level and is often seen lobbying on behalf of parks and recreation at the state and national level.  He has served as an Ambassador to Parks and Recreation in Japan.  He is currently the Chair of the Addison Park District Foundation.

Mark McKinnon - Chair

Mark McKinnon has nearly 40 years’ experience in parks and recreation administration, programming and facility management in the Chicago metropolitan area.  From 2006 through 2015, Mark served as the Executive Director of the Addison Park District and previously held positions with the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and the Orland Park Recreation Department.  Today, Mark is the CEO of Recreation Executive Consultants (REC), a consulting firm focusing on managing strategic and comprehensive plans, executive searches and staff teambuilding.  He and his wife, Kathy, live in Bloomingdale, Illinois and are the proud parents of 3 great adults—one of which followed Mark into a career in parks and rec management.

Joe Wynns - Chair non-voting

Wynns served as the Director of Indy Parks, Indianapolis, IN from 2000 to 2008 leading Indy Parks to the level of national finalist for the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2005, ’06 and ’07.   Concurrently, Wynns served on the Board of Directors of the National Recreation and Park Association (NAPA) Board of Directors from 2004 – 2011 during which time Wynns served on the Outdoor Resources Review Group (ORRG), a national bipartisan advisory panel with honorary co-chairs Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Jeff Bingaman. His work was presented to President Barack Obama’s Administration (Department of Interior) documenting the need for parks, outdoor recreation, open space and related issues. 

Mark Young

Mark Young has worked an administrator in the field of parks, recreation and natural resources for more than 30 years, serving the cities of Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Mark provides consulting services with Parks Forever Consulting in Louisville, KY. He is an advisor to the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.

Mark has held a variety of volunteer leadership positions. He served a nine year term on the board of directors for the National Recreation and Park Association, including chair of the public policy committee. He served on the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Board of Directors for six years. Mark also serves on the Falls of the Ohio Foundation Board of Directors. 

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