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National Association of Park Foundations Adds Two Board Members

November 14, 2014

National Association of Park Foundations Adds Two Board Members


Villa Park, IL November 17, 2014 - The National Association of Park Foundations (NAPF), an IRS recognized 501 (c)(3) tax exempt membership organization, is proud to announce the addition of two members to the NAPF Board of Directors.


“The NAPF is proud to announce and welcome to the Board of Directors, Mrs. Jill Strobel Young and Mr. Mark Young, both of Louisville, Kentucky,“ said Donald A. Ortale, NAPF executive director. “Jill and Mark bring valuable resources and national board member experience that will strengthen the governance of the NAPF and assist us in our continued delivery of quality support to our member park foundations.”

Mr. and Mrs. Young will both assume very important roles in the governance of the NAPF. They will be strong ambassadors of the NAPF in the ongoing effort to grow membership and park foundation relevance in local communities throughout the United States.

“Both Jill and I believe that the National Association of Park Foundations fills an important role in supporting, strengthening and developing park foundations across the United States,” said Mark Young. “We are honored to be part of something that will have measurable value to the parks and recreation industry.”

Listed below are the bios of the inaugural NAPF Board Members:
About Jill Strobel Young
Jill Strobel Young has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, most recently Philanthropy Ohio, a statewide membership association serving community foundations, private and family foundations and corporate foundations and giving programs. She made contributions in the areas of resource development, grant writing, program development, project management and volunteer management. She began her career working for over 6 years as a naturalist / educator in state parks and environmental education centers. She currently works with Parks Forever Consulting in Louisville, Kentucky and is a member of The Falls of the Ohio Foundation Board of Directors.

About Mark Young
Mark 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.

About the National Association of Park Foundations (NAPF)
The NAPF is an Illinois 501 (c)(3) tax exempt, membership organization developed to assist and enhance the park experience by providing members with services and resources designed to start and/or strengthen the mission and community relevance of park foundations throughout the United States.

Those interested in learning more about the National Association of Park Foundations and/or to become a member are instructed to contact Donald A. Ortale, Executive Director, at 630-965-1000. You can also visit for additional information.

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