DEDICATED TO ENRICHING THE EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THOSE INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES IN ILLINOIS

Illinois Activity Professionals Association

Jody Baalman began working with elderly citizens in 1974 when she was hired at the local Senior Center.   She was the transportation supervisor and assisted with facility programs and overnight trips.  Sixteen years later a new Long term care facility opened and she was courted/wooed until she accepted the position of Activity Coordinator for the nursing home.  Almost 80% of the residents being admitted had been active at the Senior Center and they were instrumental in my changing professions.  It was a great transition due to already having relationships with the majority of the residents on her first day.   Her career as an activity professional has spanned 26 years and four facilities.  She was an active member of ADAM (Activity Directors Association of Missouri) for 10 years and currently a member of IAPA for the past 11 years.  She is a Certified Activity Professional through IAPA.  She is honored to be a board member, and is looking forward to being more available after her upcoming retirement in December of 2016.   “The best teacher and training an activity professional can acquire is from the networking and opportunities IAPA has to offer.  I am honored to be a part of IAPA.”    

Bonnie Megehe, Past President

Kathy's bio may never come, but we are certainly glad we have her on the board. Kathy has been the treasurer of IAPA for a number of years and a member of the organization for even longer. She is a Certified Activity Professional and was winner of the Dorene Award in 1983. Kathy is the Resident Service Coordinator at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation. 

Bonnie Megehe started in the activity profession in 2000.  She has 14 years of experience in the field of activities and dementia care. She is a Certified Activity Professional through IAPA.  She has served on the IAPA board in the positions of Region 4 representative, Marketing and Public Relations Chairman, and President from 2011 to 2014.  She has served as President of BRAG and is now a member of SLADA. She received Larry Madge Award in 2006. She is freelance writing for Creative Forecasting. She has served Illinois Pioneering Network as a regional Representative and was a Coordinator for the Lincoln Prairie Culture Change Coalition.  Before entering the activity profession she owned and operated her own manufacturing business.  She is now retired and enjoys working with the IAPA board and serves as the Immediate Past President on the executive board.  Her leisure activities include spending time with family, friends, and grandchildren, arts and crafts, Tole and Decorative painting, reading, and church and community activities.

Kathleen Clark, Treasurer

Mary Rillie has been in the Activity Profession for 30+ years, starting my career as an Activity/Social Service Director for a 100 bed skilled facility. She then moved up and onward, working at a 245-bed facility, Oak Glen Home, currently Hope Creek Care Center, owned and operated by Rock Island County. She earned a BA at Western Illinois University by attending night school while working at Oak Glen Home. During her 24 year career with Hope Creek/Oak Glen Home, she served as Director of Activities, Social Services and Volunteer Services. The magical date of June 2010 arrived and she retired! IAPA has been an important part of her activity career, providing guidance, education, leadership and invaluable networking opportunities, not only in Illinois, but across the country. Mary served IAPA as Region III Representative, Vice-President, and President. Since retirement she has served as Immediate Past President, Marketing Director, Local Association Speaker and is currently Vice President. Mary says that one of her proudest moments was receiving the Larry Madge award in 2009. She continues to be a Certified Activity Professional through IAPA as well as a volunteer co-director at an adult day center. Mary says that Activities plays such a vital and important role in the lives of those individuals living outside their personal home environment - the caring and compassionate approach delivered daily by the professionalism of the Activity Program truly gives everyone a "reason to get up every morning." 


Kenny Shuman started his career in long term care at the age of 15 as a Teen Volunteer. His passion and desire to be a part of the senior community found it’s calling as an Activity Director. His professional career includes five years as an Assistant Administrator and most recently the completion of his Degree from the University of Phoenix in Health Care Management. He has served as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee for the IAPA and has been an active member since the early 90’s. Kenny now looks forward to serving the IAPA, in yet another capacity, in guiding and mentoring Activity Professionals around the state.  Kenny currently serves as the Director of Activities and Volunteer Services at Hope Creek Care Center, a 245 bed facility, in East Moline IL. 


Mary Rillie, Vice President

Jody Baalman, Secretary

Kenny Shuman, President

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