Member Spotlight

As an association, IPELRA is composed of individuals working in the public sector with a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences, all with stories to tell. The Member Spotlight is a place to learn about other members and a way to create networking opportunities. (please note: IPELRA membership is required to view full profiles)

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Erica Wells

Assistant to the Finance Director at Village of Gurnee

Who has influenced you most in your life? I would have to say the person who has influenced me the most in life is my dad. Ever since I was a little girl he has had big dreams for me and helped me to realize the value of hard work. He has encouraged me to chase my dreams, have the confidence to stay focused and never give up. He has been my biggest support when I've needed it. Now that I have kids of my own I've tried to support them and remind them of the importance of hard work, honesty and overall just being a good person that others want to be around. It seems simple but as a kid you don't always know right from wrong so I think it's important to be a good role model and as a kid it helps build confidence knowing you have someone that is always cheering you on!

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Todd Walker

Human Resources Director at Village of Algonquin
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What is your favorite travel destination and why? Our western National Parks and geographical areas (Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, etc) but particularly the Grand Teton in Wyoming.  It is a moving experience to hike, camp, and see our country's natural wonders.  There is nothing more breathtaking then a view of a sunrise from on top of a mountain!  It makes you appreciate God's gifts!

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Cristina White

Assistant City Administrator at City of Warrenville
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How do you define success? Success is a moving target.  To me, it means having a sense of purpose and knowing that I'm making a contribution.  When I look back, I measure success by all of the things I have learned so far.  When I get to the end of my life, I think success will be measured in whether I left things better than I found them, and left an overall positive impression on the places and people I encountered along the way. 

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Megan Fulara

Assistant City Administrator/Human Resources Director at City of Crest Hill
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What is your favorite travel destination and why? I am going to Egypt this spring for a yoga retreat and I can probably already guess this will be my favorite travel destination!  I have a great respect for the culture and history that lie in this part of the world and can't wait to experience its beauty. 


DeSha Kalmar

Director of Human Resources at City of Lake Forest
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When lessons have you learned in your career that have made you successful? Always treat people with dignity and respect, even - especially - when you are bringing bad news or dealing with negative situations.

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Rocella Rodgers

911 Communications Center Manager at Village of Wheeling
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What lessons have you learned in your career that have made you successful? My career does not define who I am; my actions do.

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Leslie G. Rienzie-Barry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources for the Will County Clerk's Office
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What is one thing that most people don't know about Leslie? She absolutely eats, sleeps, and drinks sports, whether as a spectator or as a player. She loves bad weather during the weekend because it encourages her to stay put and watch sports.

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Dawn Scott

HR Generalist with the Village of Hanover Park<
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When asked how she decompresses from the stress of being a Labor Relations professional, Dawn responded “stay positive and hopeful and have an open mind. When under stress, deep breaths through your nose and out your mouth are very helpful.”