Don Craven

President & Chief Executive Officer

217-241-1300, Ext. 222

Don Craven is from Springfield, IL, and a graduate of Pleasant Plains High School, St. Olaf College and SIU School of Law.  He has served the IPA in several capacities since 1985.


Tracy Spoonmore


Chief Financial Officer

217-241-1300, Ext. 237

Certified Public Accountant Tracy Spoonmore joined IPA in January 2018.  Tracy comes from United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln where she was the CFO.  Prior to that, she was the audit manager at Sikich.  Tracy has a master's degree from Western Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from Quincy University.

Lisa Bouvet

Clip Department

217-241-1300, Ext. 249

Lisa Bouvet has worked in the clip department for the Illinois Press Association since 1986.  She is from Springfield, Illinois.  She is responsible for the media-monitoring of all Illinois newspapers.

Lisa Sisti

Clip Department

217-241-1300, Ext. 225

Lisa grew up on a dairy farm in northwestern Illinois.  She joined IPA in May 1996.  She is responsible for the media-monitoring of all Illinois newspapers.

Ron Kline

Chief Technology Officer 

217-241-1300, Ext. 239

Ron Kline joined the Illinois Press Assoication in 2010 as Technology & Online Coordinator.  He is credited for assisting in the development and maintaining the site as well as the IPA's electronic contest entry system, both systems utilized by many other state press associations.  Prior to joining the IPA, Kline was a production system specialist for The News-Journal in Daytona Beach, FL and worked in various positions at The State Journal-Register in Springfield IL for close to 10 years.  He also has experience with a variety of specialized computer systems.

Cindy Bedolli

Administrative Assistant & Member Relations

217-241-1300, Ext. 226

Cindy Bedolli is from Williamsville, IL.  She worked at The State Journal-Register in advertising for over 12 years.  She most recently came from The Hope Institute where she worked in human resources.  Cindy is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a bachelors of science degree in marketing.  She joined the Illinois Press in 2015.

Neil Burkhouse

Systems Support Specialst


Neil comes to the Illinois Press Association from Gannett.  He joined the IPA in June 2023.

Charlene Frank

Advertising Service Manager

217-241-1700, Ext. 234

Charlene is a long-time resident of Springfield, Illinois.  She has worked at the Illinois Press Assoication since 1996.