Member Biography

Sandra Whitmore

Sandra Whitmore is the retired Director of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities for the City of Alexandria, Va. Previously she was the Superintendent of Recreation Services for Northbrook, Il, Highland Park, Il and Winnetka, Il. She received her B.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of Nebraska in 1960 and her M.S. degree in Recreation and Parks Administration from Western Illinois University in 1994.

Sandra became a member of the Academy in 1994 and served as President in 2001. She also served as President of the Academy Foundation from 2002-2008.

Her involvement in NRPA includes the Congress Program Committee for 10 years and served as Chair in 1994. She also was one of the Academy’s representatives on the Certification Board for many terms and chaired that committee. Accomplishments included coordinating the editing and publishing of “Management of Park and Recreation Agencies” 3rd Edition. She has visited many agencies seeking accreditation during her terms on CAPRA and during retirement.

Sandra was a Senior Fellow, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University helping park, recreation and public land organizations with academic expertise as well as real-world experiences.

During her career she is most proud of being the lead agency in the development of Alexandria’s first open space master plan; in cooperation with the Northbrook school district, bringing before and after care to Northbrook and forming a public/private arts program in Highland Park, Il.

She has had numerous honors including the Vola Lawson employee of the year in Alexandria, Va.  and the Shield award by the Delta Gamma Fraternity for her professional accomplishments.

Since retirement Sandra is a member of the Senior Services Commission for the Village of Northbrook, Il and is an officer with the Northbrook Rotary Club. She chairs a committee to bring sustainable gardening to her townhouse complex as well as other complexes in Northbrook. Besides gardening she can be found on the golf course several days of the week.

She lives in Northbrook, Il with her husband Daniel FitzSimmons. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.