Director of Professional Development, Kristen Butcher

Kristen Butcher, CMP, is IAR's director of professional development.

Butcher oversees IAR’s events and education programs for its 41,000 members. A Midwest native, Butcher previously worked as director of sales and catering at the Hilton Springfield. She joined the Hilton as a director of sales in 2001. 

Butcher also worked for the Illinois Association of Park Districts in Springfield as educational services director. 

Butcher holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. She holds the Certified Meeting Professional designation. 

A member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, Butcher was awarded the organization’s Rising Star Award in 1997. She is also a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, and is a committee member for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb and Downtown Springfield, Inc.

Butcher and her husband, Joe, have two children and live in Springfield.