Our Staff & Board

“There must be the generating force of love behind every effort destined to be successful.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

 

 

People with a Passion for Parks

 

Our philosophy is simple – form and maintain a positive relationship with every donor, volunteer and partner – and the rest will follow. We consider our supporters family, and as family, we share a common goal to work together for the betterment of Lincoln Park. Our volunteer Board of Directors believe in our responsibility to care for the environment, advocate for open space, and nurture peoples’ connection to our park’s nature and history. All our Board members either live near the park or grew up playing in the park and they spend significant time enjoying the park today with their children, grandchildren or pets.

We believe Lincoln Park is what makes living in the third largest city in the United States livable. It’s the “lungs of our city” giving us all room to breathe and it is important to everyone’s quality of life. So when we hear park visitors say – “It’s my park” – we understand completely.

Employees

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Doug Widener

Executive Director

Earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration. Doug has 23 years of environmental nonprofit managerial experience including: strategic planning, education program development and management, fundraising, government advocacy, partnership development, staff oversight, and board stewardship and management. Doug’s previous employers include: the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Notebaert Nature Museum, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and USGBC Illinois Chapter. He enjoys time in nature, physical activity, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Aaron Hammond

Assistant Director of Park Management and Sustainability

Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Loyola University Chicago and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies. He has extensive experience working with native landscapes and our urban forest, as well as leading and educating volunteers. Aaron enjoys traveling, cycling, hiking, and spending time with his dog.

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Rebecca Conant

Assistant Director of Educational Programs

Earned a Masters in Environmental Biology and Nonprofit Management,  as well as a bachelor’s degree in Geology, Studio Art, and Art History. She has extensive experience developing, managing and evaluating educational programs and leading staff and volunteers. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, dancing, and photography.

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Erick Huck 

Planning and Project Manager

Earned a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.  Erick brings 13 years of experience in professional concept-to-construction to our team, as well as experience in facilitating public meetings and charettes, and being a liaison with city staff and a large range of professional consultants such as architects and civil engineers.

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Emily Walsh

Lily Pool Wedding Supervisor & Office Assistant

Recently earned a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from DePaul University.  Emily has experience interacting with new ecosystems and people from different backgrounds. She enjoys live music, hiking, traveling, and just being outdoors.

Board of Directors

Julie Jahn

Co-President
JSE Design Group

Chris O’Neill

Co-President
The Ocean Agency

Melinda Munson

Treasurer

Molly Pusch

Civic Leader

Anne Van Wart

Civic Leader

Amy Findlay

Civic Leader

Norm Raidl

Civic Leader

Cathy Breitenbach

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Director of Cultural & Natural Resources| Chicago Park District

Andrea Chadwick

Civic Leader

Danielle Hoeg

Civic Leader

Lauren Levine

Civic Leader

Cynthia Knapp

Civic Leader

Life Directors

Karen Howell

Anstiss Krueck

Charles and Susan Michod

Emese Wood

Margot Pritzker

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