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.



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 live music at Chicago’s many festivals.


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.

Erick CU 2017

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.

Emily Walsh Photo

Emily Walsh

Lily Pool Wedding Supervisor & Office Assistant

Recently earned a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from DePaul University.  Emily has studied abroad interacting with new ecosystems and people from many cultures. She speaks Spanish and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, music and just sitting outside with her dog and a good book.


Kevin Riley

Lily Pool Wedding Manager

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Toledo and has vast experience customer service. He enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, and movies. He is also a docent for the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Board of Directors

Julie Jahn

JSE Design Group

Melinda Munson

Civic Leader

Chris O’Neil

The Ocean Agency

Molly Pusch

Civic Leader

Anne Van Wart

Civic Leader

Life Directors

Karen Howell

Anstiss Krueck

Charles and Susan Michod

Emese Wood

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