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.



Doug Widener

Executive Director

Earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University. 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.


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.


Rebecca Conant

Assistant Director of Educational Programs

Earned 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 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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Britt Barbour Uhlenhake

Manager of Marketing and Development

Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has experience in social work, law, and the culinary arts. She worked as a baker before taking a hiatus to focus on her family, which includes 3 children and a black lab. She first became involved with the Conservancy in 2017 as a docent. Britt enjoys travel, yoga, reading, and cooking.


Carissa Hudson

Administrative Coordinator

Earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Restoration from Northland College. She has experience in volunteer and natural resources management and started with the Conservancy in 2017 as a Restoration Assistant. Carissa enjoys board games, plant biology, and all things nerdy.

Board of Directors

Julie Jahn

JSE Design Group

Chris O’Neill

The Ocean Agency

Melinda Munson


Molly Pusch

Civic Leader

Anne Van Wart

Civic Leader

Amy Findlay

Civic Leader

Norm Raidl

Civic Leader

Cathy Breitenbach

Director of Cultural & Natural Resources| Chicago Park District

Andrea Chadwick

Civic Leader

Danielle Hoeg

Civic Leader

Lauren Levine

Civic Leader

Alyson Coates

Civic Leader

Larry Leive

Civic Leader

Jamie Shuttleworth

Chief Strategy Officer, mcgarrybowen

Kelly Small

Civic Leader

Linda Baker

Civic Leader

Life Directors

Karen Howell

Anstiss Krueck

Charles and Susan Michod

Emese Wood

Margot Pritzker

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