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 25+ 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/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and USGBC Illinois Chapter. He started with the Conservancy in 2018. He enjoys time in nature, physical activity, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Britt Barbour Uhlenhake

Manager of Marketing and Development

Earned a degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has experience in social work, law, and the culinary arts. She first became involved with the Conservancy in 2017 as a Lincoln Park Conservatory docent. Britt enjoys travel, yoga, reading and cooking.

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Patrick Mucerino

Manager of Administration

Studied psychology at the University of Chicago. He has experience primarily in community development and event management as well as program/partnership development, non-profit fundraising, and organizational administration. He has worked with local, national, and international non-profits and b-corps across a variety of causes primarily within the LGBTQ+ and POC communities. He started at the Conservancy in 2021 as the Special Events Assistant. Patrick enjoys spending time in nature, cooking large family-style meals with friends, and traveling.


Maeve Musgrave Callaghan

Manager of Park Stewardship

Holds a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Horticulture from the University of Nebraska, a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Maeve has over a decade of experience in horticulture, having worked as a floral designer, organic farmer, and public gardener. She joined the Conservancy in Spring of 2022. In her leisure time, she enjoys camping, reading, and listening to music or public radio.

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Amelia Pollock

Manager of Docent Programs

Earned a degree in German and History from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Amelia has more than a decade of museum and nonprofit administrative, project, and staff and volunteer management experience, including at the Adler Planetarium, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. She is an accomplished author, poet, and storyteller with a wide-ranging background in informal education, from facilitation and interpretation to presentations and tours, primarily on Chicago’s hidden history. Amelia’s other interests include animal welfare and wildlife conservation, and she is on the board of the Chicago Herpetological Society. Amelia started with the Conservancy in 2022.


Jeff Seleb

Manager of Visitor Services

Earned a Master of Business Administration from Lake Forest and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Northern Illinois University. He has experience in Geographic Information Systems, Business Planning, and Operations Management. He began volunteering with the Lincoln Park Conservancy in 2020 before joining the team as a Visitor Services Associate in the Conservatory. Jeffrey enjoys time in nature, being a dog and plant dad, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ryan Fiero

Seasonal Administrative Assistant

Earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Concordia University, Nebraska, and his Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Capella University. He then proceeded to apply his knowledge to customer service and retail before he moved into nonprofit work, spending several years with the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro, TN as a marketer and office manager. He is new to environmental work but thrilled to serve this wonderful organization. In his free time, he enjoys games, food, new experiences, and friends.


Kyla Jarka

Ecological Restoration Assistant 

Earned a degree in Physics from Colorado College. She has experience in both software development and ecological restoration. She started at the Conservancy in 2022 as the Ecological Restoration Assistant. Kyla enjoys reading science fiction, cooking, and biking around the city.

Board of Directors

Melinda Munson

Civic Leader

Margee Elias

Vice Chair
General Counsel and EVP, GoGo Business Aviation

Larry Leive

Civic Leader

Amy Scalera Findlay

Civic Leader

Jamie Shuttleworth

Chief Strategy Officer, mcgarrybowen

Julie Jahn

Civic Leader

Linda Baker

Civic Leader

Kelly Small

Civic Leader

Norman Raidl

Civic Leader

Andrea Chadwick

Civic Leader

Danielle Hoeg

Civic Leader

Claire Millet

Civic Leader

Matthew Prewitt

Schiff Hardin LLP

Joseph Rumph, CFA

Manager, Absolute Return and Fixed Income, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Anne Van Wart

Civic Leader

Chris O’Neill

Emeritus Director
CEO, Logical Media Group

Cathy Breitenbach

Chicago Park District Representative
Director of Cultural & Natural Resources

Life Directors

Karen Howell

Anstiss Krueck

Charles and Susan Michod

Margot Pritzker

Emese Wood

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