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/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.

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 started with the Conservancy in 2015. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, dancing, and photography.

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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

Manager of Park Stewardship and Administration

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.

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Patrick Mucerino

Administrative Coordinator 

Studied psychology at the University of Chicago. He has experience primarily in community development and event management as well as program and 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.

Board of Directors

Melinda Munson

Civic Leader

Linda Baker

Civic Leader

Larry Leive

Civic Leader

Amy Scalera Findlay

Civic Leader

Jamie Shuttleworth

Chief Strategy Officer, mcgarrybowen

Julie Jahn

Civic Leader

Anne Van Wart

Civic Leader

Kelly Small

Civic Leader

Norman Raidl

Civic Leader

Andrea Chadwick

Civic Leader

Danielle Hoeg

Civic Leader

Claire Millet

Civic Leader

Joseph Rumph, CFA

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

Margee Elias

General Counsel and EVP, GoGo Business Aviation

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

Emese Wood

Margot Pritzker

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