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Our Team

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.

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

~ Henry David Thoreau

Our Staff

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Rafael Rosa

Executive Director

Rafael has spent 30 years working in conservation and environmental education and programming including 22 years at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and nine years in national roles with the Student Conservation Association and the American Conservation Experience. He joined the Conservancy as Executive Director in December 2023. Rafael is active in his local school community and when not supporting the work of LPC enjoys biking, walks with his mini-Golden Doodles and boardgames with family and friends.

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Britt Barbour Uhlenhake

Manager of Marketing & Development

Earned a degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Britt helps manage fundraising and public messaging campaigns, donor relations and digital communications for the Conservancy. She first became involved with the Conservancy in 2017 as a Lincoln Park Conservatory docent. Britt enjoys travel, exercise, reading and cooking for her family, including 3 hungry kids.

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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.

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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 almost two decades 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, researcher, 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 the vice president of the Chicago Herpetological Society. Amelia started with the Conservancy in 2022.

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Jeffrey 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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Adriana Gonzalez

Visitor Services Associate

With over a decade of experience in customer service, Adriana joined the Lincoln Park Conservatory in the Spring of 2023. Coming from the Shedd Aquarium, where she spent 9 years as one of their guest relations ambassadors, she’s also worked in some of Chicago’s notable landmarks like Navy Pier and the Chicago Theatre. She is both a digital and film photographer, who enjoys spending time in nature, drinking coffee, and reading fantasy novels.

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Marisa L.

Visitor Services Associate

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Yahir Dominguez

Visitor Services Associate

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Edwina Schorn

Seasonal Stewardship Assistant

Board of Directors

Melinda Munson

Chair

Civic Leader

Margee Elias

2023 Co-Chair

Former General Counsel and EVP, GoGo Inc.

Joseph Rumph, CFA

co-Treasurer

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

Larry Leive

Co-Treasurer

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Andrea Chadwick

Co-Secretary

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Claire Millet

Co-Secretary

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Buffie Berger

Director

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Isabel Carpenter

Director

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Stephanie Etzig

Director

Director, PierceGray LLC

Julie Jahn

Director

Civic Leader

Kathryn Pick

Director

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Matthew Prewitt

Director

Schiff Hardin LLP

Norman Raidl

Director

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Kelly Small

Director

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Heidi Suprenant

Director

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Maria Van Rijn

Director

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Cathy Breitenbach

Chicago Park District Representative

Director of Cultural & Natural Resources

Chris O'Neill

Emeritus Director

CEO, Logical Media Group/The Ocean Agency

Nick Woboril

Consulting Member

Landscape Advisor, Scott Byron & Co, Inc.

Life Directors

Karen Howell

Antiss Krueck

Charles & Susan Michod

Margot Pritzker

Emese Wood

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Wonders of the Park Gala!

Thursday, May 16th

Indulge in an evening of elegance and philanthropy with us at the Saddle & Cycle Club of Chicago.

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