The Park Pride Team

We Heart Parks

The work of Park Pride is truly a team effort of donors, sponsors, volunteers, partners, and more. Leading the charge is a dedicated staff working tirelessly every day to improve our parks and neighborhoods.

Kayla Altland (she / her)

Director of Grantmaking + Fiscal Sponsorship

Programs:
Grantmaking, Fiscal Sponsorship
Favorite Hometown Park:
Logan Park (Dillsburg, PA)
Park Pastime:
Reading and hiking

Allison Barnett (she / her)

Associate Director

Favorite Hometown Park:
Cook Co. Forest Preserve (Northbrook, IL)
Park Pastime:
Picnicking, relaxing, watching kids play

Ellen Bruenderman (she / her)

Director of Community Services

Programs:
Friends of the Park, Volunteer Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Garvin Brown Nature Preserve (Prospect, KY)
Park Pastime:
Creek walking and nature photography

Yoon Tae Chong (he / him)

Senior Foundation Relations Manager

Favorite Hometown Park:
Roper Park (Jasper, GA)
Park Pastime:
Playing hide-and-seek

Ariane DeLong (she / her)

Development Director

Programs:
Development
Favorite Hometown Park:
Norwood Park (Chevy Chase, MD)
Park Pastime:
Walking, picnicking, people watching

Eli Dickerson (he / him)

Director of Education

Programs:
Educational programming and capacity building
Favorite Hometown Park:
North Inlet-Winyah Bay Estuary (Georgetown, SC)
Park Pastime:
Exploring for giant trees!

Avery Evans (she / her)

Grantmaking Fellow

Programs:
Grantmaking, Fiscal Sponsorship
Favorite Hometown Park:
Mason Mill Park (Atlanta, GA)
Park Pastime:
Taking pictures with my film camera!

Torey Garrett (he / him)

Project Manager

Programs:
Park Visioning Program
Park Pastime:
Walking

Michael Halicki (he / him)

Executive Director

Favorite Hometown Park:
Grant Park (Atlanta, GA)
Park Pastime:
Jogging with my dog, taking my kids to playground & pool

Hannah Jones (she / her)

Marketing & Communications Manager

Favorite Hometown Park:
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Park Pastime:
Long walks, admiring plants

Faria Khan (she / her)

Grantmaking & Fiscal Sponsorship Associate

Programs:
Grantmaking, Fiscal Sponsorship
Favorite Hometown Park:
Piedmont Park (Atlanta, GA)
Park Pastime:
People watching and sunbathing

Lauren King (she / her)

Community Services Associate

Programs:
Friends of the Park
Favorite Hometown Park:
Old Rope Mill Park (Woodstock, GA)
Park Pastime:
Walking nature trails

Marlina McKay (she / her)

Senior IT Manager

Programs:
Database + Website + IT
Favorite Hometown Park:
Piedmont Park (Atlanta, GA)
Park Pastime:
Nature Photography

Vanessa Miot (she / her)

Advocacy and Education Specialist

Programs:
Friends of the Park
Favorite Hometown Park:
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (St. Petersburg, FL)
Park Pastime:
Wandering through park trails with family, letting curiosity lead us

Joanna Patterson (she / her)

Volunteer Associate

Programs:
Volunteer Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Cumberland Mountain State Park
Park Pastime:
Swimming, Hiking, Foraging

Shannon Roudebush (she / her)

Sponsorship & Annual Fund Manager

Programs:
Development
Favorite Hometown Park:
Alexander Park (Lawrenceville, GA)
Park Pastime:
Playing games & people watching

Hannah Wynelle Studdard (she / her)

Executive Assistant

Favorite Hometown Park:
Constitution Lakes Park (DeKalb County, GA)
Park Pastime:
Collecting litter and admiring wildlife

Andrew White (he / him)

Director of Park Visioning

Programs:
Park Visioning Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Henderson Park (Tucker, GA)
Park Pastime:
Frisbee and people watching