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.

John Ahern

Volunteer Manager

Programs:
Volunteer Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Laurelwood Park (Portland, OR)
Park Pastime:
Napping, picnics, and people watching

Allison Barnett

Associate Director

Programs:
Grants and Fiscal Partners Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Cook Co. Forest Preserve (Northbrook, IL)
Park Pastime:
Picnicking, relaxing, watching kids play

Ellen Bruenderman

Project Manager

Programs:
Grants Programs, Fiscal Partners Program, Volunteer Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Piedmont Park (Atlanta, GA)
Park Pastime:
Walking

Michael Halicki

Executive Director

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

Betty Hanacek

Director of Capacity Building

Programs:
Community Garden Program, Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine
Favorite Hometown Park:
Peachtree Hills Park (Atlanta, GA)
Park Pastime:
Walking and socializing

Marlina McKay

Manager of IT

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

Teri Nye

Visioning Coordinator

Programs:
Park Visioning Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
Park Pastime:
Birding, taking photos, and walking

Andrew White

Director of Park Visioning

Programs:
Park Visioning Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Alum Springs Park, (Fredericksburg, VA)
Park Pastime:
Frisbee and people watching

Rachel Whyte

Marketing and Communications Manager

Programs:
Marketing + Communications, Advocacy
Favorite Hometown Park:
Bayfront Park (Sarasota, FL)
Park Pastime:
Walking dogs, picnicking

Ayanna Williams

Director of Community Building

Programs:
Friends of the Park Program
Favorite Hometown Park:
Ludington State Park (Ludington, MI)
Park Pastime:
Camping, flying kites

Jane Zoellick

Development Manager

Programs:
Development
Favorite Hometown Park:
Lincoln Park (Chicago, IL)
Park Pastime:
Walking, hiking, biking, gardening and picnicking