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Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for parks and recreation in our community. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the Parks Foundation so that the funds raised go directly towards assisting projects and programming.

  • Jeff Jewell
    Jeff Jewell

    President of the Board
    Occupation: Wealth Management Operations and Technology Manager
    Employer: Union Bank and Trust Company
    Favorite park or trail: I really appreciate Lincoln's park system as a whole.
    Hobbies: travel, reading, hiking and most other outdoor activities, especially if I am in the mountains.

  • Brad Brandt
    Brad Brandt

    Vice President of the Board
    Occupation: Program Manager
    Employer: Arbor Day Foundation
    Favorite park or trail: Tierra Park
    Hobbies: music, sports, gardening, being outdoors

  • Pam Sheets
    Pam Sheets

    Treasurer of the Board
    Occupation: Partner
    Employer: Labenz and Associates
    Favorite park or trail: Pioneers Park
    Hobbies: spending time with family, especially grandchildren; attending Husker sporting events

  • Jessica McMullen
    Jessica McMullen

    Secretary of the Board
    Employer: Proteus.co

  • Ann Avery
    Ann Avery

    Past President of the Board
    Occupation: Senior Media Relations Manager
    Employer: Ameritas
    Favorite park or trail: Hazel Abel
    Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, travel

  • Ross Barron
    Ross Barron

    Occupation: Structural Engineer
    Employer: Olsson
    Favorite park or trail: Pioneers Park because I was married there, but always out on the Wilderness Park trails
    Hobbies: spending time with kids, mountain biking, home improvement, and spending time outdoors

  • Justin Carlson
    Justin Carlson

    Occupation: Director of Development
    Employer: University of Nebraska Foundation
    Favorite Park or Trail: Irvingdale, Trails, Pioneers, Wilderness and the Pools
    Hobbies: Family, basketball, travel and fishing

  • Kate Jarecke
    Kate Jarecke

    Occupation: Healthcare Advocate
    Employer: Sandoz, a Novartis Division
    Favorite Park or Trail: Wilderness and Williamsburg trails
    Hobbies: Traveling- hiking, dining and watching softball

  • Lynn Johnson
    Lynn Johnson

    Occupation: Director of Parks and Recreation Department
    Employer: City of Lincoln

  • Heather Keele
    Heather Keele

    Past President of the Board
    Occupation: Architect
    Employer: The Clark Enersen Partners
    Favorite park or trail: Pioneers Park and Jamaica North Trail
    Hobbies: traveling or when in town spending time with my kids in Lincoln's many great parks

  • Phil Knudson
    Phil Knudson

    Occupation: Realtor
    Employer: Keller Williams

  • Austin McKillip
    Austin McKillip

    Employer: Cline Williams

  • Jason Muhleisen
    Jason Muhleisen

    Employer: Union Bank & Trust

  • Del Smith
    Del Smith

    Occupation: Investment Consultant
    Employer: Retired
    Favorite Parks: Holmes Park and Veteran’s Garden
    Hobbies: travel, Pickleball and Tennis, spending time with family

  • Ray Stevens
    Ray Stevens

    Occupation: retired

  • William Woito
    William Woito

    Retired from Square D Corporation
    Favorite park or trail: Holmes Park
    Hobbies: Tennis, Duplicate Bridge, Grand Kids, Travel

  • JJ Yost
    JJ Yost

    Representative of the Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department
    Occupation: Planning & Facilities Manager
    Employer: Lincoln Parks & Recreation
    Favorite Park or Trail: Like my kids, I love them all
    Hobbies: Sports enthusiast, running marathons