About Us

Penny Costello

Penny Costello

President

Penny has been with the board since 2015.  She is the board president and education committee chair. Currently with NET, she has practiced a 30-year career in broadcast journalism and audio/video production. She is an advocate for environmental and social justice, and enjoys networking with community non-profits. Penny grew up on a ranch in the Black Hills, but has also lived in the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada’s, and Minneapolis. She enjoys the park for wildlife, reflection, nature photography, and dog-walking.

Bob Henrickson - Outgoing

Bob Henrickson - Outgoing

Vice President

An active board member since 2014, Bob is the current vice president and provides leadership on horticulture, invasive species, and ecological restoration in the park. He holds a degree in natural resources from the University of Nebraska, and is a Nebraska Certified Nurseryman. As the horticulture program coordinator for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, he is involved in the curation, propagation, and distribution of native and exotic plant species statewide. Bob is a co-host of the KZUM radio program “How’s It Growing?” which airs every Wednesday from 11am-noon. One is likely to run into Bob and his dog, Claire, scouting native plants, birds, and big trees on Sunday mornings in the park.

Amber Reinkordt - Outgoing

Amber Reinkordt - Outgoing

Communications and Membership

Amber joined the board in 2013. She has served as secretary and currently fronts the communications and membership committees. Amber received a degree from Nebraska in environmental studies with an emphasis in natural resources. She currently works in landscaping at UNL, and lives in the heart of the city with her husband, cat, and three chickens. Amber loves to commute around town by bike and bus, and will find any reason to be outside.

Dan King

Dan King

Secretary

Dan has been with the Friends since 2013. He is the acting secretary and former treasurer of the board. A graduate of UNL’s environmental studies program, Dan has enjoyed a career serving various public and non-profit environmental organizations, including his work as an environmental health specialist with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department for the last decade. Dan is grateful to his father for exposing him to the park in the 1970’s, and for impressing upon him a passion for environmental advocacy. Find Dan in the park cycling with friends after work, or get up early on the weekend to catch him for his regular sunrise hike.

Adam Sutton

Education Committee

Adam is from Columbus, Nebraska. He holds a degree from the University of Nebraska in natural resources, specializing in fish and wildlife. He currently works as an environmental educator for the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District. Much of Adam’s professional and personal time is dedicated to sharing and protecting natural resources and biodiversity in places like Wilderness Park.  Adam joined the board in 2016, and is a leader on the Friends’ education committee.

Terry Haverkost

Treasurer

Terry serves as the current treasurer and grant committee chair for the Friends, and is the former board secretary.  He has served the board since 2014.  Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Terry received his Ph.D. in biology from UNL. He is currently the strategic research funding coordinator for the chemistry department at UNL, where he helps pursue research funding from places like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Terry and his wife, Marisa, enjoy the park for hiking, wildlife, and quiet nature reflection.

David Peters

David Peters

Newsletter Editor

Dave is a Lincoln native with a teaching degree from Nebraska and a graduate degree in geography from the University of Oregon. He has taught social studies at Lincoln Southeast High School since 1995, and has coached swimming and sponsored a number of student clubs, including Outdoor Encounter, Ultimate Club, and Student Body Left. Dave loves the curvey single track and dog-friendly atmosphere at Wilderness, and is grateful for the world-class parks and trails system throughout Lincoln. He has been with the board since 2015 and serves on the communications committee.

Donna Stadig

Donna Stadig

Fundraising

Donna is Lincoln native and an English major from UNL. She works in English language literacy. She has enjoyed hiking in Wilderness for decades, and has strong family memories tied to the park, including hiking with her husband before they were married and backpacking their kids, now teenage explorers, when they were infants and toddlers. Donna is a new member on the board since 2016, and serves on the membership and communications committees.

Schyler Lindekugel-Sullivan

Board Member

Schyler is from Gibbon, Nebraska. She holds an undergraduate degree in women’s and gender studies from UNL, and a master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Schyler is an avid practitioner of nature and animal therapy. She and her therapy dog, Betsy, work for LPS at Everett and Humann Elementary Schools. She is a certified yoga instructor, and has worked with Pioneer Park Nature Center, Friendship Home, Open Harvest, Uta Halee Academy for Girls, and her own small business, Schy’s Pies for Peace. Schyler enjoys the park for wandering with her dogs, birdwatching, and practicing yoga.

Adam Hintz

Adam Hintz

Past President

Adam Hintz is a Lincoln native for whom Wilderness Park has always been home. A devoted steward of the park since childhood, he has served on the board since 2008, and was president from 2010-2016. Adam is a former owner of Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso, and currently supports a number of non-profit organizations through Alpha Dog Marketing. Adam cherishes time alone in the park, staying connected to nature, and exploring with his two children. He sees preservation of the park as a vital responsibility to the community and to future generations.

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