About Us

About Us

Friends of Wilmington Parks works closely with Delaware State Parks staff to offer residents the chance to relax, play and enjoy nature just steps from their front door.

Our parks are linked like jewels along the Brandywine River from the central business district to the western city limits. They are oases of natural space, offering beautiful vistas, hiking trails, bike paths and picnic areas.

The Wilmington State Parks encompass five lush, urban parks along the Brandywine River in Delaware:

Leslie Hubbard

Leslie Hubbard, Executive Director

Executive Director Leslie Hubbard is passionate about our city parks. She is a lifelong resident of Wilmington and has lived in the Triangle, Midtown Brandywine and Trolley Square neighborhoods. She started her career at Delaware State Parks as an exhibit designer and served as the first Curator of Education at the Brandywine Zoo. For the past 20+ years, she worked as a consultant for cultural institutions and nonprofits in program design and content development. She loves playing tennis at the Rodney Street courts and walking her dog along the Brandywine and in Alapocas Run. Leslie has two grown children and lives in North Wilmington with her husband.

Blair Tkacz, President

Blair Tkacz, President Vice President, Bank of America

Blair is a Vice President at Bank of America and serves on the Consumer Privacy and Data Management organization. Blair resides in Trolley Square. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, traveling and enjoys the outdoors with her dog.

FOWP Board Members

The FOWP Board of Stewards is comprised of civic, legal, business, nonprofit, education, financial, and horticultural leaders. Each board member serves a one-year term, and elections occur at the FOWP Annual Meeting in November.

Andy Croce, Vice President R&D Tech Specialist, Agilent

Andy moved to Wilmington in 2010 and joined his neighborhood Civic Association and the 2nd District Neighborhood Planning Association. He began volunteering in the Jasper Crane Rose Garden and soon found himself co-leading the volunteer and maintenance efforts.

David Sorber, Treasurer

David Sorber is a lifelong resident of the Wilmington area. A graduate of St. Edmonds Academy, Salesianum School, and the University of Delaware, he has been a member of the Friends board since 2000. He was a banker in Wilmington for 46 years and retired in 2020. He and his wife Marie live in the Delaware Avenue neighborhood near Brandywine Park. He and his dog Max are daily park walkers.

Joe Scharf, Secretary Registered Professional Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division

Joe resides near Rockford Park with his wife and daughter. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, Penn State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He is employed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He and his family enjoy walks, runs and bicycle rides through Rockford, Brandwine and Alapocas Run Parks. He and his daughter enjoy volunteering at the native habitat restoration area.

Eric Denoyer

Retired

P.A. Atmospheric Environmental Analysis

David Jezyk

Supervisor of Special Ed for the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District

Pamela Price

Senior Government

Relations Representative

Highmark Delaware

Ed Pankowski

Retired – Attorney, City of Wilmington, Delaware Law Department

Ellen Muenter

Docent, Brandywine Zoo and Delaware Museum of Natural History

Denis P. O’Sullivan

Vice President

Bruce Realty Co., Inc.

Grant Dick

Director

Cooch and Taylor, P.A.

Natalie Ephraim

Chemical Management Analyst

DuPont

Jackson Strauss

Wilmington Friends School, Class of 2023

Jill Karlson

Director of Public Engagement

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Honorary Members

Park Historian and Author

Staff Member

FOWP Financial Information

Friends of Wilmington Parks is committed to financial transparency. For our most recent Form 990, see below.

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