Friends of Wilmington Parks is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1991 as a grass-roots organization of supporters who wanted to restore Brandywine Park to its original splendor. The Friends of Wilmington Parks currently has 500 members, making it Delaware’s largest Friends organization. Working with the State of Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation and the City of Wilmington, the Friends are committed to the preservation and maintenance of the Wilmington State Parks system.

Our mission is the sensitive restoration of parkland and historic structures and the support of educational, recreational, and cultural programs for the public. FOWP is committed to maintaining the natural beauty and historic monuments of the Wilmington State Parks, which are part of the Delaware State Parks system: Brandywine Park, Rockford Park, Kentmere Parkway, Alapocas Run State Park, and H. Fletcher Brown Park.


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.

Tom Uebler, President

Director, Cooch and Taylor

Tom, a Delaware native, lives and works in Wilmington. He and his family are frequent visitors to Wilmington’s parks, including for an annual Thanksgiving football game in Rockford Park. His FOWP involvement began in 2008 with clean-up projects in Brandywine Park, and he joined the Board of Stewards in 2011. He practices business and fiduciary litigation with the law firm Cooch and Taylor. He also coaches the high school mock trial team for the Tatnall School, his alma mater.

Ellen Muenter, Vice President

Docent, Brandywine Zoo

Ellen Muenter, a resident of Chadds Ford, PA, spends much of her time as a volunteer for nonprofits in Wilmington, Delaware. As a longtime docent of the Brandywine Zoo, she joined the Board of Friends of Wilmington Parks and acted as a liaison between both organizations. She actively volunteers for the Delaware Museum of Natural History, in addition to the Zoo and FOWP. As an event planner, she ran the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival and was also its Executive Director. She enjoys helping to plan events for FOWP as well as working in the Jasper Crane Rose Garden, where she was instrumental in the Garden’s 2014 renovation.

Edward C. Pankowski, Jr., Vice President

Attorney, City of Wilmington Law Department

Ed graduated from Salesianum School, University of Delaware, and Dickinson Law School. He is a former State Deputy Attorney General, Asst. Public Defender, Court Appointed Defense Counsel, who also maintained private Civil Law practice from 1978 to 2009. Ed has lived all his professional life in City near our parks and has been Steward since 2010.  He also serves as Secretary of the Police Athletic League, a Board member and mentor of Mike Clark Legacy Foundation at Boys & Girls Club, MS Bike to Bay Planning Committee, and St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Ann Church. Ed’s hobbies are cycling, distance running (he was a 4 time Qualifier for Boston Marathon!) and baseball (he was a scholarship ballplayer at U of D and played eight years of local Semipro baseball).

David Sorber, Treasurer

Mortgage Loan Officer, Citizens Bank

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 has been a banker in Wilmington for over 40 years and is currently Senior Mortgage Loan Officer at Citizens Bank. He and his wife Marie live in the Delaware Avenue neighborhood near Brandywine Park. He and his dog Max are daily park walkers.

Kathleen Patterson, Secretary

Administrative Assistant, Friends of Wilmington Parks

Kathleen lives in the Ninth Ward area of Wilmington just a mile walk to Brandywine Park. She is very active in the community as a volunteer. Kathleen’s first introduction to Friends of Wilmington Parks was at a Rose Garden Party. She joined the Friends and began serving as the Administrative Assistant in 2014 and is excited to expand her role with the organization as a Steward and Board Secretary. Kathleen enjoys exploring our Wilmington State Parks and beyond on foot and bicycle.

Brenda Joy Good

Executive Director, Friends of Wilmington Parks

Brenda has served as the Executive Director of FOWP since January 2014. She was previously Communications Director for FOWP. Brenda is an avid cyclist, runner and patron of Alapocas Run State Park and Wilmington State Parks.

Adam Balick

Balick and Balick, LLC

Jeremy Beck

Quarry Mill Craftsmen

Lynn Calder

Shoestring Solutions for Nonprofits

Grant Dick

Cooch and Taylor, P.A.

David Jezyk

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

Christine Kane

White and Williams LLP

Adam Kolodczak

Project Manager,
Nuclear Electric
Insurance Limited

Emily Locke

Assistant to Sculptor Dennis Beach
Trustee, The Grand

James A. McClain, Jr.


Lauren McMahon

Catering Sales Manager
Toscana at the Delaware Art Museum

Michael Melloy

Founder and President

Rusty Michalak

Head Librarian and
Assistant Professor
Goldey-Beacom College

Christine Moritz

Delaware Center for Horticulture

Denis P. O’Sullivan

Vice-president, Hunter Lott Realty
President, Bruce Realty Co., Inc.

Michael A. Porro

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Pamela Price

Senior Government
Relations Representative
Highmark Delaware

Charles F. Richards, Jr.

Director (Retired)
Richards, Layton & Finger

Melissa Russell-Payne

Bank of America

Joseph Valdrini

Merrill Lynch, Inc.


Gary Linarducci
Joseph P. Melloy, Sr.
June Peterson
Lisa A. Schmidt

Park Historian and Author

Susan Mulchahey Chase, Ph.D


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