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The Conservancy

It takes about $1 million every year to keep Overton Park beautiful and welcoming, and Overton Park Conservancy was created to raise the funds and do the work. We believe in one park that uniquely connects our community, protects history and our environment, and inspires a new generation of park supporters.

The nonprofit Conservancy was founded in December 2011. Under a ten-year management agreement with the City of Memphis, the Conservancy was given the authority to manage 184 acres of public parkland including the Greensward, Rainbow Lake and East Parkway picnic areas, the formal gardens, Veterans Plaza, and the Old Forest State Natural Area.

The Conservancy’s work includes daily maintenance and cleaning, repairs, landscaping, and upkeep. We also have undertaken capital improvement projects such as building Overton Bark and Bike Gate, reimagining Rainbow Lake Playground, and adding welcome gateways at the Old Forest entrances. Our management of the Old Forest includes trail work, invasive species removal, creation of interpretive content, and research into long-term forest health.


Overton Park Conservancy’s vision is to foster a beautiful, welcoming, and safe park that encourages our diverse community to explore, learn, create, socialize, and play. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and improve Overton Park.


Michele Adelman

Kerri Campbell
Rhodes College

Andy Cates
Colliers International

Lucia Gilliland
Community Volunteer

Tom Grimes
MAA Communities, Retired

Laura Hine
Memphis College of Art, Retired

Troy Hitchcock

Mike Humes
Donegal Associates

Dr. Carol Johnson Dean
LeMoyne-Owen College, Retired

Cardell Orrin
Stand for Children

Juanita Ortiz
Consilience Group

Elton Parker
International Paper

Markova Reed Anderson

Yancy Villa, Chair

Dr. Russell Wigginton
National Civil Rights Museum

Mary Wilder
Park Friends/Overton Park Alliance

Juliet Wischmeyer
Community Volunteer

Ex Officio Board Members

Carissa Hussong
Metal Museum

Dr. Zoe Kahr
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Matt Thompson
Memphis Zoo

Nick Walker
Memphis Parks

Natalie Wilson
Overton Park Shell

Board Member Emeritus

Gary Shorb
The Urban Child Institute


Tina Sullivan

Tina Sullivan
Executive Director
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Eric Bridges

Eric Bridges
Director of Operations & Capital Improvements
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Kaci Murley

Kaci Murley
Deputy Executive Director
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Melissa McMasters

Melissa McMasters
Director of Communications
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Andrew Weda

Andrew Weda
Operations Manager
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Malle Carrasco-Harris

Malle Carrasco-Harris, PhD
Programs Manager
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Kim Perry

Kim Perry
Office Administrator
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Abigail Teamer

Abigail Teamer
Visitor Services Coordinator
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