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Heather Loebner, Executive Director

In her role, she oversees strategic planning, fundraising and partnerships that supports fun, life-changing visitor experiences for visitors to the Palisades Interstate Park system. Prior to the Conservancy, Heather led projects and initiatives for clients ranging from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the JPB Foundation; NYC Audubon; the National Fish and Wildlife; Strategic Philanthropy Ltd; and the Chicago Community Trust.

Former council member of the National Park Conservation Association (NPCA), she helped guide the establishment of Chicago’s first national park, Pullman National Monument. She is a board member of Wild Tomorrow Fund, a member and volunteer with New York City Audubon and the ASPCA. She graduated with her Masters, Political Science, University of Illinois and Bachelors, Business, St. Louis.  

Heather first found her passion all things environmental as a citizen scientist working with dolphins in Greece.  She connects local communities and people with global issues through place-based nature and history. Heather loves walking in the many parks within the Palisades, learning about the history that helped shape the region and the country. She is astonished at the beauty and variety within the parks and looks forward to finding new paths and spaces to enjoy.


Siti Khairi, Administrator

Siti is a graduate of UMass Amherst where she studied Environmental Science and Resource Economics in 2016. She is ready to dedicate her life to environmental work and as proof here is Siti hugging a tree. The parks under the Conservancy hold great importance to her as it served as the natural backyard of this New Yorker, who was a regular visitor of Bear Mountain State Park. Outside of work, she loves watching movies, playing board games, being around friends and yelling at them to reduce, reuse, and recycle. And of course, hugging trees.

In 2019, she will start her Masters in Public Administration concentrating in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University.


Michelle Riley, Social Media coordinator

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Intermedia Communications from the University of Arizona. Michelle’s tenure with PIPC began at the Trailside Museums & Zoo in 2010, where she managed office functions and assisted with animal care whenever possible. She moved into the role of Social Media Coordinator for the Conservancy in 2014.

“For many years, the Palisades Parks have served as the backdrop for the exploration of rich American history, and have allowed me to begin educating my young children about these important sites, all why being in beautiful natural settings, surrounded by unbeatable vantage points and significant biodiversity.”

A lover of all things outdoors her free time is spent, exploring nature, swimming in creeks, hiking, and practicing yoga.