The Anderson Foundation for Parks and Recreation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fundraising for the Anderson Park District. We are committed to improving both parks and services in Anderson. Established in 1991, our mission is to provide a direct and positive impact on the community by perpetuating parks and recreation through philanthropy, volunteer engagement and advocacy. We look to leverage the talents and resources of private citizens while seeking both government  and non-government partnerships to provide spaces that inspire everyone to play, gather and grow!

With more than 30 years supporting the Anderson Park District, the Foundation has a long history of effective and reliable support for the Anderson Township community.  The Foundation has a 95/100 rating on Charity Navigator, as well as a Bronze rating on Guidestar.

We are always looking for people who are passionate about our parks. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click the link below!


Doug Boettner


An Anderson native, Doug is a trained medical scientist working in the Pharma.  He moved back to Anderson when his son was born to share the outdoorsy community that he enjoyed growing up.  Anderson Parks were his refuge, and now working to secure and improve these parks is a joy!



Luke Walczewski

An attorney by training and a software entrepreneur by practice, Luke joined the Anderson Township community in 2018 after moving from Boston. Luke has two children at Summit Elementary and finds himself at Juilfs Park most weekends!

Lynsey Gaca

An Anderson resident, Lynsey can be found at any Anderson Park/Trail with her husband, son, and/or Bart (Goldendoodle). During family and personal time, she enjoys walking through nature, yardwork, playing outdoors with her family, and short cycling trips with the end destination involving food. Professionally, Lynsey is a Human Resources leader with 10+ years of experience spanning multiple industries.

Nickie White


Nickie is a Project Manager who specializes in Continuous Improvement and Event Management. She has volunteered as chair for events in Anderson Township and enjoys the community these events foster. Nickie has many childhood memories playing at Juliff’s park – that slide was epic! Each week she can be seen at one of the Anderson Township parks with her own children either running on the trails or playing on the fields. 

Holly Shoemaker

Anderson resident Holly is a Creative Director and Design Consultant with 25 years of experience in the field.  Along with her 3 daughters and 2 dogs, she can be found many afternoons in Anderson’s parks, where she finds inspiration, joy and beauty.  Holly wants to see our parks continue to thrive and grow for many years to come. 

John Meyer

Anderson parks are a highlight of the Anderson Township community and have provided John and his family places to grow and programs to enjoy for many years. Park spaces and programs are wonderful benefits for Anderson area residents, and John hopes to spread the word! By volunteering with the Foundation, John can contribute to keeping Anderson parks vibrant so current and future residents enjoy them for many years to come.