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Maggie Stuckey is the new Lincoln Parks Foundation executive director, foundation Board of Directors President Heather Keele announced Thursday.

Stuckey, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, worked for U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel in Washington, D.C., before returning to Lincoln to a career in the nonprofit sector with the Arbor Day Foundation and the University of Nebraska Foundation, according to a news release about her appointment.  

The Lincoln Parks Foundation has been working with the city and the Parks and Recreation Department for 25 years, soliciting donations and help for specific programs.

Some of the foundation’s successful campaigns include the renovation of Sunken Gardens, Centennial Mall and Sherman Field; development of Union Plaza and Tower Square; and the new Woods Tennis Center. The foundation also gives mini-grants for neighborhood parks and assists volunteers who want to help improve parks.

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Stuckey succeeds Christie Dionisopoulos, who resigned earlier this year because of a career opportunity for her husband in another state. 

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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