Design & Construction
Debra L. Kustka, Vice President
Environment & Education
Marketing & Events
Edison Yung, Chief Information Officer
President & CEO
Madelyn Wils began her tenure as the Trust’s President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2011. She previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Planning, Development and Maritime Division of the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), where her portfolio included over 100 complex projects such as the redevelopment of Willlets Point, Coney Island, East River Esplanade and Hunters Point South. Prior to joining EDC, she served as the President of the Tribeca Film Institute, managing the expansion of the organization from a 10-day festival into a diverse institution offering year-round cultural programming. From 2001 to 2005, she served as Chair of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, where she played an integral role in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan following the events of September 11, 2001. She was a founding member of both the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Hudson River Park Trust.
Executive Vice President
Noreen Doyle has been Hudson River Park Trust’s Executive Vice President since 2004. From 1994 through 2001, she also worked for the Trust and its predecessor organization, the Hudson River Park Conservancy, in several capacities, including as Vice President for Environmental Planning & Communications. Between these two periods she worked as a Vice President at AKRF, Inc., an environmental and planning consultant in Manhattan. Ms. Doyle has also held other positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has a BA from Smith College and completed coursework towards a doctoral degree at New York University.
General Counsel & Senior Vice President
Gary O’Brien joined the Trust in January. Prior to accepting this position, Mr. O’Brien worked as legal counsel to Siemens Real Estate, a division of Siemens Corporation and, most recently, as vice president and general manager for operations at Siemens Real Estate. Mr. O’Brien has also practiced commercial real estate law at Saul Ewing and McCarter & English LLP. Mr. O’Brien is a 1994 graduate of SUNY at Old Westbury and received his law degree in 1999 from New York Law School.
Prior to working with the Trust Laura spent six years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Bureau, four years as Senior Counsel with the Empire State Development Corporation and two years as an Associate with (then) Rivkin Radler Dunne & Bayh. Ms. Blackman has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a JD from Fordham University.
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President of Finance and Real Estate
Dan has worked for the Trust since October 2010. He previously served as the Trust's financial and real estate consultant. He has substantial experience in public sector real estate development, financial analysis and administration, and property management. Dan holds a BA from Boston University and a Master of City Planning degree from MIT.
Vice President / Director of Finance
Sikander Zuberi currently serves as Trust’s Vice President/Director of Finance and Procurement Officer. He began his tenure here in January 2013. Prior to joining the Trust, he held several positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Finance, Controller and Compliance Officer at a publicly-traded Media group in the television and radio broadcasting sector. Earlier, he served as the company’s Principal Accounting Officer and head of Global Finance Operations. Prior to that, Mr. Zuberi served as a Principal Accounting Officer of Brichem (Pvt) Ltd, a textile manufacturing company. Overall, he has 11+ year of experience in financial reporting including review, compilation, Internal Controls and Procurement.
Vice President / Design & Construction
Marc joined the Trust in February of 2000. He has more than 20 years of design and construction experience in both public and private sectors. He started his career at Thomas Balsley Associates and worked in the offices of Quennel Rothschild Associates, among others. Mr. Boddewyn previously worked with the Prospect Park Alliance and Battery Park City Parks Corporation, where he served as the Director of Maintenance. He has a BLA from the NYS College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a New York State licensed landscape architect.
Senior Engineer / Design & Construction
Steven Ferker joined the Trust in January of 2001. After graduating from college in 1985 Mr. Ferker worked as a structural engineer for the marine engineering firm Gibbs & Cox, designing battleships for the US Navy. Later on he was a team leader for the McLaren Group, inspecting bridges and various other waterfront structures. He also worked as a project manager and a resident engineer on numerous heavy construction projects throughout NYC. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.
Vice President of Operations
Prior to joining the Trust in July 2005, Debra began her career in 1993 with the NYS Department of Transportation, and held various positions, including landscape architect at the Long Island office. Her last three years with State DOT was spent working on Lower Manhattan redevelopment in the Route 9A Group with a focus on bikeway and urban design projects. Debra has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University. She also holds certificates from NYU and Rutgers University in Facilities & Public Works Management, is a licensed Landscape Architect in New York and New Jersey, and is a certified planner.
Vice President / Marketing & Events
Tom Lindon has 20+ years of experience in sports and entertainment property and agency environments. He spent seven and a half years at the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority as the head of strategic partnerships where he was responsible for selling and activating corporate business and marketing partnerships at the four venues owned and operated by the State Authority (Giants Stadium, IZOD Center, Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park). His agency experience includes Momentum, International Sports & Leisure, (ISL), Millsport and Amplify Sports & Entertainment. Tom earned a BA in Psychology from Saint Michaels College in Winooski, Vermont.
Vice President / Environment & Education
Nicolette Witcher began working for the Trust in 2005 as a Senior Attorney for the Legal Department. She was promoted to Vice President of Environment and Education in 2011. Ms. Witcher has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY New Paltz University, a Juris Doctorate with Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace University, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Yale University.