Board of Directors

Executive Committee

William (Will) Tippens, Chairman

Will is vice president of the real estate development company Related Midwest. He specializes in zoning and land use planning, economic incentives for historic structures, and project management. Will previously served on the Landmarks Illinois board from 2003 to 2009. He is on the board of Preservation Action and is a trustee of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.

Mark G. Henning Vice Chairman, General Counsel

Mark is a retired partner in the global law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he represented public and private real estate investment trusts, national banks, private developers and investors, public companies, and pension funds in complex commercial real estate transactions for 35 years. He served as a member of the Western Springs Plan Commission from 2001 to 2005.

Rhonda C. Thomas, Secretary

Rhonda is a partner at Thompson Coburn, LLP in the Public Finance and Public Law department. Her practice focuses on financing for a broad range of public and private purposes, including tools such as tax increment financing districts.

Frieda Ireland, Treasurer and Resource Development Committee Chair

Frieda is a retired vice president of internal audit for Telephone & Data Systems, a Fortune 500 telecommunications company that provides telecommunications services to over 6 million customers in 36 states. Frieda was responsible for the internal audit function across the company and worked closely with the Telephone & Data Systems and U.S. Cellular audit committees in the performance of their corporate oversight responsibilities.

Bonnie McDonald, President

Bonnie joined Landmarks Illinois in 2012. Previously, she served as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, based in St. Paul, for seven years. She has also held positions with the Anoka County (MN) Historical Society, the Preservation League of New York State, and Preservation Action in Washington, D.C. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in art history (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in historic preservation planning from Cornell University.

Michael Rachlis, Chair, Preservation Issues Committee

Michael is a partner in the commercial litigation firm of Rachlis Durham Duff Adler & Peel, LLC and a longtime member of Landmarks Illinois’ Issues Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Tim Frens, Chair, Finance Committee

Tim is a leader in Plante Moran’s housing and community development solutions group, assisting clients in the monetization of federal and state historic and New Markets Tax Credits. This group has helped clients across the country to secure more than $1 billion in tax credits. Tim is known for providing exceptional audit, tax, and consulting services to privately-held real estate development and investment companies.

Jeffrey Goulette, Chair, Preservation Fund and Easement Committee

Jeffrey is the design principal and cofounder of architecture firm Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s design practice. His work has been featured on HGTV, in local and national publications, and has been honored with multiple design awards. Jeffrey is secretary of the board of the Chicago chapter of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago and sits on its government affairs committee.

Krista Gnatt, Chair, Communications & Marketing Committee

Krista is a regional business development manager for Western Construction Group. She has held several positions in the construction industry. Krista has overseen facade restoration of many landmark buildings, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Elks National Veterans Memorial, and the Palmolive Building. Krista has a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA and master’s degree in project management from DeVry University. In addition to Landmarks Illinois’ board, she serves on the Building Enclosure Council-Chicago, Architectural Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, and Society of Marketing Professional Services.

Tiffany Hamel Johnson

Tiffany is senior vice president of strategy and community development for the Chicago Urban League, where she oversees operations in all programmatic areas, works with the president and CEO to increase financial support for the organization, and establishes short- and long-term strategic objectives. Tiffany is a strategy-based leader who has a track record of positively influencing stakeholders within governmental, private, and non-profit sectors.

Joseph M. Antunovich, Member-at-Large

Joe is founder and president of Antunovich Associates, a 90-person architecture, planning, and interior design firm with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Recently, Joe directed the restoration of the historic Nickerson Mansion and the Murphy Auditorium in Chicago for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and oversaw a restoration plan for the Old Chicago Post Office and surrounding properties. In 2014, Joe was named a Legendary Landmark by Landmarks Illinois.

Inga Carus, Member-at-Large

Inga serves as the chief executive officer of Carus Corporation, an international manufacturer of environmental products and services based in Peru, Illinois. The company was founded by Inga’s grandfather almost a century ago. The Carus family has long been committed to preservation. They have protected the Hegeler-Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Illinois (a national historic landmark on which Landmarks Illinois holds an easement), their corporate headquarters building in Peru, and various other historic buildings in the Illinois Valley area.

Ari Glass, Member-at-Large

Ari is executive vice president at Zeller Realty Group (ZRG). He is engaged in locating, analyzing, and recommending potential acquisition opportunities for ZRG, including financing, equity sourcing, and transaction structuring. Previously, Ari was a project manager at the Wrigley Building, where his efforts included securing landmark status, structuring equity co-investment in historic rehabilitation tax credits, and planning and executing a $125 million renovation.

Sandra Rand, Member at Large

Sandra is a civic leader and philanthropist serving on the boards of the Women’s Business Development Center, the Women’s Treatment Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. She is a retired United Airlines director.

Colleen Reitan, Member at Large

Colleen serves as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Health Care Service Corporation in Chicago. She has served as chief operating officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, executive vice president of internal operations at Health Care Service Corporation, and president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Robin Schabes, Member at Large

Robin is vice president of community strategies at IFF, a lender, real estate consultant, and developer. She is responsible for the strategic management, leadership, and oversight of IFF’s new business unit. Robin has over 25 years of experience working on community development initiatives in the public and private sectors. Most recently she was deputy director for the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and redevelopment director for the City of Waukegan, Illinois. Robin lives in historic Fort Sheridan in a property subject to a Landmarks Illinois preservation easement.

Martin Sinclair, Member at Large

Martin is an associate in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom’s Litigation Group. He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, including disputes relating to mergers and acquisitions and commercial contracts. His experience includes representing clients in federal, state and arbitral tribunals and in all phases of litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels. He most recently represented Landmarks Illinois pro bono in litigation related to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ public hearing process.

Board of Directors

Andrew (Andy) Ahitow

Andy is both a real estate broker and an entrepreneur. He is the director of operations at Marc Realty Residential. In November 2002, Andy partnered with Justin Elliott to launch Chicago Apartment Finders, a free apartment finding service that now employs 150 brokers in four offices across the city. Andy works to bring together clients and landlords in historic buildings across Chicago.

Gary W. Anderson

Gary is owner and principal of Gary W. Anderson Architects. He has more than 40 years of experience in restoration and design and development. Gary received the Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Architects, Illinois for outstanding lifetime service as an AIA member. He serves as the president of the River District Council and is the past President of the Erlander Museum, the Haight Village Restoration Society, and Northern Illinois American Institute of Architects.

Lee Brown

Lee has been in professional planning practice for more than 35 years. He is president of Teska Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in urban planning and landscape architecture. Lee was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the highest honor bestowed an American planner. He serves as president of AICP and is a member of the executive committee of the American Planning Association Board of Directors.

Joshua Freedland

Joshua is an associate principal with Wiss Janney Elstner who has extensive experience in materials conservation of historic buildings. His work has included materials analysis, building documentation, façade investigations, preservation recommendations, and construction observations. Joshua has provided preservation recommendations for hundreds of buildings, monuments, and sculptures, including many listed on the National Register of Historic Places and local registers.

Jacob (Jake) Goldberg

Jake founded Goldberg General Contracting (GGC) in 1987, a high-end, custom construction company that specialize in historic restorations. The firm was honored by the American Institute of Architects and Landmarks Illinois for its restoration of Louis Sullivan’s Krause Music Store. In addition, the firm has restored buildings by John Wellborn Root, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Most recently, GGC built one of the nation’s first sustainable homes that is both Net Zero-Energy and certified LEED Platinum. Jake previously served as an advisor to the Chicago Building Department during the Richard M. Daley administration.

Graham Grady

Graham is a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. His practice focuses on government relations, zoning, land use, licensing and regulatory matters. Graham is a past zoning administrator and commissioner of buildings for the City of Chicago. He has a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Robert C. Lee

Bob is a Partner at Jones Day, an international law firm that employs approximately 2500 lawyers in 43 offices. Bob was global co-chair of Jones Day’s Real Estate Practice from 2005 to 2015 and leads the firm’s Real Estate Funds Practice. He represents real estate private equity clients in domestic U.S. and cross-border real estate investments, and in private fund and REIT formations. Bob serves on the board of trustees of the Chicago Historical Society and its Chicago History Museum and on the advisory board of After School Matters, a public/private partnership that provides out-of-school programming in the arts, communication, science, sports, and technology for Chicago teens in underserved communities. He holds a B.S. in city planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Judi R. Male

Judi has been designing high-end residences for clients throughout the United States for more than 40 years. Her interiors have been published in several national and international publications. Judi graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in art history. In 1987 she and a few friends founded the Community Alliance Against AIDS, one of the earliest and most successful AIDS fundraising organizations in the US. Judi recently relocated to Chicago.

Adam Pressman

Adam is a partner in A.T. Kearney’s Digital Transformation Practice. Adam focuses on a range of strategic and operational issues including digital business strategy, customer care, merger integration, and information technology strategy. His current focus is on the impact of digital innovation on customer care and engagement. He earned his bachelor’s of science in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Janet Rotner

Janet, a retired interior designer, moved to Chicago from New York City in 2005. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and studied interior design at the University of California, Berkeley. Janet previously served on the boards of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Children’s Garden of California.

Wes Shepherd

Wes, a lifelong entrepreneur, has spent more than two decades starting and operating companies. In 2010, he founded Channel IQ, a big data and e-commerce analytics firm. Prior to establishing Channel IQ he was CEO of Channel Velocity, an online channel management solutions company serving brand name manufacturers. Wes graduated cum laude from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with a focus on finance and entrepreneurship and minor in geographic information systems. He also attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in pursuit of his M.B.A.

J.J. Smith

As chief operating officer of CA Ventures, J.J. is responsible for assisting the CEO with the management and operations of the development, property management, and investment departments and acts as a link between these departments to execute CA’s overall corporate strategies. J.J. also serves as principal and chief development officer for CA Ventures and provides development and construction oversight for CA Student Living, CA Senior Living, CA Residential, CA Retail & Hospitality, and CA International Business units and serves on the CA Ventures Investment Committee. J.J. holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in Architecture from the University of Illinois and is an active member of Urban Land Institute councils.

Anne-Marie St. Germaine

Anne-Marie focuses on public affairs, strategic communications, and organizational branding. She advises Fortune 100 executives, not-for-profit leaders, and public officials on a spectrum of policy issues, including economic and community development, education and culture, environment and energy, and real estate and land use. With particular experience in complex, high-visibility initiatives, Anne-Marie has guided hundreds of communications and public engagement campaigns and counseled on crisis- and change management. She is a governor of the City Club of Chicago and a board member of Woods Fund Chicago, LISC Chicago, and the Illinois Executive Mansion Association.

Martin C. Tangora

Marty is a retired associate professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He consults on architectural history and has been active in Chicago preservation issues since 1971. He has a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in mathematics from Northwestern University.

John J. Tully, Jr.

John is a litigator at Thomas M. Tully & Associates. His practice focuses on real estate and complex commercial matters. He has a B.A. in history from Yale and a J.D. from Northwestern.

Anne B. Voshel

Anne is the owner of AVA Consultants, which provides owner’s representative services for commercial real estate. Anne was previous a member of Landmarks Illinois’ board, including its vice chair and the chair of the Real Estate and Building Industries Council Awards event. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

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