Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mark G. Henning, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee Chair

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.

Sandra Rand, Vice Chairman

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

Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO

Bonnie joined Landmarks Illinois as its executive leader in 2012. Since that time, she has collaborated with the Board of Directors and staff to open LI’s first regional office, more than double LI’s staff, and grow its operational impact. Previously, she served as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and the Anoka County (MN) Historical Society. She serves on the board of the Glessner House Museum and the Hegeler Carus Foundation.

John J. Tully, Jr., General Counsel

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.

Lee Brown, Secretary

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.

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.

Anne-Marie St. Germaine, Communications & Marketing Committee Chair

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.

Tim Frens, Finance Committee Chair

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, Preservation Fund and Easement Committee Chair

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.

Joshua Freedland, Preservation Issues Committee Chair

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.

Robin Schabes, Reinvestment Committee Chair

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.

Andrew (Andy) Ahitow, Member-At-Large

Andy is both a real estate broker and an entrepreneur. 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. He went on recently to launch CityPads. Andy works to bring together clients and landlords in historic buildings across Chicago.

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. Joe directed the restoration of the historic Nickerson Mansion and the Murphy Auditorium in Chicago for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and recently completed the new hotel The Robey & The Hollander in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. 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.

Jean Follett, Member-At-Large

Jean Follett is an editor and historic preservation consultant based in Wheaton. She formerly was an elected Village Trustee for Hinsdale and chair of its Historic Preservation Commission. She has a B.A. degree in the history of architecture and planning from Brown University and a PhD in American and New England studies from Boston University. Jean served on the board from 2010-2016 during which she served as the chair of the Preservation Issues Committee, the recent Strategic Planning Working Group, and as a member of the Executive Committee. She was re-elected to her second term on the board in 2017.

William (Will) Tippens, Member-At-Large

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. Will served as chairman of the Board of Directors from 2015-2017.

 

Board of Directors

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.

Ari Glass

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.

Krista Gnatt

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.

Jacob (Jake) Goldberg

Jake founded Goldberg General Contracting (GGC) in 1987, a high-end, custom construction company that specializes 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 are 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.

Tiffany Hamel Johnson

Tiffany is ‎Assistant to the Mayor, Deputy Chief Neighborhood Development Officer at the City of Chicago. She previously served as senior vice president of strategy and community development for the Chicago Urban League. Tiffany is a strategy-based leader who has a track record of positively influencing stakeholders within governmental, private, and non-profit sectors.

Katie Kim

Katie is Director, Small Business Specialist at Peoria-based The Kim Group, where she acts as a full service real estate agent. She is native Peorian and has a depth of knowledge about the community, local activities and area organizations. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Phoenix University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Iowa. In addition to numerous professional affiliations, Katie volunteers with Peoria area nonprofits.

Nick Koricanac

Nick is a Vice President at Wintrust within the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Lending Team. His primary responsibility involves establishing long-lasting relationships with Chicago-based investors and developers and identifying creative financing solutions in the Chicago market. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Financial Management from Indiana University and was also a visiting student of London’s King’s College School of Economics. He is an active board member for Chicago’s City of Hope Future Leaders Committee.

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 Board of Directors 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 Bachelor of 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.

Erica Meyer

Erica is an advertising Creative Director whose career focused on database and direct marketing at firms in Chicago, New York and Boston. Since retiring, she served as President of The Guild of the Chicago History Museum as well as its Program Director and on the board of the Museum’s Costume Council. She currently sits on the Art Institute’s American Art Committee and on the board of Know Your 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.

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.

Martin V. Sinclair, Jr.

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.

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.

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.

Rhonda C. Thomas

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.

Blair Todt

Blair, as chief legal officer and corporate secretary, is responsible for managing Health Care Service Corporation’s Legal Division, including supervising activities related to litigation, corporate services — such as governance, corporate transactions and human resources — regulatory affairs and other legal issues affecting the company and its five Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Blair received a bachelor’s degree in political communication from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.

Jack Tribbia

Jack Tribbia is the President of the Restoration Division of Berglund Construction. He has an inherent appreciation for the historical importance of a structure and is recognized in the A/E/C industry as an expert in restoration and rehabilitation of the landmark buildings. Under his direct management, the Berglund Restoration Division has earned national recognition, achieving the Construction Excellence Award by the United States General Services Administration and the National Preservation Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Jack served on the board of Landmarks Illinois from 2009 – 2015 and was chairman of the Preservation Fund & Easement Committee. He was elected to service once again in 2017.

Christy Webber

Christy is Founder and President of Christy Webber Landscapes, a full-service landscape provider offering design, construction and maintenance programs to residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout Chicago. Her firm maintains the landscape of over 340 single family homes in Chicago, and provides landscaping services on some of the city’s most iconic properties including the Museum Campus, Millennium Park, Water Tower and Soldier Field. Based in Chicago for over 20 years and with more than 425 employees, her company’s full team includes Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center, Kinsella Landscaping, RR Landscape Supply, Greenworks and RR Resourceful Recycling. She attributes her success to a love of the outdoors and entrepreneurial spirit she inherited from her father. Christy believes that beautiful landscaping influences our lives and promotes health and wellbeing.

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