Sandra Rand, Chair
Sandra is retired Director of Supplier Diversity for United Airlines, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s Supplier Diversity strategy. Today, she is a civic leader and philanthropist serving on the board of the Women’s Business Development Center, the Women’s Board and the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago. She serves on the Chicago Sinfonietta Ball Committee and chaired its 25th and 30th Masquerade Balls. She supports the Southside Community Art Center. She is a three-time Chair of Landmarks Illinois’ 800-person Legendary Landmarks Celebration, which funds 60 percent of LI’s advocacy program annually, and is also LI’s past Vice Chair and a member of the organization’s Board Development Committee. Sandra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Gary W. Anderson, Vice Chair
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.
Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO
Bonnie joined Landmarks Illinois as its executive leader in 2012. She has imparted her vision to focus on people as the purpose for historic preservation, which led to the branding of LI’s work as “People saving places. For people.” Bonnie’s collaborative leadership, engaging the board, staff, volunteers and members, has resulted in LI’s exponential growth and increased impact. Since 2012, LI has opened its first regional office, nearly doubled its staff, initiated a preservation revolving fund and new grant programs, passed needed policies and state legislation, all while engaging in on-the-ground advocacy helping people save places that matter to them. She serves on the boards of the National Preservation Partners Network, Glessner House Museum, Hegeler Carus Foundation and the Charnley-Perksy House and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago’s Questions Committee, Lambda Alpha International – Ely Chapter, and the Arts Club of Chicago.
Kathleen A. Swien, General Counsel
Kathleen is a member of Pederson and Houpt’s Real Estate Practice Group where she focuses her practice on a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including representing real estate investment managers in connection with portfolio acquisitions and sales transactions for hotel, retail and general corporate properties. With an international background in commercial and corporate real estate, Kathleen counsels real estate owners, developers, financial institutions and investors in complex deals involving commercial property assets. She holds a B.A. from University of Michigan and J.D. from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
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
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.
Jack Tribbia, Preservation Fund and Easement Committee Chair
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.
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.
Peter Babaian, Member-At-Large
Peter is the Building Technology Division Head for the Chicago office at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH). His 17 years of experience includes designing, investigating and rehabilitating a variety of building enclosures and structures. Peter’s projects involve exterior enclosure consulting for new construction, rehabilitating existing structures and enclosures, historic preservation, building enclosure commissioning, investigating non-performing building enclosures and providing expert services related to construction litigation. Peter is an active member in many professional industry groups. He chairs the Technical Activities Committee at The Masonry Society and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Building Congress.
Erika Block, Member-At-Large
Erika worked as Planner I for the City of Wilmette for over 10 years. Her expertise encompasses urban planning, local government and zoning. She has been an active member of Landmarks Illinois emerging professionals’ group, Skyline Council, which she chaired from 2014-2016. She also chaired Skyline Council’s Fundraising Subcommittee, with responsibility for securing sponsorships for the Skyline Social and other events. Erika holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from the University of Iowa.
Tracy Dillard, Member-At-Large
Tracy has been a real estate broker specializing in historically and architecturally significant and interesting properties for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the board of Landmarks Illinois, she served as a member of the organization’s Resource Development Committee and helped to organize the first of LI’s regional preservation conversations in Carbondale. She was formerly a member of the Mies van der Rohe Society Board of Directors and lives in a building designed by the architect in Chicago. She also has a home in a renovated American Legion post in her native southern Illinois. Tracy received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and served as an administrator of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on the Arts and Economic Development and as special assistant to the president of Partners for Livable Places in that city.
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.
Tim Frens, Member-At-Large
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.
Mary Ottoson, Member-At-Large
Mary Ottoson has more than 12 years of experience in historic real estate development and historic preservation. After receiving her B.A. in History from Michigan State University and M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute, Mary worked for nonprofits such as Partners for Sacred Places and a local Main Street program to increase their internal and external development efforts while fostering community and specifically, downtown revitalization. Before returning to Chicago to join J.P. Morgan Chase’s Community Development Tax Credits (Historic Tax Credits) team, Mary had over five years of experience working with a historic real estate developer as an architectural historian, underwriter and senior project manager. Mary has voluntarily served on local civic and historic preservation commissions and two terms on the board of Preservation Iowa (the statewide preservation advocacy organization).
Ziad Salameh, Member-At-Large
Ziad, PhD, PE is Principal-in-Charge at ZS Architectural Engineering, a firm specializing in Structural Engineering, Building Envelope Consulting, Forensic Science and BIM Consulting to create enduring building solutions. For over a quarter century, the ZS LLC team has been leading the profession in structural engineering, building envelope consulting and forensic engineering, as demonstrated by the successful completion of countless challenging engineering projects. Dr. Salameh holds two advanced degrees in Structural Engineering and Mechanics from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a BS in Engineering from the University of Jordan.
William (Will) Tippens, Member-At-Large
Will is Vice President at Related Midwest where he specializes in land use planning, economic incentives for historic structures and project management both on the market rate and affordable side. Will has a specific expertise in historic preservation and is responsible for managing and directing all efforts associated with achieving historic tax credits. He has played a major role in redevelopment of Lathrop Homes, the rehabilitation of a Chicago Housing Authority property along the Chicago River into a mixed-income community. He also managed the planning and design process for redevelopment of the National Landmark District of Fort Sheridan and the adaptive reuse of the National Landmark Cleveland Arcade. Previously, he worked for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and the Chicago Park District. He is Trustee of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and serves on the board of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. Will holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation and Conservation from Columbia University. Will served as Landmarks Illinois’ Board of Directors Chair from July 2015 through June 2017.
Cherryl Thomas, Member-At-Large
Cherryl worked for the City of Chicago for 30 years in the Departments of Public Works, Water, Aviation and Buildings, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Infrastructure in the Mayor’s Office. Cherryl retired as Commissioner of Buildings for the City of Chicago to accept an appointment by President Clinton as Chairman of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. Upon completion of her term at the Railroad Retirement Board, Cherryl founded Ardmore Associates.
Allison Toonen-Talamo, Member-At-Large
Allison is an Associate at Klein and Hoffman supporting the architectural and building enclosure team. She applies her knowledge to investigative procedures, historical review and research, development of technical specifications/construction documents, condition assessments and construction administration services of existing structures including historic landmarks, residential, commercial and municipal buildings. Allison has a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Structural Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and serves the following board and organizations: prior Chair of the Landmarks Illinois’ Skyline Council, is currently part of the Landmarks Illinois’ Resource Development Committee and the Landmarks Illinois’ Board Development Committee, is a member of the Association for Preservation and Technology (APT) (Western Great Lakes Chapter), serves on the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee for APTI, serves on the Board of Directors for Evanston Community Lakehouse and Gardens, and is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. Additionally, Allison will be an Adjunct Professor for CAE 506 – Building Envelope Rehabilitation at Illinois Institute of Technology – Armour College of Engineering.
Alex Wolking, Member-At-Large
Alex is a realtor licensed in Illinois and Iowa with and works with Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park. Alex, who grew up in the Quad Cities, has assisted in closing more than $20 million worth of transactions, partnered with industry professionals on community and organizational projects, and shared his tech-savvy with dozens of agents in growing and streamlining their businesses. Alex was named Quad City Area REALTOR® Association’s 2012 “Rookie of the Year” Award and received the 2013 HGTV Doory Award for “Best DIY Dream Home.” Alex was the first and only real estate professional in the Quad Cities to become a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Alex is an active member of the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois and leads architectural tours in his neighborhood with his community group, the Buena Park Neighbors.
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Tony serves as Regional Counsel at Gensler, the world’s largest design firm. Tony advises Gensler’s leaders and principals on legal and strategic matters and represents the firm in business disputes. Prior to joining Gensler, Tony was a litigation partner at Jenner & Block LLP. While there, Tony represented Landmarks Illinois in the group’s successful effort to stop demolition of the landmark Harley Clarke house in Evanston. He also serves as President of Community Activism Law Alliance, a nonprofit that provides legal services in the Chicago region’s most underserved communities. Tony graduated from Harvard Law School and has a degree in Community and Regional Planning, Political Science and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University.
Robert M. Eschbach
Bob Eschbach is an attorney in Ottawa, Illinois, practicing in various areas of law. He served as Mayor of the City of Ottawa from 1999 until May 2019, and previously served eight years as chairman of the Ottawa Plan Commission. Eschbach attracted the Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, which focuses on scouting history (boy scouts, girl scouts, campfire scouts) and local history. He also fostered industrial and educational development, as well as activities along the area fronting the Illinois River. His investment in education landed Ottawa with a new campus of Illinois Valley Community College and a new Central Intermediate School. He’s also forwarded disaster preparedness for his community by gaining recognition of Ottawa’s floodplain by FEMA.
Mike Jackson, FAIA
Mike is preservation architect in Springfield. He was the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) in Illinois from 2009 to 2013 and the Chief Architect for the Illinois SHPO from 1983-2013, where he was actively involved in the review of thousands of Illinois historic properties undergoing renovation. He is an active member of the Assoc. for Preservation Technology (APT) and Co-Chair of the Codes and Standards Technical Committee. He also directs the APT Building Technology Heritage Library — a free online archive of pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, builder’s guides, technical manuals, house plan catalogs and building codes — and is active in Upstairs Downtown. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in New York.
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.
Chris, LEED AP, is President of Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration (BAMR), established 2004. With more than 25 years of masonry restoration experience, he knows how to best preserve the life of a building. Chris has contributed to the successful restoration of some of Chicago’s most beloved icons including the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, The Rookery, the Monroe Building and numerous projects for The University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Loyola University. Chris is also a dedicated to mentoring and training the next generation of leaders at BAMR, including hosting four to eight interns every summer. A graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Building Construction Technology, Chris is a LEED-accredited professional and possesses a Mason Contractor’s Certificate. He is also the Management Trustee for Tuckpointers Local 52 Funds and serves on the Preservation Fund and Easement Committee of Landmarks Illinois.
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.
Brad serves as Senior Vice President of Construction Management for CA Student Living and oversees the construction and management team. Since Brad’s arrival in 2011, he has overseen more than $2.5 billion in development and construction in various positions within the Student Living Development team. Brad joined CA Ventures from Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, where he worked for seven years managing design and construction for numerous residential and mixed use projects, including some for CA Student Living. Prior to Hartshorne Plunkard, he worked for Northeast Collaborative Architects in Newport, Rhode Island, where he gained experience in designing a wide range of building types, including student housing developments. Brad holds degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from Miami University as well as a Master of Architecture and MBA from the University of Illinois. He is a Licensed Architect in the State of Illinois and a LEED-accredited professional.
Emilio Padilla, AIA
Emilio is a project director at JGMA (Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects). Emilio studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also lived and studied in Merida, Mexico, and Barcelona, Spain, during his academic career. At JGMA, Emilio oversees and manages multiple projects through the design and construction phases. Through his work experience and influence, Emilio’s portfolio includes a wide range of local and international project types; public and private sector, hospitality, commercial and nonprofit organizations. Emilio has served as President of Arquitectos Inc., where his mission-driven leadership has expanded the organization’s services offered to students, emerging professionals and licensed professionals seeking further professional development. Emilio is also a member of AIA Chicago and serves on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion roundtable. He is very active in his community, and has served as a commissioner for the historic preservation commission and lives in a historic bungalow in Berwyn.
Jeffrey is a Vice President with The Walsh Group, a Chicago-based building and development firm with regional offices located across North America and ranked the 13th largest U.S. contractor by ENR Magazine. Jeff is a 27-year veteran of the construction industry. During his past 18 years at Walsh, he has been instrumental in building a strong backlog of work on historic preservation and other projects, helping grow the company into the largest builder in the Midwest. Jeff also opened the Toronto office – the first Walsh office outside of the United States. His project history reflects his passion for historic renovation work, which totals approximately $325 million and includes Cook County Hospital, the Oriental Theater and the Palmolive Building. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Marquette University, and he studied at the Rome Center for the Liberal Arts in Rome, Italy.
Terri Salas, CPA
Terri is an Associate with Plante & Moran in its Housing and Community Development Solutions Group where she brings more than 25 years of experience in real estate and accounting to assisting clients with structuring and monetizing federal and state historic and New Markets Tax Credits. Terri also serves as a technical resource for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and is known for providing exceptional client service. Terri frequently speaks at internal and external workshops on the topic of tax credit incentives. Prior to joining Plante & Moran, Terri worked extensively in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit industry for both a real estate developer and a regional tax credit syndicator. Terri graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.
Steve Schneider is Senior Vice President of Wintrust Commercial Banking. Prior to being recruited out of retirement to work for Wintrust by Ed Wehmer, Steve worked for the accounting firm of Plante Moran for two years. He joined the accounting firm of Blackman Kallick in 1981 and was elected Managing Partner in 2008. Prior to joining Blackman Kallick in 1981, Schneider was a manager in the banking practice at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG). A native of the Chicago area, Schneider received his Bachelor of Science in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
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.
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.
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 well being.