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Landmarks Illinois

Founded in 1971

 

 
 

Executive Committee

 

 
   

Alicia Mazur Berg Chairman

Alicia is vice president of campus environment at Columbia College. Previously, as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, her projects included the conversion of the Chicago Bee Building, the Reliance Building, and Tree Studios-Medinah Temple. A native of Nashville, Tenn., Alicia has a bachelorís degree from Tufts University and a masterís in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 
         
   

William (Will) Tippens Vice Chairman

Will is vice president of Related Midwest and specializes in zoning and land use planning, economic incentives for historic structures, and project management. Will previously served on the LI board from 2003 to 2009. He is currently the chair of Preservation Action.

 
         
   

Bonnie McDonald President

Bonnie McDonald joined Landmarks Illinois in 2012, after seven years as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, based in St. Paul. Prior to that, she 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. Photo credit: Simon Edelman

 
         
   

Lisa Fiorenza Treasurer

Lisa is a senior associate in Plante Moran's Housing and Community Development Solutions group, which has helped structure over 80 Historic Tax Credit syndications bringing more than $500 million of tax credit equity to the rehabilitation of Historic Buildings throughout Illinois and 20 other states. Lisa is a CPA who, in addition to providing tax credit syndication expertise, also provides audit and tax services to her real estate clients.

 
         
   

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, such as tax increment financing districts (TIF).

 
         
   

Mark G. Henning General Counsel

Mark is a partner in the global law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, where he has 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 the past 35 years. He served as a member of the Western Springs Plan Commission from 2001-2005.

 
         
   

Susan Baldwin Burian Chair, Resource Development Committee

Susan is the principal of Baldwin Historic Properties, which consults on tax benefit certifications, rehab standards, landmark designations, permit review assistance, and project feasibility.  After living in London and Singapore for four years, Susan returned to Chicago in 2009.

 
         
   

Jean A. Follett Chair, Preservation Issues Committee

Jean is an editor and historic preservation consultant based in Hinsdale. 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.

 
         
   

Shelley Gorson Chair, Board Development Committee

Shelley is a retired real estate specialist. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Landmarks Illinois, and is an active member of the Resource Development Committee. She is Chairman of the Preservation and Landmarking Task Force of SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents). She has a B.A. in sociology and art history from Tulane University, an M.S.T. in elementary education from the University of Chicago, and an M.M. in real estate from Florida International University.

 
         
   

Paul B. OíKelly Chair, Finance Committee

Paul is the retired president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Stock Exchange. Previously, he had held positions with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He has a B.A. in history and a J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago.

 
         
   

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

Anne-Marie is the chief creative officer for Resolute Consulting, a public affairs firm. Previously, she was vice president of external affairs for the Chicago Botanic Garden. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 
         
   

Jack Tribbia Chair, Fund and Easement Committee

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.

 
         
   

Graham Grady Member-at-Large

Graham is a shareholder at Shefsky & Froelich who focuses his practice on government relations, zoning, land use, licensing and regulatory matters.  He 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.

 
         
   

Philip Hamp Member-at-Large

Phil is a principal at the Chicago architectural firm of Vinci |Hamp Architects, Inc., whose projects include the Henry Ford Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Smart Museum, the University Club, and Wingspread, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence in Racine, Wis.  He has a B.A. in American studies from the University of Michigan and an M.Arch from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

 
         
   

Colleen Reitan Member at Large

Colleen Reitan serves as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Health Care Service Corporation in Chicago. She has served as a leader in the health care industry 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.

 
         
   

Anne B. Voshel Member at Large

Anne is the owner of AVA Consultants, which provides ownerís representative services for commercial real estate. Anne has been a previous member of LIís board, including its Vice Chair and the chair of the Real Estate and Building Industries Council awards event. She has a bachelorís degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and a masterís degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

 
         
 

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 of 2002, Andy partnered up with Justin Elliott to launch Chicago Apartment Finders, a free apartment finding service. Now employing 150 brokers in four offices across the city, Andy works to bring together clients and landlords in historic buildings across Chicago.

 
         
   

Inga Carus 

Inga serves as the chief executive officer of Carus Corporation, an international manufacturer providing environmental products and services from its headquarters in Peru, Illinois. The company was founded by Carusí grandfather almost a century ago. The Carus family have been committed preservationists through the preservation of the National Historic Landmark Hegeler-Carus Mansion in LaSalle, on which Landmarks Illinois holds and easement, their corporate headquarters building in Peru, IL, and various other historic buildings in the Illinois Valley area.

 
         
   

Dale Chapman

Dale is the president of Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, where he supervised $123 million in capital projects, including the conversion of a vacant historic industrial complex into the schoolís Edwardsville campus. A native of Walton, Ky., Dale has a bachelorís degree from the University of Kentucky, a masterís from Michigan State University, and a doctorate from Harvard University.

 
         
   

Edward (Ed) Ed Gerns

Ed is a principal at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, an engineering and architecture firm based in Northbrook. Since joining WJE in 1990, Ed has conducted building condition surveys and overseen repair documents for hundreds of contemporary and historic structures, ranging from churches to high-rise offices. He has a B.Arch. from Ball State University and an M.Arch. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 
         
   

Krista Gnatt

Krista, LEED AP, is the preconstruction and business development manager for Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration, LLC. Krista has a variety of experience in the construction field as both an engineer and project manager. She has overseen the facade restoration of buildings such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Elks Memorial Headquarters, the Powhatan Building, the Palmolive Building, and Fourth Presbyterian Church. Krista has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as an MBA and a Masters degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. She has chaired Landmarks Illinoisí Skyline Council since July of 2012.

 
         
   

Jacob (Jake) Goldberg

Jake founded Goldberg General Contracting (GGC) in 1987, a high-end, custom construction company headquartered in Chicago. Specializing historic restorations, the firm has been honored by the American Institute of Architects and Landmarks Illinois for its restoration of Louis Sullivanís Krause Music Store. In addition, the firm has restored projects by John Wellborn Root, Howard Van Doren Shaw and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Most recently, GGC built one of the nationís 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 Mayor Daley administration.

 
         
   

Sean P. McGowan

Sean is the chief operating officer of Tawani Enterprises. He also oversees and manages the real estate renovation projects for the company.

 
         
   

David Moes

David co-leads the disputes and investigations practice at Navigant Consulting, where he has extensive experience in forensic investigations, commercial litigation, antitrust matters, tax litigation and damage analysis and modeling.  He has a B.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin and he is a certified public accountant.

 
         
   

Jorge A. Moreno

Jorge, the founder and owner of CivCon Services, Inc, has over 25 years of design, field engineering and program managements experience on transportation and site development projects. He has a bachelorís degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

 
         
   

Karen A. Prieur

Karen recently moved to Chicago from Toronto, where she had been a board member of several music organizations. Prior to that, she had lived in Boston, where she was also an active volunteer. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario, a B.Ed. from Toronto Teachers College, and an M.Ed. from the University of Toronto.

 
         
   

Michael Rachlis

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

 
         
   

Sandra Rand

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

 
         
   

Charles T. Rivkin

Chuck is the former CEO and operating partner of Central Building & Preservation and its predecessor, Central Building and Cleaning Co., where he continues to serve as an advisor. He has a bachelorís degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University Law School.

 
         
   

Janet Rotner

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

 
         
   

Robin Schabes

Robin, vice president of community strategies, is responsible for the strategic management, leadership, and oversight of IFFís new business unit comprised of Housing, School Services, Health Care, and Home First. Robin has over 25 years of experience working in the public and private sectors on community development initiatives. 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, Jr.

Martin is an associate in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flomís Litigation Group. He has extensive experience representing public and private 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 the appellate levels. He most recently represented Landmarks Illinois pro bono in litigation related to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks public hearing process.

 
         
   

Martin C. Tangora

Marty is a retired associate professor in 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

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.

 
   
 

Staff

 

 
   

Bonnie McDonald President

Bonnie McDonald joined Landmarks Illinois in 2012, after seven years as executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, based in St. Paul. Prior to that, she held positions with the Anoka County (MN) Historical Society, the Preservation League of New York State, and Preservation Action in Washington D.C. Her leadership positions include serving as chair of the public policy task force for statewide and local partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation; participant in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (St. Paul, MN); and chair of the public policy subcommittee for the Building Jobs Coalition (St. Paul, MN). 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. Photo credit: Simon Edelman

 
         
   

Frank Butterfield Director of Springfield Field Office

Frank joined Landmarks Illinoisí staff in 2013. He was previously director/field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Wisconsin Field Office for three years. Prior to the National Trust, he held positions with the Roger Brown Study Collection and DePaul University in Chicago. Frank has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Boston College and a Master of Science degree in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 
         
   

Lisa DiChiera Director of Advocacy

Lisa rejoined Landmarks Illinoisí staff in 2003, having been its former director of Chicago Programs (1994-1997). From 1998 to 2002, she worked as a project manager for the Detroit office of Hines Interests. She also has worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Lisa received Bachelor of Art degrees in art and architectural history from UCLA and a Master of Science in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

 
         
   

Leanne Gehrig Administrative and Special Projects Coordinator

Leanne joined Landmarks Illinoisí staff in 2013. Her duties include general office coordination, board liaison, assistant to the president, and development support. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) both from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. She previously worked as a project manager at Partners for Sacred Places in Chicago.

 
         
   

Suzanne Germann Director of Grants and Easements

Suzanne joined Landmarks Illinoisí staff in 2004. She previously had been a preservation planner for the City of Lake Forest, Illinois, and a historian for a local architectural firm. In addition to her primary duties, Suzanne supervises the Illinois County Courthouse Initiative and the Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards. She has Bachelor of Art degrees in art history and photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master of Science degree in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Marija D. Rich Director of Membership and Communication

Marija joined Landmarks Illinois in 1989, initially as an administrative assistant. In addition to her primary duties, Marija is the organizationís computer network administrator and assists extensively with events. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 
     

 

 
   

Tiffanie William Events Manager

Tiffanie joined Landmarks Illinoisí staff in 2014. Tiffanie previously worked for the Hill House Association, a social service organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the communications and special events manager for over eight years. While at Hill House, Tiffanie was responsible for managing the overall communications and marketing strategy for the organization and served as the primary event planner for HHAís fundraising events and activities. Upon moving to Chicago in 2012, she worked for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Tiffanie studied Business Administration at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA). 

 
         
         

 

 

 

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