William (Will) Tippens 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 on the board of Preservation Action and 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 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.
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
Frieda Ireland Treasurer
Frieda is vice president of internal audit for Telephone & Data Systems, a Fortune 500 telecommunications company which provides high-quality telecommunications services to over 6 million customers in 36 states. Ireland is responsible for the internal audit function across the TDS enterprise and works closely with the TDS and U.S. Cellular audit committees in the performance of their corporate oversight responsibilities.
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).
Jean A. Follett Chair, Preservation Issues Committee
Jean is an editor and historic preservation consultant based in Wilmette. 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.
Tim Frens Chair, Finance Committee
Tim Frens, CPA, 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 Chairman of the Preservation Fund and Easement Committee
Jeffrey Goulette is the Design Principal of architecture firm Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson. He is a cofounder of the firm and 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. He 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 Gnatt, LEED AP, is a Regional Business Development Manager for Western Construction Group. Krista has a variety of experience in the construction field as both an engineer, project manager, and business development manager. She has overseen the facade restoration of landmark 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 actively sits on the Board of Directors for Landmarks Illinois, Building Enclosure Council-Chicago, Architectural Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and Society of Marketing Professional Services.
Shelley Gorson Chair, Resource Development Committee
Shelley is a retired real estate specialist. She is a past Chairman of the Board of Landmarks Illinois. 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.
Joseph M. Antunovich Member-at-Large
Joe Antunovich is founder and president of Antunovich Associates, a ninety-person architectural, planning and interior design firm with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Recently, Joe directed the meticulous restoration of the historic Nickerson Mansion and the Murphy Auditorium in Chicago for the Driehaus Foundation and directed a bold restoration plan for the rehabilitation of 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 providing environmental products and services from its headquarters in Peru, Illinois. The company was founded by Carus’ 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.
Ari Glass Member-at-Large
Ari Glass 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, in his capacity as Project Manager, he has led the effort at The Wrigley Building which has included securing Landmark status, structuring equity co-investment in Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, planning and executing a $125MM renovation, and re-leasing strategy for the 22% leased project.
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.
Robin Schabes Member at Large
Robin, vice president of community strategies, is responsible for the strategic management, leadership, and oversight of IFF’s 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 Member at Large
Martin is an associate in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom’s 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.
Anne B. Voshel Member at Large
Anne is the owner of AVA Consultants, which provides owner’s representative services for commercial real estate. Anne has been a previous member of LI’s 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.
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.
Gary W. Anderson
Gary W. Anderson, AIA, is owner and principal architect of Gary W. Anderson Architects with over 40 years of experience in restoration and new building architectural design and development. Anderson received The Gold Medal Award from AIA Illinois for outstanding lifetime service as an AIA member. He currently serves as the President of the River District Council. He is the past President of the Erlander Museum, the Haight Village Restoration Society, and Northern Illinois American Institute of Architects.
Lee Brown, FAICP, has been in professional planning practice for more than 35 years. He is president of Teska Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provides urban planning and landscape architecture services. He is a certified planner and elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the highest honor bestowed an American planner. He currently serves as President of AICP and is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Planning Association Board of Directors.
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 school’s Edwardsville campus. A native of Walton, Ky., Dale has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, a master’s from Michigan State University, and a doctorate from Harvard University.
Joshua is an associate principal with WJE with extensive experience with materials conservation of historic buildings. His work has included materials analysis, building documentation, façade investigations, preservation recommendations, and construction observations. Freedland 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 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 Sullivan’s 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 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 Mayor Daley administration.
Graham is a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister 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.
Tiffany Hamel Johnson
Tiffany is a highly versatile professional with a unique blend of nearly 20 years of experience in organizational leadership. She is a strategy-based leader that has a track record of positively influencing internal and external stakeholders within government, private and non-profit sectors. As Senior-Vice President of Strategy and Community Development for the Chicago Urban League, Hamel Johnson 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.
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.
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 bachelor’s 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 is a partner in the commercial litigation firm of Rachlis Durham Duff Adler & Peel, LLC, and a longtime member of LI’s Issues Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Sandra is a civic leader and philanthropist serving on the boards of Women’s Business Development Center, The Women’s Treatment Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago among others. She is a retired director with United Airlines.
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 Children’s Garden of California. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and studied interior design at the University of California, Berkeley.
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, 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.
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 Illinois’ 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 Illinois’ 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.
Suzanne Germann Director of Grants and Easements
Suzanne joined Landmarks Illinois’ 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 organization’s 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 Williams Events Manager
Tiffanie joined Landmarks Illinois’ 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 HHA’s 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).
Photo: Farnsworth House, Plano (credit: Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing)