Skyline Council

committee of young professionals

Skyline Council is Landmarks Illinois’ committee of young professionals. It consists of more than 30 emerging leaders with an interest in historic preservation, the built environment and sustaining healthy communities. Through service, social engagement and advocacy, Skyline Council members promote Landmarks Illinois’ mission to empower individuals to save places that are important to them while strengthening their networks. Skyline Council was founded in 2011.

Skyline Council organizes and presents networking and fundraising events throughout the year. Its signature events include the Skyline Social, the Skyline Historic Pub Crawl and the highly popular Skyline Trivia Night.

Benefits of Skyline Council Membership

Members of Skyline Council are also members of Landmarks Illinois. Benefits of joining Skyline Council include:

  • Invitation to become a member of the Skyline Council Committee and serve in a leadership role
  • Invitation to attend monthly Skyline Council Committee meetings
  • Subscription to quarterly “The Arch” newsletter
  • 50% discount on admission to the world-renowned Farnsworth House designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Discounts on educational or networking opportunities
  • Invitation to all Landmarks Illinois and Skyline Council events
  • Advance notice of Preservation Snapshots lectures
  • Subscription to three Landmarks Illinois e-newsletters: Preservation in the News; Preservation Events; and Action Alerts
  • Knowledge that you are doing your part to preserve Illinois’ invaluable heritage

Join or Support the Skyline Council

Curious about becoming a Skyline Council member or learning more about its events? Interested in sponsoring Skyline Council events and programming? Email Tiffanie Williams or call (312) 922-1742.

The Skyline Council at its 2017 Skyline Social event at Revel Motor Row. Credit: JM Photo Chicago.

Skyline Council members working to restore the Whitney Schoolhouse, a 1852 one-room schoolhouse in Kane County. Credit: Chris Enck

Members of Landmarks Illinois' Skyline Council at a heartbombing event in February 2018. Credit: Lewis Purdy

Skyline Council members Erica Ruggiero, Sarah Van Domelen, Greg Dowell and Eric Dexter at the 2017 Summer Mixer. Credit: Lewis Purdy

Skyline Councl members in front of the Whitney Schoolhouse, 2015. (Photo credit: Tiffanie Williams)

Skyline Council Members

Leadership

  • CHAIR: Liz Peterson, Cedar Street Companies
  • VICE CHAIR: Katherine Pohl, AltusWorks, Inc.
  • SECRETARY: Paul Tzanetopoulos, Central Building & Preservation L.P
  • CHAIR OF SERVICE PROJECTS: Erica Ruggiero, McGuire Igleski & Associates, Inc.

Committee Members

  • Reba Ashby, CANY
  • Geoffrey Badenhorst, Bureau Badenhorst
  • Justin Barnes, CR Inspection, Inc.
  • Rachel Barnhart, MacRostie Historic Advisors
  • Emily Marie Barton, City of Chicago, Historic Preservation Bureau
  • Erika Block
  • Susanna Craib-Cox, Arup
  • Nicole Declet, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Eric Dexter, Berglund Construction
  • Leanne Ditter, Rogan Granite
  • Gregory Dowell, ZS, LLC
  • Christopher Enck, REVIVE Architecture
  • Gwen Evans, Kellermeyer Godfryt Hart
  • Emily Fenn, McMaster Carr
  • Rachel Firgens, MacRostie Historic Advisors
  • Alyssa Frystak, PlaceEconomics
  • Torrence Gardner, City of Chicago, 49th Ward Rodgers Park
  • Anney Grish, MedVet Chicago, Grad Student, UIC, Urban Planning and Policy
  • Steve Jankiewicz, Lombardi Electric, Inc.
  • Youngjun Kim, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Molly Kinsella, Related Midwest
  • Carl Klein
  • Patricia Lanigan
  • Robert Lau, Klein and Hoffman
  • James Lewan, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Steve Maggio, Berglund Construction
  • Eric Martinez, KTGY Architecture + Planning
  • Katie McNamee, Johnson Laskey Kindelin Architects
  • Chelsea Medek, AltusWorks Inc.
  • Narek Mktouimian, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
  • Lauren Garvey Monroe, Blue Star Properties
  • Meghan Murphy, HMB Legal Counsel
  • Lewis Purdy, Studio Gang
  • Jeff Runck, UJAMAA Construction
  • Emily Sajdak, Partners for Sacred Places
  • Kelly Scrima, Hartewood Design
  • Brian Snedden, Mark 1 Restoration
  • Jenna Stein, HMB Legal Counsel
  • Christopher Thomas, Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration
  • Allison Toonen-Talamo, Klein and Hoffman
  • Susie Trexler, Village of Oak Park
  • Emily Tribbia, Clayco
  • Christopher Usler, MacRostie Historic Advisors
  • Sarah Van Domelen, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • George Vezmar, Mark 1 Restoration
  • Jessica Wagner, Perkins + Will
  • Alex Wolking, Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park

Meet our Skyline Council Members

Meet Skyline Council Member Rachel Firgens

Rachel is an Associate with MacRostie Historic Advisors, which was a part of numerous projects Landmarks Illinois honored at its 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards this fall. Here, Rachel shares more about her involvement in these projects, her expertise on the in-depth process of applying for historic tax credits and her love of preservation.

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Meet Skyline Council Member Alyssa Frystak

Alyssa Frystak, Associate Director of Research and Data Analytics for PlaceEconomics, is a former Landmarks Illinois intern who helped with the organization's annual preservation awards and Most Endangered programs. She also served on the jury for the 2020 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. Learn more about Alyssa!

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Meet Skyline Council Member Paul Tzanetopoulos

In July 2020, Paul became the new Secretary for the Skyline Council. Learn more about Paul and how he quickly fell in love with historic preservation following college and soon became involved in Landmarks Illinois' young professionals committee.

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Meet Skyline Council Member Katherine Pohl

Get to know Skyline Council's newest Vice Chair, Katherine Pohl, who works as a Historic Preservation Designer at AltusWorks, Inc. Prior to taking the Vice Chair position in July 2020, Katherine served as Secretary for Skyline Council.

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Meet Skyline Council Member Liz Peterson

Meet the new Chair of the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois, Liz Peterson! Liz works as a marketing coordinator at CEDARst Companies, an integrated multifamily developer specializing in adaptive reuse of historic buildings and known for such projects around Chicago as The Bush Temple, The Alfred and The Lawrence House. Click below to get to know Liz!

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Meet Skyline Council Member Anney Grish

Anney Grish serves as Chair of the Skyline Council’s Fun Subcommittee, which organized the upcoming Holiday Pub Crawl in Portage Park December 13. Outside of her volunteer efforts with Skyline Council, Anney works as an emergency & critical care veterinary technician at MedVet Chicago. She is also a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Policy. Previously, Anney interned with Preservation Chicago, and in this interview, she shares more about her passion for preservation and how she hopes to shape the preservation movement in the future.

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Meet Skyline Council Member Eric Dexter

Eric Dexter is a Senior Project Manager at Berglund Construction and has been a member of Skyline Council for more than five years. He also serves on Skyline Council’s Fun Committee, which is in charge of organizing some of the group’s most popular annual events like Trivia Night and neighborhood pub crawls. In this profile, Eric tells us what it is about historic preservation that interests him and how he sees younger generations impacting the preservation movement.

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Sarah Van Domelen

Sarah Van Domelen is a senior associate for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. She has been with the firm since 2010. Sarah also serves as the Vice Chair of the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois. Learn more about why historic preservation is important to Sarah and how she enjoys exploring Chicago neighborhoods.

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Allison Toonen-Talamo

Allison Toonen-Talamo chairs the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois. She works as an Associate II for the Architectural Engineering team at Klein and Hoffman (K&H) in Chicago where she supports the firm’s Marketing Director and serves as the office professional photographer capturing project images and our team members on job sites. Learn more about the leader of the Skyline Council, who "lives and breathes preservation."

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Susanna Craib-Cox

Susanna Craib-Cox is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Arup, focusing on the Chicago office and regionally working with the Digital team as the Business Support Lead. She also chairs the Skyline Council’s Engagement Subcommittee. Here, Susanna shares a bit about herself – from how preservation runs in her family, to her love of Chicago and more

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Alex Wolking

Alex Wolking is a real estate broker for Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park. He also serves on the Fun Subcommittee for the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois. Below, Alex shares why and when he got involved in LI’s young and emerging professionals committee and how he sees young people, like himself, having an impact on preservation.

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Erica Ruggiero

Erica Ruggiero is a Historic Preservation Specialist/Architectural Historian at McGuire Igleski & Associates and serves as the Chair of Skyline Council’s Service Subcommittee. Learn more about Erica, how she became involved in Landmarks Illinois and why she is passionate about historic preservation. (Photo: Erica leading a tour for Chicago for Chicagoans in McKinley Park in April 2019. Credit: Lewis Purdy)

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Lauren Garvey

Lauren Garvey is a Project Manager at Klein & Hoffman, an architecture and structural engineering firm in Chicago. Four years ago, Garvey joined Landmarks Illinois’ Skyline Council to meet other young professionals in the industry with shared interests. Read our full interview with Lauren and learn about her work in preservation and why she thinks you should come to the Skyline Council’s August 10th Summer Mixer!

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Skyline Council Long-term Service Project

Utilizing members’ wide range of expertise in several career disciplines, the Skyline Council began working with the Village of Campton Hills in 2015 to restore the Whitney Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse constructed in 1852 by John Whitney. The Skyline Council’s long-term efforts have included raising more than $130,000 in pro-bono services, donated supplies and grants to complete investigative work, clean-up, structural repairs, a new foundation and relocation.

In the summer of 2019, Campton Hills announced it would acquire the privately owned property where the schoolhouse is located – a decision that would allow the historic structure to remain in its original location on site. Skyline Council helped celebrate this announcement at a community fest July 20, 2019. Previously, the Skyline Council had been working to relocate the Whitney Schoolhouse to preserve it.

Currently, the Skyline Council is raising funds to help with ongoing exterior restoration work at the schoolhouse, which will remain at the Daniel Whitney Residence and Farmstead, located at 40W011 Burlington Road.

The Whitney Schoolhouse tells a unique part of Kane County’s local history. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Skyline Council, this piece of history will be restored. It is the Skyline Council’s goal the schoolhouse will be restored and reused as a public history and education center.

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