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.

 

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. (In 2016, the Skyline Council prepared a relocation study for the Campton Township Board of Trustees to identify a suitable new location for the schoolhouse. You can read the full study below).

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. You can support this project by visiting the Skyline Council’s GoFundMe page.

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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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 Leadership

Leadership

ALLISON TOONEN-TALAMO, Chair

Allison is an Associate II at Klein & Hoffman, Inc. with a unique architectural and structural engineering background and portfolio that includes residential, commercial, historic and institutional projects. She handles the challenges and intricacies of the Architectural Engineering team’s projects such as façade restoration, roofing replacements and investigations for various building systems on historical and contemporary buildings. Allison’s passion and creativity for photography and media development grants her the ability to assist the firm’s Marketing Director with branding and corporate outreach. Allison holds leadership with Landmarks Illinois’ Resource Development Committee and is also a member with Association for Preservation Technology (APT) – Western Great Lakes Chapter and Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI).

SARAH VAN DOMELEN, Vice Chair

Sarah Van Domelen is a Senior Associate with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. She has completed numerous investigations, including facade inspections, condition surveys and water leakage testing. She has made repair recommendations and developed restoration details for various types of construction, including steel, concrete and masonry. Notable projects include the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Life Insurance Building, Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago and the Old Chicago Main Post Office. She serves on the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee of the Association for Preservation Technology International and is a member of the Student Design-Build Competition task force.

KATHERINE POHL, Secretary

Katherine currently works as a historic preservation designer at AltusWorks. She earned a Master of Architecture with a Historic Preservation Certificate from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently working towards architectural licensure. Her experiences include building documentation and assessment, design, and research. Katherine is an active member of Skyline Council and participates on the service subcommittee.

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Skyline Council Committee Members

 

Allison Toonen-Talamo, Chair
Sarah Van Domelen, Vice Chair
Erica Ruggiero, Chair of Service Projects
Sarah Van Domelen, Secretary

Erika Block
Rachel Cole
Susanna Craib-Cox
Eric Dexter
Gregory Dowell
Chris Enck
Gwen Evans
Rachel Firgens
Lauren Garvey
Chelsea Medek
Lewis Purdy
Jeff Runck
Emily Sajdak
Laura Schuetz
Brian Snedden
Kate Stanger
Jenna Stein
Chris Thomas
Susie Trexler
Emily Tribbia
Paul Tzanetopoulos
Brooke Voris
Jessica Wagner
Alex Wolking

Meet our Skyline Council Members

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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