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.

Utilizing members’ wide range of expertise in several career disciplines, the council began working with the Village of Campton Hills in 2015 to restore a one-room schoolhouse constructed in 1854 by John Whitney. With continued membership growth, the Skyline Council has dedicated its energy in mobilizing young preservation-minded professionals in the work of Landmarks Illinois.

View upcoming Skyline Council events.

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.

Skyline Social 2015, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago (Photo credit: Allison Evans)

Skyline Social 2014, Chicago Board of Trade. (Photo credit: Bob Eldmore)

Skyline Council Trivia Night 2016, Revolution Brewery, Chicago (Photo credit: Matt Seymour)

Skyline Social 2015, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago (Photo credit: Allison Evans)

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

Skyline Council Leadership


Gregory Dowell, Chair

Since 2009, Greg has worked for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. as an associate. Greg has participated in a variety of projects including condition assessments, construction document preparation, and construction observation for a variety of building systems. His expertise includes preservation and restoration of historic buildings and structures as well as field documentation and investigation. Greg is a member of the Landmarks Illinois Fund and Easement Committee.

Eric Dexter, Vice Chair

Eric has worked for Berglund Construction for more than 10 years. As a project manager, Eric is responsible for the administration and execution of successful restoration projects. His projects include UIC’s University Hall, Shedd Aquarium, Federal Plaza, 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive, and Chicago Public Safety Headquarters. Eric received a Bachelor of Architecture and Construction Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is serving on the jury for Landmark Illinois’ 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards.

Sarah Van Domelen, Secretary

Sarah joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) in 2010 and is a senior associate working on projects involving historic and contemporary buildings. Sarah has completed numerous field investigations for WJE and has made repair recommendations and developed restoration details for various types of construction including steel, reinforced concrete, and masonry structures. Sarah worked as a teaching assistant for the Architectural Conservation Laboratory while receiving her master’s of science in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania.

Erica Ruggiero, Chair, Special Projects & Initiatives

Erica is an Architectural Historian with the architecture firm McGuire Igleski & Associates. Erica is the primary preparer of preservation planning reports, historic resource surveys, façade restorations, local and national landmark designations, and building condition assessments projects. Erica graduated in 2014 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a master’s of science in historic preservation. She served as secretary of the Skyline Council in 2015-2016. Erica has spearheaded Skyline Council’s work on the restoration of the Whitney Schoolhouse in Campton Hills.


Skyline Council Committee Members

Gregory Dowell, Chair

Eric Dexter, Vice Chair

Erica Ruggiero, Service Projects

Sarah Van Domelen, Secretary

Chris Enck

Erica Block

Krista Gnatt

Justin Kreindler

Chelsea Medek

Lisa Napoles

Matt Seymour

Rachel Will

Skyline Council Members

Katie Andrews

Rachel Cole

Susanna Craib-Cox

Anne Frigo

Marlise Fratinardo

Lauren Garvey

Adam Gdowski

Ryan Giles

Mike Mencarini

Jamie Morris

Susan Reinhold

Laura Schuetz

Dan Schuman

Collin Tierney

Liz Trumbull

Becca Waterloo

Rebecca Williams

Amy Woods

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