Landmarks Illinois Staff



Frank joined the Landmarks Illinois staff in 2013, first as Springfield Office Director before taking over as Chief Operating Officer in 2021. As COO, Frank oversees Landmarks Illinois’ day-to-day operations statewide, is responsible for the organization’s sound financial management and ensures it is hitting its strategic goals. Prior to joining Landmarks Illinois, Frank worked as director/field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the Wisconsin Field Office and held positions with the Roger Brown Study Collection and DePaul University in Chicago. Frank has a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Boston College and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Contact Frank:

(217) 836-2524


Programs Manager

Julie Carpenter joined Landmarks Illinois as Office Manager in 2019. As an integral member of LI’s administrative team, Julie brings business acumen and nonprofit experience from her previous leadership role with one of Illinois’ oldest and continually operating art organizations – the Oak Park Art League. Julie’s interest in preservation architecture includes her former employment as Manager of Visitor Experience for Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, and for more than 10 years, she has volunteered as a tour interpreter for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Julie firmly believes in giving back with generosity, and has served on several boards and committees, including the Village of Oak Park’s Community Design Commission, Visit Oak Park Convention and Visitors Bureau and she currently is a member of the Women’s Board for Misericordia, Heart of Mercy. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Contact Julie:

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Lisa DiChiera

Director of Advocacy

Lisa has been director of advocacy for Landmarks Illinois since 2003. She was the director of Chicago programs from 1994-1997. As director of advocacy, Lisa is on the frontline of all calls for assistance on preservation issues from Landmarks Illinois members as well as the public. Lisa administers the statewide Most Endangered Historic Places program. She also oversees Landmark Illinois’ legislative initiatives. Previously, she held positions with Hines Interests and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lisa received her bachelor’s of art in art and architectural history from UCLA and a master’s of science in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact Lisa:

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Suzanne Germann

Director of Reinvestment

Suzanne joined Landmarks Illinois’ staff in 2004. She is responsible for managing the Preservation Heritage Fund and Donnelley Preservation Fund grant programs, the preservation easement program and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. In addition, Suzanne supervises the Illinois Restoration Resources Directory. She was previously a preservation planner for the City of Lake Forest, Illinois, and a historian for a local architectural firm. She has a bachelor’s of arts in art history and photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s of science in historic preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Contact Suzanne:

(312) 922-1742 Ex. 225

Kaitlyn McAvoy

Communications Manager

Kaitlyn joined Landmarks Illinois’ staff in 2016 to help the organization broaden its public profile and tell its story. Her duties include managing the organization’s print and digital communications, including the quarterly print newsletter, The Arch, maintaining and expanding relationships with members of the media statewide and is in charge of Landmarks Illinois’ social media accounts. With a background in journalism, Kaitlyn is passionate about telling stories, specifically stories of extraordinary people and places having a positive impact on our communities. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in Western Wyoming and Southeast Alaska, before returning to her hometown of Chicago to work in content marketing. Kaitlyn has a degree in Journalism from Columbia College of Chicago.

Contact Kaitlyn:

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Bonnie McDonald

President & CEO

Bonnie McDonald aspires to shape preservation into a more relevant and just practice. As President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, Bonnie advances the vision, mission and programs of Illinois’ only statewide preservation nonprofit organization. Her transformative thinking about preservation has led Landmarks Illinois to focus its work on people and their important connection to historic places. She’s currently spearheading the organization’s evolution at its 50-year anniversary to enhance its relevancy and to create a national model for justice, equity, inclusion and diversity in preservation practice. Bonnie is a collaborative leader and together with her board, team and volunteers, they’ve nearly doubled Landmarks Illinois’ staff, opened its first regional office, passed vital state legislation and played a visible role as thought leaders during her eight years as president. In November 2018, Bonnie was elected board chair of the National Preservation Partners Network, the national nonprofit representing preservation organizations, and is proud to have been awarded the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship in 2020. In August 2020, she was appointed as a co-chair of the City of Chicago’s Monuments and Memorials Committee reckoning with the city’s problematic artworks. Bonnie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.

Contact Bonnie:

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Marija D. Rich

Membership Manager

Marija joined Landmarks Illinois’ staff in 1989. She is responsible for managing Landmarks Illinois’ membership program, annual appeals and Preservation Snapshots lecture series. In addition to her primary duties, she is the organization’s information technology administrator, managing office computers, network, computer consultants and donor software upgrades. Marija has a bachelor’s of art in communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Contact Marija:

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Tiffanie Williams

Director of Corporate Giving & Events 

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).

Contact Tiffanie:

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