ELVN’s Board of Directors are pulled from a cross-section of our community. We are residents, business owners, and employees. If you would like to be more active in community life, we encourage you to attend our meetings, and perhaps join our board!
Board member elections are held every year at our March Community meeting. Each member of the board is elected for a two-year term; the terms are staggered, so every year one-half of the posts are up for election.
View ELVN’s current bylaws (PDF).
2017 Executive Board
Jim Spencer — President
Jim Spencer has served on the ELVN board for the past two years. He also served on the board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. He has owned an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.
Patrick Nagle — Vice President
Patrick Nagle has lived in Lakeview for the past 17 years and has worked as an attorney for 19 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past several years and is a member of Alderman Cappleman’s Zoning Committee. His wife and he are raising two children in the neighborhood and he is invested in making this community an optimal place for people to live and work.
Terie Kata — Treasurer
Terie has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years and Treasurer for seven years. Terie and co-chair James Murphy raised ELVN fund-raising to new highs in attendance and profits at our annual Oktoberfests. Terie is an active member of numerous community and business organizations and chairs the ELVN fund-raising events.
Mike Zink — Secretary
Michael Zink is an attorney at the Law Offices of Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells, a general practice civil litigation firm in Chicago. He is a two-time elected member of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association and is the Ex-Officio Chair of the ISBA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section. Michael has also served in various advisory roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago. Michael is a long time resident of East Lakeview.
2017 Board of Directors
Heather Way Kitzes is the Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations with the World Champion Chicago Cubs, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to her time with the Cubs, she served as the Executive Director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. Living and working in Lakeview for nearly two decades has given her the opportunity to work with many community based organizations and serve on many local and regional boards. Her favorite thing about Lakeview is the people and their passion for their community; a passion she shares. A native Chicagoan, Heather studied journalism and art history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married with two kids and a small poodle.
Maggie Koehler has lived in East Lakeview since 2011, and works for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as an at-large member of the Lake View Citizens Council. Maggie, her wife, Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue, Stan, love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood.
Chester Kropidlowski has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a board member for over ten years. In 1998, he retired from the City of Chicago after 32 years with the Chicago Department of Transportation as a City traffic engineer. His duties included dealing with Lake View traffic and parking issues and managing the night baseball Neighborhood Protection Program. Since retirement, Chester has worked as a traffic engineering consultant including consulting for both the City and the Cubs regarding the Wrigley Field program. Chester was Chair of the Transportation Committee for the 44th Ward Master Plan and was active in the development of the 46th Ward Master Plan. Chester and his significant other, Lenore (shown in picture), frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.
Mark Lundgren co-founded Land Pointer, Ltd., a consultancy providing services in planning, real estate, and management. Previously, at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mark served as Director of the Real Estate Division at the 24-state Northern Division from 1986 to 2001, where he distinguished himself in supporting the White House Military Office. Mark has served the U.S. Government for over forty years in a variety of management and leadership capacities, and is a member of the Zoning & Development Committee and Participatory Budgeting Committee, 46th Ward, Chicago.
Beth Murphy has lived, worked, and owned property in East Lake View for over 30 years, where she has demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the community’s quality of life. Her businesses, Murphy’s Bleachers and Murphy’s Rooftop Co., have actively supported ELVN for over 30 years. Beth has served on the ELVN Board since 2003, as well as being an active member of the Lake View Citizens Council. Her support of ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest has allowed us to raise more than $120,000 for local charities over the past ten years.
Jean O’Neill, a founding member of ELVN, has served on the Board since its inception and remembers struggles with slumlords, gangs, and graffiti. Jean spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. Jean has been a resident and property owner in East Lake View since 1971, when the Chicago Bears were playing football at Wrigley Field.
Tom Rothschild has called East Lakeview home for 19 of the 21 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association, Tom has been active on the board of every building in which he has lived. His work with the condo board has led him to form relationships with the Aldermans’ offices.
Aileen Tien has lived in East Lakeview for over a decade, beginning in her summer internships during law school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Aileen currently works for a software company in downtown Chicago that produces applications assisting law firms, corporations, and government entities with managing litigation matters. She has served on the ELVN board since 2015 and works to ensure that area residents’ concerns are addressed.
Marty Wallace has lived in East Lake View since 1976, where he has successfully worked as a broker with Koenig & Strey Realtors. Marty works hard securing donations and selling tickets for ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest. Born and raised in Chicago, Marty also enjoy attending Cub games and walking our beautiful lakefront with his wife, Diane.
Christie Kit Welch and her wife decided to make Lakeview East their permanent home in 2012 after having lived in numerous cities. By profession, Kit is a Realtor with Baird & Warner, specializing in residential and small commercial real estate sales throughout Chicagoland. She loves her job because it allows her to explore the amazing architecture that the city has to offer. Kit is a certified Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and an active Volunteer Diver at The Shedd Aquarium.