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.
2012 Executive Board
Chester Kropidlowski — Chair
Chester 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.
Beth Murphy — Vice Chair
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.
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.
2012 Board of Directors
Paul Bauch is the attorney for several of the rooftop organizations. He is the ELVN representative to CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) for Beat 2324.
Bridget Begly has lived, worked, and taken an active interest in her Lake View community for 12 years. For the past ten years she has organized ELVN’s annual pre-Thanksgiving food drive in support of the Lake View Pantry. Bridget spends many hours supporting our Oktoberfest through ticket sales and collecting donations for the silent auction. In her spare time she substitute teaches and tutors.
DeRondal O. Bevly has lived in the East Lakeview neighborhood for nine years. A communications professional for Hillard Heintze, a security advisory firm in the Loop, Bevly is active in Chicago’s non-profit community, serving on the boards of the Bright Promises Foundation and Social Venture Partners. He also sits on the Local School Council of Horace Greeley Elementary, where he also serves as the President of the Greeley Community Group. An avid marathoner, he spends his free time on Chicago’s lakefront.
Susan Hagan has served on the ELVN board for 13 of the 30 years she has lived in Lakeview. She serves as member-at-large for the Lake View Citizens Council, and is LVCC’s delegate to the 44th Ward’s Community Directed Development Council. While on the 44th Ward’s Master Plan a Task Force, she served as Chair of the Residential Committee. A Realtor with Coldwell Banker, Susan is a member of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Lakeview Merchants Association. Susan was a Charter Member and past VP of Lake View’s first Rotary Club.
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.
Dafna Stempel has owned a home just steps from Wrigley Field for four out of the five years she has lived in Lakeview. She is greatly interested in helping make the community a better place for its residents and is looking forward to working on projects that benefit the community as a whole.