About Us

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).

2018 Executive Board

Michael Zink — President

Michael Zink is an attorney at the Law Offices of Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells, a general practice civil litigation firm in Chicago. He has held a variety of leadership roles in the Illinois State Bar Association and in the Chicago Bar Association. Michael has also served in various advisory roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago.  Michael previously served as Secretary of ELVN.

Patrick Nagle — Vice President

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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.

Aileen Tien — Treasurer

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.

Heather Way-Kitzes — Secretary

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.

2017 Board of Directors

Photo of Patrick CarlsonPatrick Carlson is a longtime resident of East Lakeview. He is an attorney and actively participates in all ELVN meetings. Patrick has been an ELVN board member since 2015.

Photo of John FittererJohn Fitterer was born and raised in Chicago.  He now lives in Lakeview in the 3700 block of Fremont with his wife Sandy. They have lived in Wrigleyville for 3 ½ years, moving in from the western suburbs where they raised their 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now).  He is retired for just under 2 years after having worked at ComEd for 35 years. There he was director of the 550-person ComEd Call Center, where he balanced the needs of the business and employees, while improving the service provided to customers.  Since retiring he has volunteered at Misericordia, and at the Field Museum where he and his wife work at youth discovery stations.

Maggie KoehlerMaggie 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.

Photo of John FittererJustin Kreindler has been an East Lakeview resident since 2004, an East Lakeview homeowner since 2005, and an East Lakeview landlord since 2014 as well as an active member of the board of each building for the entire time he has owned the units. He takes an active interest in community issues, construction projects and is a vocal champion of our neighborhood. He is currently the Co-Director of Programs and Partnership with Public Allies Chicago, a national service program.  Justin currently sits on two other nonprofit boards, has a deep understanding of how organizations work, how they grow, and how to address the challenges they face.

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.

Marty Malone has been a proud member of the East Lakeview community for over four years. He is the Director of External Affairs for Cook County’s 10th District, and prior to working in the government sector he worked for multiple technology startups in Chicago. Marty is involved in multiple community organizations, including as an associate board member for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and an Obama Foundation community organizer. He is the proud owner of an original 1909 Burnham Plan of Chicago.

Photo of Beth MurphyBeth 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-oneillJean 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.

nophotoJim 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.

Photo of Marty WallaceMarty 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 WelchKit 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 Real Estate Broker with Baird & Warner, specializing in residential and small commercial real estate sales throughout Chicagoland, but focuses her business primarily on the North side of the City, and the Lakeview/Wrigleyville area. In 2017, Kit and her wife bought their second property within the East Lakeview boundaries, a 2-flat building on the 3700 block of North Kenmore Ave. They have opened an Airbnb in the second floor unit of their new home, and are now landlords for the condo property they used to live in at the corner of Grace and Fremont. Kit has become an active member in the Lakeview East/LGBT community, as a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and serving on the Boards of The Legacy Project and the Grace Condos Association. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.