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).
2019-2020 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
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.
John Fitterer — Secretary
John 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 since 2014, moving in from the western suburbs where they raised their 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now). He is retired after having worked at ComEd for 35 years. John has been on the ELVN Board since 2017 and became the Board Secretary in 2019. He also volunteers at the Field Museum, and helps co-lead the Neighborhood Grounds Crew litter pickup group with sponsorship from the Cubs, Hefty, and Murphy’s Bleachers.
2019-20 Board of Directors
Brandon Cunningham is the proud father of two young daughters who provide his motivation for being active in his community. He started, and serves as president of, the Kelly Park Advisory Council and takes an active part in the ELVN Green Team. He works as an airline pilot and in his spare time builds wooden boats in his garage.
Terie Kata has been active as a board member of ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, Treasurer for twelve years and past chair of ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest fundraiser for 12 years. She’s been an active resident and property owner of the Lakeview community for 25 years. Other community involvement has included working with several Chamber’s of Commerce, being an active participating member of LVCC for the past 25 years, serving on many committees, as well as planning and coordinating numerous LVCC fundraising events. Terie enjoys traveling the globe.
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.
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.
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 27 of the 32 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association and 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 both Alderman Tunney’s and Cappleman’s offices. He has been active in the neighborhood in ELVN and Lakeview Panty. He is currently a free-lance Project Manager.
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.
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.
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 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.