ELVN Candidate Bios

April 4, 2017, ELVN Candidate Slate

ELVN is pleased to have very interested and qualified candidates for the seven (7) open seats on the board of directors. Please take a moment to review the information provided by each candidate. We will also be taking nominations from the floor at the beginning of the April 4th meeting, prior to casting ballots.

*Please note, incumbents up for reelection are indicated by (I) after their names.

Mark N. Lundgren (I), AICP, and his wife, Kenda, have lived in Lakeview since 2001 and are active members of ELVN.  In 2009 they founded Land Pointer, Ltd., a consultancy based in Lakeview. Mark had a forty-year career with the U.S. government in management and leadership capacities in the fields of planning, real estate, property development and intergovernmental relations. Active in the 46th Ward, Mark facilitated the Economic Development Transition Team, was a member of the 2013 Participatory Budgeting Committee, and continues to be a committed member of the Zoning & Development Committee. He served as president of his high-rise condominium association from 2002 to 2016.

Marty Wallace (I), is married to Diane and have lived in the neighbor for 40 years. Marty has been a Real Estate broker for 29 years with Bershire Hathaway Koenig Rubloff. He is active on the ELVN Board of Directors and has worked at the annual Oktoberfest. Marty has served on the 46th ward Zoning Committee. He enjoys walking the neighbor and seeing the many improvements in our area.

Aileen Tien (I) 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 area residents’ concerns are addressed.

Justin Kreindler has lived in East Lakeview since 2004, as a homeowner since 2005, and as a landlord in 2014. He lives with his wife and two-year-old son near Broadway and Waveland. Justin has worked with nonprofits to support communities through issue-based campaigns, political campaigns, and building community capacity. He currently works as Director of Partner Engagement with Public Allies Chicago, which he says has led to a deep understanding of how organizations work, how they grow, and how to address the challenges they face. Justin serves on associate boards of Landmarks Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Jean O’Neill (I) is a founding member of ELVN and has been a property owner in East Lake View since 1971. She 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 even remembers when the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field! She continues to support the beautification and safety of the neighborhood.

Michael Zink (I) has lived in East Lakeview for more than 5 years and has served as ELVN Secretary since 2015.  He is an attorney in Chicago at the Law Offices of Starr, Bejgiert, Zink & Rowells, a civil litigation firm. Michael has been elected and appointed to leadership roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Advocates Society of Polish-American Attorneys.

Brandon Cunningham has lived on in East Lakeview on Dakin St for the last 3  years. He is an active member of his community. Brandon is a registered CPS substitute teacher and volunteers at his 4 and 6 year old daughters’ schools. Brandon supports the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer. He is the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council. In his spare time, he goes to work as an airline captain.

Patrick Carlson (I) is a 20-year resident of East Lakeview, a 12-year homeowner in the neighborhood, and a 2-year member of ELVN.  He is an attorney, and very interested in issues relating to development and crime in the neighborhood.  He can’t help but notice how the neighborhood has improved since first moving here, but believes it is very important that members of the community have input in all changes and developments occurring here.  He is running for re-election because ELVN is a very important forum to gather and communicate the many voices of our community.

Beth Murphy (I) has lived, worked, and owned property in East Lake View for over 30 years, and has served on the ELVN Board since 2003. She has 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 25 years. Beth is also an active member of the Lake View Citizens’ Council and the Community Directed Citizen’s Council.  As the host of the annual ELVN Oktoberfest, she has helped us raise more than $150,000 for local charities over the past 12 years.

Joshua Ring has lived in Lake View for 2 years, and is a life-long Chicagoan.  He and his wife and two teenage daughters live on North Clifton Avenue, a few houses north of Wrigley Field and the Cubs offices. Joshua works for The Gannett/USA Today Network downtown as an Integrated Director of Sales. He has served as President of his condominium association for the past two years and has been reelected to a third term.  He is passionate about his home and neighborhood and looks forward to working with other ELVN members to ensure that area residents’ concerns are represented and addressed. He hopes to assist in the improvement in the quality of life in our neighborhood and to develop a sense of community while ensuring that the health and wealth of the neighborhood are protected.