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2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors

Please see below the 2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors, listed in alphabetical order by each individual’s last name. Also take note of some quick reminders here:

  • January 7, 2020 – Next ELVN meeting will be held at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.
  • January 20, 2020 – You must submit your membership dues for 2020 by this date to be eligible to vote at the ELVN Annual Meeting. Visit the "Join ELVN" section of the ELVN website where you can submit dues via Paypal, or print a paper application.
  • February 4, 2020 – Elections will be held on this date during the ELVN Annual Meeting at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.

Brandon Cunningham

"I would like to run for re-election for the East Lakeview Neighbors Board. I have lived in Lakeview for 5 years and love our community. I have served on the ELVN board for the last year and have been an active participant on the Green Team and other ELVN initiatives. Seeing the work that ELVN does, and being a part of it, give me a stronger sense of community and the impact I can have as a concerned and active member. I also currently serve as the president of Kelly Park Advisory Council and volunteer with the Chicago Maritime Arts Center. Outside of volunteerism I work as a pilot and spend as much time as I can exploring our great city with my kids."

John Fitterer

John 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.

Megan Grochowiak

Megan is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system. She works within the boundaries of ELVN and is interested in improving this community.

Heather Way Kitzes

"Please consider my nomination for the East Lake View Neighbors board of directors. For the past five years, I have worked in the Chicago Cubs organization in the department of Community Affairs.  In my role, I serve as the neighborhood liaison which has given me a unique opportunity to get to know and be a part of the East Lake View Community. During this time, I co-founded the Neighborhood Grounds Crew, served on the ELVN Green Committee and helped raise money for Oktoberfest.  I previously served as a director of ELVN from 2017-2018. While serving, I chaired the By-Laws Committee which successfully drafted and passed new by-laws for the organization.   I have lived and worked in Lakeview since 1998 and have a firm of understanding of the top issues facing our community today: reducing crime, strengthening our schools, and advocating for responsible development.  I am running because I believe my experience and dedication to our community will help further the ELVN mission. Thank you for your consideration."

Maggie Koehler

Maggie has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 and was able to learn so much about the neighborhood from working for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce for four years (2014-2018.) Maggie, her wife, Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue, Stan, love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood. Her day job is Office Manager at the law firm of Burke, Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. She has served on the East Lake View Neighbors as a board member since 2016 and especially enjoys serving on the Green Team committee working to beautify our neighborhood.

Patrick Nagle

Patrick has lived in Lakeview for the past 21 years and has worked as an attorney for 25 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past decade and has served as Vice-President of the organization since 2016. Over the course of the last five years, he has taken a lead role in organizing ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest charity event which has raised over $100,000 for local area causes. 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.

Gregory Ratcliff

"My background includes a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, an M.B.A. in International Human Resources from Fairleigh Dickinson, and an M.S.W.  in Clinical Psychotherapy from Rutgers University. My career has spanned more than 30 years including experience in the profit and non-profit sectors. At Christie’s Auction House in Manhattan, I served as the principal human resources officer for the America’s and Asia. Christie’s is the world’s leading art business with sales exceeding six billion dollars.  My work experience also includes serving as a member of the executive management team at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York. GMHC annually provided social services to more than 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, operating at its peak with a budget exceeding 30 million dollars.

I have been a member of various boards in the past, currently serving as Assistant Secretary to the Board at 3920 N Lake Shore Drive.

Raised in Kansas City I moved to the New York area in 1992. My husband of 31 years and I recently retired, moving back to the Midwest and relocating to Lakeview in late 2018.  Since coming to Chicago. I have begun to volunteer in a variety of community-based organizations in the Lakeview area.

I have attended several ELVN meetings and am eager to become more involved as a board member. I hope to add to the existing work done by the current board and committee members in keeping our neighborhood a safe and enjoyable place to work and live.

Tom Rothschild

Tom has called East Lakeview home for 28 of the 33 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.  Tom has had the opportunity to live and work within area for a number of years. He has been active in ELVN and Lakeview Pantry.  He seen many changes in the area and feels that being active in the ELVN organization has had a positive impact. Tom is currently a free-lance project manager.

Kit Welch

Kit 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 is the Vice President of The Legacy Project’s Board of Directors. In addition, she serves on the Grace Condos Association Board. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.

January 7th, 2020 Agenda

19th District Police Station @ 7 p.m.

  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Armed robberies of pedestrians walking alone
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. Sports Plaza Ordinance
    2. Proposed Expansion of ELVN’s Borders-February 4, 2020 meeting
    3. ELVN Board Member Appointment to Marty Malone’s resigned position-Megan Cullen Grochowiak
    4. ELVN Board Election-February 4, 2020 meeting
    5. Redefine the Drive
    6. Green Team Committee-Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    7. ELVN 2020 Meeting Dates (all at the 19th District station): January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 9, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 10
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

Call for Nominations to East Lakeview Neighbors Board of Directors

Call for Nominations to East Lakeview Neighbors Board of Directors

We will be holding elections for the ELVN Board of Directors during the upcoming ELVN Annual Meeting on February 4, 2020. Please see the following information on how to run for a seat on the ELVN Board. We hope you will consider running for a seat.

How to submit a nomination:

Email the ELVN Nominating Committee at:

Include in the email:

  • A short bio about yourself.
  • Why you would like to run for a seat on the ELVN Board.
  • Your contact information – email is sufficient.
  • Confirm that you meet the qualifications for running (see below).


  • January 4, 2020 – You must send in your nomination by this date. 
  • January 5, 2020 – The full slate of nominees will be sent to the ELVN membership at large.
  • January 20, 2020 – You must submit your membership dues for 2020 by this date to be eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting. Visit the “Join ELVN” section  of the ELVN website where you can submit dues via Paypal, or print a paper application.

Date of Election

February 4, 2020 – This is the date of the ELVN 2020 Annual Meeting. To be held at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Reside or own real estate within the Boundary
  • Conduct business within the Boundary


  • North – W. Irving Park Road 
  • South – W. Addison Street
  • East – Lake Michigan
  • West – N. Clark Street

Length of Service

  • 2-year term

Fulfillment of DutiesMembers of the Board of Directors must attend or call in for every Board of Directors meeting or be excused by the President in advance of a meeting.Restrictions
No person running for or holding an elected public office shall be a Director.

Note: In the past, Board Directors have quit due to running for public office. If you are planning to run for public office during the 2-year term, please consider carefully before submitting your nomination. Stepping down during the middle of a term interferes with the Board’s normal operations.

If you have any questions/to submit your nomination, please email the ELVN Nominating Committee at We look forward to receiving nominations.

ELVN Board of Directors

2019 Chicago Marathon

Sunday, October 13, some 40,00 runners will compete in the 42nd annual Chicago Marathon. As in years past, the marathon route does include a portion of the 46th Ward, and residents in that footprint will be impacted. Please see the information below about street closures and if you live on a street that will not have access in or out during the race:

Full Street Closures:

Inner Lake Shore Drive and Broadway will be closed between Belmont and W Sheridan Rd. W Sheridan will be close between the Inner Drive and Broadway.

Ingress & Egress Restricted:

The following blocks will have street closures on both sides, essentially locking them in for the duration of the event (7am-12pm):

  • 500-600 W Stratford
  • 500-600 W Cornelia
  • 500-600 W Addison
  • 600 W Peterson
  • 600-750 W Waveland
  • 600-750 W Grace
  • 600-750 W Sheridan
  • 3500-3900 N Pine Grove

Vehicle Removals:

If you live or park on one of the streets along the route, you must move your vehicle to another location off the course by Saturday, October 12. Towing of vehicles on closed thoroughfares will begin at 1am on Sunday. Vehicles that are not removed will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto impound lot. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 311 or use the city of Chicago website.

For more information or how you can participate and show your support, please visit the Chicago Marathon website.

October 1, 2019 Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. Update from Congressman Mike Quigley
  3. 46th Ward Update
  4. 44th Ward Update
  5. Cubs Update
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Crime Update
    • Armed Robberies
  8. New Business/Old Business
    • Resignation of Marty Malone from Board of Directors
    • Oktoberfest Preliminary Roundup
    • The Legacy Project Gala-October 10, 2019, 5:30-8:30, 247 E. Ontario-Kit Welch
    • Redefine the Drive
    • Green Team Committee-, Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    • Next meeting is November 5, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station
  9. Adjournment/Closed Session

May 7 ELVN Agenda

ELVN Agenda

  • Call to order
  • Board of Directors Election Results
  • 46th Ward Update
  • 44th Ward Update
  • Cubs Update
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
  • New Business/Old Business
    A. Pints for the Park-Fundraiser for Kelly Park: May 31, 2019, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield

B. Condominium Seminar-June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 19th District Police Station

C. ELVN Open House Event

D. Next meeting is June 4, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station

      8. Adjournment

      9. Closed Session

2019 Board of Directors’ Election Candidate Biographies

Please review the candidate biographies before the election on Tuesday, April 9.

(i) = incumbant

Patrick Carlson (i)
My name is Patrick Carlson.  I am an attorney who has lived in East Lakeview for nearly 20 years, and have been a homeowner here for 15.  In this time, I have seen dramatic changes and improvements to the neighborhood, but there are still may changes facing the neighborhood.  I have been privileged to serve on the ELVN Board for the past 4 years, and would like to continue for another term.  ELVN provides all members of the neighborhood a forum to raise their concerns, to participate in discussions about changes happening, and to have access to the community leaders who make decisions affecting us every day.  I have been honored to service in this capacity, and would like to continue doing so.

Terie Kata
My name is Terie Kata.  I have 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.  I have been an active resident and property owner of the Lakeview community for 25 years. I also have been a participating member of LVCC for the past 25 years, serving on many committees as well as planning and coordinating numerous LVCC fundraising events.

Chester Kropidlowski
He has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been involved with ELVN in various roles for over twenty 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. He is now Chair of the Lake View Citizens Council Transportation Committee and represents Lake View on the Task Force study to redesign North Lake Shore Drive. Chester and his significant other, Lenore frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Brian Murphy
I am Brian Murphy and I have lived, worked, and owned property in East Lakeview for most of my life.  Upon marrying my wife Jaime, we moved back into the same apartment that I grew up on Sheffield Avenue.  In the following years, my two sons were born in the same home.  I have worked in my families business at Murphy’s Bleachers and since have managed Mrs. Murphy & Sons restaurant as well as worked in property management.  For the past five years, I have served as the principle organizer for ELVN’s Oktoberfest.  During that time, Oktoberfest has raised well over $100,000 for local area charities and schools.  Throughout my life, I have watched my East Lakeview neighborhood evolve into the thriving community that it is today.  I look forward to continuing to take an active role in helping this neighborhood reach its full potential. 

Jean O’Neil (i)
I am a founding member of ELVN and I have been a property owner in East Lake View since 1971. I  remember the neighborhood’s past struggles with slumlords, gangs and graffiti.  I spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. I even remember when the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field!  To this day, I continue to support the beautification and safety of the neighborhood.

Aileen Tien (i)
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 (i)
I have lived in East Lakeview for the past 40 years. I am currently an ELVN Board Member for the last few years. My wife Diane and I enjoy our walks around the neighbor, lake front, and Wrigley Field.
During our Oktoberfest Diane and I are at Murphy’s working on setting up the Silent Auction area.
I also work hard in bringing new and exciting items for the auction. I am a Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service for the last 30 years. I am looking forward in serving ELVN as a Board Member for the next two years.

Heather Way-Kitzes
She is the Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations with the 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.

Michael Zink (i)
I have lived in East Lake View for more than 7 years and have served as ELVN president since 2018.  I am an attorney at Starr, Bejgiert, Zink and Rowells, a civil litigation firm.  During my professional career, I have been elected and appointed to leadership roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Advocates Society of Polish-American Attorneys.

Brandon Cunningham
I have lived on in East Lake View on Dakin for the last 5 years.  During that time, I have been an active member of his community, a registered CPS substitute teacher, and a volunteer at my 6 and 8 year-old daughters’ schools.  I support the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer.  In addition, I am the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council.  In my spare time, I go to my job as an airline captain.

Tom Rothschild
I have called East Lakeview home for 21 of the 23 years that I have lived in Chicago.  Currently the Treasurer of my condominium association, I have been active on the board of every building in which I have lived.  My work with the condominium board has led me to form relationships with the local Aldermens’ offices.  I am also an avid dog lover as many of you know from seeing me in the neighborhood on strolls with Roz.