LCA’S 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
President – Kenneth Dotson (2015 – 2017)
Kenneth is a private investor and has lived in Lincoln Park since 1999. He was founding VP of Marketing and co-author of the business plan for Sportsline.com, which, after raising $40 million of venture capital and going public, was acquired by CBS and rebranded cbssports.com. After SportsLine, he served as Sr. VP of Marketing at PlanetAll, acquired by Amazon.com in 1998, and then as Chief Marketing Officer at uBid.com. Later, Kenneth served as CMO for TicketsNow, acquired by Ticketmaster in 2008. During Kenneth’s marketing leadership, revenues increased more than 280% and TicketsNow was named to the Inc. 500 index of the fastest growing private companies in America. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, New York Times, Advertising Age, USA Today, Brand Week, Ad Week, Washington Post, American Demographics, Christian Science Monitor and many other national publications and has been interviewed on national television several times including by CNN and ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
Kenneth has been actively involved in the neighborhood as a volunteer since moving to Lincoln Park in 2000. He is a long time member of LCA, a patron of Oz Park and a member of the Oz Park Advisory Council. In 2012 Mayor Emmanuel appointed Kenneth to serve as a Commissioner of the Lincoln Avenue SSA and reappointed him to a second term in 2015. Kenneth served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the SSA’s 15 year reconstitution, completed in 2015, and now serves as Chairman of the Commission. He serves on the DePaul Neighborhood Advisory Committee, the Neighborhood Liaison Committee to Hines-McCaffery Interests (developer of the former CMH property), the Lincoln Avenue Master Plan Steering Committee and is Lincoln Central’s neighborhood liaison to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Kenneth, a Lifetime Member, joined LCA’s Board in 2014 and was elected President in 2015. He is co-editor of LCA’s newsletter, From the Heart, which won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence in 2016. All of Kenneth’s neighborhood roles are on a volunteer basis. In 2016 he received the inaugural Neighborhood Champion award from the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce which honors a resident within the Lincoln Park neighborhood that has made a positive impact through his or her actions within the community.
Vice President – Kathleen Jordan (2015 – 2017)
Kathleen, a retired medical writer and a long time community volunteer, has resided in Lincoln Park since 1977. She was president of the Oz Park Advisory Council, and a docent at Lincoln Park Zoo. She served for 10 years on the Chicago Police Department’s 18th District Advisory Committee. During that time, Kathy formed a Brownie Scout Troop for girls living in the Cabrini Green housing units, and was named a Hometown Hero by the American Red Cross for her efforts. She also received the CAPS program’s Good Neighbor Award for her work on the DAC. Kathy graduated from Loyola University with a BA in communications. Currently she is an interpretive volunteer for Shedd Aquarium’s Education Department, and serves on the Field Museum’s Council on Africa. Kathleen has been on the Board since 2013 and is co-editor of From the Heart, LCA’s award winning newsletter. She is a Lifetime Member of LCA.
Treasurer – David Free (2016-2017)
Dave has been a Lincoln Park resident since 1991, and a longtime community volunteer. Presently, he lives on the 2200 block of North Lincoln Avenue with his wife Stephanie, and daughter Danielle. Dave values the cultural attractions, restaurants, many parks, and close access to Lake Michigan that Lincoln Park has to offer. Dave has spent his career in the investment management industry. He’s worked at Russell Investments for the past 10 years. Russell provides investment consulting, and investment management services to large institutional investors. Prior to Russell, Dave spent 12 years with Northern Trust Investments.
After being introduced to several LCA board members (and fellow dog owners) in Oz Park, Dave previously served on the LCA board from 2004-2007. While on the board, Dave focused on membership and fundraising.
Secretary – James Borkman (2016-2017)
James serves as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Policy Director for City of Chicago Clerk Susana Mendoza.
James is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School where he served as the Student Bar Association President from 2008-2009 and held the national position of Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division. James also holds degrees from the University of California, Irvine (Philosophy and History); and Santa Barbara City College (Business Administration). James volunteers for or holds positions with the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, Chicago Architecture Foundation and Friends of the Chicago River.
Director – Deirdre Graziano (2016 – 2017)
Director – Deirdre Graziano (2016 – 2017)
Deirdre Graziano is a long time resident and LCA board member. She currently is on LCA’s Zoning Committee, the Armitage Halsted Landmark Committee and is one of LCA’s representatives on Children’s Memorial Community Relations Committee. She has been on several school boards and school councils including Park West Cooperative, St. Clement and Metro High School. She has advanced degrees from Loyola and Erikson Institute. She is a retired child development specialist who has worked with teachers, children and families in multiple settings including Head Start, Juvenile Court, and Chicago area schools. She has taught at DePaul, Loyola and Kendall College. Two of her children are Chicago public school teachers. All her children attended local schools. She has been invested in the community for many years and is honored to service her community.
Director – Bob Segal (2016-2017)
Bob Segal is a 34 year resident of the Lincoln Central neighborhood. He is a member of the Lincoln Central Association and is active on the association’s Zoning Committee. Bob grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He came to the Midwest to study for his M.B.A. in marketing and strategic planning from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Bob is a Principal at the consulting firm of Frank Lynn & Associates. Prior to that he was an economist with Data Resources, Inc., a division of McGraw-Hill. Bob is also a professional photographer specializing in architectural subjects. He lives in the neighborhood with his wife Joan and his two Gordon Setters, Riley and Dice.
Director – Nancy Morris (2016 – 2017)
Nancy, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, graduated from medical school there in 1978. She completed her residency at Michigan State after which she started her career as an emergency room physician at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. After working as a physician in the Midwest for a number of years, Nancy returned to Kansas City to raise her three sons. Now she settled in Chicago seven years ago and lives on Orchard Street with her husband Kurt.
Nancy’s service to the neighborhood began several years ago when she volunteered to work in the Oz Park Gardens. She has remained an active volunteer ever since. She is also one of the most active volunteers at Fire Station Park and Gardens, one of LCA’s most important neighborhood initiatives. Regarding her community service, Nancy says: I have met lovely new people and deepened my appreciation for my new home city and neighborhood.
Now a grandmother, Nancy considers herself to be a “hopeful cook” and “want to be traveler.” She is a member of the “Ray” at DePaul and enjoys working out there to stay fit.
Director – Paul Shea (2016 – 2017)Paul moved to Chicago in 2001 with his wife, Terry, from New England and chose the Lincoln Park neighborhood for its vibrancy and closeness to all things Chicago, while still maintaining the look and feel of a place you could call home. They live on West Dickens and have an 8 year old nephew who attends Lincoln Elementary School. They take part in many of the activities that the local community has to offer. Paul is an avid marathon runner and recently ran in the marathon in Athens, Greece. He is currently a Senior Project Manager for a global software company and has been a director / manager for larger manufacturing companies for over 20 years. In that time, he’s run various large capital projects that involved coordination with contracts, governmental agencies, and building trades. He was a volunteer member of the Personnel Planning Board for Granby, Massachusetts, a small town in Western Massachusetts before making the move to Chicago. He received an MBA in Business from the University of Rhode Island and is a Certified Associate Project Manager.
Director – Anne Moore (2015 – 2016)
Anne Moore is a 30 year resident of Lincoln Park. She and her husband, Harry Dent, rebuilt an 1890’s brick Victorian on Cleveland Avenue, creating a family home for their three children. A journalist, Anne’s office is at the top of that home, overlooking Old Town’s green trees.
Anne has served on Lincoln Central’s Board from 2000 to 2006. During that time, she wrote and published the Lincoln Central newsletter and worked on parks and beautification. With others, she rewrote LCA’s zoning and planning guidelines, creating a process that is orderly, transparent and open to the public. She has chaired LCA’s Zoning Committee since 2006, working with the Alderman, developers, retailers, homeowners and neighbors to maintain and improve our beautiful historic neighborhood. She is particularly interested in permeability, green space and overbuilding.
Director – Alexander M. Hlavacek (2016 – 2017)
Mr. Hlavacek is responsible for evaluating and structuring institutional joint venture partnerships for companies that are a part of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Prior to joining Inland Institutional Capital Partners, Mr. Hlavacek was Chief Operating Officer at McShane Medical Partners, where he helped create and manage a joint venture between McShane and a national real estate investment trust. Before McShane Medical Partners, Mr. Hlavacek was Vice President in CBRE’s Capital Markets group where he was responsible for representing institutional owners in the sale of CBD and suburban property. Prior to CBRE, Mr. Hlavacek was Vice President of Acquisitions at Great Lakes REIT, where he was responsible for new investments and dispositions.
Mr. Hlavacek earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. He holds a FINRA series 65 license and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Investment Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Alex is a Lifetime Member of LCA.
Director – Betsy Costello (2016 – 2017)
Betsy Costello is a native Chicagoan. As a north sider raising her two daughters in Lakeview, Lincoln Park was a favorite destination, including taking her two daughters to the Oz Park playground and Lincoln Park Zoo. Betsy and her daughters moved to Lincoln Park in 1996.
With initial studies at the Art Institute, Betsy earned a BFA from UIC, later receiving an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Her work experience includes 12 years as Business/Purchasing Manager in the residential interior design field. During that time, she also taught Business Practices at Harrington Institute of Design. In 2007, she transitioned to Northwestern University as a Procurement Professional, conducting formal bids and managing vendor contracts for a broad range of university-wide and department-specific products and services.
Betsy welcomes the opportunity to bring her creativity and business acumen to Lincoln Central Association as an advocate for the neighborhood.
Director – Patty O’Neill Harris (2016 – 2017)
Director – Patty O’Neill Harris (2016 – 2017)
Patty has lived in Lincoln Park since 1979 and has enjoyed exciting careers in Real Estate and Advertising. Her career in real estate began in 2004 in Lincoln Park. Patty owned The Harris Realty Group representing many Lincoln Park neighbors in the purchases and sales of their luxury homes. In 2013, after the passing of her husband, Dickie Harris, she took over the helm of The Harris Company offering high-end rental opportunities for many in our neighborhood.
Before her real estate, career Patty spent years at top Chicago advertising agencies beginning in 1981 at Foote, Cone and Belding where she rapidly moved through the ranks becoming their VP, Director of Editorial Services in 1983. Later Patty served as Sr. VP, Director of Broadcast Production at Campbell Mithun Esty, working closely with the creative department taking concepts from storyboards to award winning commercials. Patty later joined DDB as VP, Director of Internet Services and ushered in new products to service clients’ digital needs. The new digital division increased revenues boosting the agency’s already impressive bottom line.
Patty and her twin sons, Huston and Wyatt, have enjoyed a wonderful life working, living and going to school in our community. They plan on spending many more years living in Chicago’s finest neighborhood, Lincoln Park. She is a Lifetime Member of LCA.