LCA’S 2020 DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
President – Sally Drucker
Sally, who Chairs LCA’s Parks Committee, was born and raised in the Chicago area and has a strong appreciation of the history and architectural signiﬁcance of the city and its neighborhoods.
After raising her family in Wilmette and relocating with them to London for ﬁve years, she moved to Lincoln Park in 2006. She now resides in the 2000 block of Cleveland Avenue. She has embraced the parks, the neighbors and the friendly retailers who make Lincoln Park so inviting.
Over the past eight years, she has been actively involved in LCA’s effort to improve Fire Station Park culminating in Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards in both 2017 and 2018. Eleven years ago, Sally began her own business, Drucker Mediation Services, serving the ﬁeld of alternative dispute resolution. Her background is diverse – commercial lending, agribusiness ﬁnance, and cross-cultural consulting.
Her passion for conservation led her to The Nature Conservancy where she served as trustee for 10 years in Illinois. She also was instrumental in establishing the New Trier Rowing Club, now serving over 120 high school students. Sally has three children and five grandchildren who love to come visit her in this vibrant community called Lincoln Park.
Sally is a Lifetime member of LCA.
Vice President – Erik Heitman
In 2017, Erik returned home to Chicago to join his family’s architectural practice: Heitman Architects, Inc. As Senior Project Manager and Senior Project Architect, Erik has overseen the design and construction of a diverse array of projects across the United States including the new Gotham Greens Greenhouse in Pullman Park and the Hernandez-Sanfilippo Fragrance Gallery in Barrington Hills, IL.
When tasked with finding a new place to call home, Erik and his wife, Annie, fell in love with Lincoln Park and saw it as a wonderful place to raise their two daughters. When the weather is nice you will often find the Heitman family strolling through Oz Park.
Before moving to Chicago, Erik practiced architecture in Kansas City for 16 years with BNIM Architects, leaders in sustainability and human-purposed integrated design. It was is in Kansas City where Erik’s passion for historic preservation, design and planning developed into a deep commitment to serve his community. He served as President of the Plaza-Westport Neighborhood Association from 2010 to 2017. And in 2015, he joined the steering committee for the Midtown-Plaza Area Plan, a comprehensive masterplan for the heart of Kansas City including vibrant commercial districts, historic neighborhoods and treasured institutions.
Erik is most proud of his appointment, and seven years of service, to the Kansas City Historic Preservation Commission, during four of those years he served as Chair. During his tenure on the Commission, Erik presided over hundreds of cases, advocating for preservation in the city’s 20 historic districts.
Erik holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Kansas and is a LEED accredited professional.
Treasurer – David Free
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 12 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.
Kathy and Stephanie are Lifetime members of LCA.
Secretary – Nancy Morris
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.
Nancy and Kurt are Lifetime members of LCA.
Director – Jill Dale
Jill is currently the director of marketing and communications for the American Lung Association’s Southeast Region.
Prior to her move to Chicago in February 2017, Jill and her husband, Jay Dale, lived in Jackson, Wyoming.
After moving to Chicago, Jill & Jay fell in love with the neighborhood shortly after their move and in December 2017 purchased a home near Oz Park. According to Jill: We found the Lincoln Central Association by simply walking by an event and being welcomed in. We joined the Association that night and have attended multiple events since. I am very impressed by the work done by the Association and hope that I can lend my talents to help advance this wonderful organization.
In Jackson, Jill worked as a breaking news reporter for Buckrail News and a feature writer for JH Style Magazine. She spent the first ten years of her career working for public relations agencies in Denver, Colorado. Jill specialized in comprehensive communications and PR campaigns for hospitals, medical clinics and medical device companies.
Jill has a BS in journalism from Northern Arizona University and a masters in public relations and marketing from the University of Denver.
Director – Kelly Dotson
Kelly is a sixteen year resident of the Lincoln Park area. She has been an active LCA volunteer since 2014 providing support in many areas. Kelly became Chair of LCA’s Events Committee in 2017 and also serves on the Communications & Membership Committee. Her other volunteer activities include a recent two year stint on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Chicago. Kelly is a Lifetime Member of LCA.
Kelly currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Numerator, a provider of market intelligence data for brands, agencies, and retailers. They are a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners. Prior to Numerator, she was Chief Marketing Officer of Savo Group, a Goldman-Sachs backed tech company headquartered in downtown Chicago. Kelly is a seasoned business leader with former roles including Chief Commercial Officer of Viad Corporation, a NYSE provider of marketing and destination experiences, and Chief Marketing Officer of Berkshire Hathaway’s The Pampered Chef.
Kelly also has deep experience in the technology sector having led worldwide marketing at Chicago-based NAVTEQ (now HERE). During Kelly’s ten year tenure there, NAVTEQ grew from a privately-held digital map company through its NYSE IPO in 2004 and subsequent $8.1 billion acquisition by Nokia Corporation in 2008.
Early in her career, Kelly worked for nearly a decade with Leo Burnett and spent five those years living in Europe on various assignments including in London, Madrid and Oslo.
Kelly holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame.
Director – Eudice Fogel
Eudice was born in Chicago and raised in Elmhurst. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Education, she became a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for 7 years before becoming a residential real estate agent. Eudice first worked with Berger Realty Group, then Rubloff, and Berkshire Hathaway, before joining Compass Real Estate as a Founder in 2017. Eudice and her daughter, Jayme Slate, have formed and work as the Fogel Slate Group assisting buyers and sellers in all aspects of their real estate needs.
Eudice lived in Sandburg Village from 1975 to 1983 when she and her husband moved to a townhome on Larrabee Street. In 1991, they bought land on the corner of Larrabee and Eugenie Street and built their current home where they still live.
Eudice’s three children attended Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, and then Francis W. Parker for high school. Eudice was a very active parent at Lincoln Elementary and, among other things, helped organize softball and basketball programs for the girls and boys. Her children played AYSO soccer and her husband was a coach, referee, and Commissioner of the program. Eudice and her family also participated in many Menomonee Club programs. The family experienced and enjoyed all of the benefits of living in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Eudice and Bob were supporters in the funding of and participated in the building of the Oz Park children’s playground. They have attended and supported many Lincoln Park programs over their 36 years living in Lincoln Park.
Eudice has been an avid runner for 45 years and completed 5 Chicago marathons. She still runs multiple times a week through the neighborhood and along the lakefront.
Director – Donna Gallery
Donna and her husband, Ken Bauer, are both Chicago natives. In 1985, they purchased, and have twice renovated, an 1882 home on Burling Street. The home had once been the headmaster’s residence for the adjacent Lutheran boys’ school. Donna and Ken, have been Lincoln Park residents ever since, raising their son, Max, in this home. Donna serves as Chair of LCA’s Arts & Culture Committee and formerly served on the Planning & Zoning Committee.
Donna’s professional career in banking and finance with J.P. Morgan and legacy organizations, Lloyds Bank Plc and Harris Bank, encompasses 35 years of providing financial service solutions for high net worth individuals, professional service firms, international banking, Fortune 500 firms, and private sector companies, their executives and owners.
During her career, Donna completed international banking secondments in Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid. She acted as liaison for Marc Chagall’s team during the installation of the “Four Seasons” mosaic in Chase Plaza, providing the French translation of Chagall’s inspiration for this work, now archived in bank records. Donna co-founded J.P. Morgan’s Private Wealth Management Art Initiative, a national marketing team delivering customized financial services to affluent art collectors. Throughout her career she has actively mentored women entrepreneurs as a member of a number women’s business initiative organizations.
Donna holds a BA in Foreign Languages from Northwestern University, teaching certifications in French and English as a Second Language, and an MBA (Finance) from DePaul University.
Donna and Kenny are Lifetime members of LCA.
Director – Kathleen Jordan
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 previously served several stints on LCA’s Board including most recently from 2013-2018, the last four years of which she served as LCA’s Vice-President. She is the co-editor of From the Heart, LCA’s award winning newsletter.
Kathy is a Lifetime Member of LCA.
Director – Lee Merovitz
Lee Merovitz is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Human Capital Retail and Consumer Products practice, with over 20 years of experience in helping clients solve business issues through aligning their people and capabilities with changing and complex technology and functional needs. He has expertise in developing and implementing enablement programs for digital solutions across a variety of platforms. Lee has an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.
Lee has been a Lincoln Park resident for over 15 years and has lived in Lincoln Central for the last 9 years. He and his wife Debbie have two sons who attend Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. He is passionate about helping to support and shape our community. As a former board member and longtime supporter of the Young Associates Board, Lee and his family have personally raised over $55K for pediatric brain tumor research and treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Director – Larry Sachs
Larry Sachs and his wife Donna moved to the River North area of Chicago in 1997, relocating to Lincoln Park in 2003 (on Orchard St., close to their beloved Oz Park where Donna is a long-time in the gardens and a member of the park’s advisory council).
Larry was in government service for 47 years. He retired from Illinois Corrections in 2001 after serving in many facility-based (e.g. Reentry Manager; Accreditation Manager, Asst. Warden, Director of Clinical Services) and statewide (e.g. Juvenile Division Classification and Placement Manager) capacities.
Subsequently, as Director of Grants Management for the Chicago Police Department, Larry and his team brought in and successfully managed over $400,000,000 in grant funding and initiated the only police-led program in the country providing direct capacity-strengthening services to 501(c)3 programs (CPD’s A Force For Good supported over 100 Chicago-based, community-serving organizations). He has also worked at and with Illinois agencies helping people overcome barriers to employability and managing the federally funded Illinois Juvenile Block Grant program.
Larry also co-founded and was the first President of the Illinois Balanced & Restorative Justice Project 501(c)3, and in retirement he continues his commitment to public safety and justice reform by helping to develop a coalition of governmental and community-based organizations to advocate for prison reentry reform and resources.
Director – Paul Shea
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. Along with their nephew Russell, they live on West Dickens along with. They take part in many of the activities that the local community has to offer. Paul is an avid marathon runner and has competed in the marathon in Athens, Greece, the world’s oldest.
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 – Tom Siracusa
Tom Siracusa was raised in a suburb bordering Chicago. After completing law school, he moved to the City’s near west side and became involved with various community affairs and local politics. He, his wife Liza and their three children moved to Lincoln Park in 1996. In 2003, they purchased the home in which they currently reside.
The family enthusiastically supports neighborhood businesses and have developed many friendships through their patronage. Over the years they have successfully persuaded family members and friends from other communities to frequent Lincoln Park’s restaurants and shops.
Tom is a partner at the law firm of Power Rogers, LLP. For over thirty years he has represented injured persons and decedents’ estates in tort litigation. He authors chapters in texts published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and serves on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Tom received his degree in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago and his J.D. from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law.