LCA’S 2019 – 2020 DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
President – Kenneth Dotson (2019)
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 and a third term in 2018. 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 received APEX Awards for Publication Excellence in 2016, 2017, and 2018. All of Kenneth’s neighborhood roles are on a volunteer basis. In, 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.
LCA’S 2019 – 2020 DIRECTORS & OFFICERS
Vice President – Anne Moore (2019-2020)
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.
Treasurer – David Free (2018-2019)
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.
Secretary Robert Rixer – Anne Moore (2018-2019)
Robert has been an LCA member since 2016 and resides at 539 W. Dickens (Dickens & Mowhawk). He is a native of Perth, Australia.
Robert attended Illinois Institute of Technology on a soccer scholarship and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He was a four-year starter on the soccer team, a two-time All-Conference selection, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the year and Captain of the team his Senior year. He currently assists the team with coaching and recruiting.
Since graduating from IIT, Robert has worked in the construction industry. He is employed by Power Construction—Luxury Residence Group serving as Project Engineer, managing the construction of luxury single family homes and condominiums. He is also an avid real estate investor focusing primarily on rehabbing and selling single family homes in the Chicago suburbs.
In addition to his volunteer service for LCA, Robert has been a regular participant with Habitat for Humanity during the last year helping building homes in West Pullman.
In addition to volunteering, Roberts enjoys American sports, especially the Cubs and Bears and also English Premier League soccer. He is an avid traveler.
Director – Sally Drucker (2018 – 2019)
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.
Director – Jerry Swarzman (2019 – 2020)
Jerry Swarzman is a life-time Chicago resident. He and his with, Penny, have been 35 year residents of the Lincoln Central neighborhood living the entire time in a three-flat on Cleveland Avenue — across from Bauler Park — they purchased when they were married. It is the only residence they have ever owned. According to Jerry, he and Penny chose the location to take advantage of the many entertainment, restaurant and bar options that the neighborhood offers.
Jerry serves on LCA’s Planning & Zoning Committee and on the Bauler Park Advisory Committee.
Jerry has worked for his entire professional career in the healthcare industry, first in full-time financial management positions in hospitals followed and subsequently he work as an independent consultant and as a manager in a consulting/healthcare financial service vendor firm. In this second career phase, his engagements (lasting one to five years) involved “interim” hospital financial management positions to support the client while it searched for a permanent manager, installed a financial system, underwent a financial turnaround, required operational improvement, etc. Most of these assignments over a 16 year period were out of town with Jerry commuting to Chicago for extended weekends.
Jerry is a long-time volunteer at Little Brothers of the Elderly and PAWS Chicago. As he reaches retirement age, he has reduced his average work week to 10 to 15 hours and wants to give back to the neighborhood and community he and Penny have called home for so long. The Swarzmans have been members of LCA and donors to the Parks fund for several years. While attending a members-only event at Via Strozzi in 2018, Jerry had the opportunity to learn more about the work LCA does while talking with some other LCA members. Before the event ended, Jerry expressed a desire to become more involved in the organization and contribute any way he could. He began attending Board meetings, Zoning Committee meetings and assisting with events. He was elected to fill a vacancy on LCA’s Board in the Fall of 2018.
Director – Nancy Morris (2018 – 2019)
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 (2018 – 2019)
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. Paul serves on LCA’s Parks and Events committees.
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.
Paul 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 – Joel Merkin (2019 – 2020)
Joel is a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, where he specializes in intellectual property law. Over the course of his career, he has represented some of Chicago’s and the world’s leading technology companies in complex, high-stakes patent disputes and technology transactions. Joel has computer engineering and law degrees from the University of Illinois.
Joel is actively involved in the community. Among other volunteer work, he has served as a non-partisan Cook County Election Protection volunteer, and has performed pro bono legal services for a Chicago-based humane society, local artists, and the immigrant community.
Director – Donna Gallery (2018 – 2019)
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.
Director – Kelly Smith Dotson (2018 – 2019)
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 – Jill Thompson (2019 – 2020)
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.