Lincoln Central Association (LCA) is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the Chicago neighborhood bounded by Lincoln Avenue, the former Ogden Avenue, North Avenue, and Halsted Street. It was founded to unite people within the neighborhood to build and maintain a secure and stable family neighborhood, to improve the physical and social condition of the community, and to undertake programs to foster accomplishment of those goals.
2014 Lincoln Central Association Board of Directors
Rodger Owen (2014 – 2015)
Rodger has lived in the Lincoln Central Association area for over 20 years. He is the President of a custom home building firm that works in the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast areas and is a licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker. He is past President of the Bright Promises Foundation for children. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, a previous member of the USO, the Dearborn Garden Walk, a contributor to the Redmoon Theater Organization and Lake Forest Academy. He was a member of the Board of the Tavern Club and is a current member of the Chicago Yacht Club. He is a graduate of Lake Forest Academy, Indiana University and University of Chicago-MBA with further studies at Universidad de Madrid, Spain and Universite d’Aix-Marseille, France.
Vice President – Deirdre Graziano (2014 – 2015
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 represents LCA 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.
Treasurer – Joan P. Simmons (2013-2014)
Joan has been a Lincoln Park resident since 1980. For over 20 years she has lived with her family on Mohawk Street. Most of her volunteer work has focused on education. While her son was attending Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School she was treasurer (chief financial officer) for the school. At Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Joan was PTA President from 2000-01 and was PTA Treasurer prior to that. She currently serves as Secretary of the Parents’ Association at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and from 2003-05 was a member of the school’s Middle School Council. Joan has practiced law for 20 years, including seven plus years working in a large downtown law firm and almost eight years working in-house. In addition, she taught at DePaul University College of Law for one year. For the last four years she has practiced law on a part-time basis. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Joan worked for seven years as an urban economist for a metropolitan planning agency. She has also taught college classes in economics. Joan has been Treasurer since 2009.
Secretary – David Varnerin (2014 – 2015)
Dave is currently serving as Secretary and was Treasurer from 2000 – 2006. He has been a resident of Lincoln Park and a member of the Lincoln Central Association since the mid-1970’s. Dave is a retired Vice President of the Private Banking Group at BMO Harris Bank. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera Chicago and Treasurer of Lincoln Park Pacers (Running Club). Dave does volunteer work involving income tax preparation for the working poor through the Center for Economic Progress.
Director – Sally Drucker (2013-2014)
Sally 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 three years, she has been actively involved in LCA’s effort to improve Fire Station Park. Four 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. She also was instrumental in establishing the New Trier Rowing Club now serving over 120 high school students. Sally has three children, all in their twenties, who love to come visit her in this vibrant community called Lincoln Park.
Director – Gary M. Sinclair (2013 – 2014)
I moved to Lincoln Park in 1971, when the community was still changing and developing. I attended Loyola University (BA in Political Science) and then Loyola Law School, graduating in 1977 with a J.D. Meanwhile, I worked in the futures industry on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. I first became involved in the community when I joined Lincoln Central and cooked for the annual LCA Art Fair in 1981. I became a member of LCA’s Board, serving as President on two occasions and Secretary. I remained on the Board until the late 1990’s. I was President of Lincoln Park Conservation Association in 1984, and also served on the LPCCC and the Lincoln Park Advisory Association as both a Board member and officer for eight years. I also have served on the Board of the Menomonee Club as a Board member, Secretary, Vice President and President. While serving on the LCA Board, I was a member of and Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, working on the redevelopment of the former YMCA property on Willow and Larrabee (now the City Commons townhomes), the redevelopment of the northeast corner of Larrabee and North Avenue, the redevelopment of Augustana Hospital property (now the Pointe townhomes) and many other developments. My wife Jean and I have raised our children in Lincoln Park and have lived in the same condominium on Mohawk Street for 28 years. I currently practice law as a sole practitioner, concentrating in commodity futures.
Director – Paul Maggio (2014 – 2015)
Paul Maggio grew up in Kenosha Wisconsin and is a graduate of DePaul University. He has lived in various neighborhoods in Chicago (Gold Coast, Loop, and Old Town) over the past 24 years. He now lives in the 1900 block of N. Burling. He is married to Marisa and they have a daughter (Cecilia). Paul has worked in the Chicago financial industry for the past 30 years and is a futures broker at NewEdge USA. He is a Senior Vice President, catering to institutional clients, primarily in Latin America. Paul and Marisa enjoy cooking for family and friends and traveling. They love living in Lincoln Park, and feel Chicago is the best city in the world (although they think winter is one month too long).
Director – James Borkman (2013 – 2014)
James has been enjoying the Lincoln Park community and Chicago for the past 15 years. He moved to 2131 North Larrabee in 2005. James attended John Marshall Law School where he served as the Student Bar Association President from 2008-2009. In 2009, he went on to hold the highest student office in the American Bar Association. As Chair of the ABA Law Student Division, James oversaw a Board of 23 members and worked with a dedicated staff and director. His initiatives included lobbying Congress on student debt and working to increase awareness of mental health and veteran’s affairs. In 2010 James was elected President-elect of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Overture Council. The CSO’s young professionals’ board promotes the Symphony and its programs and provides resources and networking to young professionals interested in music. James is also an official Greeter® for the City of Chicago and an architecture tour guide with Walk Chicago Tours. He has been featured on Fox Chicago News as well as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, RedEye and Chicago Social Magazine. James also volunteers for or holds positions with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago Young Professionals Board; John Marshall Law School Young Alumni Council; The Art Institute of Chicago Evening Associates; Chicago Architecture Foundation and Friends of the Chicago River. James holds degrees from the University of California, Irvine, John Marshall Law School and Santa Barbara City College. James is a native of Hesperia, a small town in the High Desert region of Southern California.
Director – Kathleen T. Jordan (2013 – 2014)
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. Director – Jennifer Uson (2013 – 2014) Jennifer and her family have lived on Hudson Avenue for over 10 years with her husband, Douglas Glick, their two daughters, and their dog. She is a finance director at Fox-TV Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Jennifer also co-chairs the Asian Group for the Northside Parents Network. Jennifer, a former Board Member, has also been active in programs to benefit neighborhood parks.
Director – Lisa Qu (2014 – 2015)
Lisa grew up in Atlanta, moved to Chicago in 2010, and has been living in Lincoln Park since 2012. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University (where she was captain of the Varsity swimming team) and is currently a neuroscience PhD student at Northwestern University. Since moving to Lincoln Park, she has spent most of her free time exploring the neighborhood, which fueled her interest in taking an active role to maintain, support, and improve the place she calls home. She is also the Social Events Co-Chair for Northwestern’s Chicago Graduate Student Association. She lives on the 2000 block of North Burling with her dog, Beans.
Director – Paul Shea (2014 – 2015)
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 Park Elementary. They take part in many of the activities that the local community has to offer. Paul 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 – Kenneth Dotson (2014 – 2015)
Kenneth is a private investor and has lived in Lincoln Park since 1999. He was the founding Vice President 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 Senior VP of Marketing at PlanetAll, acquired by Amazon.com in 1998, and then as Chief Marketing Officer at uBid.com. More recently, Kenneth was CMO for TicketsNow, which Ticketmaster acquired in 2008. During Kenneth’s marketing leadership, company revenues increased by more than 280% and TicketsNow was named to the Inc. 500 index of the fastest growing private companies in America. His wife Kelly is currently CMO of a Berkshire Hathaway owned company and previously headed marketing globally for Navteq. Since moving to Lincoln Park, Kenneth has been actively involved in the neighborhood, most notably Oz Park. He is a long time member of LCA and the Oz Park Advisory Council. In 2012, Kenneth was appointed by the mayor to serve as a Commissioner of the Lincoln Avenue SSA.