CPAH Board of Directors
Janice Goldblatt, President
Janice is President of the Board of Directors, and an incredible advocate for affordable housing. She knows first hand the importance of having a safe, stable place to call home, and brings her personal story to her leadership of CPAH. Janice is a real estate broker for @properties, and has been among the top 2% of brokers nationwide since 1999. In addition to serving on the CPAH Board, her experiences include working as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) on behalf of children in the court system and serving as a voluntary driver for oncology patients needing rides to the hospital and doctor appointments. Janice and her husband, Joel, raised their two daughters in Highland Park, and continue to love being part of the Highland Park community.
Jami Sharfman, Vice President
Jami is a passionate advocate for affordable housing. In addition to serving on CPAH's Board, she is a former Chair and member of the Highland Park Housing Commission. Jami is a past President of Braeside Elementary PTO, and committed to numerous other philanthropic organizations and activities. Jami studied English at the University of Iowa and has a law degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She lives in Highland Park with her husband Howard, their two college aged children, and their dogs.
Sue Berkun, Treasurer
Sue is delighted to be serving as CPAH's Treasurer. In addition to her dedication to affordable housing, Sue and her husband, Chadd, help lead the yearly effort at North Shore Congregation Israel to supply low income students in Chicago with school supplies. Sue is an Executive Director/Trust Officer at J.P. Morgan. She received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Sue and Chadd live in Highland Park with their dog, Bella.
Jose Rodriguez, Secretary
Jose is not only the Secretary of the Board of Directors, but he is a CPAH home owner. He and his wife, Dahlia, believe that owning a CPAH home is life changing, and "the best decision they ever made." When not advocating for others to have the same opportunity, Jose works as a server at Walker Brothers in Highland Park. He is also an accomplished soccer player. At home, Jose and Dahlia love to cook and read with their two daughters, Daisy and Alex.
Tina is thrilled to be a resident representative on the CPAH Board of Directors. She feels strongly that moving into a CPAH apartment with her two wonderful children was the beginning of many positive developments, and Tina loves working to help create more affordable housing that will benefit others in the same way. Tina is currently adjunct faculty at Kendall College and online adjunct professor for DeVry Education Group, teaching math. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as an actuary at KPMG and Zurich Kemper Life for several years before earning a Master’s Degree in Math Education at DePaul University. Tina has lived in Highland Park for 18 years, and some recognize her as having been their dance theater teacher at the Park District of Highland Park.
Carla is a resident representative to the Board and very happy to be living in a CPAH home. Carla, a licensed massage therapist, is the owner of Body Works By Carla, a table and chair massage business in Evanston. She often provides corporate chair massage for companies in the Chicago area that invest in the wellness of their employees. In addition to her work with CPAH and running her business, Carla volunteers as a Parent Circle Leader for Parent Power Chicago. She enjoys biking the Evanston/Skokie bike trails, and attending the comedy shows of her fiance, Reggie Reg.
David is the Director of the National Multi Housing Group at Marcus and Millichap. He specializes in multifamily dispositions throughout the central United States, including affordable housing, tax credit properties, student housing, seniors housing and special asset services including REO sales, loan modifications, and note sales.
Patrice is delighted to be on CPAH's Board. She currently works in Patient Access for NorthShore University Health Systems at the Skokie corporate office. Prior to working for Northshore, Patrice was with Wells Fargo. Patrice lives in Evanston with her husband, Aubrey Davidson, and their two young children. When not working, Patrice and Aubrey love spending time with their children.
Cynthia is delighted to be "giving back" to CPAH by being a resident representative on the Board. She purchased a CPAH home at Hyacinth Place in 2014, and loves being part of the Hyacinth community. A social worker, Cynthia works providing in home social work services, travelling far and wide to see her clients. When not working, Cynthia, the mother of three sons, enjoys taking long walks in the woods and ethnic dining with friends. She received her Masters Degree from Loyola School of Social Work in 2005.
Tom is a former member of the Lake Forest City Council and Lake Forest Housing Trust Board. He is Managing Director at PFM Group and has more than 30 years of government, public finance and management experience with a focus on complex public-private transactions and infrastructure.
Craig is delighted to be a resident representative on the Board, and thrilled to be living in a CPAH home with his wife, Nicia, and their two toddlers in Highland Park. Craig feels that living in a CPAH home has given him the security to move forward in his career, leading to a sense of stability for his family. When not advocating for others to have the same chance that CPAH has given him, Craig is a heavy equipment technician for SES, Inc. Previously, he was a truck driver for Menoni and Mecogni in Highland Park. Craig and Nicia love to be outside at the local parks, visit Rosewood Beach, and participate in programs at the Highland Park Public Library with their children, Alex and Ava.
Terri has served on the CPAH Board since 2005, including as President from 2012-14, and is passionate about affordable housing, her community and helping others. In addition to her work with CPAH, Terri served on Highland Park's City Council (2005-2011), the North Shore School District 112’s School Board (1999-2005), and the Board of The Art Center of Highland Park (2011-13). Terri and her husband, Rob, have made Highland Park their home for the past 31 years. Terri received her B.A. from Carleton College and her J.D. from Loyola School of Law. She practiced law at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, as an associate specializing in medical malpractice defense before retiring to raise her three children, Drew, Alix, and Josh.
Laura is Highland Park Housing Commission's Board representative for CPAH. She is retired from Oakton Community College where she was Professor of Business. In addition to her work on housing, Laura currently serves on the Boards of the Highland Park Volunteer Pool and Family Network, is President of Oakton Community College’s State University Annuitant Association chapter, advises doctoral students at Benedictine University, serves as a higher education consultant, and volunteers for a variety of political candidates.Laura and her husband live in Highland Park with their much beloved Cavachon, Barney.
Councilwoman Kim Stone
Kim serves on CPAH's Board as a public representative. She is a member of the Highland Park City Council, and previously served on the Highland Park Transportation Commission, the Board of Directors of Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care, and the Active Transportation Alliance. In addition, Kim has over 20 years of environmental and management experience, including as Associate Director of the Chicago non- profit Midwest Pesticide Action Center. She also has served on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists since 2005. Kim graduated from Middlebury College and received Masters degrees in Population Planning and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. A third generation Highland Park resident, Kim loves being an involved member of the community, and is proud of her work to support affordable housing. She lives in Highland Park with her husband Ken, and their two sons.
Nate loves helping CPAH make an impact in the community by serving on the Board, and is particularly proud of CPAH's productivity and efficiency. Most recently, Nate served as Treasurer. When not advocating for affordable housing, Nate is President of NRT Trading, serves on the Board and Investment Committee for the University of Iowa Foundation, and as Vice President of North Shore Congregation Israel. He also turns his favorite hobby, flying his own plane, into another meaningful contribution for others by providing transportation to doctor and hospital visits through Angel Flight Central. Nate and his wife Beth have lived in Highland Park with their two children since 1995.
Fred is a longtime supporter of affordable housing. Fred became passionate about the benefits of the land trust model, particularly how it creates permanently affordable housing, when he learned about it from a family member who is connected to a Vermont land trust. Fred is a Principal at Morgante Wilson Architects, a firm he co-founded in 1987 with Elissa Morgante, and he and Morgante Wilson donate architectural services for some of CPAH's construction projects.Fred was named a National Finalist in the “40 Under 40” architect’s award, sponsored by The Architectural League of New York, as well as the 1998 winner of the “Young Architect Award” from the American Institute of Architecture Chicago Chapter. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois - Chicago, where he has served on the UIC Alumni Advisory Board. In addition to being a strong advocate for affordable housing, Fred coaches youth basketball, and recently served as President of Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette.
CPAH Advisory Board
Board Chair: Jonathan Kaden, Partner, Dentons US LLP
Beth Alberts, Broker, Baird & Warner
Nelson Armour, Fine Art Photography
Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor
Robert Braun, Vice President, American Enterprise Bank
David Brint, Principal, Brinshore Development, LLC
Ellen Chukerman, Broker, Baird & Warner
Marvin Cohen, Adjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University
Tom Decker, President, Chicago Green Insulation
Jack Frigo, President, Frigo & Company
Betsy Lassar , Policy Analyst, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Jon Levey, Principal, Lake Shore Investment Group
Mark Muller, President, Fulton Developers
Ted Pickus, Broker, @properties
Ernie Reinstein, Asset Manager, Colliers International
Ruth Sang, Community Volunteer
Lori Flores Weisskopf, Commissioner, Park District of Highland Park
Marc Zisook, Vice President, First Bank of Highland Park
Evanston Advisory Board
Jean Butzen, President, Mission Plus Strategy Consulting
Owen Beacom, Managing Director, First Bank & Trust
Sue Carlson, Community Volunteer
Ellen Cushing, Community Volunteer
Betty Ester, Community Volunteer
Jill Graham, Professor Emerita of Business, Loyola University Chicago
Lisa Greene, Rabbi, North Shore Congregation Israel
Jane Grover, Alderman 7th Ward, City of Evanston
John Leonard, Architect, Morgante Wilson Architects
Jackie Mack, VP of Sales, Jameson Sothebys International Realty
Candance Parks Chow, Evanston District 65 School Board
William Stafford, Chief Financial Officer, Evanston Township High School
Mark Stec, Senior Vice President, North Shore Community Bank
Lou Weathers, Senior Advocate and Real Estate Consultant
Marianne Woodward,Community Volunteer
Kim Ulbrich, Executive Director
Kim joined Community Partners for Affordable Housing as Executive Director in September 2015. Previously, she served as a Community Development Specialist for McHenry County Planning and Development. Before joining McHenry County, Kim worked as a Project Manager with the Corporation for Affordable Homes of McHenry County. In addition to being passionate about affordable housing, Kim is passionate about her family-- her husband, their 24 year old twins, 3 step-children and 5 grandchildren-- and about running, having recently completed yet another half marathon.
Amy Kaufman, Director of Community Relations and Development
Amy is the Director of Community Relations and Development for CPAH. Prior to raising her children in Highland Park, Amy was an attorney at Phelan Pope & John in Chicago and Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York. Before law school, Amy worked at the Washington Post as the assistant to political reporter and columnist David Broder, and at a public policy consulting firm in Washington, DC, ICF, Incorporated. Amy holds an A.B. degree from Duke University in Public Policy and Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She and her husband, Dan, have lived in Highland Park for 25 years.
Jessica Roque, Bookkeeper/ Program Associate
Jessica joined CPAH in December of 2014. Before coming to CPAH, Jessica worked in community relations for PAWS Chicago and prior to that, she was the office manager of her family's roofing company, M.W. Powell Company, in Chicago. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In her spare time Jessica volunteers as a tutor and mentor at Metro Achievement Center for Girls. She also loves to spend time with her husband, Ryan, and her dog, Sophie, all while cheering on her favorite Chicago sports teams.