CPAH Board of Directors

Janice Goldblatt, President
Ms. Goldblatt is a licensed real estate broker and has been among the top 2% of Brokers nationwide since 1999. She is a member of both Illinois Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors and is an active community volunteer. 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.

 

Jami Sharfman, Vice President
Ms. Sharfman earned her JD from Loyola University of Chicago. She has served the Highland Park community in many roles including past PTO President, Chair of the Highland Park Housing Commission and participation in numerous other philanthropic and charitable activities.

 

Nate Tross, Treasurer
Nathan Tross is President of Tennyson Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund. He also serves on the Board and Investment Committee for the University of Iowa Foundation. Mr. Tross is a pilot who loves to use his airplane to provide transportation to and from doctor visits and hospitals for people in need through his service in Angel Flight Central. He and his wife Beth have lived in Highland Park with their two children since 1995.

 

Jose Rodriguez, Secretary
Mr. Rodriguez is a homebuyer through the CPAH program and represents the interests of homebuyers on CPAH's Board of Directors.

 

Michael Agostino, Secretary
Mr. Agostino is a carpenter and CPAH homeowner.

 

Ms. Sue Berkun
Ms. Berkun is a Vice President/Trust Officer at J.P. Morgan specializing in estate planning, trust administration, and income tax planning . She has a law degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

 

Carla Eason
Ms. Eason is owner of Body works by Carla and is a resident of Evanston.

 

Mr. David Gaines
Mr. Gaines 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.

 

Eva Kulik
Ms. Kulik is a homebuyer through the CPAH program. She is a professional childcare provider as well as a caretaker for her own special needs children. Ms. Kulik joined the CPAH Board in 2009

 

Cynthia Marzette
Cynthia earned a Master Degree from the Loyola School of Social Work in 2005. She now works as a home health social worker and lives in Highland Park with her sons.

 

Tom Morsch
Mr. Morsch 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.

 

Terri Olian
Terri Olian and her husband, Rob, have made Highland Park their home for the past 30 years. Terri is the immediate past-President of Community Partners for Affordable Housing and is thrilled to be able to remain active on the Board. As an active community volunteer, Terri served 6 years on the North Shore District 112 School Board (1999- 2005), 6 years on Highland Park’s City Council (2005-2011), and 2 years on the Board of The Art Center of Highland Park (2011-2013). As Project Manager for Enroll Lake County!, she is currently engaged in efforts to educate and enroll residents of Lake County for health insurance under The Affordable Care Act. 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.

 

Jeff Nathan
Mr. Nathan is a lifelong resident of Highland Park and is the President of Building Inspector's Consortium, a local home inspection service.

 

Peggy O'Connor
Peggy J. O’Connor is an author of three books: Has Anyone Seen My Daisy, Born Into Love, and The Little Boy Who Was Born Purple. She is an advocate for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, after raising her grandson and seeing the needs of the almost seven million children being raised in grandparent headed households. She and her husband Pat, who is disabled, found accessibility in CPAH housing, which created a safe environment with ease of movement, offering Pat a level of freedom he had not enjoyed in several years. She also works with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Brain Tumor Research Association.

 

Laura Saret
Laura Saret, EdD is retired from Oakton Community College where she was Professor of Business. She currently serves on the Board of the Highland Park Volunteer Pool, is a member of the Highland Park Housing Commission, mentors a student for College Bound Opportunities, advises doctoral students at Benedictine University, serves as a higher education consultant, and volunteers for a variety of political candidates

 

Councilwoman Kim Stone
Councilwoman Kim Stone was elected to the Highland Park City Council in 2013. She has also served on the Transportation Commission, Parks Advisory Committee and the North Shore School District 112 Field Management Committee. She also worked as a member of the Board of Directors of Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care, Highland Park Community Foundation, and Active Transportation Alliance. Kim is a third generation Highland Park resident, where she lives with her husband, Ken, and their two sons.

 

Fred Wilson
Mr. Wilson is a Principal at Morgante Wilson Architects. He was named a national finalist in the “40 Under 40” award, sponsored by The National AIA and The Architectural League of New York, as well as the “Young Architect Award” from the American Institute of Architecture Chicago Chapter in 1998. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1983 and earned his Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1985. For more than a decade, he’s applied his talents as a leader by coaching youth basketball in his community, building young athletes’ character by teaching the spirit of sportsmanship. Wilson also serves as President of the Congregation Sukkat Shalom. Recently, he was honored to be included as a board member of the University of Illinois-Chicago Alumni Advisory Board.

 

CPAH Advisory Board

Ms. Anne Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor

Mr. Robert Braun, Vice President, American Enterprise Bank

Mr. David Brint, Principal, Brinshore Development, LLC

Mr. Marvin Cohen, Adjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University

Mr. Tom Decker, President, Chicago Green Insulation

Mr. Jack Frigo, President, Frigo & Company

Ms. Hania Fuschetto , Community Relations Manager, Highland Park Hospital

Ms. Lilian Herter, Assistant VP Banking Center Manager, MB Financial

Mr. Jonathan Kaden, Partner, SNR Denton

Ms. Betsy Lassar , Policy Analyst, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

Mr. Jon Levey, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer, GreenChoice Bank

Ms. Beth Martin, North Shore Marketing Coordinator, Coldwell Banker

Mr. Mark Muller, President, Fulton Developers

Ms. Lori Weisskopf, Public Relations Consultant

Mr. Marc Zisook, Vice President, First Bank of Highland Park

 

Evanston Advisory Board

Ms. Jean Butzen, President, Mission Plus Strategy Consulting

Mr. Owen Beacom, Managing Director, First Bank & Trust

Ms. Sue Carlson, Community Advocate

Ms. Betty Ester, Community Advocate

Ms. Jill Graham, Professor Emerita of Business, Loyola University Chicago

Ms. Jane Grover, Alderman 7th Ward, City of Evanston

Mr. John Leonard, Architect, Morgante Wilson Architects

Ms. Jackie Mack , VP of Sales, Jameson Sothebys International Realty

Mr. Lee Smith, Senior Planner, City of Highland Park

Mr. William Stafford, Chief Financial Officer, Evanston Township High School

Mr. Mark Stec, Senior Vice President, North Shore Community Bank

Mr. Lou Weathers, Senior Advocate and Real Estate Consultant

Mr. David White, Director of Capital Markets and Finance, WCP Capital

 

CPAH Staff

Robert Anthony, Executive Director
Rob has served as Executive Director of Community Partners for Affordable Housing since January 2008. Prior to joining CPAH, he was responsible for administering the federal HOME program and the Lake County Affordable Housing Program as a Senior Planner with the Lake County Planning, Building, & Development Department where he worked for eight years. Rob also served as Chair of the Lake County Continuum of Care for the homeless and as a Board Member for the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless. He spent two years working with homeless children in Mwanza, Tanzania. Rob holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Social Work, with a focus on community organizing and nonprofit management, from the University of Michigan. He currently lives in Evanston with his wife and two children.

 

Amy Kaufman, Director of Community Relations
Amy is the Director of Community Relations 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 lives in Highland Park with her husband and two college-aged children.

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Calendar

Dec
3
CPAH Information Session - Evanston; 6pm.
Dec
9
CPAH Information Session – Highland Park; 7pm.
Dec
11
CPAH Board Meeting; 6pm.
Jan
8
CPAH Board Meeting; 6pm.
Jan
13
CPAH Information Session – Highland Park; 7pm.
Jan
21
CPAH Advisory Board Meeting; 7pm.
Jan
27
Evanston Advisory Board; 5:45pm.

 


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Testimonials

Picture this - a family of six - mother, father and 4 sons coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving. But two days before the holiday, at a time when dad cooked his most delicious meals, dad (my husband) suddenly drops dead from a heart attack. My sons and I muddled through the thickness of grief, trying to move forward. We were no longer able to afford housing. I learned about CPAH and I attended an information session. For the first time in a very long time, I felt hope. My CPAH experience is and will always be the most amazing and important turning point in my family’s journey. Today, two and a half years after learning about CPAH, we continue to cope with our loss, but the waters are calm. CPAH changed our lives and offered the opportunity to rebuild and achieve stability.


Julie

 


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