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CPAH Board of Directors

Nate Tross, President
Nate loves helping CPAH make an impact in the community by serving as President, and is particularly proud of CPAH's productivity and efficiency. 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.

Lee Smith, Vice President
Lee is thrilled to be CPAH’s Vice President. He spent much of his career working on planning issues, including affordable housing, mostly as the Senior Planner with the City of Highland Park for 17 years. He was instrumental in establishing what is now CPAH. Lee lives in Evanston with his wife Wendy and their two very enthusiastic dogs, Duchess and Polly.

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 HP. He is also an accomplished soccer player. At home, they love to cook and read with their three daughters, Daisy, Alex and Sophia.

Beth Alberts
Beth is excited to have recently joined the Board of Directors. As a realtor for Baird & Warner in Highland Park, she sees the impact of housing on her clients, and understands the importance of access to safe, affordable housing in the community. Before becoming a realtor, Beth worked in television advertising sales for The Weather Channel. She moved to Chicago in 2003 and now lives in Highland Park with her husband and two kids.

Denise Arnold
Denise Arnold is delighted to be on the CPAH Board, as well as the Highland Park Housing Commission, as she is very committed to addressing the need for safe, affordable housing for all. She is Managing Principal of Denise R Arnold LLC, an architecture and urban design firm she founded in 2006. In 2014, Denise founded APLUS, a not for profit organization dedicated to researching, designing and promoting environmental design of inclusive places and programs for people with cognitive disabilities such as autism and Alzheimer’s. She previously worked for the City of Chicago as the Program Director of the Architectural Services Unit of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Denise and her family live in Highland Park.

Candance Chow
Candance Chow has long been an advocate for affordable housing, and recently joined the CPAH Board after serving on CPAH’s Evanston Advisory Board. She is currently serving her second term on the District 65 school board and is a founding member of Caring Outreach by Parents of Evanston (COPE). Early in her career, Candance worked as an advocate for educational and workplace equity for women and girls, and since receiving her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, has consulted with nonprofits and early stage businesses. Candance lives in Evanston with her husband Dan and their three daughters.

Joe Kinsella
Joe Kinsella is passionate about working to provide opportunities for affordable housing and is thrilled to be serving on the CPAH Board. Joe, his wife and 5 children own a CPAH home in Lake Forest, where for 12 years Joe has been the coach of the Women’s Softball team. In addition to winning 2 conference championships, Joe was named a three-time Midwest Conference South Division Coach of the Year. He knows first hand the impact of being able to own a safe, affordable home in the community where you work and is committed to helping others achieve the dream of stable housing.

Laurence Marks
Laurence joined the CPAH Board in 2016 as a resident representative. When not working to spread the word about CPAH, he works for PREPWORKS, an online ACT/SAT and a college preparation company. Laurence is raising his four children, three of whom still live with him, in a CPAH apartment. Laurence grew up in Highland Park, and feels that affordable housing provides his family with an anchor and the opportunity to remain in the community at just the right time. Now he enjoys working to help others secure affordable housing.

Tom Morsch
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.

Terri Olian
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. Terri is currently the Executive Director of the Highland Park Community Foundation. She also 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 before retiring to raise her three children, Drew, Alix, and Josh.

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.

Chris Turley
Chris is thrilled to give back to the community through CPAH’s mission of providing affordable housing. He became interested in affordable housing as he heard stories of how his parents utilized affordable housing in Chicago. Chris has spent his career designing homes that "inspire and motivate," currently as President of Turley Architects, which specializes in designing residential, light commercial, and special needs projects. In addition, Chris is an Adjunct Studio Professor at IIT in the College of Architecture. Chris has lived in Highland Park/Highwood for over 20 years.

Sandy Wajda
Sandy Wajda recently joined the CPAH Board as a Resident Representative. She loves living in her CPAH apartment with her son, and wants others to enjoy the same sense of security. Sandy is a customer service representative at Illinois Glassworks, and in her spare time loves hanging out with her children and granddaughter .

Fred Wilson
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 serves 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.

Leigh Schnake, Executive Assistant, Medical Research Group; Resident Representative

CPAH Advisory Board

Board Chair: Jonathan Kaden, Partner, Dentons US LLP

Janice Goldblatt, Broker, @properties (Immediate Past CPAH President)

Anne Flanigan Bassi, Supervisor, Moraine Township

Sue Berman Libowsky, Attorney

David Brint, Principal, Brinshore Development, LLC

Ellen Chukerman, Broker, Baird & Warner

Marvin Cohen, Adjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University

Tom Decker, President, Chicago Green Insulation

Michael H. Ebner, Lake Forest College (emeritus)

Lori Flores Weisskopf, Commissioner, Park District of Highland Park

Chuck Friend, CPA, CF & Associates

Jack Frigo, President, Frigo & Company

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

Jon Levey, President, Highland Park Bank & Trust

Mark Muller, President, Fulton Developers

Jeff Nathan, President, Building Inspectors Consortiums

Ted Pickus, Broker, @properties

Ernie Reinstein, Asset Manager, Colliers International

David Seidman, Principal, Fischel & Kahn

Marc Zisook, Vice President, First Bank of Highland Park

 

Evanston Advisory Board

Owen Beacom, Managing Director, First Bank & Trust

Sue Carlson, Community Volunteer

Derek Cottier, Member, Dykema

Betty Ester, Community Volunteer

Julie Fenton, Community Volunteer

Rhonda Goldstein, Community Volunteer

Jill Graham, Professor Emerita of Business, Loyola University Chicago

Lisa Greene, Rabbi, North Shore Congregation Israel

John Leonard, Associate Principal, Morgante Wilson Architects

Jackie Mack, VP of Sales, Jameson Sothebys International Realty

Mark Stec, Senior Vice President, North Shore Community Bank

Lou Weathers, Senior Advocate and Real Estate Consultant

CPAH Staff

Kim Ulbrich, Executive Director
Kim joined Community Partners for Affordable Housing as Executive Director in 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, Associate Director
Amy is CPAH's Associate Director. 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 over 25 years.

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CPAH Spotlight:

Craig & Nicia's Story

This is our story of how CPAH helped us turn our lives around and change directions.

We were earning enough income from our jobs that we were able to start saving for a home. Our second baby was on the way and while we weren't entirely secure, we felt we were making progress.

Then Nicia, along with hundreds of others at her company, unexpectedly lost her job of 13 years. Suddenly, we went from two incomes for our family of three, to one income for what would soon be our family of four. To make matters worse, with winter coming, Craig's hours as a truck driver were reduced. Since the rent for our townhome was now out of reach, we looked for a one-bedroom apartment, but we couldn't find decent, affordable housing.

For for the first time, we went into credit card debt to meet our monthly expenses. We were sinking and no matter what we tried, could not change directions. We felt hopeless.

Then we heard about CPAH. We quickly learned that CPAH had thrown us a life preserver. CPAH encouraged us and helped us through the application process. When we were fully qualified, we thought that maybe this was our chance to change directions.

When we walked into the home that would eventually become ours, it was unbelievable. Could this really be a home for our family? The answer was a life-changing yes. Now we have a safe, affordable, permanent place to call home and are optimistic about our future. Our expenses are manageable, and we are part of a wonderful community. Thank you CPAH!


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