Board Members and Committees

Board Members

Contact: board@oldtowntriangle.com

Officers

Dorothy DeCarlo, President
Chris Nelson, 1st Vice President
Anne Giffels, 2nd Vice President
Darius Tandon, Secretary
Brad Neuman, Treasurer

Directors

Sachi Kubo
Shannon Waterfield
Elaine Frei
Steve Nichols
Zac Bleicher
Carly Jenkins

Committees

  • ACCESSIBILITY

    The preliminary mission of the newly formed Accessibility Committee is to meet and gather information from industry experts and advocates to understand how the Association (and the Art Fair) can become an advocate for accessibility. The goal is to ensure our neighborhood and the OTTA-sponsored events and facilities are open and welcoming to people of all abilities and backgrounds. The committee may review this mission upon meeting.

    Chair: Dorothy DeCarlo
    Members: Raymond Clark, William Deakin, Elaine Frei, Anne M. Giffels, Chris Nelson, Brad Neuman,
    Contact: access@oldtowntriangle.com 

  • ART FAIR


    The mission of the Art Fair Committee is to organize and execute successful and profitable art fairs.  According to the By-Laws, the Art Fair Committee is chaired by the appointed 2nd Vice President.

    During the second full weekend of June, five charming, tree-lined streets within the Old Town Triangle set the stage for 250 nationally-acclaimed artists and an estimated 40,000 art lovers to come together during the Old Town Art Fair. The artists featured in our fair are chosen by an independent jury of professional artists, gallery owners, and museum curators. The Old Town Art Fair features a wide range of art mediums, including 2D- and 3D-mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and works in metal, stone and wood.

    The Old Town Art Fair is the Old Town Triangle Association’s primary fundraising event.  A donation of $10 per adult is requested. Children accompanied by a paying adult enter free. Proceeds from the fair serve to benefit neighborhood improvement projects, youth groups, local schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations.

    Old Town Triangle Association members, Old Town Triangle residents as well as other interested patrons are encouraged to volunteer at the Old Town Art Fair. The 72nd Annual Old Town Art Fair will be held on June 11th and 12th, 2022.  For more information, email volunteer@oldtownartfair.org.

    Chair: Anne Giffels
    Vice-Chair:
    Contact: chair@oldtownartfair.org, firstsight@oldtownartfair.org, volunteer@oldtownartfair.org, gardens@oldtownartfair.org, gates@oldtownartfair.org


  • BY-LAWS


    The mission of the By-Laws Committee to ensure the integrity of the Association’s By-Laws. The subcommittee will meet every third year to reviewing and make appropriate recommendations for By-Law revisions to the Board of Directors and Membership as needed. The By-Law Subcommittee last met in 2015.

    Chair: Chris Nelson
    Members: Anne Giffels, David Montgomery, Rick Rausch, Jacob Ringer
    Contact: bylaws@oldtowntriangle.com


  • CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS


    The mission of the Capital Improvements Committee is to maintain and improve the OTTA physical facility and to make needed repairs or upgrades as necessary.

    Chair: Brad Neuman
    Contact: capitalimprovements@oldtowntriangle.com


  • COMMUNICATIONS


    Develop and maintain an overarching communications strategy for OTTA and its committees and the development of common formats for communications that would stretch across committees to deliver relevant news and updates to the membership and the community at large.  The Committee is responsible for ensuring that all governance related documents including, but not limited to, Articles of Incorporation, Mission Statement, By-Laws, Board Meeting schedules, Board minutes, monthly financial reports, and committee meeting schedules are placed online.

    Chair: Steve Nichols
    Members: Diane Fitzgerald & Diane Sokolofski
    Contact: communications@oldtowntriangle.com


  • COMMUNITY SAFETY


    The mission of this committee is to address safety/security issues through CAPS meetings and serving as a liaison with the 18th Chicago Police District.

    Chair: Sachi Kubo
    Contact: safety@oldtowntriangle.com

  • EVENTS


    The mission of the Events Committee is to plan, organize, and execute all non-Art Fair events for the OTTA and its committees, such as Movie Nights, Potluck Dinners and other fun activities. This committee works closely with Membership.

    Chair: Carly Jenkins
    Members: Eurydice Chrones, Kathy Clark, Margaret Gallagher, Marianne Gotfredson, Kristi Nihiser,  Liz Traines, Donna Zarei, Payam Zarei
    Contact: events@oldtowntriangle.com

  • FINANCE

    Chair: Brad Neuman
    Members: Anne Giffels, Zac Bleicher, Jack Schindler


  • GRANTS


    The mission of the Grants Committee is to oversee and administer the grant program that the Old Town Triangle Association offers to schools and organizations that serve our community and to support the stated mission and goals of the Old Town Triangle Association. Grant applications are accepted annually. Applications can either be downloaded from the OTTA website or picked up at the OTTA office. Proposals are evaluated on an annual basis with the application deadline April 1st. Grantees are honored and awards distributed at the Old Town Art Fair Thank You Party.  Important information concerning the grant application process can be downloaded here.

    Chair: Shannon Waterfield
    Past Members: Susan Boggie, Darlene Fahrenkrog, Diane Gonzales, Alice Huff, Karen Pfendler, Ed Sokolofski, Theo Tetzlaff, Stefani Turken
    Contact: grants@oldtowntriangle.com

    Grant Awardees 2019

    A Red Orchid Theatre
    Art on Sedgwick
    Boy Scout Troop 79
    Chicago Public Library, Near North
    Chicago Sculpture Exhibit
    Deborah’s Place
    Giordano Dance Chicago
    Green City Market
    LaSalle Language Academy, Fine Arts 
    LaSalle Language Academy, Travel
    Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
    Lincoln Park High Football
    Lincoln Park High Music
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    Menomonee Judo Club

    Midwest Buddhist Temple
    The Village Chicago

  • HISTORIC DISTRICT / PLANNING & ZONING

    The mission of the HD/PZ Subcommittee is to preserve the architectural and historic character of the designated Chicago and National historic districts within the boundaries of the Old Town Triangle as well as advocate for strict zoning adherence.

    On September 28, 1977, members of the Historic District Committee succeeded in having most of the Old Town Triangle area designated a Chicago Landmark by the City Council of Chicago. Today, the Historic District/Planning & Zoning Committee acts as a liaison between the Old Town Community and the Landmarks Commission, reporting the Committee’s recommendations and working cooperatively with the Commission to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood.

    Each month, members consider requests for proposed exterior changes to existing buildings, new construction, and applications for zoning changes in the Triangle. Their deliberations range from the appropriateness of building materials used in rehabbing and construction projects to the height of fences and building additions.  The Guidelines for Alterations to Historic Buildings and New Construction, prepared by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, serves as the guide for their recommendations. These recommendations are sent to the Alderman of the 43rd Ward and to appropriate city commissions and departments for approval. In every instance, the final decision on any rehab project rests with the Landmarks Commission.

    Since neighborhood relations figure prominently in any rehabilitation project, members of the Historic District/Planning & Zoning Committee work with neighbors to maintain good relations between residents who are making changes to their properties and those who live in adjoining buildings.

    On matters of neighborhood-wide concern, a community meeting is held and all neighbors are invited to express their views on the issue. In most cases where a community meeting is held, the 43rd Ward Alderman is a key participant in the proceedings.

    Historic District Resource Links:
    Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ Guidelines for Rehab (2015)
    Dormer Criteria (2010)
    Fern Court Guidelines (2002)
    Hardie Board Resolution (2017)
    National Historic Register Approval (1984)
    OTT Designation Ordinance
    Preservation Chicago – Landmark FAQs
    The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
    US Department of the Interior: Historic Preservation
    Wells St Commercial Building Context Draft
    Click here for additional resources

    Chair: Zac Bleicher
    Members: Diane Gonzalez, Vi Daley, Phyllis Hall, Karl Hjerpe, David Raino Ogden, Karen Stephenson, Jacqui Thams
    Contact: hdpz@oldtowntriangle.com


  • MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT


    The mission of the Membership Committee is to Maintain the existing membership and encourage neighbors (Old Town Art Fair volunteers, local businesses, Condo Associations, etc.) who are not currently members of the organization to join. The key role is the development and upkeep of the Association’s database system. The Committee maintains connections with members and solicits new members. One does not have to be an Old Town Triangle resident to be able to join the Old Town Triangle Association. Only Triangle residents are given voting privileges. All members receive the OTTA newsletter, an iBOT card (I Buy Old Town discount card), and electronic email updates relating to area news and up-coming events.

    Chair: Darius Tandon
    Members:
    Contact: membershipcommittee@oldtowntriangle.com


  • NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENTS/BEAUTIFICATION


    The mission of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC) is to develop and maintain the physical environment of the Old Town Triangle including improvement of open spaces, green areas, sidewalks, and parkways.

    Even though Old Town is among the most vibrant, well situated, and rewarding of Chicago’s neighborhoods, there is always room for improvement. NIC is committed to addressing the ongoing and changing needs of our community as is consistent with OTTA’s organizational goals. Identifying and responding to those opportunities is the business of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee.

    NIC identifies projects which address neighborhood needs and infrastructure opportunities within Old Town. NIC works with public and private offices to address those projects. NIC provides the maintenance of 10 green refuse containers scattered throughout the Triangle; replaces of aging benches in our parks; oversees the landscape in the “pocket” parks on Willow and Menomonee, the play lot in North Ogden Park, the maintenance of the Clark/Wisconsin Park, and additional projects pertaining to street-scape maintenance.

    The NIC oversees the Old Town Parkways Tree Program, which is geared to help Old Town residents maintain the unique charm of our streetscapes. The program provides assistance to residents interested in replacing missing or dead trees in the parkways in front of their homes. 

    Chair: Elaine Frei
    Members: Vi Daley, Hannah Steadman, Corinne Svoboda, Michael Warnick
    Contact: nic@oldtowntriangle.com

     


  • 2022 NOMINATING


    The 2022 Nominating Committee has been approved by the Board of Directors. The committee will nominate individuals for the offices of President, First Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and for two open positions on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors approved the following members to serve on this committee and designated the chair at the Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

    Chair: Darius Tandon
    Members: Maggie Dotts, Karl Hjerpe, Janet Lerman-Graff, Liz Traines 

    Contact: nominations@oldtowntriangle.com

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