Eve B. Lee, Board Chair
President, Eve B. Lee & Associates
Eve is excited about leading the CPAH Board. Formerly the Chair of the Lake County Residential Development Corporation and a founding Board member of Affordable Housing Corporation, Eve continues to dedicate herself to improving lives and communities through affordable housing. She is President and Managing Broker of Eve B. Lee & Associates which specializes in land acquisition, planning, development entitlements, and marketing in Lake County, IL. She lives in Antioch with her beloved therapy dog Charity– a favorite in libraries and nursing homes– and Dakota, her Papillion.
Lee Smith, Vice Chair
Retired Senior Planner, City of Highland Park
Lee is thrilled to be CPAH’s Vice Chair after having spent much of his career working on planning issues, including affordable housing, most recently as the City of Highland Park’s Senior Planner for 17 years. Lee was instrumental in establishing the Community Land Trust. Lee lives in Evanston with his wife Wendy and their two very enthusiastic dogs, Duchess and Polly.
Gregg Handrich, Treasurer
Principal, FIDES Capital Partners, LLC
Gregg brings an extensive background as a real estate developer and investor to CPAH’s Board. He is a principal with TLP/FIDES where he founded the multifamily investment platform which has resulted in over $200 million of apartment investments. Prior to FIDES, Gregg was a founding officer of Pritzker Residential Equities (“Centergate”). Gregg has a BBA in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and an MS in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Libertyville with his wife and family which includes Libby, the 8-year old Golden Doodle.
Nadine Johnson, Secretary
Senior Vice President, First Midwest Bank
Nadine is delighted to bring her finance expertise and her passion for service to CPAH’s Board. She has more than 25 years of banking experience, joining First Midwest Bank in May 1995. Nadine is a graduate of Columbia College of Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned her MBA from Webster University. She received her Certified Treasury Professional Certification in 2007. In addition to serving on CPAH’s board, Nadine sits on the Executive Advisory Council of Governors State University Foundation and the Finance Committee of the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County, where she was a former Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Realtor, Baird & Warner
Beth is excited to continue her work on the Board of Directors because, 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 lives in Highland Park with her husband and two kids.
CEO and CoFounder, NextGroup
Candance has long been an advocate for affordable housing, and joined the CPAH Board after serving on CPAH’s Evanston Advisory Board. She served seven years on the District 65 School Board in Evanston/Skokie 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. Currently, Candance is CEO and Co-Founder of NextGroup, a firm that supports women returning to the workforce and matches them with the companies and nonprofits who need their talent. Candance lives in Evanston with her husband Dan and their three daughters.
President, Acorn Homes
Gillian Derbyshire has long been devoted to the cause of affordable housing. Gillian founded Acorn Homes to provide high-quality rental housing for lower income tenants in Chicago’s far north suburbs. Prior to her foray into housing, Gillian was the Senior VP and General Manager of Plastic and Metal Container Packaging at US Can Corp. She received her BA from Wellesley College, an MA from University of Illinois and an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University . She lives in North Chicago with her dog Butch who, much to her fellow Board members delight, often accompanies her to Board meetings.
Principal, Woodland Development
Bob is delighted to bring his extensive experience and passion for affordable housing to CPAH’s Board. Bob is a principal of Woodlane Development, a developer of senior and affordable housing. Prior to Woodlane, Bob was a principal and chief development officer of Pathway Senior Living. Bob received an MBA from Northwestern, a Master of Architecture from UIC, and an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame. He is also an adjunct professor at DePaul’s graduate business school.
Asset Manager, U.S. Government Services Administration
After serving 22 years in the United States Navy, Albert now works as a GSA Region 5 Asset Manager. He also works in SEO, social media, and cable television production with a mission to “bring sound information to the African American Community.” Albert is very involved in the community and is particularly interested in Veteran outreach programs. He is a father of three and currently lives in North Chicago.
Softball Coach, Lake Forest College
Joe Kinsella is passionate about working to provide opportunities for affordable housing and is thrilled to be serving on the CPAH Board. Joe is the Coach of the Lake Forest College Womens Softball team, and lives with his 5 children in a CPAH home. During his 12 years as coach, Joe’s teams have won 2 conference championships, and he was name Midwest Conference South Division Coach of the Year three times.
VH Main/ECA Helpdesk, CDW
Bernina works full-time at CDW while also pursuing a dual major in Social Work and Business Management. She is a mother of six, life coach and mentor, and is actively involved in the community and her church. Her greatest passion is helping those who have been through traumatic and stressful experiences.
Paraprofessional, School District 112
Laurence joined the CPAH Board in 2016 as a resident representative and, knowing first hand the impact of having affordable housing. When not working to help others secure affordable housing, Laurence is a paraprofessional in Highland Park School District 112. Laurence lives in a CPAH apartment along with three of his children, and they all love living in Highland Park, where Laurence grew up.
President, RTO Property LLC
Bill brings extensive experience to the CPAH board, including having been president of the board of the Affordable Housing Corporation. Bill is a partner at RTO Property where he manages sales and marketing, and owns and manages over 100 properties. Prior to working in real estate, Bill was a sales and marketing executive in the publishing industry for a Fortune 500 company. He attended Arizona State and Clemson University. Bill, his wife Roseann and their 3 children have lived in Gurnee for over 15 years.
Teacher, Clearview Elementary
Melissa loves contributing to her community both by serving on the CPAH Board of Directors, and as a first-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary School in Waukegan, where Melissa also lives. She was selected as a Golden Apple Scholar while pursuing her BA at Trinity International University, a Golden Apple program that identifies talented college students who have the promise to be excellent teachers in schools-of-need in Illinois. Melissa recently received her MA in Education from National Louis University.
Karla V. Lee Rios
Medical Social Worker, Weiss Memorial Hospital
Karla joined CPAH’s Board of Directors after purchasing a CPAH Community Land Trust home in Evanston. She is a Spanish-speaking medical social worker focused on developing and implementing treatments plans and coordinating services for children, families, and seniors. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from her home country of Puerto Rico. She lives with her husband and two children in Evanston’s 5th ward.
Owner, Greentown Investments
Mauricio is the owner and project manager of Greentown Investments – a property investment and management company primarily working in Waukegan. He spent 11 years as a dual language teacher and soccer coach for Waukegan Public Schools before focusing his efforts full-time on real estate. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and a Masters of Science in elementary education. Mauricio and his family live in Waukegan and enjoy giving back to the community.
Councilwoman, Highland Park
Kim embraces public service, from her dedication to serving on CPAH’s Board to serving as a member of the Highland Park City Council. Prior to Kim’s election to the Council, she served on the Highland Park Transportation Commission and the Active Transportation Alliance. Kim has over 20 years of environmental and management experience, including as Associate Director of the Midwest Pesticide Action Center. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and is passionate about environmental issues. Kim graduated from Middlebury College and received an MA in Population Planning and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She lives in Highland Park with her husband Ken and their two sons.
Vice President, First Merit Bank
Chris is committed to providing affordable housing in our communities. Chris has over 10 years of experience in commercial lending and works to support companies in growing their business and assisting with their financing needs. His primary focus is new business development with an emphasis on companies ranging from $10 million to $250 million in revenues. Chris grew up in Lake County and currently lives in Gurnee with his wife and two children.
Principal, Morgante Wilson Architects
Fred, an architect, is a longtime supporter of affordable housing. He is a Principal at Morgante Wilson Architects, a firm he co-founded in 1987 with his wife, Elissa Morgante. Fred was named a National Finalist in the “40 Under 40” architect’s award sponsored by The Architectural League of New York, and was the winner of the “Young Architect Award” from the American Institute of Architecture Chicago Chapter in 1988. He received his BS degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and his Master of Architecture from UIC, where he has served on the Alumni Advisory Board.