LPCC Board of Directors and staff

Executive Committee

Jonathan Mayotte | Thornton Powell Insurance

Secretary & Treasurer
Jim Pomposelli | Lakeside Bank

Vice Chair of Membership
Melanie Casati | Casati's Modern Italian

Vice Chair of Business Attraction and Retention
Sophie Evanoff | Vanille Patisserie

Vice Chair of Community Outreach
John Fitzgerald | Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

Vice Chair of Tourism
Jeff Lawler | Geja’s Cafe

General Board Members

Adrian Amrine | Heyday Skincare

Brad Bohmer | Innovative Express Care

Scott Cruz | Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Christian Finley | Morgan Stanley - Christian Finley

Cheryl Hamilton-Hill | Lincoln Park Community Services

Amy Herbert | Theater on the Lake

Marybeth Johnson | Lincoln Park Zoo

Christopher Matern | Christopher Matern Attorney at Law

Gregory Rigney | PNC Bank

Faraz Sardharia | Tandoor Char House

Ali Schwartz | Lincoln Common

Amanda Thompson | DePaul University

David Thompson | Thompson Interior Studio

Pete Zudyk | Hotel Lincoln

LPCC Staff

Kim Schilf, IOM, ACE | Email | President & CEO

Kim joined the LPCC in 1993 as the vice president of member services and has served as president and CEO since 1998. Kim served on the Board of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) from 2002 to 2007, and in 2004 was the IACCE chairman of the Board. Kim is a 2002 Notre Dame graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) program and received the designation of Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) from IACCE in November 2007. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Valparaiso University.

Robin Hammond | Email | Vice President, Director of Marketing and Communications

Prior to joining the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC), Robin Hammond was with The Second City, Chicago’s legendary improv & sketch comedy theater, for over sixteen years. During her time at The Second City, she served in many roles for the company including producer as well as director of marketing & communications in support of their theaters, training center and corporate division, Second City Works. Additionally, Robin is an active member of the local business, tourism and cultural community. She teaches specialized marketing and communication classes tailored to small businesses and provides one-on-one marketing consulting services to LPCC members. Robin holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently lives with her family in Lincoln Park.

Joe Bergin | Email | Director of Community Development

Prior to joining the LPCC, Joe worked as an Innovation Fellow for the City of Bloomington, Indiana while earning his master’s degree in Community & Economic Development at Indiana University. During his time in Indiana, Joe has led community and economic development initiatives within the public and nonprofit sectors and is passionate about continually improving quality of life and place.

Stephanie Feldbein | Email | Director of Events

Prior to joining the LPCC in 2012, Stephanie served as an independent contractor with FDC Foundation and as an intern for former 43rd Alderman Vi Daley, Senator Dick Durbin, and Chicago Special Events. She graduated from Bradley University with a major in Communications with a focus on Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. She was born and raised in Lincoln Park.

Linda Nitzsche | Email | Director of Business Services

Prior to joining the LPCC, Linda worked as an independent consultant to coach small businesses in the areas of marketing and sales strategy, process improvement and operations support. Linda has had a diverse business career having worked in corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit and small business initiatives. She is passionate about contributing to the success of businesses and developing collaborative relationships. Linda has a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Cornell University. She has lived in Lincoln Park for most of her adult life and is excited to contribute to the success of the community.

Ellie Pfohl | Email | Office Coordinator

Prior to joining the LPCC, Ellie worked as program manager for the Chicago branch of Cents Ability, a non-profit organization with a mission to teach underprivileged youth financial literacy. She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in 2020, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Associates office.

Mairead Van Santen | Email | Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Prior to joining the LPCC, Mairead worked as the Founder and President of Pals Party, a Chicago event organization dedicated to helping young adults make friends, one party at a time. She also found success on social media as a content creator on Tik Tok and Instagram. Mairead graduated from DePaul University in 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Television where she was PR and Social Media Chair of DePaul Swim Club as well as Treasurer of DePaul CHAARG.

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