Working to improve the quality of life in Rogers Park since 1952
Rogers Park Community Council was founded in 1952 when neighbors joined together to stop the private development of the lakefront area. This group of people banded together and formed a corporation that worked with neighbors to solve community problems. RPCC's first win was motivating the City of Chicago to purchase 13 street-end beaches to be used as public lands.
After the success of motivating government forces, RPCC directed its energies to neighborhood housing. RPCC recognized the need to monitor and advocate on behalf of safe housing and established the Housing Resource Center in 1971.
The Community Awareness and Pride Program was created as the organizing arm of RPCC. These activities range from demonstrative actions to an overall plan for the future development of Rogers Park. RPCC has taken public stands relating to zoning, recreational land use, and open housing. In 1990, we lead a citywide coalition that improved the way liquor licenses are issued and renewed. In 1993, we were a leader in the effort to bring community policing to Rogers Park and organized the Rogers Park Block Organization Network.
In 1985, RPCC established the Victim Advocacy Support Program to assist survivors of all violent crime.
In 1987, we expanded our programs to include the Youth Intervention Program, a gang prevention activity. This Program worked with the individual youth, family, schools, and community to prevention criminal activity and gang affiliation. In 1995, we facilitated the development of the 24th District Youth Network to coordinate youth services in the area. In recent years, Youth Programming has concentrated on coordinating after-school activities, recreational services and youth employment education.
In 1993, Rogers Park Home Repair Program was established. This program assists seniors and the disabled with improving their homes. Our goal is to allow for independence and improve accessibility, thereby allowing community "resources" to remain a viable part of our neighborhood.
In 1996, RPCC initiated a new community newspaper, the Rogers Park 2000. This free newspaper is published quarterly and 10,000 copies are distributed throughout the neighborhood. The December issue is mailed to every household in the 60626 zip code.
In January 1997, the RPCC established a new subsidiary corporation, the . The CDC's mission is to “create and preserve affordable housing in Chicago’s Rogers Park community; aid individuals and families to obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing; prevent community deterioration; lessen the burden of federal, state and local governments to provide housing and economic development opportunities; provide educational, training, and economic development opportunities for residents of the Rogers Park community; as well as collaborate and network with other non-profit organizations to promote the aforementioned purposes.”
Beginning in 2008, the Multicultural Resource Center began to provide targeted services to the area's immigrant and refugee populations.
Board of Directors
Officers President - Jason Schoenfelder
1st Vice President - Jennifer Clark
2nd Vice President - Mary Bao
3rd Vice President - Tom Lisy
Treasurer - Richard Moran
Secretary - Richard Gregory Directors
Pam van Giessen
Roy Witherow--Past President Financial Support
Rogers Park Community Council programs receive financial support from the following government agencies:
State of Illinois - Illinois Attorney General
- Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
- Victims of Violent Crime Illinois
- Department of Human Services City of Chicago - Department of Family and Support Services
- Department of Community Development
RPCC's programs are also supported by generous donations from the following local businesses, corporations, private foundations, and individuals:
- Anne M Cross
- Alpha Adjusting Co.
- Barbara Kreml
- Brendan's Pub
- Burrows Moving Co.
- Devon Bank
- G. Lynn Huber
- Gwen Gregory and Dan Meyer
- Kathy McKenna
- Loyola University Chicago
- Mary R. Moore
- Mark and Julianne Dietrerich
- Michael R. Tasker
- Norman J. Patinkin
- S&C Electric Company
- Sheryl A. Petchers
- United Way of Metro Chicago
- Unity in Chicago
ROGERS PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jason Schoenfelder --President
Jason Schoenfelder has been on the Rogers Park Community Council Board for 4 years and is serving in his first term as President. He holds a masters degree from Penn State University in Instructional Systems Design. He currently works for PepsiCo as a project manager of large IT projects. As RPCC President, his focus is on re-energizing the organization and the community’s view of the organization with the purpose of increasing private sponsorship RPCC programs.
Jason and his family have lived in Rogers Park since 2005.
Jennifer Clark -- First Vice President
Jennifer Clark is the Director of Community Relations at Loyola University Chicago and has served as a board member of the Rogers Park Community Council for eight years. She has thirteen years experience in community organizing and public relations as well as Masters Degrees in both education and businesses administration. Before joining the administration at Loyola, she worked for the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Police Department, and the Chicago Park District and has extensive knowledge in the areas of community development, revitalization and government. She has served on the boards of directors of six nonprofit organizations with annual budgets ranging from $500,000 to ten million dollars. Jennifer has lived in Rogers Park for seven years.
Mary Bao -- Second Vice President
Mary Bao has been on the Rogers Park Community Council Board for a very long time. Mary grew up in Rogers Park, and after traveling worldwide for twenty years as a designer and product developer she has been back in the community for 15 years.
Mary is currently semi-retired, yet still very active with her business ventures in the area (local restaurant and various rental properties) and numerous social activities.
Tom Lisy -- Third Vice President
Tom Lisy has been a Rogers Park Community Council Board for about 8 years and in the first year as Vice President. Tom Lisy began working at Thomas Conveyor & Equipment Co. in August in 1979 and became co-owner of the company in 1998. He is also the long time president of his local block club involved in other community organizations including the Loyola University Lakeshore Advisory Council.
Tom moved to Rogers Park in 1972 to attend Loyola University and has lived there since.
Richard Moran -- Treasurer
Richard Moran has been a board member for about twenty years. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and has been a CPA, State of Illinois, since 1976. He is currently in public practice as an accountant and management consultant.
Richard Gregory -- Secretary
Mr. Gregory holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he has been active on the President’s Council raising money for the University. In addition, Mr. Gregory is active with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, where he was Man of the Year for his Club, and past president. He is a past president and trustee of the Chicago Elevator Association, and was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
Bill Markle has been an RPCC Board member since 1999. He has developed property in Rogers Park and teaches in the graduate program in Public Administration at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). For the last seven years, his students have been officials from the Chinese government. He is currently teaching at Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (ZUST) in Hangzhou. His classes are in urban planning, economic development, negotiation, and public finance.
He has lived in Chicago all his life and in Rogers Park since 1998.
Pamela van Giessen
Pamela van Giessen has been an RPCC board member for 1.5 years. She is editorial director of finance books, overseeing a $20 million publishing program with management responsibility for 5 editors/editorial assistants and 3 consulting editors, and setting acquisitions and editorial strategy, at John Wiley & Sons, where she has worked since 1994. Prior, she worked as an acquisitions editor and corporate sales director for Probus Publishing, an independent business publishing company in Chicago (subsequently sold to Irwin/McGraw-Hill). She has over 25 years experience in publishing and business management. Ms. van Giessen has lived in Rogers Park since 1991. In 2007 she co-founded the Rogers Park Garden Group with 4 other Rogers Park residents. The RPGG has grown to over 200 members and has issued over $10,000 in gardening grants to the community including nonprofits, schools, religious institutions, private residents, condo groups, and apartment buildings to green Rogers Park. Funding is entirely private, raised through annual plant sales/fundraising events, and individual outreach.
Robert Mapes has been a board member for 1 1/2 years. During that time he has served as co-chair of the Fund Development Committee. Robert is the Manager of Community and Agency Relations at AgeOptions, the area agency on aging of suburban Cook County. He has a degree as a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. In addition to his 10 years of experience working in the field of aging, Robert has extensive experience in grant writing and community partnerships.
Lorraine Dostal has been an RPCC Board member (and from time to time Officer) for approximately 15 years. She has also served as Secretary of the Board of the Rogers Park Community Development Corporation (RPCDC) which is a subsidiary of the RPCC.
She is a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for Northwestern University’s Endowment Fund. She worked for Northwestern since 1976 and holds a BS in Business Administration from UICC, a Northwestern MBA, and a Chartered Financial Analyst certification (CFA).
Lorrainehas lived in northeast Rogers Park since 1974. She is active in her local Block Club and involved in community policing efforts in Beat 2422. She has also served on the Board of several condominium homeowners associations.
Summur Roberts has been an active Rogers Park Community Council Board member since 2009. As Loyola University’s Assistant Director of Community Relations, Summur represents Loyola to the Chicago Police Department, Streets and Sanitation, and all local neighborhood organizations. She also represents Loyola on the Executive Board of Directors of Rogers Park Business Alliance.
She holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University Chicago and is anticipating receiving her M.S. in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago in summer 2010.
Robert Clarke has been a board member since 2007. A former Marine Corps marksmanship instructor and Iraq veteran, Robert is in the field of public affairs specializing in government and community relations. In his professional like Robert represents clients ranging from major health care institutions to large businesses. Robert also has a strong record of civic engagement working with major Chicago organizations and social service organizations. Robert has lived in Rogers Park his entire life.
Robert Fulkerson has been an RPCC Board Member since 2009 and has live in Rogers Park for 5+ years.
Robert is a principal owner of RJ Reliance Inc., a Chicago based business technology consulting firm specializing in IT Reengineering, Project Management, and Audit. He has over 14 years of information technology experience, focusing on IT Operations and Portfolio Management. He has extensive experience assisting clients with portfolio management; business process automation; enterprise resource planning and implementation; operational improvement; and network reengineering. Robert's projects include enterprise implementations (PeopleSoft Financials, HR management solutions, Kronos Workforce management tools); IT strategy, budget, and project planning; data center optimization and migration; and application development and rollout.
Sarah Lisy is a new board member for the RPCC. Sarah Lisy has worked in real estate management since the early 80's. She currently manages real estate that she and her family own in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Sarah also works in the family material handling business. She works with her husband, Tom Lisy (also an RPCC board member), managing the Chicago sales office. Tom and Sarah have one fine 22 year old son, Max. Sarah Lisy is the vice-president of her local block club, a steering committee member of the participatory budget board ( a local initiative to allow the Chicago's 49th Ward residents to decide their infrastructure spending) and an avid cook. Sarah was born and raised in Chicago and has lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood since the early 80's.
Amy Scutt is an award winning Realtor, affiliated with RE/MAX NorthCoast Realty since 2004, specializing in the City North Side Neighborhoods. Amy has a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a master's degree in Ancient Art History. Prior to 2004 she spent 20 years in the corporate arena in sales, team and profit management for a Fortune 500 Company, She loves living in the city and sharing it with friends, family and clients. Amy serves on the board of directors of Rogers Park Community Council, as Treasurer of her Condo Board, is affiliated with several other nonprofit community groups, and believes that giving back to the community is a key element of success. She is a 10 year resident of Rogers Park, and has served on the RPCC board since Fall 2005.
Steven D. Olson, a founding director and current President and Chief Executive Officer of Community First Bank - Chicago, is a long time resident of the Chicago area, currently residing in Niles. He graduated from North Park University in Chicago, as well as the Graduate School for Commercial Lending in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to organizing the Bank, he was the Executive Vice President of Uptown National Bank of Chicago, until its acquisition by Bridgeview Bank Group in 2003. He served Uptown in varying roles during his 17 years with the bank, from Assistant Vice President in commercial lending to Community Reinvestment Act Officer, and he was a key, or lead, member of several due diligence teams for acquisitions, including the acquisition and management of a specialized lending division providing aircraft loans to small business and individuals. He has been active in community affairs, and currently serves as a Board Member of the Rogers Park Community Council. Additionally, he is a volunteer server at the Good News Community Kitchen of Rogers Park, along with other staff members and directors of the Bank. He previously served on various community boards, most notably as a Vice President of the Uptown Chamber of Commerce, Organization of the Northeast (ONE) and the American Indian Business Association
Susan Keys has been a Rogers Park Community Council board member since 2003. She currently works as the community liaison for S&C Electric Company (S&C), a major employer in Rogers Park.
Susan an her family have lived in the neighborhood of S&C for almost fifteen years and is active in many other community efforts, both personally and professionally.
Susan grew up in the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana from which I received a BA in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with almost thirty years of experience in both public and private sectors of business.
Daphnee Rene has been a Rogers Park Community Council Board member for 2 years. She has been livig in Rogers Park for 10 years and is currently pursuing her degree at DePaul University. As a high school freshman in 2003, Daphnee helped to found the Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team (YWAT), a youth-led, adult-supported social change project that empowers women to take action on issues that affect their lives. Daphnee has been recognized as a "Champion of Change" by Women Employed, and one of "50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place" by the Chicago-Sun Times.
Holly Jacobson is serving in her first year as a Rogers Park Community Council Board member. Holly is a retired salesman in the hearing aid industry for 20 years. Her communication and negotiation experience and skills are a value to the board.
Holly is a long time Rogers Park resident.
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