Board of Directors

Sholten William

William A. Sholten III

President

William A. Sholten III

President

Wilmette resident

Bill Sholten has been a director at HODC since 2017 although his involvement emanated from the basic human need giving program at Winnetka Congregational Church in 2007. Bill retired from JPMorgan in 2020 where he was responsible for corporate banking coverage for specialty finance clients. Bill has a B.A. in economics from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN and an MBA from the Arizona State University. Bill grew up on the North Shore and resides in Wilmette, IL.

michael cornell

Michael Cornell

Vice President

Michael Cornell

Vice President

Wilmette resident

Michael has been a director at HODC since 2018. His involvement as a director stems from the workplace: as a Vice President with Brinshore Development, a national developer of multifamily affordable housing, and President of BCM, LLC, Brinshore’s construction arm, Michael is committed to the mission of bringing safe, healthy and intelligent affordable housing to every community. Michael has a B.A. in anthropology from DePauw University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Growing up in Evanston, IL, and Santa Fe, NM, Michael has enjoyed living in different parts of the country. He currently lives in Wilmette, IL, with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Cortez Kathleen

Kathleen Cortez

Vice President

Kathleen Cortez

Vice President

Palatine resident

Kathy has served on the HODC board since 2019. She previously served as Vice President of Operations for a number of subsequently purchased start-up and early-stage ventures in the healthcare and health insurance industry with a concentration in Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs. Since retiring in 2019, Kathy has worked to support fair and affordable housing in Illinois as an Issues and Advocacy Specialist with the League of Women Voters where she also participates in voter registration and chairs the Candidate Forums subcommittee for her local league. She also supports housing and social services through her work at Northwest Compass in Mount Prospect, IL. Kathy graduated with a Master of Management from Northwestern University in Marketing and Finance and has her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois. She is a 32 year resident Palatine, IL.

Robert J. Rodriguez

Treasurer

Robert J. Rodriguez

Treasurer

Deerfield resident

Rob joined the HODC board in September 2021 board because he believes affordable housing is a critical step for household stability which allows for proper nutrition, education and family priorities to be accomplished. Rob has been married to his wife for over 27 years and has two sons. For the last 12 years, Rob and his family has lived in Deerfield, IL. In addition to living in the Chicagoland area, Rob and his family have lived in Madison, WI and Weston, FL. Rob has over 30 years of experience working in large and middle sized public and private corporations as a Finance/Accounting professional. Rob’s career included over 18 years in the food industry as well as additional experience in the automotive/heavy duty truck and medical products industries. His roles included Vice President leading functions of Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Procurement. Rob graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Science, concentration in Accounting.

Berg Kristin

Kristin Berg

Secretary

Kristin Berg

Secretary

Park Ridge resident

Kristin has served on the board of directors for HODC since 2014. Kristin’s housing career includes 23 years with Freddie Mac where she directed a national team performing loss mitigation work for high risk loan and bond portfolios. Prior to Freddie Mac, Kristin started a property management company. Kristin now enjoys an encore career as Property Development Manager for Sarah’s Circle, a Chicago nonprofit serving women who are homeless. Kristin grew up in the Minneapolis area, moving to Chicago to attend and earn a BA from the University of Chicago. Kristin is an active advocate for affordable housing and currently resides in Park Ridge.

Otis Gatlin

Otis Gatlin

Bolingbrook resident

Otis Gatlin joined the board of Housing Opportunity Development Corporation in 2019. He is a father, husband, and proud 15-year resident of Bolingbrook. Otis has worked in mortgage banking for nearly 20 years helping thousands of families achieve their dreams of homeownership. He has a passion for affordable housing, economic justice, and local government. Growing up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Otis saw how the devastation of poverty impacted his family and his neighbors. He saw his mother get involved locally to make positive changes for the benefit of his community which showed him the impact of local government and civic engagement. In addition to his service on the board of HODC, Otis volunteers at his local church and the DuPage Township Democrats. Just as his mother instilled in him the value of civic participation, Otis is hoping to do the same for his three children, two of which are enrolled in Bolingbrook Schools and involved in several community activities.

Nancy Geary

Nancy Geary

Palatine resident

Deana Haynes

Deana Haynes

Chicago resident

Deana, a Chicago native and real estate executive, has led global and domestic transformative business initiatives and strategic projects for high-profile clients and multi-national corporations throughout her career. She has worked with a number of organizations across industries, including technology, financial services, insurance, consumer goods, public sector, and nonprofit, among others. Dedicated to serving the community, Deana serves on the board of several local non-profits focused on homelessness and affordable housing. She earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Heichman Alan

Alan Heichman

Alan Heichman

Buffalo Grove resident

Alan has been a director at HODC since 2018. He started his professional career as a commercial real estate appraiser and has since transitioned to property tax consulting servicing commercial real estate owners as a Principal with Ryan LLC. Alan has a B.S. in marketing from Northern Illinois University. Alan was raised in the northern suburbs and currently resides in Buffalo Grove IL.

Jack Kaplan

Jack Kaplan

Northbrook resident

Jack Kaplan has been a director at HODC since 2003. He is an attorney with a long history of involvement with not-for-profit organizations. He served as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for United Way of Illinois and United Way of Metro Chicago for 10 years before retiring in 2018. Jack received a BA in Political Science from Drake University and a JD from IITChicago Kent. Jack grew up on the North Shore and lives in Northbrook.

Chealon Ann Shears

Chealon Ann Shears

Chicago resident

Chealon has served on the HODC Board for over a year. She works for GC Housing Development LLC, the residential real estate development arm of Crane Construction Company, in which she is the Director of Real Estate Development overseeing affordable housing projects for seniors. Chealon attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign and received a BS in Psychology. She received her MS in Urban and Regional Planning and an MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Peoria, IL Chealon now resides in Chicago. Her hobbies include long distance running, cooking, reading mystery and suspense novels, and drawing and painting. Chealon’s desire to serve on HODC’s Board stems from her belief that quality housing is not a privilege, and should be afforded to anyone who wants or needs it.

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Jon Teuber

Jon Teuber

Glenview resident

Jon Teuber has been a director at HODC since 2020. His 25 years of non-profit experience involved leading grant acquisition and planning efforts in higher education and healthcare organizations. This led to his current work with Huron Consulting Group, supporting research management efforts at research institutes and universities. He earned his BA in public administration from Michigan State University and MA in education administration from Northeastern Illinois University. Jon has lived in Glenview for 20 years and found aligned interests with HODC in supporting equity, inclusion and organizational sustainability initiatives.

Catalina Vielma

Catalina Vielma

Evanston resident

Zimelis Sydney

Sydney Zimelis

Sydney Zimelis

Evanston resident

Sydney is an Associate within the Strategy Consulting team at Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). She currently consults on Change Management and workplace strategy creating forward-thinking practice and plans for Return to Office and Hybrid work environs. Prior to becoming a workplace strategy consultant, she held several roles within the affordable housing world including asset management, program management, consulting, and development project management. She earned her Master of City and Regional Planning with a focus on Real Estate Design/Development and Public-Private Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Sydney also holds a BA in American Culture and Racial and Ethnic Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Sydney grew up in Deerfield and currently resides in Evanston with her husband and two crazy dogs, Crosby and Maslow. Sydney joined HODC’s board to maintain involvement within the affordable housing world (really, a community) and contribute to an area of immense interest and passion in a collaborative fashion.

Former Board Members

HODC expresses appreciation and gratitude for the support these individuals have shown toward our organization and affordable housing.

  • Fred Axley (President)
  • Darryl Blackwell
  • Dee Brown
  • Jacqueline Clawson
  • Jean Cleland
  • Kitty Cole
  • Lejla Dzeko
  • Thomas Engel
  • Paul Fischer
  • Laura Friedman
  • Stephen B. Friedman (President)
  • Caroline Goldstein
  • Roy Gottlieb
  • Ronald Grais
  • Deb Imhof
  • Martin Jaffe
  • Saul Klibanow
  • Suzy Kogan Friedman
  • Adila Krndzija
  • Jeanne Lees
  • Joseph Liss
  • John Macsai
  • Janet May Beecher Smith
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • Bernie McKee
  • Joe Migley
  • Julianne Migley
  • Mark Miller
  • Rayna Miller (President)
  • Ellen Morris (President)
  • Karen Muchin
  • Ginny Mulligan
  • Roberta Nechin
  • Anita Noel
  • Charles Orlebeke (President)
  • Valerie Pallson
  • Rick Percifield
  • Shirley Peterson
  • Paula Puls
  • Christopher Rintz
  • Marshall Samuels
  • Deidre A. Schwartz
  • Yvonne Sharpe (President)
  • Kennedy Sherles
  • Donna Siemons
  • Perry Snyderman
  • Nichole Ulibarri
  • Precious Wright