The Communications Committee asked the members of the Board to provide a short bio for shareholders. In the future, we will be featuring bios of staff and shareholders -feel free to contact us with suggestions. Enjoy learning more about your accomplished board!
Tom Allison, President, and his wife Sherry Holland have lived in 8A since May, 1999. Tom recently moved to “of counsel” status at the law firm of Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C., which he helped found. The firm represents labor organizations, pension funds, and individuals with employment issues.
Tom grew up in Park Ridge and Wilmette, and returned to Chicago after graduating from Princeton University and Yale law school. He has been very active in the community, including serving as a trustee of the Chicago Police Pension Fund and the Illinois State Employees Retirement System. He is a board member of Princeton AlumniCorps, a national alumni organization. This is his first term at 3750.
Jerry Hocker, Board Member, Apartment 10B, has lived at 3750 since 2006 with his life partner of 25 years, Anthony Fortier. Currently in his first term on the Board of Directors, Jerry began his volunteer efforts shortly after moving into the building working on the House Committee and Useful Life Task Force. He formed the Infrastructure Committee before his election to the Board in order to deal with the City of Chicago Life Safety Ordinance and other long term building requirements and continues to Chair that committee.
Jerry grew up and was educated in Kansas but has lived most of his adult life in Chicago. He is a recently retired accountant and attorney with 35 years experience principally with Arthur Anderson & Co, Trans Union Corporation and Transamerica Corporation. He enjoys architecture; working out; and genealogy.
John McCarthy, Chair, House Committee, was the president of an 18-unit condo just three blocks down Grace Street before my wife Carol and I left for 27 years in Evanston, where we raised our three sons and nearly razed three homes. An extensive renovation, a down-to-the-studs gut job, and one total rebuild has given me a sense of kinship with those at 3750 forging into the wild, wild world of apartment rehab.
Ten years as a newswriter/producer at Channel Two taught me how to pull the disparate hash of daily events in this big town into something at least vaguely cogent. My work as a writer and producer for nearly a dozen documentaries on A&E, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel was a graduate education in how to listen. I try to bring what I’ve learned to my role as Chair of 3750’s House Committee. I moved to 9C two years ago and am serving my first term on the board.
Helen Anderson, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee is a Nurse Practitioner with a PhD from UIC in Nursing. I currently work in a clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner and I also teach at Harper College. I have lived and worked around the world: Australia, England, Asia and the U.S. (Houston & Chicago). I have lived at 3750, 5A, with my husband Kim and our daughter for the last six years. We moved to Chicago from London in early 2009.
I am currently the Treasurer and chair of the Finance committee. I was previously on the Board as chair of the House Committee and also of the Pet Committee. In my role on the Board, I hope to continue to create and maintain processes, which demonstrate clear underlying rationale that will enhance life and improve the property.
Claire Heideman, Chair, Communications Committee, has lived at 3750, 14G, for a year and a half after coming from a large building in Old Town that had become primarily a rental building. She grew up in Texas, but has lived in Chicago for 30 years. She values the sense of community and ownership that she has found in our building and wants 3750 to be a great place to live for the current residents as well as preserve the building’s character and infrastructure for the future.
Claire feels that fiduciary responsibility, transparency, and communication are key to maintaining that sense of community and ownership. She would like to provide more opportunities for shareholders to get to know each other and plans to continue to serve on the Applications Committee.
Claire is the executive director of Loyola Physician Partners at Loyola University Health System. Her professional experience in healthcare management and consulting has required budget development and management, working in teams, facilitating meetings – skills she would like to share with 3750.
Bonita Burrell, Board Member, joined Burrell Realty in 2012 and brings an extensive financial and renovation background to the firm. Prior to joining Burrell Realty, Bonita was a Wall Street stock analyst and portfolio manager for 20 years with a number of Wall Street firms. Her last employer was Lord, Abbett & Co. Bonita has an MBA from the The Wharton School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Her undergraduate training was as a chemical engineer from Howard University.
She was born and raised in Chicago – primarily in the Hyde Park area . Her mother acquired 14D in 2007; Bonita has been living here since 2013 and has been on the board since 2014.
Bonita oversaw more than $10 million in construction projects as the president of a prominent New York cooperative for more than 14 years. During her time on the board, Bonita led several committees including applications and capital projects. The values in the building rallied 500% from a distressed low point during her tenure on the board. Values have continued up 35% since her departure 5 years ago.
Interior renovation is a passion that led to the completion of several gut renovation projects over the years. She is currently a partner in JBD Capital Partners which does renovation projects for resale in Chicago.
Ellen (Bebe) T. Baird, Chair, Applications Committee, has made her home at 3750 since 1993. She is particularly interested in the continued maintenance and upgrade of 3750’s infrastructure, maintaining a balanced budget, and effective financial and budgetary planning to meet the building’s needs. She is also committed to continuing the transparency of the planning process, with good communication with and input from all shareholders.
Bebe holds a PhD in art history (with a specialty in precolumbian and colonial Mexican art) from the University of New Mexico. Retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago, she has held both professorial and administrative positions.
She served as Board President of two professional organizations: the Association for Latin American Art and the College Art Association. In her administrative positions, she was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policy in consultation with faculty; fiscal management (budgets of $6 million plus); hiring, supervising, evaluating, and rewarding faculty and staff; developing and implementing marketing strategy for programs; and building community and relationships with internal and external university constituencies. In addition to her many scholarly publications, she also co-curated “The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico” exhibit (http://www.newberry.org/aztecs-and-making-colonial-mexico) at Chicago’s Newberry Library.
John Casey, Board Member, 11B, was born and raised on Chicago’s south side and received his bachelor and masters degrees from Loyola University and a doctorate from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He served as President/ CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago from 1980 to 1991 and went on to be elected Secretary General of he World Alliance of YMCAs in Geneva Switzerland where he lived until 1999. In that position he travelled to 80 countries in all regions of the world.
Upon retirement he has served on a number of volunteer boards most recently as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Investments and Illinois Action for Children. He and his wife Patricia have four grown children and have lived at 3750 for two years.
Paul Camp, Board Member, grew up in East Alton, a small town in southern Illinois where my backyard abutted a field planted with a rotation of corn, wheat and soybeans. Dad was a postman. Mom worked as a reporter for the local weekly and later for the “big” daily in the neighboring town.
Mom encouraged me to be anything I wanted to be — as long as I didn’t go into publishing. “The hours are too long and the pay is too short,” she always said. Parents beware what you tell your children. Six months into my freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis, I became managing editor of the school literary magazine. I was hooked. Of course, Mom was right: The hours are way too long, and the pay, well, the pay was nonexistent.
After graduation, I worked in nearly every capacity in publishing save for actually running a press. I started a community newspaper and owned a weekly, edited a city magazine and toiled in various capacities for two business magazine publishers. My articles have appeared in various newspapers and national magazines. I was restaurant critic for the Chicago Tribune and later became the paper’s features editor. I established the syndication business for Thomson Newspapers, which led to the creation of Content That Works, which I own with my wife, Mary Connors. We have lived at 3750, 8D, more than 25 years. This is my first year on the board.