The 2010 and 2011 Annual Meetings and Elections
Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

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Reports from the February Anniversary "Hyde Park-Challenging the Future" Forum.

Informal Minutes. Bios of candidates.

The annual meeting elects one-third of the board to three year terms and hears state of the Conference and of the community.


2010 Meeting notes.
Gary Ossewaarde

The meeting was convened at 4:05 pm by President Jay Ammerman. Minutes of the 2009 meeting and the previous year's financial report were distributed.

Ammerman described ongoing concerns and projects of the conference and its committees, acknowledging chairman and the officers, and described some of the objectives of the strategic planning process under 1st Vice President Jane Ciacci. He also acknowledged the work of many HPKCC volunteers.

George Rumsey for the Nominating Committee introduced the slate, procedures, and distributed ballots.

Aldermen Toni Preckwinkle (4th) and Leslie Hairston (5th) said a few words and answered questions about the neighborhood and city and were wished well.

Treasurer Mark Granfors discussed and answered questions on the financial report.

The results of the election were announced. The slate was elected. New directors, to take office at the October board meeting are Lenora Austin, Jane Comiskey, Darryl Crawford, George Davis, Mike Doss, Mark Granfors, Timika Hoffman-Zoller, and Gary Ossewaarde.

Announced was the Executive Committee's slate for the Nominating Committee, to be elected as well as officers at the October board meeting. The candidates are Judy Dupont, Amy Girst, George Rumsey, Jay Ammerman, and Dorothy Baker.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:15 pm.


Bios of 2010 new and re-elected board members except those who have since left.

Jane Comiskey. I have been a Hyde Parker for 40+ years--homeowner, TIF Council m ember, and a member of the HPKCC. This will be my second term on the Board of HPKCC if elected. I have two agenda items I want to pursue this term. I want to work with the membership committee to increase the membership of HPKCC> Since our organization is the one independent body, we should have a larger base of members. Secondly, I want to work with the WhistleStop Campaign, which is uniquely ours and helps to keep the neighborhood safe.

Darryl Crawford. Darryl Crawford has been the owner of Kimbark Laundry in Kimbark Plaza since 2007. Prior to entering the laundry business, Mr. Crawford spent twenty years as a self-employed computer consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and professional certifications from Microsoft adn Cisco Systems. In addition to owning Kimbark Laundry, Mr. Crawford lived in Hyde Park for 19 years. He has been active in several community and civic projects including a term as a member of teh Local School Council at Ray Elementary School and was a coach for the AYSO soccer- Hyde Park-Kenwood League.

On a personal note, Mr. Crawford is married and has two children in college. During his free time he likes to tinker with computers and has published articles in trade magazines related to the textile industry.

George W. Davis. I have served previously on the HPKCC board for six years. During that time I was a member of the Development committee, the Parks and Environment committee and served a term as Vice-President. I have volunteered for the Hyde Park Kenwood Garden Fair for the past 15 years and am a site steward at the Burnham Park Nature Sanctuary. I also work on the Hyde Park Used Book Sale. Outside of the community I am on the Board of Openlands and am a Treekeeper. My interests in the board include local environmental and greening issues and problems of development in Hyde Park Kenwood.

Mike Doss. Mike Doss, a Hyde Park resident since 1996, is a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP. He moved to Hyde Park from Philadelphia, where he had been a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney's Office for five years. Before joining the United States Attorney's Office, Mike was a litigator for another law firm in Washington D.C. and, from 1987 to 1088k a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Mike and his wife Emily have three children, two girls who attend the University of Chicago Laboratory School and one boy who attends CPS's Christopher School.

Mark Granfors. Mark came to Hyde Park as a graduate student in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1972 and formerly worked in computer support and network administration at the American Bar Foundation. He has been affiliated with Interfaith Open Communities since its inception in 2000, and am a member of its Affordable Housing Advocacy (AHA) group. I serve on the board of teh Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) as its Publicity and Resources chair and was a mentor with HPTHP from 2003 to 2007. i have been a member of the Nichols Park Advisory Council since 202 and its Secretary since 2004. I am a member of Augustana Lutheran Church and currently serve on its Congregation Council.

I am most interested in the Conference's Parks Committee (particularly with respect to planning of the 2016 Olympics) and the new Affordable Housing initiative.

Timika Hoffman-Zoller. Hello my name is Timika Hoffman-Zoller. I would firsts like to say it is an honor to be considered to serve as a board member for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. I am a former chemical analyst for Chicago's US Customs Laboratory, who later became a stay-at-home mom. I've lived in Hyde Park for 13.5 years with my husband who is a UC Alumni and physics professor. i have a 12 year old daughter who attends the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. I am a person who over the years have kept myself busy volunteering for many interesting and progressive organizations in and out of the Hyde Park Community. I'm quite an outgoing, professional, hardworking and fun person who has the ability to understand the needs of the community and loves people and work with residents and members of the University of Chicago community to help improve our neighborhood. I am a Project Assistant for the University of Chicago's department of Safety and Security/UCPD.

I am a high energy individual who enjoys keeping busy. Also, I am an intense volunteer and promoter of emergency preparedness and safety issues within the community.

Volunteer work & affiliations.
2008-Present. Volunteer Community Emergency Responder Team (CERT)
2008 Emergency First Responder for Chicago's Office of Emergency Management & Communications
2010-Present. President and founder of the Elm Park Advisory Council
2010-present. WHPK Volunteer sub DJ - Hostess of radio show "On the Safe Side" host & produce a radio program covering safety issues such as emergency preparedness, computer safety, bike safety, crime prevention etc. /onthesafeside
2009-Present. Volunteer WBEZ/NPR - Collaborator & DJ Trainee. Creating a series of safety Podcast for station
2005-2010 Volunteer with the 57th Street Art Fair-information Booth
1999, 2005 & 2010 Chicago Music Awards Volunteer, artist relations, vendor set-up, office work etc.
2009-2010 UC Lab Schools Connections 2010 volunteer Art Committee
2009-Present University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Dewey Founder Members
Nee- Fall 2010 UC's Chicago Society Member
2010 4th on 53rd Volunteer
2005-2006 Chicago Improv Festival Board
2000-2003 Old Town School of Music Awards-Winter Fundraising Drive
2003, 2004, 2006 & 2008 Hyde Park Art Center- Annual Fundraiser & front desk worker
2005 Chicago Hip Hop Music Awards-Volunteer Committee
1999 and 2005 Celebrity Charity Auction- Silent Auction Volunteer
2000-2002 Parent Cooperative for Early Learning fundraising and Alumni Committee
2002-2003 Past hostess of series of poetry events through out the Hyde Park community and the founder of the "Cinnamon Dog Reading Society."

I enjoy creating digital photography, writing poetry, fishing, and listening to jazz at the Quadrangle Club.

Gary M. Ossewaarde. Gary Ossewaarde seeks to return to the HPKCC board to further his work on the website hyde, community development issues, parks, schools, homeowners associations and affordable housing, and to further the general re-growth and vitalization of the Conference and the neighborhood as a whole. Gary focuses especially on partnerships and collaborations within and outside Hyde Park.

A resident since 1964, Gary worked for the University of Chicago and Medical Center and one of its unions. He volunteered extensively with the University of Chicago Alumni Association, Field Museum, Hyde Park Historical Society, and numerous local organizations, and has been on the Conference board almost continuously since the mid 1990s. He is known as the "meetings man." Recent projects include start up South Shore Opera Company and furnishing his new co-op unit.



Unofficial notes by Gary Ossewaarde

The 2011 Annual Meeting was held at Fenn House (SHoP), 5638 S. Woodlawn. The meeting was opened at 2:40 pm by First Vice President Brenda Sawyer, in the absence of Jane Ciacci, who was recovering from surgery. Brenda thanked Laura Shaffer of SHop.

The minutes (Gail Isenberg) of the 2010 Annual Meeting were reviewed and accepted as presented.

Treasurer Mark Granfors presented the annual financial report for 2010-11 and reported that the financial state is highly sound.

Vice President Sawyer gave a report for Jane Ciacci, citing the many initiatives of the Conference over the past year and planned for the immediate future.

The Nominating Committee, led by Jack Snapper read the slate and distributed ballots, there being no nominations from the floor. After counting, it was announced that the slate was "easily" elected: Jay Ammerman, Nancy Baum, Paul Durica, Allison Hartman, Anita Hollins, Gail Isenberg, Patricia Martin, and Jack Spicer. Appreciation was expressed for those who have left the board and condolences for two who have passed away- Gwen Bonds and Judy Dupont.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, Sawyer announced that the current Nominating Committee members have been re nominated, election to be by the board October 6. There were no additional nominations from the floor. The nominees are Jay Ammerman, Anita Hollins, George Rumsey, and Sack Snapper.

Remarks were made and questions taken on the state of the community by Alderman Burns, Alderman Hairston, and Oreal James for state Sen. Raoul. Laura Shaffer explained the mission of SHoP.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned and the 40 attendees retired to refreshments.


Bios of those elected in September 2011

Jay N. Ammerman. Jay N. Ammerman seeks an opportunity to be a candidate for another term on the HPKCC Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors from 2001 through 2007 and held positions of First Vice-President, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, Chair of the Condo/Co-ops Committee, and on the Finance Committee. Jay served as president of the Conference in 2009-10. For many years, he has monitored and participated in community meetings related to the Development Committee and TIF Advisory Council. Ammerman has been a Hyde Park resident since 1972 and is an alumnus of both the College and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Following a professional management career with teh American Bar Association, he founded Ammerman Consulting and has applied business, technology, and mathematical problem-solving skills to support business ventures, community banks, and a variety of technological and financial applications. Ammerman has worked with Boards of Directors, Officers, and Committees from a number of diverse organizations including the American Bar Association, The National Judicial College, TASA (Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys), United Way Crusade of Mercy, "The Manor" Condominium Association, BRASS (Behavior Research and Action in the Social Sciences) foundation, and the Hyde Park Co-op Federal Credit Union.

Nancy Baum. (Returning.) In addition to HPKCC, Nancy's memberships include the 5200 S. Blackstone Block Club, the Seminary-Co-op Bookstore, the American Association of Teachers of French, the Oriental Institute (docent for 20+ years), friends of Harold Washington College, Friends of Shoesmith, the Prairie Club and the National Association of Realtors. With degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago, she was a professor of Foreign Languages from 1968-2001 at the City Colleges of Chicago, and served as Department Chair at Olive-harvey and Harold Washington Colleges. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Africa. Her interests are tennis, bridge, piano, computers, adn reading at the beach. She is active in community affairs including volunteering at the Oriental Institute .... From 206until 2010, Nancy chaired the Schools Committee of the Conference.

Paul G. Durica. (New.) (an impressive list of degrees, honors, publications, employment, lectures-tours-recognition. Paul is an advanced graduate student in English at University of Chicago.)

Allison H. Hartman. (New.) I have lived in Hyde Park almost all my life. Went tot he Lab School... through 5th grade and the 2 year High School. Went straight into the U. of C....Drppped out.. to get married, had 2 wonderful sons, and was basically a stay-at-home mom. Somewhere in that time I began a long and happy love affair with the internal combustion engine...Eventually this turned into Hyde Park Car and Cycle..

In the late 80's I became the companion for my parents... after my Mother died, I moved back into the house I grew up in at 56th and Woodlawn and I bought two abandoned buildings which my son and I totally rehabbed... I also went back to finish my college degree. Became interested in law, was accepted at John Marshall Law School, go both a JD and a LL M in Real Estate, and opened my law office in 2006. Not surprisingly, my practice seems to center around Elder Law and Real Estate.

...I work with the H.P. Village Board to bring a Village to Hyde Park so people like me an stay in their own home as they grow old, plus other senior issues with OWL Illinois. Also with the HPKCC Disabilities Task Force and DARE(Disabled Adults Residential Enterprise) so that disabled people can do the same.

I am on the Conference Development, Preservation and Zoning Committee and the Coalition for Equitable Community development, which works for affordable housing. With all the new development in our neighborhood I hope this will be one of the Conference's main interests next year. In past years, the Conference has been a forum where we, the neighborhood, have been able to question our Community leaders and tell them what we think. I would like to help the Conference continue in that tradition.

Anita R. Hollins. (Re-elected.) Upon returning to Chicago from South Carolina in 2000, Anita Hollins became a resident of th Hyde Park-Kenwood area in 2001. Ms. Hollins was familiar with the community as she attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and requested the local businesses prior tot the 1980s. Ms. Hollins is interested in the community's continued socio-economic growth and looks forward to serving on the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference in that capacity.

Gail Isenberg. (elected, having been elected interim to fill a vacancy.) I was born and have lived most of my life in Hyde Park... However, I have only recently become interested in taking a more active role in the community. Joining the Board of the HKCC has opened by eyes to how much is going on in the neighborhood, and the impact an involved citizenry can have. During my tenure on the Board I have taken the position of Secretary, and become involved in getting out the HPKCC Reporter and with the annual booksale. I have enjoyed my time on the Board, and hope to become more involved with its work.

Patricia A. Martin. (New.) Favorites: "Thoughts become things: think the good ones" Activity: Biking along the lakefront. Listening to live music. Patricia A. Martín is and executive assistant with more than thirty-nine years experience in office administration. She has lived in Hyde Park for eleven years. She was born and raised in Great Neck, Long Island; in her late 20s, she moved to Houston, Tx. In 1999.. she visited Chicago [and] immediately recognized tha the collegial neighborhood of Hyde Park was the place for her and her husband and their pet to relocate and settle.

In July of 2000 she began work as the executive assistant to thee president and CEO of a non-profit primary care agency...she also held the position of director of corporate affairs and human resources. From 2005 to 2009, she worked in mergers and acquisitions and government related services in the banking industry and fund investment management. Patricia is currently executive assistant to the president and CEO of The DuSable Museum of African American History.

Jack Spicer. (elected after selection to fill a board vacancy). Jacks Spicer is a landscape gardener by trade and a preservationist by temperament. He believes that changes to the community's built environment should be gradual, thoughtful, and contextual and should bring increased diversity, density and decentralized decision making (aka "democracy") to our community. He sees the Conference as the community's representative and guide as it navigates change.