Boards of Directors

2020 cai-il board of directors

Board Meetings are held at 8:30 AM at the Chapter Office in Schaumburg, Illinois. All are welcome to attend. Please notify Cheryl Murphy before attending so a chair can be reserved and an agenda is prepared for you.

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Brian Butler President

As Vice President, Property Management of the region’s largest property management company, Brian Butler oversees a seasoned team of operational leaders, regional directors and onsite management staff at FirstService Residential Illinois. He has extensive experience in the residential property management industry and has served in a number of strategic leadership roles in the Illinois market.

Brian has a background in community association litigation matters and specializes in board governance issues, risk management analyses, strategic business planning and new business development efforts. During his career, he has created and implemented community association training programs to assist with onboarding new community board members and property managers.

Brian serves as President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the award-winning Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and has been a featured speaker at training seminars for Board members and Property Managers. He is the co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Action Committee (ILAC), which works to address legislative measures which affect community associations in Illinois. He has been the keynote speaker for professional conferences and conventions including the Co-Operator Expo and has been a featured speaker with Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA).

Brian volunteers in the Chicago community and is the Vice President of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR). He chairs several committees for the neighborhood organization, which is dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing the quality of life and community in this downtown Chicago neighborhood which includes Navy Pier and the Mag Mile.

Brian is an attorney and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He graduated with honors with a BS in Accountancy from the College of Business at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University, College of Law in Chicago. He is a licensed Community Association Manager (CAM) in Illinois and holds the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) designation, the Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation, and the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation, the industry’s highest professional accreditation.

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Carlo Caprio Vice President

Carlo Caprio is a resident of the Village of Homer Glen where he, his wife and 3 children reside. Carlo has a wide range of IT, Business Operations, Commercial Property Management, Accounting, and Banking experience. Carlo’s education background includes: Associates Degree in Accounting from Robert Morris College as well as many Information Technology Certifications. Carlo oversees the Information Technology, Business Operations, Marketing and Human Resources areas for MC Property Management Corporation in Lemont, IL.

Carlo has the ability to mix his many operational and IT skill sets with his sound financial mind to customize solutions for our clients. In recent years, Carlo has grown through his involvement in many community organizations, including but not limited to: Village of Homer Glen Trustee, Treasurer – Chicago South Chapter of UNICO (Italian / American service organization), Board Member – Kid Safe City (Children’s Safety Village in Bridgeview), Member – The Order of The Son’s of Italy – (Italian / American service organization), Member – Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce.

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Julie Cramer Secretary

Julie Cramer holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Accounting. She retired from the federal government Dept. of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory after 36 years of service including five years with the Federal Executive Board in Chicago. She is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Vice Presidential Award for government excellence.

Julie has served as President of the CAI Illinois Chapter as well as in other capacities such as the Illinois Legislative Action Committee (ILAC) from 2010-2014. On a national level, Julie has been on the CAI National Board of Trustees. Other national involvement includes the Government & Public Affairs Committee, the Public Policy Task Force, and the Community Association Volunteer Leaders Committee (CAVC) 2011 – 2015 of which she was elected Chair.

In 2015, Julie was the recipient of the Byron Hanke Award. This CAI National award is presented periodically to honor those who support the education of board members and homeowners in community associations.

Her history with community associations began in 1977 when she bought a condo which she still owns today. After serving in those early years in numerous board positions, she is currently President of Lake in the Woods Condominium in Downers Grove, IL as a non-resident owner. She also is a Director of the Lake in the Woods Condominium Owners Association (an umbrella HOA). Julie lives in the 460 unit single family Oakwood Homeowners Association in Westmont, IL.

Julie has remained engaged throughout the years in all aspects of community associations. She is passionate and articulate in representing the voice of homeowners and homeowner board members.

She supports a strong forum for networking, research, and especially education for all common interest communities. She actively participates in legislative advocacy for issues involving community associations as well as for veterans and the elderly.

Outside of CAI, Julie serves in the American Legion Auxiliary and has been active in the Alzheimer’s Association for 20+ years serving as a Certified Support Group Leader.

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Michele DuBois President-Elect

Michele C. DuBois is a business partner member with DuBois Paving Co., working as Marketing Director and Sealcoating Sales representative, for the last fourteen years, providing Asphalt, Concrete and Sealcoating services to Commercial, Industrial and Homeowner Associations. She joined the asphalt industry after working nine years in property management in the Chicagoland area. An advantage she offers her clients is the perspective and understanding needed from all the aspects of a project: as a unit owner, a landscape committee volunteer, a board member, a property manager, and today a contractor herself. Michele exudes her passion to build relationships and educate by sharing the ins-and-outs of the business with community managers and board member volunteers.

Upon obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizations Communications, Michele’s contribution to the community association industry began and has proven successful for the past 26 years. A Rising Star recipient, also awarded the CAI Olympus Service Award, she is recognized for outstanding achievements in leadership and profound development of the Illinois Chapter of Community Associations Institute. She has led several committees including the Excellence Awards and Winter Gala committee, the Awards committee, and currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Volunteer Commission.

Her personal interests, beyond volunteering in her professional work spill into the community where she also volunteers for GiGi’s Playhouse, Home of the Sparrow and CATIF charities. And in her free time, she enjoys traveling, kayaking, crafting and cooking. When asked what motivates her, she explains that her involvement and fondness of working with people, from all walks of life, inspire her personal growth and enrichment.

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Steve Silberman Treasurer

Steven Silberman is a partner with the accounting and consulting firm of PBG Financial Services LLC.

Steve has provided accounting, tax and consulting services to Community Associations since 1978 and currently provides services to over 300 Associations. Steve has been a presenter for numerous CAI-Illinois, CAI-Wisconsin and ACTHA educational programs as well as authored many articles for newsletters and magazines including Common Interest for CAI-Illinois, Community Leader for CAI-Wisconsin and ACTHA news. Steve has also presented to many management companies over the years. Steve is an active member of CAI-Illinois and CAI-Wisconsin. Steve served six years as a Board Member of CAI-Illinois and Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for five years. He has been chair or co-chair of the Finance Committee for thirteen years. Steve has also been a member of various CAI-Illinois education committees since 2007. He was one of the original members of the Community Development Committee in 2007. Steve is currently participating on CAI-Illinois Homeowner Leader Education Committee. In 2012, Steve received the Olympus Service Award for his profound influence in the development of the Illinois Chapter of CAI. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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Cindy Fitts CIRMS®

Cindy Fitts earned her MBA with a Leadership Concentration and BA in Business Management from Aurora University. She earned her CAI Community Insurance & Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS) designation in 2013 and is also a CAI Educated Business Partner.

She has been an Account Executive with CISA Insurance since 2002 where she provides for the day to day insurance needs of her community associations. She is passionate about partnering with and educating community association boards and their managers on insurance and industry law requirements to ensure they are protected properly and are functioning as healthy communities.

Cindy has been a participating member of CAI since 2002 where she started serving on the Membership Directory committee. She then served on the Program Committee, the Legal Forum/Conference Education Committee and is currently serving on the Chapter Board of Directors and as the Co-Chair of the Legislative Fundraising Committee.

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Brittany Kojzarek CMCA®, AMS®

Ms. Kojzarek has been with PSI since May 2005 when she began as a filing clerk. Through her tenure with PSI she has worked in several capacities, with many of her years spent in the Accounts Receivable Department working closely with the Association’s attorneys on the collection of assessments. Ms. Kojzarek acquired her CMCA in 2013 and AMS in 2017. She has been a key asset in bringing in new technology and implementing it at PSI. In addition to her responsibilities at PSI, she is very active with CAI-IL as past Chair of the Marketing Committee, current Chair of the Manager Education Committee, member of the Volunteer Commission, and 2020 Olympus Award winner. When she is not working or volunteering in the industry she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Disney and playing games.

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Robert Prince

Bob Prince is a Shareholder at Cervantes Chatt & Prince P.C. and heads the firm’s Association Law practice. Bob has spent his entire career representing condominium and common interest community associations of various types and sizes as his primary focus. Bob assists boards with amendments, collections, governance issues, turnover, developer disputes, contract reviews, rule enforcement and discrimination cases, among others. Bob has also represented associations in litigation matters involving municipal entities, including cases involving the possible deconversion of the condominium and the winding-up of business. Bob has drafted association loan documents for banks lending to associations.

Bob graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2009 summa cum laude with his law degree and has been representing associations since that year. Bob also earned a Master of Science in International Commerce and Policy from Valpo, graduating with Highest Honors. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Illinois College.

He is actively involved in the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), serving on its Board of Directors and Magazine Committee. He is frequently asked to speak at events sponsored by CAI and other association trade groups. Bob has taught a portion of the curriculum for CAI’s DCAL program for community association volunteers. He has also written dozens of articles on hot topics in association law and has been quoted in numerous articles on association law in trade publications and newspapers.

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Karen Pontoriero CMCA®, AMS®

Karen Pontoriero is the Vice President of Association Operations for Advocate Property Management. With over 30 years in Construction, Real Estate and Property Management, Karen’s knowledge and experience drives her to lead her teams to success, along with consistently finding ways to educate managers and board members in our industry. Karen has been serving on CAI Volunteer Committees for over 5 years, including Magazine and Excellence Awards Committees, earning a CAI Rising Star award in 2018. Karen has written articles for Common Interest Magazine as part of her desire to contribute to the community management environment and to offer learning opportunities to others. Karen loves working with people and is inspired and motivated to enrich our industry standards.

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Patrick Sharpe DCAL

Patrick Sharpe is a Board member of the Oaks Club Townhome Association of Elgin. He is currently serving as 1st Vice-President for ten years. He was former President of the Oaks Club Townhome Association and was also president of the Hickory Hollow Home Owners Association for 12 years. Pat is a retired marketing executive for 40+ years. He is a former member of the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board for 17 years and Illinois Tollway Advisory Board for six years. He is a former Deputy Director of the IIS serving under Governor Richard Ogilvie. He has served as President of the local Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Council, United Way, Rotary and many local charities. Patrick is also a DCAL Recipient and a member of ILAC and ILAC-PAC.

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Kimberly Sutherland CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM®

Kimberly has over 11 years of professional community management experience. She has been an active community leader herself, in addition to managing a large-scale on-site community, condominium, townhome, and homeowners’ associations. Prior to joining the industry, she worked as a lead transaction and regulatory paralegal at two major international corporations and also handled treasury operations and oversaw an accounts receivable department in a small consumer services company. Kimberly is a dedicated volunteer with the Illinois Chapter of Community Associations Institute. In addition to serving the Board, she sits as the co-chair of the Golf Committee and has received the Rising Star and Olympus awards for her years of dedication.