Boards of Directors

cai 2019 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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Jessica Towles President

Jessica Towles is an experienced community association manager with over 18 years of experience maintaining all aspects of community associations and management company administration, including facilities management, financial management and building strong customer relationships. She is the Director of Property Management and Business Strategy for Lieberman Management Services. Jessica currently serves on the CAI Illinois Board of Directors.

Jessica is a member of the National Faculty for CAI, specializing in the M:100. In 2014 Jessica was honored to receive CAI’s Rising Star Award at the National Conference and the CAI Illinois Olympus Award for her work both locally and nationally for CAI.

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Anthony Dister President Elect

Anthony Dister currently serves as a Vice President of Community Advantage, a Wintrust Company, and is responsible for new business development and portfolio management for their management company and association clients. Anthony has been in the Banking industry for over 15 years and has specialized in providing financial services to community associations throughout the Midwest for the last 13 years. Anthony is actively involved with the CAI-IL Chapter having chaired the Committee for Community Development from 2011-2014. The focus of this committee was to generate interest, new membership and awareness of CAI in areas which were traditionally underserved by the chapter. Anthony currently serves on the CAI Finance Committee as Committee Chair. Anthony previously held a CMCA designation, was a recipient of the CAI Rising Star award in 2007 and CAI Olympus Service Award in 2016. Anthony is also involved with many other industry related trade groups and volunteers time to various charities.

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Sheila Malchiodi Vice President

Sheila Malchiodi is a Business Development Manager for the multifamily and commercial industry with Inside Out Company. With her background in construction, project management, and real estate, she utilizes those skills to assist communities with their capital improvement projects. Her focus on strong communication and a take-charge style of leadership have brought her to CAI where she serves on three committees and recently joined the Board of Directors. As an avid volunteer and advocate for harmony in community association living, Sheila has become a “go-to” resource for many areas and gives back to the CAI community at every opportunity. Having been involved with this industry for over seven years, she has been featured in several industry publications, has won awards for her leadership and continues to serve as a volunteer in many trade organizations and local charities.

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Cathy Ryan Treasurer

President and Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years of experience at Property Specialists, Inc, Ms. Ryan is well versed in all aspects of property management. Along with overseeing the operations of the company, she continues to oversee portfolio managers to ensure quality work to their client associations. In addition to her service at PSI, she volunteers for many charitable functions benefiting Special Olympics and sits on the Editorial Board for one of our industry’s informational magazines. Ms. Ryan was instrumental in developing PSI’s in-house Board Member Training Program, where she currently serves as a class instructor. She is currently the President of the Chapter and is beginning her fourth year on the Chapter’s Finance Committee.

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Jack Thew Secretary

After attending Cornell University, Jack Threw returned home to the family orchard business in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York. The next seven years were spent growing the business including adding new storage and juice processing technology.

In 1965 Jack took a position with Shell Chemical Company in Princeton, NJ which led to a 25-year career in the agricultural chemicals industry in the areas of product development and sales and marketing. This took him to various locations including New York City, Modesto and Walnut Creek, California, Lincoln Nebraska, Houston, Texas and Naperville, Illinois.

As a result of a corporate buyout, Jack transferred to the DuPont Chemical Company as a Sr. Representative responsible for the professional farm management sector of the business calling on bank trust departments and insurance companies throughout the Midwest Corn Belt.

Jack left DuPont in 1990 and with his wife Terry started a retail wine, flower and gourmet food store in Naperville. In 2002 he partnered with several customers in another retail wine venture in Lisle. In 2009 he accepted a position with a wine retail wine store in Glen Ellyn.

Fully retired in 2013 and after serving in two community associations as President, Vice-President and Director for nearly 20 years, he is now devoting his time to volunteer work including being a designated Cornell Alumni Ambassador helping student applicants through the admission process, judging science fairs and participating in high school career days, CAI, The Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation and liaison person for the Windridge of Naperville Condominium Association. He is also active in the Illinois 84th District legislative activities and sits on its Citizens Advisory Board.

Jack and Terry have resided in Naperville for nearly forty years; have three daughters a son, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Brian Butler CMCA®, AMS® PCAM®

Brian Butler oversees the Illinois portfolio’s team of regional directors and onsite management staff. 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 a number of client training programs to assist with onboarding new community board members and property managers.

Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), is the co-chair of the City Membership Subcommittee, and has been a featured speaker at training seminars for Board members and Property Managers. He also sits on the CAI Illinois Legislative Action Committee (ILAC) to address legislative matters that 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 is the Vice President of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) and chairs a number of committees for the neighborhood organization. SOAR 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 holds 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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Julie Hardy Cramer DCAL

Julie Hardy 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 as President of an American Legion Auxiliary and has been active in the Alzheimer’s Association for 24 years serving as a Certified Support Group Leader.

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Cindy Fitts CIRMS®

Cindy Fitts earned her Bachelors of Art in Business Management from Aurora University. She has been an Account Executive with CISA Insurance since 2002 where she educates community association boards and association managers on insurance and industry law requirements.

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 to the ILAC Fundraising Committee. She enjoys volunteering at events and attending industry functions!

She earned her CAI Community Insurance & Risk Management Specialist-CIRMS designation in 2013 and is also a CAI Educated Business Partner.

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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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Judy Rowe CMCA®, AMS® PCAM®

Judy Rowe is the Director of Supervisors for Community Specialists. Judy’s 40 years experience in the management and operations of Chicago properties includes residential, commercial office and retail facilities. Currently, Judy is responsible for the supervision and direction of Community Specialists management teams both corporate and on-site staff. Judy provides assistant on labor relations and employee issues as well as directing the monthly management training sessions.

The Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management awarded Judy its Accredited Residential Manager Leadership Award (ARM) in 1981 and named her Accredited Residential Manager of the Year in 1989. In 2005, Judy earned the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) designation. Through the Community Association Institute Judy earned both the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) and Association Management Specialists (AMS). In 2015, the Community Association Institute, Illinois Chapter named Judy the Manager of the Year.

Judy is a past President and current director of ABOMA, Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association. She serves on the Labor Negotiation Committee with SEIU Local 1 contract negotiations and on the Education Committee which is developing continuing education programs for Illinois licensed community association managers. She is a Management Trustee for the Local 1 SEIU Training Fund and is currently a member of the Certified Residential Engineer Program Development Task Force and will serve as an instructor for the course.

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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.