East Village Association officers 2018-2019

The East Village Association has elected its current officers to serve for the next year.

President Michael VanDam is the only officer who has served a full year in his position; three have been appointed to vacancies. A nominating committee of VanDam, Dan Johnson and Neal McKnight recommends that current officers serve till March 2019.

The slate was elected by acclamation March 5 at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. The meeting included a presentation by members of the Polish Triangle Coalition on plans for the Ashland-Division-Milwaukee plaza and CTA station.

EVA board members are appointed by the president.

Here are short biographies on EVA's officers:

Michael VanDam.

Michael VanDam, president

I've lived in East Village for more than 10 years, and in Chicago for more than 25. I grew up in Michigan and attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, before coming back to the Midwest. Living directly on Chicago Avenue, I'm particularly interested in promoting responsible development on the commercial corridors of East Village, and also serve as a commissioner for our local Special Service Area. Professionally, I'm a real estate agent with Ask Nagel Realty on Division Street.

Michele Hayward.

Michael Hayward, vice president

I'm a 25-year resident of Chicago; my husband and I chose to settle in the neighborhood in 2003, and now we're stewards of the historic Lincoln Bath House. I’m a longtime local business owner (Bluedog Design) with roots in the Chicago food scene, and vice president of the Everwood Farmstead Foundation. Chat me up about the history of Chicago’s municipal bathhouses, the joys of running a business, the need for a vibrant business community, the art scene or your favorite band.

Neal McKnight.

Neal McKnight, secretary

I was EVA's president from 2013 to 2015 after co-chairing the Planning, Preservation & Development committee. As a founding partner of the law firm McKnight, Kitzinger, McCarty & Pravdic, I have a unique understanding of Chicago’s diverse communities and the culture of Chicago’s legal community.

Michele Gansle.

Michelle Gansle, treasurer

Michele Gansle is a Chicago marketing analytics professional.

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