UIC CUPPA Alumni Association Board of Directors

(elected May 2014)


Michael McDermott, MUPP '07, Consulting Manager, Cushman and Wakefield

Vice President

Nicole Sims, MPA '02, Manager, Crowe Howrath LLP


Amy Bashiti, MUPP '13, Office and Research Manager- Brick Partners LLC

Helene Berlin, MUPP '01, Planning and Research Consultant- Market Feasibility Advisors

Stephan Bitter, MPA '93, Scheduling Operations Officer- TSA

Peter Czubak, MPA '02, City Forester- City of Chicago-Department of Streets and Sanitation, Bureau of Forestry

Sara Ellis, MPA '14.

Bob Fuller, MUPP '11, Legislative Aide to Joe Moore

Danielle Gallet, MUPP '09, Infrastructure Strategists, Water Supply Program Manager- Center for Neighborhood Technology

Jeff Gawel, 'MPA 98, Director of IT-Chapin Hall at the UIC

Annie Ginzkey, MPA '11, Foundation Manager- The Maddona Foundation

Kaye Heidenreich, MPA '02, Chief of Police- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Catherine Kannenberg, MUPP '00, Finance Manager- Construction Project Sales

Anna Kulseth, MPA '06, Associate Director of Development- Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

Peggy Laemle, MUPP '01, Independent Writing and Editing Professional

Tony Manno, MUPP '04, Project Manager, Local Planning and Programs- Regional Transportation Authority

Elvira Reyes Noese, MUPP '03, Independent Urban Planning Consultant

Al Riley, MUPP '78, Representative- 38th District of the Illinois House of Representatives

Peter Skosey, MUPP '93, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council

Kyle Smith, MUPP '07, Project Manager, Economic Development- Center for Neighborhood Technology

Hannah Sokol, MUPP '09, Senior Associate, Sustainability Group- US Equites Realty

Emily Tapia-Lopez, MUPP '07, Vice President- Resolute Consulting

Andrea Traudt, MUPP '06, Executive Director- Illinois Housing Council

Jennifer Tammen, MUPP '99, Financial Advisor/Principal- EHLER Inc.

Adam Rogers, MUPP '02, Senior Community Investment Analyst- Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

Jennessa Berg, MUPP '10, GIS Analyst Urban Planner- GIS Systems

Eden Sabala, MPA '11, Assistant to the Dean for Arts and Events Management- Rockerfeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago

Nicholas Crite, MUPP '07, Planning Director- City of Blue Island

Kathleen Woodruff, MUPP '09,

MUPP alum and CUPPA-AA Board Member Tony Manno talks about the benefits of board involvement.


The CUPPA-AA gives graduates of the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs a chance to stay in touch with the college, network with other alumni, and improve the educational experience of current students.

Founded in 1997, the CUPPA-AA is very active in the local and campus communities.

We invite all alumni of the UIC Urban Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis and Urban and Public Affairs programs to join us!

The Mission of the CUPPA-AA

The Alumni Association of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs offers educational and career development opportunities to alumni, students and faculty; organizes events and activities for the informal sharing and exchange of information and to encourage professional relationships; and lends support and provides input to the development of the college's curriculum.

Have You Subscribed to the CUPPA Alumni Listserve?

The CUPPA Alumni listserve is an email list allowing for widespread distribution of information pertinent to UIC CUPPA graduates of public administration and urban planning and policy. List posts include job announcements, current events, college announcements and events, awards, and miscellaneous news and information you can use everyday! To join, email with your current business and contact information and request addition to the alumni list.

Make any big professional changes? Submit an update!

Keep us informed of what's going on in your post-CUPPA professional life. We keep a running list of updates on our update page to help keep our alumni better connected.

Submit an update to:
Jodi White Jones, Assistant Dean for Communications
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
412 S. Peoria St., Suite 115
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-9127
(312) 413-8095 (Fax)

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All meetings held at CUPPA Hall, Room 110
412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, except where indicated.
Call 312.413.9127 or email to RSVP.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, Board Meeting at Haymarket Brewery, Chicago, 6-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 - Board meeting at CUPPA 6-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 - CUPPA Holiday Party at Jak’s Tap - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 - Board meeting at CUPPA 6-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - Board meeting and annual election at CUPPA 6-7:30 p.m.