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Board of Directors

Gary F. Balling

Gary F. Balling joined the Openlands board in 2013. He retired in April 2012 after 36 years in the Illinois park and recreation profession. During his career he served the profession at the Naperville, St. Charles, Northbrook, Morton Grove, and…

Bill Clarkin

Bill Clarkin, Head of Data and Analytics, Fiserv. Prior to his role at Fiserv, Bill served as Vice President at BMO Harris Bank. Before entering his Vice President role, Bill worked with BMO Financial Group in the Office of Strategic…

George W. Davis

George Davis joined the Openlands board in 1984. Before retiring, George served as the Director of Telecommunications at Egon Zehnder International. George says of Openlands, “The organization is an effective advocate for regional open space.” Some of George’s favorite Openlands’…

Garrett Handley Dee

Openlands board member since 2008 Education B.A., Duke University, Durham, NC J.D., Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO Civic and non-profit affiliations Park Community Church, Finance Committee, member Favorite activities and areas of expertise Garret enjoys photography.

Daisy Feidt

Daisy Feidt is Executive Vice President of Access Living, Chicago’s Center for Independent Living. She has worked at Access Living for more than 20 years and has held a wide variety of management positions during that time. In her tenure…

Mark M. Harris

Mark M. Harris has been with the Office of the General Counsel of The Boeing Company—where he provides enterprise-wide legal support for executive compensation and benefits matters—since May of 2008. Prior to joining Boeing, Mark served as Director/Compensation and Benefits…

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones established Leslie Jones & Associates in 1992 as a full service interior design firm that specializes in the design of residential and commercial spaces. Leslie and her team have donated time, talent, and resources to more than a…

Dan Lauderback

Dan Lauderback is a business services and technology services executive. He held numerous leadership roles with Accenture including Group Technology Officer of Accenture’s Health and Public Service global business. Dan was also a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council. Dan was recently the COO of GTY Technology and is an advisor to Ares Management Corporation’s Private Equity business. Dan completed his B.S. in Engineering at Michigan State University and his M.S. in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked and lived in Chicago, Frankfurt, San Antonio, London, and San Francisco.

Andrew J. Otting

Andrew J. Otting joined the Openlands board in 2000 and chairs the Policy & Community Engagement Committee. Andy is the President of Scott Byron & Co., Inc., a landscape architecture firm. He particularly enjoyed Openlands’ Great Perennial Divide event, during…

Wendy Paulson

Wendy Paulson’s career has been in teaching, beginning in the Boston Public Schools; later at The Potomac School in McLean, VA; in the Barrington Public Schools as “The Nature Lady”; and as director of education for Citizens for Conservation, a…

James Rachlin

James Rachlin has served as the President of Meristem Advisors LLC since April of 2018. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, as Managing Director of BMO Capital Markets, and as Senior Vice President and…

Akhil Ramanadham

Akhil Ramanadham is an MBA Candidate at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He also received his undergraduate degree in finance & accounting from Georgetown University and has earned his CFA & CPA. Prior to returning to school, he was a…

Joseph Russo

As Deputy Commissioner of Compliance with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Joseph oversees the Accessibility Compliance Unit which is responsible for reviewing compliance with applicable accessibility codes during the building permit process. Prior to joining the City of…

Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw is an architect, civic leader in the arts and environment, poet, and sculptor who lives in Chicago with his wife, Mary Sue Glosser. Until his retirement in 1996, Shaw led Shaw and Associates, which, throughout the late 1980s…

Nicole S. Williams

Nicole S. Williams is a retired corporate executive who has served primarily as a senior financial officer for several corporations in the Midwest. She came to Chicago in 1968 to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago. Her first…