Welcoming Our New Board Officers

Welcoming Our New Board Officers

In May, the Lakeview Pantry Board of Directors elected three new officers who will serve two-year terms. We are grateful and excited to welcome the following into their new roles:

President: Dan Laytin

Dan is partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing on class action, antitrust and commercial litigation. Having lived in Lakeview for years, Dan became involved with Lakeview Pantry because he wanted to work with a group that makes a tangible, direct difference in the community. He says, “I have found that the Pantry meets those criteria and more – the Pantry benefits from extraordinarily dedicated and talented staff and volunteers who carry out the Pantry’s mission in Lakeview every day.” Dan lives with his wife, Kerrie, and their two sons in Roscoe Village.

Vice President: Kara Hamstra

Kara is a Public Relations executive with nearly 10 years of experience working for large, global consumer brands. Kara first became involved with the Pantry by serving as a volunteer at the Pantry’s Oakdale location. Immediately she was impressed with the crew of dedicated staff and volunteers and wanted to increase her involvement level. “As a member of the Board, I have been privileged to serve as Secretary and on various Committees, including Development and Events and continue to volunteer by participating for Saturday home delivery with family and friends,” Kara says. “I’m honored to be a part of an organization that very directly helps improve the lives of our neighbors on a daily basis with both humility and grace.” Kara lives on the north side of the city with her husband and their rambunctious puppy.

Secretary: Phyllis Kingsland

Phyllis is a broker salesperson with Baird & Warner Real Estate. She manages deals throughout the city of Chicago and writes about the real estate market for young people on the website CheekyChicago.com. Phyllis began volunteering at the Lakeview Pantry Broadway location in early 2012 having already been a steady donor to the Pantry with her husband, Jack Kingsland. Phyllis says, “As a donor I was impressed with the mission and goals and efficiency of Lakeview Pantry. As a volunteer I am completely astonished by the high levels of professionalism and commitment with which we regard and serve our clients. I was asked to join the Board of Directors in July 2012 and did so with great enthusiasm.” Phyllis has been a resident of both the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park neighborhoods for more than 20 years.

In addition, Board member Betsy Jenkins generously accepted another term as our Treasurer.

Betsy is currently retired from a career as a Systems Project Manager for a food manufacturing company where she managed the plan, scope, budget and resources used to implement new or enhanced computer software. Betsy initially became involved with the Pantry by making a financial donation in response to an inspiring newspaper article that depicted the Pantry as a local, compassionate organization that delivers. “I began actively volunteering after talking to a high school friend who happened to be on the Board,” she says. “I joined the Fundraising committee and within a couple of years become a Board member.” Betsy has also served as Board Secretary and currently performs the role of Treasurer where she says she is proud to serve such well-run organization alongside passionate, committed staff, Board, volunteers, and donors. Betsy has lived in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Buena Park neighborhoods since college graduation

We are grateful to all of our Board members who so graciously give of their time, leadershipand expertise. To learn more about Lakeview Pantry’s Board of Directors click here.