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Mike Tomas is the founding Executive Director of the Garfield Park Community Council and joined the GPCC in 2005 when it was created as part of the LISC New Communities Program through the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.  Mike has more than 15 years of experience in both community organizing and community development work in both Chicago’s West Side and the southeast side of San Francisco, working closely with residents, government agencies and community organizations to improve the quality of life for those in economically distressed neighborhoods.  Reach Mike at mike@gpcommunitycouncil.org or 773-948-8989 x 100.

Angela Taylor is the GPCC Wellness Coordinator, focusing on the Garfield Park Garden Network, the  seasonal Neighborhood Market, youth interns, and integrated wellness activities.  Angela is one of the founders of the Garden Network, a board member of Chicago Community Gardeners Association, and, with her family, manages the award-winning Fulton Street Vegetable and Flower Garden.  Angela is a retiree from the Illinois Department of Human Services and a lifelong resident of the community.  Reach Angela at angela@gpcommunitycouncil.org or 773-948-8989 x 110.  

Housing Specialist La Shone Kelly has called East Garfield Park home for the past 33 years.  As a former licensed real estate appraiser, La Shone is passionate about working with both property owners and tenants to create quality and affordable housing options in the neighborhood.  La Shone was an early volunteer with the Garfield Park Community Council and participated in creation of the Quality of Life Plan for East Garfield Park.  As Housing Specialist, La Shone will be responsible for counseling landlords and tenants to address housing matters and working with citywide partners and local residents to get vacant properties back in reuse through the Micro-Market Recovery Program.  Reach La Shone at lashone@gpcommunitycouncil.org, 773-948-8989 x 130 or 312-983-2226.

Educator, Musician and Community Organizer Theron Hawk is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s West Side, attending Willa Cather, Morton, Marshall and Lane Tech.   He is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, majoring in Music Education, where he spent time touring with his college jazz band.   Upon graduating, “Hawk” returned to West Garfield Park to teach music. He is committed to developing community leaders and ensure that music is an important part of public school curriculum for students throughout Chicago.  Reach Hawk at organizer@gpcommunitycouncil.org, or 773-948-8989 x 140. 

Community Organizer Alberta Sanders has deep roots in the 3200 block of Maypole where she grew up and lives today. Alberta attended Beidler Elementary and is a graduate of Orr High School. With “nothing but good memories of growing up on Maypole,” Alberta is committed to working with community youth and helping them stay on a positive path for their future. In addition to her community work, Alberta enjoys cooking, sewing, crocheting and crafts.   Reach Alberta at 773-948-8989 x 150.

Laura Wetter is the GPCC's Development and Communications Associate, responsible for creating and implementing a strategic plan for private and government support for GPCC programs.   Laura formerly served as Manager of Foundation and Government Relations for Angelic Organics Learning Center and as a grantwriter for Archi-Treasures in Chicago.  Contact Laura at laura@gpcommunitycouncil.org, or 773-948-8989 x 120.