The Admiral at the Lake is a nonprofit, mission-driven community guided by an experienced volunteer board of directors comprised of civic and professional leaders.
All profits are reinvested into the community
Continuous ownership by the same organization
No profit motive to raise monthly fees
Lower operating costs
Direction by a dedicated board of directors
Foundation available to provide support to residents who outlive their financial resources
Joan Bransfield, Admiral resident, has spent most of her adult life as a teacher and principal in the Catholic School System. She is currently a hospice volunteer, a volunteer with Catholic Charities and serves as one of The Admiral’s Harbor Mates. She admits to having extensive experience working with and on nonprofit boards. Joan will serve on The Admiral at the Lake Board.
John has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 1983. Having been raised on the east coast, John received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and then went on to Harvard Law School, as well as Bexley Seabury Episcopal Theological Seminary. John practiced law with Gardner Carton & Douglas, Chicago; and from there he became Vice President at Northern Trust Company, Chicago. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, he also serves on the Boards of Bishop Anderson House, Facets Multimedia, Chiapas Project of Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, Old Masters Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Murray Bay Protestant Church. John and his wife Judy have 7 children, and 12 grandchildren, and in his spare time enjoys music, language, visual arts, literature, theology, and summertime hiking in Canada.
Charles F. Clarke III, Vice Chairperson
Charles has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 1995. Charles is a lifetime Illinoisan, except when he attended Hobart & William Smith in NY for his Bachelor of Arts program, and then went on to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania receiving a Masters of City Planning. Charles is currently the Principal of Kinzie Realty, a redeveloper of Chicago-area apartment communities. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, he serves also for United Planet and Verado Energy, Inc. Charles and his wife Vanessa have 3 children, and in his spare time is an architecture and city planning hobbyist and enjoys mountain and racquet sports.
David Dalton is Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Mission Investment Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has extensive experience in the nonprofit field, in areas of marketing, finance and investing. His experience also includes fundraising for nonprofit organizations. David recently served on the Vestry of the Church of the Atonement in the Edgewater Neighborhood. He has also served in the past on the Board of Social Service Communicators, a group of public relations practitioners for nonprofit organizations in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. David will serve on the Admiral at the Lake Foundation Board.
Clark has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 2002. Clark is a lifetime Illinoisan, except when he attended the Carrol School of Management of Boston College for his MBA. Clark has experience in the fields of publishing, private equity, and currently works with CBK Financial Solutions in bridge loan lending. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, he is a trustee for the National Eagle Scout Association, International Committee of Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Committee Boy Scouts of America, and is Co-Chair of The Scottish Home, Illinois St. Andrew Society. Clark and his wife Jean have 2 children and 1 grandchild, and in his spare time has an avid interest in History and enjoys baseball and squash.
Lester Fisher has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 2004. Lester is a lifetime Chicagoan, except when he attended Iowa State University for a doctorate in veterinary medicine. As he came back from school in Iowa, he became one of the veterinarians for Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, as well owned his own animal hospital. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, he serves the Lincoln Park Zoo Society and the Anti-Cruelty Society. Lester has 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. His hobbies include African safari’s, nature conservation, and senior learning classes.
Fran Grossman, Admiral Board Member, works with ACCION Chicago on the newly formed Chicago Microlending Institute, a first-in-the-nation program to train new nonprofit lenders to make microloans to Chicago’s smallest businesses as well as to capitalize their microlending loan funds. For more than a dozen years, Grossman was an executive vice president at Urban Partnership Bank, the pioneering community development bank in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood that was formerly known as ShoreBank. Previously she worked for a decade in community development banking at Bank of America. She created, developed and managed the Community Development Banking group and the Bank of America’s Chicago Community Development Corporation. Grossman previously oversaw a neighborhood‐based community development corporation on Chicago’s South Side, taught in Chicago Public Schools and managed an after‐school and summer program in the Ida B. Wells Homes.
Active both nationally and in the community, Grossman serves on the board of directors for the Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), the Community Development Bankers Association and the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders; locally she serves on the boards of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Chicago LISC, Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation, Mercy Housing Lakefront, and South East Chicago Commission. She recently served on a Blue Ribbon Commission addressing critical issues at Chicago Public Schools.
Ms. Grossman holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.
Andrea Hasten, Chairperson
Andrea has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 2001. Andrea is a lifetime Chicagoan, received her Bachelor of Science degree from MacMurry College, and received a MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Chicago Kent College of Law. Andrea is also a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Series 7 securities license. Andrea joined Northern Trust Company in 1988, managing the Tax Division and the Financial Consulting Centers at Northern Trust. Prior to joining Northern Trust, she was Vice President at Rose & Company Investment Brokers, Inc. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, she also is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, Regent at Lincoln Academy of Illinois, Director of the Cuneo Foundation, and Member to the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Andrea and her husband Jim have 3 children, and in her spare time enjoys swimming, reading, and volunteering.
Sean succeeded John Diffey as Kendal’s President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2016. Sean has served as Kendal’s Director for New Business Development since 2008. While at Kendal, Sean has been responsible for leading and managing organizational efforts aimed at fostering new opportunities for growth, while supporting planning and development initiatives for existing Kendal communities. Sean is well-known in the aging services field and has been a frequent speaker around the country, and beyond, on numerous topics. Sean joined Kendal after 11 years with Connecticut-based Retirement Living Services — a development, finance, marketing and operations consultant to senior housing and service providers throughout the United States. In 1992, Sean graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, and in 2014 he completed an Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Laura McKee was invited to join The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors in 2018. Her parents have been residents at the Admiral since 2017. Laura has called Chicago sweet home since 1988, except for two years when she taught math as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic. Laura was previously founding CEO of Autism Home Support Services, a leading provider of services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) throughout the Chicago, Denver and Detroit areas. Laura’s background, including a degree in economics and computer science from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, led to a career in strategy and entrepreneurship. Her professional experience included Booz Allen, McKinsey, Sears, and the McDonald’s system. Laura is passionate about creating communities that bring out the best in people. She has served on the board of Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council of Swarthmore College. She and her husband, Tom Denio, live in the Old Irving Park neighborhood with a charming tuxedo cat named Ray.
George has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 2013. Having been raised on the east coast, George received his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and then went on to Syracuse University to study law and business. George is currently a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels, and concentrated most of his legal practice in finance, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, distressed mergers acquisitions, and has significant experience in the senior housing industry, representing both for-profit and not-for-profit operators. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, he also serves on the Boards of Illinois Mentoring Partnership and Deerfield Academy Alumni Association. George and his wife Stuart have 1 son.
Gus Noble is an Admiral Board Member, in addition to President of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society (CHICAGO SCOTS & Scottish Home). Gus worked for the British Consulate General Chicago for 7 years developing UK-US trade and investment. Gus graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Following 1999’s devolution of government authorities in the United Kingdom, Gus established and operated the first overseas office of the Welsh Assembly Government in Chicago. Gus serves on the Boards of the Admiral at the Lake and the Rotary Club of Chicago (ROTARY ONE), the world’s first Rotary Club. Gus is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance and is a member of the Chicago Council for Global Affairs. Gus’s interests include playing music and golf and Newcastle United Football Club. He and his wife, Aisha, have 2 dogs, Mahalia and Rosetta.
Jordan joined The Admiral at the Lake Board in 2018. He grew up on the North Shore and is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Jordan is Vice President with Juniper Advisory, a Chicago-based firm that assists hospital boards with mergers, acquisitions and other forms of partnerships. He has lived in Ecuador and Chile and currently serves on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committees for the Gus Hart Fellowship and Emerging Leaders Program. Jordan is a Fellow of the British American Project. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village and is the son of an Admiral resident.
Carol Stitzer has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 2004. Carol is a lifetime Chicagoan, and attended Loyola University for college. Carol’s work experience has been in fund raising and development; for such organizations as Center for American Archaeology, Chicago History Museum, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, she serves also for Interfaith House. Carol’s hobbies include: cycling, ceramics, travel, painting, and jewelry making.
Michael Traynor has over 40 years of diverse experience with business and not-for-profit organizations. He first spent 24 years at Harris/Bank/Bank of Montreal, holding executive leadership positions in strategic planning, corporate finance, risk management, credit training and commercial lending. Mike next formed a crisis management/consulting practice that served not-for-profit and small business clients. He took on interim CEO and CFO roles at client firms whenever required. After 12 years in that role, Mike co-founded the Chicago Microlending Institute, sponsored by the City of Chicago. Its mandate was to expand microlending in Chicago, which subsequently expanded to include other U.S. cities. Today Mike offers coaching on education, job and career issues; and on starting and growing business or self-employment opportunities. Mike is a Chicago-area native and active community volunteer.
Fred Wackerle, Admiral resident, was an executive search consultant, specializing in CEO searches, for over 40 years. He is author of “The Right CEO: Straight Talk About Making Tough CEO Selection Decisions.” He is Emeritus Trustee of Monmouth College, Emeritus Board Member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Board Advisor of the Tucson Wildlife Center. Fred has also enjoyed oil painting for the past 20 years with studios in Tucson, Arizona and the Fine Arts Building in Chicago. Fred will serve on the Board of The Old Peoples Home of the City of Chicago.