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Our Foundation

The Admiral at the Lake is a non-profit that has served Chicago and it’s seniors for over 160 years.

The Admiral at the Lake Foundation

Chicago’s Oldest Nonprofit Organization Serving Seniors

Dating back over 160 years, The Admiral at the Lake has maintained a reputation for being a person-centered, values-based community with the highest standards. In 2005 The Admiral at the Lake Foundation was created. The mission of the Foundation is not only to support The Admiral at the Lake residents and staff, but to help support activities that benefit the seniors in our community.

A Gift of Caring

Assisting Chicago’s Seniors

When you give a gift to The Admiral at the Lake, you show your support of a 160 year legacy of caring for Chicago’s seniors. Gifts are used to care for residents and to assist residents who can no longer cover their monthly service fees due to no fault of their own. Gifts enhance our sense of community and assist with daily operations.

Ways of Giving


An outright gift in the form of cash or securities permits an immediate federal income tax deduction. Gifts of long-term appreciated securities may offer additional benefits.

Memorial Gifts

You may wish to make a contribution in honor of someone of significance to you and the community. Perhaps it is a friend, neighbor or someone who has served the community as a board or staff member. All gifts will be acknowledged and

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many corporations match gifts to charitable institutions made by employees; some will match the gifts of employee spouses and retired employees as well. Contact your personnel office for information about your employer’s matching-gift program.

Planned Gifts

These are bequests, gifts made over a period of time, and are structured to meet your specific financial objectives. They offer significant advantages of favorable income, as well as savings on capital gains and estate taxes. Planned gifts allow donors to transfer cash, real estate, or other assets to The Admiral at the Lake.

For more information on giving – please contact us to talk with our Chief Financial Officer.

The Admiral at the Lake Foundation

Board of Directors

Our Foundation board of directors is comprised of residents, civic leaders, and accomplished professionals.

Carol Stitzer

Carol Stitzer has been a member of The Admiral at the Lake Board of Directors since 2004. She is a lifetime Chicagoan, and attended Loyola University for college. Carol’s work experience has been in fundraising and development for such organizations as the Center for American Archaeology, Chicago History Museum, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.  In addition to serving on The Admiral at the Lake Board, she also serves for Interfaith House. Carol’s hobbies include: cycling, ceramics, travel, painting, and jewelry making.

Mike Biver
Vice Chair

Mike has made his career in the nonprofit sector, developing an expertise in the legal requirements, governance, fundraising, and management of nonprofits.  After working in the nonprofit sector for a number of years, Mike received his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Mike’s interests revolve around food and farming reform.

Jordan Shields

Jordan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, and he is a Managing Director with Juniper Advisory, a Chicago-based firm that assists hospital boards with mergers, acquisitions and other forms of partnerships. He serves on the Board of the House Theatre of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committees for the Gus Hart Fellowship and Emerging Leaders Program.

Sarah Shirk

Sarah Shirk earned an MPH with a concentration in gerontology from UIC’s School of Public Health and a BA from Swarthmore College. Her career has focused on health outcomes in the medical rehabilitation sector and academic research in the public health sector. Sarah has collaborated professionally with Kendal affiliates since her early career while working in community outreach at the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a member of Oak Park Friends and active in regional Quaker communities. For hobbies, Sarah enjoys singing in the Chicago Community Chorus and is training to compete in national Masters Track & Field Competitions.

Clark Fetridge
Board Member

Clark is a lifetime Illinoisan, except when he attended the Carroll 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.  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.

Andrea Hasten
Board Member

Andrea 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 managed the Tax Division and the Financial Consulting Centers at Northern Trust and was Vice President at Rose & Company Investment Brokers. She 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.

Michael Traynor
Board Member

Michael Traynor has over 40 years of diverse experience with business and not-for-profit organizations. He spent 24 years at Harris/Bank/Bank of Montreal, holding executive positions in strategic planning, corporate finance, risk management, credit training and commercial lending. Mike formed a crisis management/consulting practice that served not-for-profit and small business clients and co-founded the Chicago Microlending Institute. Its mandate was to expand microlending in Chicago and expanded to include other U.S. cities.

Fran Grossman
Board Member

Fran Grossman works with ACCION Chicago on the Chicago Microlending Institute. Active both nationally and in the community, she 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 holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

Wally Verdooren
Board Member

Wally Verdooren has devoted his entire professional career to the nonprofit sector, primarily in the areas of development and external relations for a variety of higher education, healthcare, and human services institutions.  He also has many years of experience as a board member and volunteer leader with several organizations offering arts, education, faith-based, and justice related programming to local communities.  Wally earned his BA from Augustana College in Illinois, MA in religion from Yale University, and MA in English/creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  When not at work, Wally enjoys playing tennis and riding his bike through neighborhoods and paths in the South Suburbs where he lives.


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