The Ravenswood Neighbors Association is an all-volunteer, resident-driven organization that seeks to promote the well-being, safety, vitality, and identity of our community by fostering and encouraging stronger relationships between residents, local businesses, and other neighborhood organizations; sharing news and information throughout our network; and promoting local initiatives and programs.

We represent the neighborhood in Chicago bounded by Lawrence, Ashland, Montrose, and Damen Avenues.

Current Advisory Council Members


Andrew Smerczak-Zorza (President / Greening Committee Chair) 

Andy has been a part of the Ravenswood neighborhood for nearly five years. He is committed to helping neighbors become better connected and spotlighting local businesses and institutions. Andy is the chair of the Greening Committee which has helped numerous neighbors and businesses start Illinois native flower gardens in our parkways and on street corners. He works in executive search with a leading national firm, helping companies find top Human Resources talent.


Alexandra Jamroz (Communications Chair) 

Alexandra is a seven-year volunteer and executive board member for the Ravenswood ArtWalk, with her most recent position as Board President in 2013. She was awarded the 2012 RAW Service and Advocate Award along with Alderman Ameya Pawar. She is a small business owner, designer and metalsmith of Alexandra Jamroz Designs. Alexandra enjoys vintage picking at estate and garage sales, biking around the city, and is an avid vegetable gardener. She has been a Ravenswood resident for 20 years, sharing a home with husband and two cats.

Cassie Brehmer

Cassie Brehmer (Events Chair)

Cassie Brehmer has been a resident of Ravenswood since relocating from New York in 2015. Previously a neighbor of the Montrose corridor, she now calls Lawrence/Hermitage home. Cassie works in the art supply industry as a sales rep and frequently travels around the US, Europe and Asia. She loves coming home to her partner Nathan, her two cats Jack and Algernon, and the jazz musicians at Mariano’s. Because she travels so much for work, she likes to spend her free time locally- checking out galleries, getting gluten free pizza at Spacca Napoli, and grilling veggies from Patyk’s farm at the Ravenswood farmers market. She is very proud of her backyard herb and tomato garden and loves to host dinner parties with lots of cocktails.

Lanie Penaserada-Rivas

Lanie comes as a new board member having participated in community events as one of the administrators of the Ravenswood Free Box Facebook group and a homeowner of her Sunnyside residence since February 2017 that some may have seen featured for Halloween and Freebox events particularly for the Live music from the porch. Originally from the Philippines, she has easily adapted the community spirit of her culture with an eye on engagement with the neighborhood. She lives with her husband, mother-in-law and daughter who attends a neighborhood school. By day she is in property management of a major Michigan avenue business hi-rise focused specifically on tenant services and relations. She loves traveling and enjoyed doing it just by herself when she was single but appreciates it more now with her husband and daughter. She loves cultural destinations such as Paris, London, San Francisco, & Boston with the plan of completing the alphabet for all the countries she gets to visit. Chicago is definitely one of those cities and checked off the list when she came and decided to make it her home. Had she not started her career as a paralegal and executive secretary at the largest law firm in her country, she may have let her green thumb lead her into horticulture at a grander scale but for now happy to settle with her home and the community areas around here. 

Angie Cline

Angie has lived in Ravenswood for four years and owns a Two-flat on Hermitage Avenue.  As a stay-at-home mom with a school aged child, Angie is exploring ways to serve her community.  Prior to moving to Ravenswood, Angie lived in Washington D.C. where she served as a foreign policy adviser for the Department of Defense.  In her spare time, Angie likes to head to the lake with her dog for a run and, when weather permits, swim a few laps in the lake.

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