Cook County Assessor and Executive Team

Fritz Kaegi

Prior to beginning his career in Cook County government, Fritz spent more than 20 years valuing assets as a mutual fund portfolio manager and analyst. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Illinois Assessment Officer designations. He is also a member of the IAAO. Fritz was born and raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago and still maintains close ties to the community. He attended Hyde Park’s Kenwood Academy for high school, completed his undergraduate studies at Haverford College, and received his MBA from Stanford University.

Fritz Kaegi
Cook County Assessor
Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the Chief Communications Officer for the CCAO. Prior to this role, he worked in digital strategy for various media brands including Chicago magazine and Time Out Chicago. His background includes social media strategy at marketing agencies and a previous career in social work. In his spare time, he does volunteer work in his South Side neighborhood and hosts a storytelling series called The Frunchroom. Scott is a 2022 fellow of the Civic Leadership Academy.

Scott Smith
Chief of Staff
Tatia Gibbons

Ms. Gibbons oversees the legal department and ensures that the CCAO operates in accordance with state, federal, and local law. Previously, Tatia served as counsel to the Cook County Clerk and as an assistant state’s attorney. While in the Civil Bureau of State’s Attorney’s Office, Ms. Gibbons supervised a group responsible for defending officials in revenue, property, and local government matters. She serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law. Tatia earned her degrees from the University of Illinois and the Ohio State University.

Tatia Gibbons
Chief Legal Officer
Michael Piper

Michael Piper joined the Cook County Assessor’s Office in January of 2020 and is currently serving as the Chief Valuations Officer. Michael has over thirty years as an experienced real estate valuation/mass appraisal professional, including five years as the Chief Assessment Officer for the City of Philadelphia. An IAAO-designated Assessment Administration Specialist (A.A.S.) with expertise in ad valorem property assessment, local government administration, public policy, and policy analysis, Michael is an M.B.A. and a graduate of Temple University.

Michael Piper
Chief Valuations Officer
Jonneida Davis

Prior to beginning her career with the Assessor’s Office, Jonneida Davis worked as the Chief of Hiring Oversight for the City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office for nine years where she monitored city-wide compliance with the City’s Hiring Plans and was instrumental in assisting achieve substantial compliance with the Shakman Accord in 2014. Jonneida earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and BA from Florida State University.

Jonneida Davis
Human Resources Officer
Nicole Jardine

Nicole specializes in public sector data strategy. She leads the development of dashboards, reports, and other data tools to improve the residential model and guide policymaking about property assessments and taxes. Before joining the CCAO she was a scientist. She managed research teams and projects through data collection, statistical modeling, conference presentations, and journal publications at UC Irvine, U. Iowa, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern. She is an IAAO member, and serves on its PTAPP Task Force.

Nicole Jardine, PhD
Chief Data Officer
Angelina Romero

Angelina specializes in digital communications and has led large-scale rebranding projects at the Assessor’s Office. She graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a master’s degree in public administration and earned a digital marketing certificate from DePaul University. Prior to the Cook County Assessor’s Office, she worked for the Los Angeles County Assessor as a Communications-Special Assistant. She is a member of the IAAO, Women in Planning & Development, Campbell Community Garden, and is a Springboard to Success board member. 

Angelina Romero
Chief Communications Officer
David Morrison

David Morrison is the Chief Policy Officer with the CCAO. He manages the government relations unit, liaising with public officials and non-governmental organizations. Before he came to the CCAO he worked for the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, and prior to that, he was a registered lobbyist and non-profit leader for over two decades.

David Morrison
Chief Policy Officer
Nathan Bernacchi

Nathan Bernacchi
Chief Information Officer
Mirella Villafuerte

Mirella Villafuerte
Chief Management Officer
Daniel Snow

Dan is the Director of Data Science and is responsible for creating the CCAO's residential and condominium automated valuation models. He has a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, with a focus on quantitative data analysis and statistics. While in school, Dan was a research assistant at the Center for Spatial Data Science and taught programming at the Harris School. Before that, he worked in the nonprofit world as a data analyst and project manager.

Daniel Snow
Director of Data Science
Christina Lynch

Christina focuses on special properties, FOIA matters, and serves as Ethics Officer. Prior to joining the Assessor’s Office, she served as Ethics Manager and Staff Attorney to the Cook County Clerk. While there, she managed lobbyist registrations, and Electoral Board operations, presided as a Hearing Officer, and administered the Vote by Mail program. She received her B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and her J.D. and Certificate in Criminal Law from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL.
 

Christina Lynch
Director of Legal & Ethics Officer
Nicole L. Chaney

Nicole has dedicated her career to labor, employment, and social justice advocacy throughout Chicagoland on behalf of organized labor, management, and academic interests. She strives toward a human-centric approach in her practice of law.  Nicole earned her juris doctor from UIC Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan where she focused on curriculum in American Culture and Gender, Race, and Ethnicity.  Even though Nicole now lives in Illinois with her partner and kids, she proudly hails from metro-Detroit and visits whenever possible.

Nicole L. Chaney
Director of Labor and Employment
Kelwin Harris

Kelwin is the Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Cook County Assessor’s Office. He held multiple leadership roles in government and community development. Kelwin is a city planner and led engagement for Chicago’s regional plan. Kelwin holds a Bachelor’s in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the Public Policy Committee of the Urban Land Institute Chicago.

Kelwin Harris
Director of Outreach
Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy joined the CCAO in 2018 and is the Director of Budget and Operations. She is an alumna of the University of Chicago, a former journalist, and a South Sider.

Meaghan Murphy
Director of Operations & Budget
Craig Dovel

Craig Dovel is a property tax administration professional who has thirty-nine years of experience managing the annual tax cycle in Illinois. Craig’s role with the Assessor’s Office focuses on ad hoc analysis of various property types and processes. Before serving in his current role, Craig held the office of Chief County Assessment Officer of DuPage County, Illinois.  He earned the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation in 1985, and the International Association of Assessing Officers awarded him the fourth Assessment Administration Specialist designation in 1997. 

Craig Dovel
Director of Special Projects-Valuations
Brian Sibila

Brian Sibila joined the Assessor’s office in late 2020. Prior to the CCAO, Brian spent nearly 20 years working as a commercial real estate professional and has experience in all areas of commercial real estate practice including brokerage, property management, financial analysis, and property valuations. Brian has significant experience working with distressed properties and has served as a court-appointed receiver in foreclosure cases. Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Brian Sibila
Director of Special Projects - Commercial Valuations
Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards specializes in the research for valuation assumptions and models as well as leading efforts to support values set by the Cook County Assessor’s office in appeals. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Amanda has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate valuation and finance, beginning at a mortgage brokerage to her most recent experience as an appraiser in Chicago. Amanda is a member of the Chicago Real Estate Council.

Amanda Edwards
Director of Valuations - Research
Emerlinda Opalski

Emily is a learning and development professional who is committed to life-long learning as well as to sharing knowledge for the growth and betterment of employees and organizations. Emily grew up in Humboldt Park and went to Roberto Clement High School. She earned an MA in communication from DePaul University, where she worked as Director of Compliance and Risk Management for many years, prior to joining the Assessor’s Office as the Director of Learning and Development in March 2022.

Emerlinda Opalski
Director of Learning & Development
Kreg Allison

Kreg Allison is a proven leader with impeccable integrity and a dedicated public servant with a deep understanding of government. Most recently, Kreg Allison served as the Director of Real Estate for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. In the private sector, Kreg Allison was Senior Counsel for Avison Young, a global commercial real estate services firm. Kreg Allison is licensed to practice law in IL and OH. He earned his BA from Vanderbilt University and his JD and MBA from the Ohio State University.
 

Kreg Allison
Director of Data Integrity
Jason Pyle

Jason Pyle has worked for the Cook County Assessor’s Office for more than 20 years. He has held various positions during that time, including Assistant Manager of Taxpayer Services, Manager of the Maywood Branch Office, and Manager of Exemption Processing. In his current role as Director of Investigations, Jason oversees the collection of wrongfully claimed property tax exemptions. The revenue collected by his department is distributed back to the local taxing bodies.

Jason Pyle
Director of Investigations
Elizabeth Oplawski

Elizabeth’s experience is focused on public service. She joined the Assessor’s Office as Director of Compliance after serving in that role for the Sheriff. Her civil litigation and in-house counsel experience for several Attorneys General is diverse. Elizabeth earned her J.D. from UIC Law and her B.A from Loyola University. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Judicial Evaluation Committee. Elizabeth enjoys the diverse food, cultural and natural opportunities of Chicagoland.

Elizabeth Oplawski
Director of Compliance
Raymond Gottner

Raymond Gottner
Director of Residential Valuations
Jennifer Sanchez

Jennifer Sanchez
Director of Communications
Director of Commercial Valuations

Thomas Schemmel
Director of Commercial Valuations
Mildred Terzic

As a dynamic, results-oriented commercial real estate professional, Ms. Terzic has been involved in commercial real estate for over three decades on both a regional and national level. Ms. Terzic is the Director of Special Properties for the Cook County Assessor’s Office and is responsible for the assessment of complex income-producing properties from hotels to mixed-use developments. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at DePaul University and Northwestern University. 

Mildred Terzic
Director of Special Properties - Valuations