Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of RELA! Our goal at RELA is to provide unique, relevant, and fun events and learning opportunities to the Chicago real estate lending community. At RELA you can discuss current market conditions and connect with other lenders in an engaging setting where candid conversations are welcomed and encouraged.

We are excited for our 2023-2024 season and are thrilled with our continued strong member turnouts and the continued growth of the Chicago chapter. We appreciate that our members are busy so we strive to put together a full schedule of networking events, walking tours, and educational programming that provide value by featuring current industry trends and the state of the market.

Due to the generosity of our sponsors, membership is very affordable and we are always looking to increase our membership. We encourage you to sign up for an event and check us out!

Catherine Sierakowski

Emily Clark
JP Morgan

Chicago Chapter Co-Presidents, 2023-2024

Sponsor RELA


Chicago Chapter Officers



Catherine Sierakowski, BMO

Emily Clark, JP Morgan

Vice President

Mark Frankel, BMO


Seamus O’Mahoney, Old National Bank

Michael Browne, Citizens Financial Group

Mark Frankel, BMO

David Popp, US Bank

David Starr, East West Bank

Matthew Adams, Citizens Financial Group

Katie Tynan, CIBC

Robert Goeckel, Texas Capital Bank

Kyle Lohbeck, Flag Star

Drew Burlak, Huntington Capital Markets

Gretchen Hart, Old National Bank

Nick Schneider, Fifth Third Bank

Jonathan Brown, JP Morgan Chase

Amanda Milnes, Walton Street Capital

Pat Harrington, HTLF

Tom Morand, Associated

Mike Mattick, Bank of America

Membership Committee

Programming Committee

Sponsorship Committee

Immediate Past President

Chapter Liaison Officer

Kate Marchi, CIBC

Young Members Committee

Communications Committee

Special Events Committee

Educational Panel Committee


Community Affairs Committee

Sponsorship & Finance Committee

Past Presidents

Membership & Communications Committee

Events Committee

Chicago Sponsors