Erin Payton, Executive Director

Erin has worked in the non-profit world for more than a decade at organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and the Chicago International Film Festival. Most recently she was the Membership Director at the McCormick YMCA in Chicago.

When she is not serving her community, Erin can be found acting, improvising and storytelling around the Chicagoland area and spending time with her husband Roger and their two children, who make her laugh every day.

John "Woody" Linton, Sales Manager

John “Woody” Linton started cooking at the age of 14 in his hometown of Kenosha, WI. Upon graduation, he sought out Hyde Park to attend the Culinary Institute of America. His first landing was in Scottsdale, AZ, working at the award-winning restaurant Vu with Chef William Bradley. Following this milestone, John helped open The Alto Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale. John has also worked at Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee, the Bohemian Grove in Northern California, and seasonally at the Talon Lodge in Sitka, AK, as their Executive Chef.

Most recently he was the Executive chef of Hearth restaurant in Evanston (where he remains as a consultant). He helps out Venge Vineyards in Calistoga, CA, and is the Executive Chef for Oak Park Banquets at the Nineteenth Century.

Ryan McClory, Event Manager 

Ryan McClory brings over 20 years of food and beverage experience and knowledge to the 19th Century.  Ryan’s background in the industry include fine dining restaurant management, boutique hotel banquet captain, and private event and catering management. 

Ryan’s commitment and desire to provide the ultimate guest experience is marked through his attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills, spectacular customer service, and his overall caring and genuine attitude. 

Ryan resides in the Oak Park area with his husband and two dogs. He’s a die hard Cubs fan and enjoys gardening in his yard and golfing in his free time.

Andrea Erguven, Event and Office Assistant

Andrea received her Bachelors degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a concentration in Meeting and Event Management from the Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapid, MI. She has worked in many aspects of the hospitality industry combining professional and internship experience in event planning and coordination at two event venues, a florist shop as well as working as an event planner. 

She currently live in Lombard and when she is not working she enjoys spending time with her four dogs and traveling to new and exciting destinations. 

Karina Breezer, Office Assistant

Karina Breezer has been with the Nineteenth Charitable Association for almost three years. She lives in the area with her daughter Adison. Currently she is finishing up her Master's Program at Concordia University where she studies Clinical Mental Health.