S. Aneeqa Aqeel – External Communications

Dr. S. Aneeqa Aqeel is an economist and member of the American Economic Association. Aneeqa grew up in Islamabad and Copenhagen. She has a B.A. Hons. in Economics & Management, and an M.Phil. in Economics from University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her research and interests include macroeconomics, housing, emerging market macroeconomics, and cryptocurrency. As an educator, she has served as Assistant Professor of Economics at Lake Forest College, and a guest lecturer at Loyola University Chicago and multiple economic associations.

Aneeqa has lived in Lake Forest with her family for 11 years and loves the serenity and beauty of this city. An active member of the community, she has served as a Board Member of the Lake Forest Symphony, and as a parent volunteer at Lake Forest Country Day School for several years. Aneeqa is excited to serve as the External Communications chair and continue to participate in the life and progress of Lake Forest.

Steve Ratay – Internal Communications

Steve Ratay moved to Lake Forest in the fall of 2018. My wife Emily and I were married in Chicago in 2007 and have two wonderful children: Ian and Annie. I work as a software engineering director for seViin, a technology startup focused on the hospitality industry. I am interested in joining the Lake Forest Caucus Committee to help the city continue to provide a great place to call home and learn more about how the city operates.

Phil Arouca – Ward 2 Chair

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Philip and his wife Kari have lived in Lake Forest since 2015 along with their two children.  In his professional life Philip oversees sales in northern Illinois for E-Z-GO, a subsidiary of Textron Specialized Vehicles.  Philip has worked in the hospitality and or automotive industries for almost 10 years and pursued his dream of playing golf on the PGA Tour after a successful career in college, where he graduated from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) in 2008.

Philip is excited to volunteer his time for the Lake Forest Caucus and looks forward to continuing his service to the community his family now calls home.

Regina Etherton – Ward 4 Chair

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Regina and her husband William have been living in Lake Forest for the past 21 years where they raised their daughter, Victoria. Regina is currently the Owner/Director of Regina P. Etherton & Associates, LLC., a boutique law firm that specializes in prosecuting Wrongful Death and Personal Injury cases on behalf of significantly injured plaintiffs. Regina has also served as the Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service since 2015, on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Managers since 2008, and on several other Boards. Regina has been practicing law for more than three decades and has achieved many noteworthy settlements and verdicts.

Regina received her JD from Loyola University Law School, Chicago, and her undergraduate BA degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, where she graduated with honors (Cum Laude) with an additional teaching certificate. Through the years, Regina has been an active participant in the schools that her daughter attended and enjoys the wonderful activities/clubs and amenities available in Lake Forest. Regina is excited about being able to give back to the Lake Forest Community that has been a wonderful place for her family to live for more than two decades.

Michael Alonzi

From growing up in Deerfield to moving my family to Lake Forest in 2001, home, is indeed about where the heart is. It is not about “politics” and the current “XYZ cultures”. It is about neighbors, family and what is best for the next generation. It is not about a dictate but about a understanding, consensus and taking part. My career has spanned from Broadway to the Board Room. Through it all home, family and community was the one constant that has kept me grounded.

My goal for the potentials of working with my community is to give back to my neighbors, friends and family for the opportunities to live in a community where family and friendships are the focus and not the lever.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson serves as President of James Anderson Company, Engineers, Forest Builders, and Forest Plumbing. He is a lifelong fifth generation resident of Lake Forest and an alum of LFHS and the University of Mississippi with a BS in Civil Engineering. Scott provides advice and oversight for many public infrastructure projects as well as commercial and residential development projects. Scott is or has served as the Village Engineer for the Village of Mettawa, the Village of Vernon Hills, the Village of Old Mill Creek, and several drainage districts. Scott was elected Highway Commissioner twice for Shields Township, before the position was eliminated.

James “Jim” Bernahl

James Bernahl is the Director of Engineering and the Village Engineer for the Village of Winnetka. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois. James and his wife moved to Lake Forest in 2016 with their two children. He is a decorated Army Veteran who served in the Gulf War as a Combat Engineer. In his free time he volunteers at the Lake Forest Park District, and hopes to lend his skills to improve the community.

Fred Brewer

Fred Brewer is a Lake Forest resident and lives with his wife Leslie and their two young children.  Fred moved to Chicago shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with an English degree.  After working at an advertising agency, he started his own full-service agency where he helps companies grow their businesses. Fred enjoys the outdoors, traveling, staying active, along with spending time with family.  Fred fell in love with the architecture and beauty of Lake Forest since first arriving and would now like to continue maintaining its success and uniqueness by giving time to the community.

Viktor Brisku

Viktor Brisku, his wife Adriana, and their two boys moved to Lake Forest in 2017. The Brisku family selected Lake Forest as the ideal place to raise their family.

Viktor grew up in the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois-Chicago and holds degrees in BS Biology and BA Psychology. He has over 20 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, and management.

He volunteers in various cultural and community organizations and joined the caucus to contribute what he can to help his neighbors and community.

Erik Carrier

Erik is a Lake Forest native who returned in 2020 with his wife, Brittany, to raise their two children. After graduating from Lake Forest High School, Erik attended the University of Iowa double-majoring in Business and English. After college, Erik enjoyed a career in commodities trading and construction materials sales before starting a property management and general contracting business in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Erik currently manages a large portfolio of small-to-midsized condominium associations and residential multifamily investments on the northside of Chicago.
In his free time, Erik enjoys playing floor shuffleboard, attending local concerts, biking through Middlefork Savana and working in his garden.
It is an honor to serve the community through the Lake Forest Caucus.