Mary Byrne Galea

Mary and her family have lived on the North Shore since 2016 and moved to Lake Forest in 2021. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s of Natural Resources. Mary has experience working with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private industry. While living in Washington, D.C. Mary worked for the U.S. National Arboretum and at the Bureau of Land Management. She has managed restoration projects on a variety of degraded landscapes across the country, often bringing together disparate stakeholder groups. In her free time, Mary likes walking her dog, cross-country skiing, and enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Forest. Mary is looking forward to serving this remarkable community.

Armando Guzman

Born in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, Armando Guzman grew up in Little Village on the West side of Chicago and attended Westminster College on a Soccer Scholarship. He earned a dual degree B.A. in International Studies and B.A.in Spanish.

Armando and his wife, Maggie along with daughters, Isabella and Hailey absolutely love traveling the world, a passion ignited by Armando’s Junior year at Saint Louis University-Madrid, Spain.

Armando has been a Risk Advisor for 26 years as an Agent for State Farm Insurance. When not in the office, you can usually find Armando literally tearing up the Deerpath Golf Course. As a four-year resident of Lake Forest, Armando looks forward to learning from current caucus members on ways to make our wonderful community even better.

Stephanie Hadjis

Stephanie Hadjis earned her B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University and her M.A. in English Literature and J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After beginning her career in academia, she has been practicing civil litigation for nearly 15 years. She and her husband, Theodore, have lived in Lake Forest since 2015 and are the parents of one son. She is Associate General Counsel at Health Care Service Corporation, the parent company of a number of Blue Cross plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Stephanie is excited for the opportunity to serve such a remarkable city.

Zachary Jacobs

Zach, an attorney, and his wife and two children are thrilled to have made Lake Forest their home.  He has seen how lucky he is to be in a place with such a sense of community. He looks forward to contributing to the community and to be a part of building what will be here for our children, friends, and neighbors.  Zach holds a BS in History from the University of South Dakota and a J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law.

Nathan Kelly

Prior to starting CVJ, Nate spent 13 years in capital markets, most recently at JPMorgan.  In this capacity, Nate advised companies on how best to use complex structured products and derivatives to meet their strategic objectives.  Nate worked with a diverse group of industries and across a broad spectrum of capital arrangements, including transactions related to mergers & acquisitions, project financing, real estate financing, bond issuance, syndications, private placements, and asset based lending.  In total, Nate executed more than $25b of these transactions.  Prior to JPMorgan, Nate was in consulting, and also spent time at 2 start-up companies, one of which raised $120mm in VC funding.

Nate holds a BS in finance and international business, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, and an MBA, with concentrations in Strategy and Finance, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Joanna Marshall

Joanna Marshall was born and raised in Lake Forest. She attended college at Northwestern University where she graduated with a degree in Economics. Joanna has a seasoned executive career in the food service packaging industry where she has held executive leadership positions including most recently as Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Berry Global. She and her husband, Patrick, returned to Lake Forest in 2013 to raise their four children. She is grateful for all Lake Forest has to offer and seeks to help serve the community as needed.

Rives Morris

Rives Morris was born and raised in Lake Forest and attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado. During high school and college he worked in Lake Forest’s City Public Works Department. After graduating from Regis, he moved to Chicago to start his career at CDW, which has continued in sales and marketing for Business Intelligence software companies. This has expanded to include Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytic software. Rives’ wife is a teacher in the Lake Bluff school system and they have two children, one attends Everett Elementary School, and the other is in the Pre-Kindergarten program at The Winter Club.

Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy manages Media and Marketing Technology for CVS Health.  He and his wife have lived in Ward 2 since 2015, along with their two daughters.  Steve is a long-time volunteer, coach, lobbyist, and mentor.  A St. Louis native and University of Missouri graduate, he first came to the Greater Chicago Area to work in Marketing and Banking with Discover Card, Allstate and TransUnion.  Steve enjoys “Dad-related” activities such as watching sports and grilling. He filled a short term position on the Caucus in 2021 and is looking to continue serving on the Caucus again.

Kent Novit

Kent Elliott Novit moved to Lake Forest in 1990 with his wife Nancy and two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline.  He attended the University of Wisconsin and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.  Kent received his Juris Doctor form John Marshall Law School in 1984.  In 1990 Kent founded the law firm of Novit & Novit LLC.  Kent has been an active member of the Lake Forest Community.  He has been involved in Lake Forest government since 2000.  He served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 5 years before serving as the 1st ward Alderman for six years.  In addition he served on the Lake Forest School District 67 School Board from 2015 to 2019.  Kent looks forward to serving Ward 1 and all Lake Forest residents through his participation on the Caucus Committee.

Tim O’Donnell

Tim, his wife Ashley, and their twin boys moved from Chicago to Lake Forest in 2016. Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Masters of Science from The American College. Having grown up in the northern suburbs, Tim well understands the impact a close-knit community can have on a family and looks forward to helping Lake Forest continue to improve upon its already stellar reputation.

Tim spent the last 10 years working as one of the original members of a software startup based out of the northern suburbs. Tim was the VP of Sales/Partnerships where he utilized his passion for relationship building. The company was successfully sold to one of the largest RCM technology companies in the US. When he is not spending time with his family, you will find Tim training for his next Ironman Triathlon.