Chris Benes – President

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Chris has lived in Lake Forest since 2011 with his wife Krista with whom he has two young sons, Gus (9) and Gabriel (5).  He was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with a B.S. in Computer Science.  He served on the Purdue College of Science Alumni Board for a number of years, one term as President.  He has volunteered with Catholic Charities and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Illinois.

Chris spent 17 years in real-time embedded systems engineering in various development and management and leadership positions at telecommunication and professional audio companies including Tellabs, Motorola, and Shure.  He started, built, and ran an online virtual training business for 6 years.  He is currently Vice President of Software Engineering at DFIN where he is responsible for the Global Site Reliability Engineering of DFIN’s software products that provide compliance and regulatory solutions for capital markets IPO and M&A transactions and SEC filings.  He enjoys serving the residents of Lake Forest as a Caucus Committee member.

Joe Oriti – Vice President

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Joe, his wife Courtney, and 4 children living in Lake Forest since 2015, looks forward to educating them all through Lake Forest’s renowned public school system (districts 67 and 115) and participating in the many programs our community offers.

Joe has nearly 20 years of experience advising corporate clients in strategy, operations, and finance.

Joe is honored to offer his time, skills, and experience in an effort to maintain and improve the many wonderful programs, institutions, and benefits that are available for Lake Forest residents.

Dale B. Tauke – Secretary

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Dale is a musician and now-retired attorney with over four decades of legal experience. His legal practice ranged widely in areas of corporate law, including finance, securities, M&A and energy contracting.  He and his wife of 40 years, Mary K. Stull (a retired healthcare industry executive) have lived in Lake Forest for nearly 36 years.  All five of his non-grown children attended Cherokee School, Deer Path Middle School and Lake Forest High School.

Dale most recently served for six years as a member and Chairman of the City of Lake Forest Legal Committee. Dale also served as a citizen representative on the Finance and Operations Subcommittee of the Lake Forest District 115 Board of Education.  He has been very active with the Boy Scouts of America.  His two sons are Eagle Scouts from Troop 46, and he mentored many others to Eagle Scout as well.  He was an AYSO girls’ team soccer coach.  He looks forward to continuing his service back to the city with the Caucus.

He received a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.B.A. Degree with Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Fred Brewer – Treasurer

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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.

S. Aneeqa Aqeel – External Communications

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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

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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.

Cindy Davidson – Fundraising

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Cindy Davidson moved to Lake Forest in 2012. A graduate of Purdue University, Cindy is the Vice President of Human Resources at Symmetry Surgical. With a strong career in sales, sales operations, training, and human resources, she hopes to ensure we have a strong and active Caucus Committee. When she’s not working, Cindy enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her grandkids. As a 10-year resident of Lake Forest, Cindy feels privileged to be part of the community.