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.

Kris Newman

Kris, along with her husband, Bobby, and their canine companion, Belle, moved to LF in 2015. They have raised two sons; one resides in Ann Arbor, MI, and the other lives in Chicago. Kris graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.S. degree in Education. She has over twenty- five years of teaching experience. She enjoys reading, nature, sports, and traveling. Living in the city of LF is a pleasure, and Kris looks forward to community endeavors that will benefit its residents.

Joe Oriti

Joe moved to Lake Forest from Chicago in 2015 with his wife Courtney and newborn son Massimo (2015). Since then, Courtney and Joe welcomed three daughters – Lucia (2016), Liliana (2018), and Marcella (2020) all born at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. We look 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 earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University, with a major in Finance and minors in Accounting and International Business. He is FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licensed, holds the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA) Certification in Distressed Business Valuation, and is a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor.

Joe is a Director with Riveron Consulting and has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate restructuring advisory and management consulting advising clients on matters relating to strategy, operations, and finance. He has held Healthcare Administration positions such as Chief Restructuring Officer and interim C-Suite level positions (President, CFO, COO, etc.) for community hospitals.

Joe loves all things baseball and is fortunate to still play in MSBL leagues. He’s a terrible golfer but enjoys it immensely and plays as often as his wife allows. He also is a PADI certified scuba diver preferring warm water and logging the sea life he encounters. Joe has volunteered to coach Tee ball in both Lake Forest and Lake Bluff as well as AYSO soccer.

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.

Michelle Parnell

I have lived and worked in Lake Forest for the past 20 years and love being a part of this vibrant community. My husband and I enjoy all Lake Forest has to offer, from the special events in and around town, the wonderful community facilities, and delightful people, to the location – we have a great beach, amazing green space, and are close to the city, so it’s the best of all worlds! I currently sit on several boards, and enjoy travel, golf, and design in my spare time.

Garth Pearson

Garth Pearson and his wife, Kristin, moved to Lake Forest in 2017 after 21 years in Lake Bluff.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, he graduated from the University of Puget Sound earning degrees in Math, Computer Science, and Information Systems. He first came to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. After several years in Boston, Garth and Kristin returned to Chicago living in the city for a couple of years before moving to Lake Bluff where they raised three children who all graduated from Lake Forest High School.

After enjoying all the benefits of the Lake Forest area, he looks forward to giving back to the community and helping ensure Lake Forest remains a vibrant community.

Mary Presberg

Mary Presberg grew up in Northfield, IL and lovingly considers Lake Forest home (for over 15 years). She is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, in their Financial Services Advisory practice and believes in giving back. Mary is an avid volunteer for the local “Highlighters Club” for moms and daughters of the St. Mary’s and Deerpath middle schools, to offer talks on important topics for girls, such as virtues, integrity, true friendship, and self-esteem from within. She also volunteers on Lake County Catholic Charities Board and for Midtown Educational Foundation.

Steve Ratay

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, a second grader at Sheridan, and Annie, who is 4. I work as a software engineering director for accesso, a small technology company focused on the entertainment and 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.

Peggy Siebert

Peggy and her husband Eric moved to Lake Forest in 1989 with two children attending St. Mary’s and Lake Forest High School. Peggy was raised in Green Bay, graduated from Ripon College, and worked at Northern Trust in Chicago. At the Junior League, she started and chaired a committee that assisted women in residential treatment centers, and started another women’s treatment program Libertyville. Peggy also worked at Williams Sonoma teaching cooking classes. Peggy and Eric are now grandparents and their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter reside in Lake Forest. Peggy looks forward to giving back to the community that she loves.

Jake Weisser

John (Jake) Weisser is the Vice President of Insurance Services at U.S. Financial, Ltd., located in Des Plaines. John provides insurance-based solutions to his clients financial planning challenges, focusing on Long Term Care Insurance, Life Insurance, Disability and Annuity products.

John was raised in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and is a 2004 Graduate of Marquette University’s College of Communication. John, his wife Agatha, and their two sons moved to Lake Forest in 2017 because it is the ideal place to raise their family.

He is a member of several philanthropic organizations and looks forward to serving his community in Lake Forest by participating in the Caucus Committee.