Yvonne Derrig Bruce – Ward 1 Chair

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Yvonne Derrig Bruce is a graduate of NUIG, Ireland and worked in healthcare for many years before dedicating time to raise four children. She has successfully chaired the last four Women of Concern fundraisers for Concern Worldwide in Chicago. She sits on the Northwestern Hospital Womens Board, The Allendale Childrens Home Board and the advisory council at Tabor Academy in MA. She is currently a member of the Jr. Garden Club. Tennis and Paddle helps keep her sane over the long winter months.

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.

Lisa Engel

Lisa Engel has been a resident of Lake Forest since 2018. She lives with her husband and four sons, three of whom currently attend DPM and Sheridan.  Their youngest son was born with a congenital heart disorder and the family has become passionate about educating others about CHD awareness.  Lisa works as a middle school assistant principal and has previously worked as a school counselor and middle school teacher. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in School Leadership.  Her family loves downtown Lake Forest, the beach, and is lucky to have found wonderful friends and neighbors. 

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.

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.

Monica Kreymer

Monica Kreymer an Oklahoma transplant that has moved to Lake Forest to join her husband, who
is a lifelong Lake Forest resident. Monica is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Monica works in the public sector as a prosecutor, focusing on consumer fraud. While in law school,
Monica also had the opportunity to work as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on
Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment
and Public Works.

Monica is conversationally fluent in Arabic, enjoys eating at the Lantern, running, cycling, kayaking
and spending time with her cats. During football season, she especially enjoys cheering on the
football team of her alma mater, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

While I am a recent Lake Forest resident, I have come to love this community and my neighbors
and look forward to giving back in any way I can.

Rob Low

Rob Low grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2001, Rob, his wife and two children moved to Lake Forest. A Graduate of Southern Illinois University, Rob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management and is currently employed by United Air Lines. Rob says “It is a great honor to serve Lake Forest as a member of the Lake Forest Caucus Committee”.

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.

Janet White

Janet and her family have enjoyed living in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff for the past 28 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with her own private practice concentrating in child and adolescence and teaches doctoral students at National Louis University. Raising five children kept her busy with Cub Scouts (three of four sons attained Eagle Scout status and the fourth is nearly there), the Grants Committee of LDA, the School of St. Mary Parent Club, Open Lands, and Catholic Charities. With only two children still at home, she is looking for new ways to contribute to the community.