Jim Preschlack – Alderman Ward 3

Jim Preschlack took office May 2018 as Third Ward Alderman. He first came to the community with his family in 1977 and has called Lake Forest home base ever since.  Jim received a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and an MBA from the University of Rochester.  In 1998, Jim moved back to Lake Forest and married his wife Paula Lillard Preschlack, who also grew up in town.  They currently reside in the Knollwood Club with their two teenagers, Stanley and Lillard, and their standard poodle, Louis.

Jim worked as a management consultant before and after business school with Accenture, Arthur D. Little and KPMG Consulting, where he specialized in helping companies define and implement large scale transformational change programs.  In 2016, Jim co-founded InFlow Partners, a boutique business accelerator based in Lake Forest that helps early stage companies develop “go-to market” strategies, acquire new customers, and raise capital to scale their businesses.

Jim has been active in the community, volunteering for the Lake Forest Caucus, the Historic Preservation Commission as a member and as its Chairman, the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Beacon Academy, a Montessori High School in Evanston.  Jim serves on the Property and Public Lands Committee and the Planning and Preservation Committee.

 

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Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth (Bobbie) Brown and her husband Nick Bothfeld have lived in Lake Forest since 1995; she grew up here as well. They have two grown children. She is a physician who works in medical technology consulting for companies involved with medical devices (pace makers, hip implants). She is also a writer who earned her MFA at the Vermont School of Fine Arts, and has a blog site www.fanagrams.com enjoyed by thousands with timely and amusing articles.

Bobbie is active in the community with the Bell Choir at the Lake Forest Presbyterian Church. She is an avid paddle tennis player as well. Bobbie graduated from University of California – Berkeley and received her MD from University of Illinois.

Caitlin Collins

Caitlin is a native Lake Forester, coming from a Legacy Family which has been Lake Forest residents dating back to 1906. After graduating from DePaul University with a BA in Art History, Fine Arts and Photography, Caitlin established her photography company, C. Saville Photography.

She and her husband, Brendan, moved from Chicago up to the First Ward in 2012. Since moving, Caitlin, has become very active in the community. She believes it is important to be involved and have a voice to make it the best place to live and raise a family. Caitlin is the Secretary of the Alumni Board at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. She is a member and great supporter of the LF/LB Chamber of Commerce. She is the Secretary of the Colonial Dames of Illinois as well as the Town & Country Art Club. She is also very active in the LBLF New Comers Group, Art from the Heart North Shore, and is on the Board of the LF/LB Young Professionals Group. Caitlin is thrilled to be serving this wonderful town and community.

Brian Driscoll

Brian and his wife Laura have been Lake Forest residents since 2011 and have lived in the Chicago area for over 15 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelors degree in Economics, and has held positions of increasing responsibility for a variety of industry leading financial service institutions over the last twenty years.  Brian appreciates the natural beauty of Lake Forest and particularly enjoys taking his nieces on adventures around town, including the Lake Forest Beach and the Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm. He has been continually impressed with the quality of services provided by the City and would like to contribute his time to ensure all residents continue to enjoy a high level level of service and responsiveness from their community leaders.

Kim Shortsle

Kim has lived her entire life in Lake Forest and is a realtor with Coldwell Banker. After attending University of Michigan, Kim worked at Leo Burnett on marketing campaigns for Philip Morris, Disney and many top clients. Kim also attended Harrington College of Interior Design.

Kim serves as Vice President of Lake Forest Country Day School’s Parent Association, where her three boys attend, and has also co-chaired their auction. She loves yoga and is on the board of the Luster Learning Institute, an organization that trains teachers to create a calm classroom through yoga and breathing techniques. In addition, she is a member of the Infant Welfare Society of Lake Forest.

Maureen Anger

Maureen, her husband Peter and their 2 children have lived in Lake Forest for over 9 years.  School and Scout volunteering has been a big part of lives over this time.  Maureen has a BSN in nursing and spent over 18 years with Abbott Laboratories in various positions: marketing manager to divisional sales manager.  Currently, she has a part-time school nurse position in a local school.  We believe community involvement is the key to ensuring Lake Forest remains an incredible community to live and raise children.

Bryan Bertola

Bryan grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and came to the area to attend Lake Forest College where he played on the Forester Men’s Basketball team, received a BA in Physics and Mathematics, and met his wife Michele who is an administrator at Warren Township High School.  Bryan then attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he received his Masters of Architecture.  Bryan and his wife moved to Lake Forest in 2005 and his Architecture firm, Midwest Architecture Studio, is located in Market Square.  They have a son Bo who attends Sheridan Elementary.  Bryan volunteers his time coaching various sports programs and helping at their church.  He is excited for the opportunity to serve the community that has been so instrumental in shaping the life that he and his family are so thankful for.

Richard Brandel

Rich and his wife Liz, along with their two sons, have been Lake Forest Ward 1 residents since 2008. Rich earned his BS Degree in Business from Northern Illinois University and his MBA in Finance from DePaul University. He is also a proud graduate of the Lake Forest citizen’s police academy. For four years he served Lake Forest Boy Scout Troop 46 in the capacities of Treasurer and Fundraising Chair.  Rich supports many local causes and enjoys working with everyone on the Caucus team.