District 67 Candidates

The Caucus endorses the following candidates for the four seats up for election in 2021. Learn more about the school board election April 6th.

Emily Bernahl

Emily Bernahl is currently seeking a Board 67 position. Professionally, she is the Owner of Bernahl Development Services, LLC. In this position, she provides a variety of land development services to residential/commercial/retail clients including but not limited administrative support, municipal research and project management services to aide architects/engineers/developers with site development and municipal approvals/permits.

Emily graduated from the Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, she started her career in Real Estate, where she has worked in both residential and commercial real estate for over 20 years. Over the course of her career, she has consistently demonstrated leadership as a Development Manager with the successful construction of over 275 restaurant projects nationwide. Her development portfolio includes but is not limited to big box stores, grocery stores, banks, senior living facilities and retail developments throughout the Midwest. Emily’s primary responsibilities as a land development consultant includes coordinating, directing and organizing architects, civil engineers, site planners, landscape architects, surveyors, traffic engineers, and geotechnical engineers in order to successfully maintain the project schedule and budget for her clients. Emily’s past experience includes paralegal capacities through lease/contracts administration with a large REIT and other commercial real estate consultants.

Emily is a member of the International Society of Female Professionals, ICSC, American Association of Planners and has been named to the Leadership Council for the SBA and lives with her family here in Lake Forest.

Learn more about Emily on the Lake Forest Illinois Podcast hosted by Caucus Committee member Pete Jansons (25 mins).

Anne Geraghty Helms

Annie Geraghty Helms is a resident of Lake Forest. She and her husband have two children who attend District 67 schools. As Director and Counsel for US Pro Bono Programs at a global law firm, she helps lead the firm’s pro bono program in the United States. Annie’s practice often involves representing children and families, including in juvenile justice and immigration proceedings, and advising parents as they navigate issues that impact their children, such as child support, domestic violence, guardianship and housing.

Annie serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, as well as on the boards of the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Georgetown Law Chicago Alumni Council. She is a member of the 2012 class of Leadership Greater Chicago and in 2017 was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago.

Learn more about Anne on the Lake Forest Illinois Podcast hosted by Caucus Committee member Pete Jansons (11 mins).

Carl Kirar

Carl Kirar is currently serving as a District 67 board member. Professionally, he is the Director of Facilities and Construction Services for Lake County government. In this position, he provides strategic, administrative and technical oversight of the County’s facilities maintenance and management, capital construction, and long-term capital planning processes. He leads a talented team of 56 dedicated professionals committed to providing quality services to Lake County and its residents.

Carl graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he entered the US Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer where he served over 21 years. Over the course of his naval career, he served around the world and demonstrated servant leadership in the management and organizational governance as a Senior Program Manager at the Pentagon, an Assistant Director of Operations and Engineering in Washington, DC, and, most recently, as the Director of Public Works and Infrastructure at Naval Station Great Lakes right here in Lake County.

Carl is a veteran, holds multiple master’s degrees in engineering and business administration, is a certified professional engineer, and lives with his family here in Lake Forest.

Learn more about Carl on the Lake Forest Illinois Podcast hosted by Caucus Committee member Pete Jansons (23 mins).

Alice LeVert

Alice LeVert is a 27-year resident of Lake Forest. She and her husband have two sons, both of which graduated from Lake Forest Schools. Alice has two bachelor’s degrees from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and an Executive MBA from The University of Notre Dame.  Alice is a Senior Client Executive for Verizon in their Media, Entertainment, Technology & Strategic Accounts group.

As a current District 67 board member, Alice has been on the Education Committee, Policy Committee, and Finance & Operations Committee and currently serves as the Board Secretary and Legislative Liaison.

Alice will continue to work toward the mission, vision and milestones for District 67 and looks forward to serving for another term.

Learn more about Alice on the Lake Forest Illinois Podcast hosted by Caucus Committee member Pete Jansons (14 mins).

Vetted. Proven. Exceptional.

The Lake Forest Caucus Committee is proud to support these candidates and the Student Success 2021 campaign.

Student Success 2021 is dedicated to the best interests of all stakeholders. No hidden agendas, no partisanship.

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