Melanie Rummel – Ward 2

Melanie K. Rummel, a lifelong resident of Lake Forest, was educated in Lake Forest’s public schools, graduated from Northwestern University with a BA and Loyola University College of Law with her JD with distinction. She has practiced law for 38 years and currently practices with the Lake Forest law firm of Lesser, Lutrey, Pasquesi & Howe. She has lectured and authored chapters in professional publications, was recently an adjunct professor of law and is immediate past President of the Lake County Bar Foundation.

Melanie and her husband Mike, a former Mayor of Lake Forest, have a son and daughter. Both of their children attended the School of St. Mary, the Lake Forest public schools and graduated from Lake Forest High School. She has been a tireless volunteer for the community serving as Chairman of the Board of Lake Forest Open Lands Association, President of the Lake Forest School Board-District 67, President of the Women’s Board of Catholic Charities for Lake Forest, Vice President of the LF-LB League of Women Voters, and as an active member of the Gorton Community Center Board, the Ragdale Women’s Board, and the Lake Forest YWCA. She also served on the City’s Cable Commission, its Strategic Planning Committee and its Sustainability Committee. She was President of the Weinberg College of Arts and Science Alumni Board at Northwestern and President of her sorority’s local alumni chapter.

As President of the LF-LB Volunteer Bureau, Melanie, alongside many dedicated mothers and fathers, was responsible for the founding of the Lake Forest Children’s Drop-In Center at Gorton, a factor which contributed to her being recognized by North Shore magazine as one of the top volunteers on the North Shore. Melanie chairs the City’s Environmental Sustainability Committee and and is liaison to the Legal Services Committee and Senior Resources Commission.


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A Message from the Caucus President

The quality of life we enjoy in Lake Forest owes much to the collective great resolve of its volunteer leaders, working collaboratively with City Staff, to make this city special. Not only does this help in keeping our taxes low, it brings us together as a community. Each year, new volunteers are needed to serve in leadership positions such as Mayor, Alderman, School Board, and various other Boards and Commissions.

In its 86th year, the entirely volunteer and non-partisan Lake Forest Caucus Committee continues its commitment to identify, interview, vet, and nominate candidates for these volunteer positions. Folks who serve on the Caucus Committee are residents who are elected to a three-year term. Our neighbors, friends, and community leaders.

Volunteerism has long been the lifeblood of our community. Now, more than ever, our community needs people to step forward with no agenda, ready to serve. There are many opportunities to learn more – an Open Call meeting is scheduled for October 13, 2020 and our Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2020. You can reach out to your Ward Chair or we invite you to fill out a Volunteer Profile Sheet and tell us why you, or someone you know, would be suited to serve on City Council, School Board, or the 20 other Boards, Commissions, and Committees. If you are unable to volunteer but would like to support the Caucus, we appreciate donations of any value to support non-partisan, representative local government.

We are Volunteers Seeking Volunteers. Thank you for your continued support!

In service,
Mike Adams
President, 2020-2021 Lake Forest Caucus

Kim Pfahl – President

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Kimberly and her husband Andrew have been living in Lake Forest for the past 8 years raising their two children.  Kimberly is currently an Assistant Vice President at Salesforce which is a global software company. Kimberly is responsible for the attracting, developing and retaining of top talent while growing business relationships within Salesforce’s top enterprise customers who are headquartered in the Central part of the US.  Kimberly has been a business executive for over 20 years in the information technology industry with both domestic and international experience. She is an active mentor and works with several volunteer organizations to raise program funds and to elevate life opportunities for program participants.

Kimberly is a recent MBA graduate from The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.  She holds an honors degree in Mathematics and Information Systems from the University of Waterloo, Canada.  Through the years, Kimberly has enjoyed being an active participant in several Lake Forest community programs and enjoys the many beautiful outdoor amenities offered by the city.  Kimberly looks forward to giving back to a community that gives so much to her and her family.

David Hunt – Vice President

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David M. Hunt is a wealth advisor with Bernstein Private Wealth Management in their Chicago office. He advises high net worth families and institutions on a wide variety of investment matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions, and the sale of privately held businesses. Prior to joining the firm, David was CEO and owner of a privately held healthcare manufacturing business.  He started his career with Deloitte Consulting, and has also worked in investment banking and venture capital.

David and his wife, Joi, are Lake Forest residents and have 2 children.  David and his family moved to Lake Forest five years ago from Chicago, and are very thankful to call Lake Forest home with all of its educational and community benefits.  David earned a BS in accountancy from Miami University (Ohio).

Stephanie Cook – Fundraising

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Stephanie and her husband Erik have resided in Lake Forest for 19 years and raised 2 children in the public schools.   She is a graduate of Boston College and founder of a successful event planning business, The Creative Planners, providing social, corporate and wedding planning to clients in the Northshore, Chicago and beyond.

Stephanie has been very active in various local organizations throughout her years in Lake Forest to include:   Spirit of 67, District 67 APT,  LFHS APT President, Board at Church of the Holy Spirit and has chaired and oversee numerous events for local charities.  Stephanie is an involved community member and is excited to extend her service to the Caucus.

Bill Patterson – Ward 2 Chair

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Bill Patterson and his wife Melanie have lived in the Whispering Oaks neighborhood of Lake Forest since 2014. Their decision to become residents of Lake Forest was based on an appreciation of the city’s commitment to building and sustaining a strong community through infrastructure, schools, business and recreation while maintaining sound fiscal policies.

As a caucus member, Bill hopes to not only participate in the vetting of candidates, but to also identify other residents who may be willing to participate in community leadership roles so that the city of Lake Forest can continue to be a wonderful place to live.

Bill grew up in the Chicago area and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Aviation Flight from the University of North Dakota. He currently works as an airline pilot for United Airlines based at O’Hare International Airport as a first officer on the Boeing 767/757 aircraft.

Kathy Lowell

Kathy and her husband Bud have lived in Lake Forest since 1991. They have 4 children, 3 boys and a girl who have all graduated from Lake Forest High School. Kathy taught elementary school for 32 years in Naperville, Lincolnshire, and the final 25 years at The Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth. She just retired at the end of the 2017 school year.

Kathy obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University in Chicago. Both Kathy and her husband grew up in Wisconsin, but have lived in Lake County since 1979. Our family has loved our years in Lake Forest and we want to make sure we preserve the unique qualities of the community.