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.

Stephanie Hadjis

Stephanie Hadjis earned her B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University and her M.A. in English Literature and J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After beginning her career in academia, she has been practicing civil litigation for nearly 15 years. She and her husband, Theodore, have lived in Lake Forest since 2015 and are the parents of one son. She is Associate General Counsel at Health Care Service Corporation, the parent company of a number of Blue Cross plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Stephanie is excited for the opportunity to serve such a remarkable city.

Mary Jane “MJ” Friedrich

Mary Jane (MJ) Friedrich and her husband Dave moved to Lake Forest from New Jersey in 2014. They have one son who will be entering Lake Forest High School in 2019. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. For the last 20 years, she has worked as a freelance science and medical writer and editor, writing for the medical news section of JAMA. MJ is originally from New Jersey and Dave hails from Rogers Park. They are particularly fond of the many forest preserves here on the Third Coast, where they enjoy walking their dog, Friday. MJ is excited to be able to contribute to the wonderful spirit of community here in Lake Forest.

Stephen Murphy

Steve Murphy manages Media and Marketing Technology for CVS Health.  He and his wife, Cinthia, have lived in Ward 2 since 2015, along with their two daughters.  Steve is passionate about helping lower income Americans reach middle class and has been a long-time volunteer, coach, lobbyist, and mentor in support of those efforts.  A St. Louis native and University of Missouri graduate, he first came to the Greater Chicago Area to work in Marketing and Banking with Discover Card, Allstate and TransUnion.  Steve enjoys “Dad-related” activities such as watching sports and grilling.

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.

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.

Kristin Vallaly

Kristin Vallaly and her husband, Michael, along with their three children, have lived in Lake Forest since 2014. Her husband is a Lake Forest native and attended Lake Forest schools as well. Kristin is originally from Central Indiana and received her B.A. in Health Education from Purdue University. Kristin is the current President of the Lake Forest- Lake Bluff Learning Differences Association, has been very active with her Girl Scout Troop and Cub Scout Troop 48. She is also very active with the APT of Cherokee School. Kristin looks forward to joining the Caucus to become further involved in the community of Lake Forest.