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Caucus Council Meeting

October 26



November 16

Skokie School Auditorium





Results of First Stage of Candidate Selection

The 2016 Winnetka Caucus Council is pleased to announce the candidates selected by the members of its Standing Committees.  These committees spent months soliciting and interviewing prospective candidates before choosing the ones whose names appear below.   We thank everyone who interviewed for their willingness to devote so much of their time to help run our Village; we are blessed that we have more qualified people to serve as Village officials than spots available for them.  

The entire Caucus Council will discuss and vote on these candidates at its meeting on October 26.  The candidates approved at that meeting will then be presented to all residents at the Town Meeting on November 16.  Candidates selected at the Town Meeting will stand for election next April as official Caucus candidates.

Village Council President

Chris Rintz - Spruce Street
Chris has lived with his family in Winnetka for 25 years.  He is CEO and Managing Member of New England Homes LLC, where he has worked for 27 years, specializing in community revitalization and public/private development assignments.  Chris is a committed Winnetka resident with extensive experience in Village affairs having served as Village Trustee for 5 years (from 2008-2012 and 2015-2016) and as a member of the Building Review Committee (6 years), Plan Commission (3 years), Ad Hoc Post Office Committee (3 years) and Ad Hoc Design Guidelines Committee (5 years with 3 as Chair).  Outside of his Winnetka government activities, Chris was Coach of AYSO and Trevian Soccer and a Board member of the Trevian Soccer Club (9 years).   He and his wife, Kathy, have two grown daughters, both of whom attended the Winnetka schools and New Trier.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. in Organization Behavior.


Andrew B. Cripe - Maple Street
Andrew has lived with his family in Winnetka for 11 years. He is a shareholder and lawyer with the Chicago office of Polsinelli PC and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is currently serving his first term as Village Trustee and has previously served on the Winnetka Zoning Board of Appeals (2013-2015), the Winnetka Caucus Council (2009-2011; Chair of the Schools Committee in 2011) and the Winnetka District 36 Strategic Planning Committee (2008). He and his wife, Christina, have 4 children (one in preschool, one at Greeley, one at Skokie School and one at New Trier High School).  He holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Scott Myers - Church Road
Scott has lived with his family in Winnetka for 27 years. Currently retired, he was the Executive Director of World Sport Chicago for 8 years, and was Managing Director of Accenture where he worked for 29 years. He is finishing his first term as Village Trustee and has previously served on the Winnetka Zoning Board of Appeals for 7 years and Plan Commission for 2 years.  Scott is on the Board of Trustees of Lawrence University (Chairman of the Finance Committee) and is also on the Board of Youth Guidance (past Chairman of the Board and current member of the Executive Committee).  Previously he has served on the Boards of the New Trier Booster Club and the New Trier Rowing Club (head of finance). He and his wife, Luvie, have 3 grown children who attended Winnetka’s schools.  He holds a B.A. degree from Lawrence University.

Bob Dearborn – Arbor Vitae Road
Bob has lived with his family in Winnetka for 21 years.  He is Co-President and Managing Director of Lodestar Investment Counsel LLC where he has worked for 25 years.  Bob is currently on the Winnetka Design Review Board and has been a member for 6 years. He served 3 years on the Caucus Council, including as President and Treasurer.  He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the CFA Institute, an investment professional organization, and was a member and past-President of the Rotary Club of Chicago-Financial District.  He and his wife, Jane, have 3 grown children who attended the Winnetka Public Schools. Bob is a graduate of New Trier East and holds a B.A from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Trustee Alternate

Tim Cawley – Blackthorn Road
Tim has lived with his family in Winnetka for 26 years.  Currently retired, he was Chief Administrative Officer of the Chicago Public Schools for 4 ½ years, Managing Director, Finance and Administration of the Academy for Urban School Leadership for 3 ½ years, and was employed at senior executive levels at several corporations, including Motorola, Ameritech (now part of AT&T) and Revell-Monogram, Inc. Tim is a former member of the Caucus Council and also serves on many private and public Boards, including the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Tim and his wife, Carol, have four grown children who attended Winnetka Public Schools.  He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

District 36 School Board

Nat Roberts -Walden Road
Nat has been a resident of Winnetka for four years with his wife and three children. He has a daughter at Hubbard woods, and two sons, one at North Shore Country Day and one at Washburne. Nat is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and has taken various non degree courses (Accounting, History, Agriculture) at Harvard and University of Florida.  Nat is currently a stay at home dad and is still serving as President, Managed Citrus Inc., a partnership that sold its main assets 3 years ago.  Nat volunteers frequently with the Winnetka D36 PTO, is a boy scout troop leader of 100 boys grades 6-12 and served on the New Trier Board Caucus.  He was the Chair of The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Chair & President of Indian River Citrus Growers Association, Board Member of Florida Fruit & Vegetable and a Board Member of Florida Citrus.

Steve Cirulis - Pine Street  
Steve has lived in Winnetka for five years.  Most recently, he served as the Global Vice President of Corporate Strategy for McDonald's Corp., where he was responsible for driving growth and performance improvement across the system.   Previous to that, he worked at Gap Inc. in San Francisco as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development for the company's namesake brand.  He was also an Associate Partner at Prophet,a global brand and marketing consultancy.  Steve holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in economics and political science from Northwestern University.  Steve is a founding member of The Nora Project, an organization which aims to build awareness, understanding, empathy and relationships with children with physical and emotional disabilities and their classmates.  Steve is married to Suzy.  They have three children at Crow Island School. 

Scott Conine - Orchard Lane
Scott has lived in Winnetka for five years.  Scott Conine is the Chief Operating Officer at Rise Interactive, a digital marketing agency specializing in digital media, analytics, and customer experience.  He has been with the company since 2006 and he currently directs all operating departments including accounting, legal, employee services, IT, and administration. Conine uses his 14 years of experience in marketing and management to streamline business processes and leverage technology to achieve both revenue and profit target. He lives in Winnetka with his wife Ranell and two daughters who attend Greeley and North Shore Country Day.  He has served at imentor, a non-profit that helps disadvantaged youth.  He is a graduate of Baylor University.

Board of Commissioners of the Winnetka Park District

Teresa Claybrook - Oak Street
Teresa and her husband, along with their three school-aged children, have lived in Winnetka for 12 years.  Teresa works in Global Account Management for Ernst & Young. Teresa has served on the Board of Commissioners for the Park District for the past four years, and hopes to continue her contribution by serving a second term.  Teresa attended Colorado College, where she received a BA in Economics and Biology.

Warren James - Cherry Street
Warren has lived in Winnetka most of his life.  He and his wife, have raised three children here.  Warren is Principal of Reva Development Partners, and has extensive experience in real estate development.  Warren is active in Boy Scouts leadership, and recently served as Co-chair of the Winnetka Lakefront Master Plan Advisory Committee.  Warren graduated from New Trier High School, and received his BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Eric Lussen - Ash Street
Eric and his wife, along with their four young children, have lived in Winnetka for 2 years.  Eric is a Vice President, Retirement Director with Fidelity investments, where he has been employed for 18 years.  Eric has been active in coaching with AYSO and Hockey Minor Mites.  Eric graduated from Loyola Academy, and received his BA in Accounting from Boston College, a Masters in Investment Management from Boston University’s School of Business, and a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

First Alternate

Newt Marshall - Lincoln Ave
Newt and his wife, along with their three children, have lived in Winnetka for 21 years.  Newt is a partner with Karbal, Cohen, Economou, Silk & Dunne, LLC, and has a litigation practice. Newt has been active in the Winnetka Park District, serving on the Winnetka Lakefront Master Plan Advisory Committee, and as Chairman of the Winnetka Parks Foundation.  Newt received a BA in Economics from Denison University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.?

Second Alternate 

Chris Crone - Sunset Road
Chris and his wife, along with their 2 children, have lived in Winnetka for 16 years.  Chris is an entrepreneur, having founded and sold two businesses, Round Table Group and Centerstage. Chris has been active in our Village, serving on the Winnetka Platform Tennis Board, founding the Friends of Crow Island Woods, and coaching youth hockey, lacrosse, and baseball.  Chris graduated from Northwestern University with a BA from the Integrated Science Program.

Winnetka-Northfield Library Board

Raheela Gill Anwar.  Tower Road, Winnetka. Raheela has lived in Winnetka for 19 years, raising all of her children here. This will be Ms. Anwar’s second term on the Library Board; she is currently serving a term from 2013-2017. During her time on the Library Board, she has served two years as Secretary and is currently the Vice President. Ms. Anwar is the Chief Strategy Officer for Challenger Gray and Christmas where she has worked for four years. She has been employed in the financial services industry since 1989 and was certified by the Association of Financial Professionals in 1992. Ms. Anwar has been Board President of Family Services of Winnetka-Northfield, Board President of the Winnetka Community House, a member of the Fortnightly Club and a member of several other non-profit boards. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School.

Kathleen ReichertWestmoor Road
Kathleen has lived in Winnetka for 20 years.  She served on the Winnetka Caucus Council for three years (2012-2014) where she chaired the Village Council Platform Committee as well as served on the Village Candidates and Platform Committees.  Additionally, Ms. Reichert has been the Communications Chairperson for The Winnetka Club, as well as serving on several other non-profit boards.   Currently, she is a Principal in Reitan Investment Group, LLC. She previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Mayer Brown, LLP, and VP of Global Marketing at A.T. Kearney.  Ms. Reichert has a BA and an MBA from the University of Utah, and an Executive MBA from Stanford University.  She is a frequent user of Winnetka-Northfield Library services and attends many library programs.

Jean-Paul “JP” Ruiz-FunesLocust Street
JP has been a Winnetka resident for 21 years, raising four children here, one of them currently in high school.  Mr. Ruiz-Funes was a board member at the Chicago Children’s Museum from 1997-2004 and currently serves as a mentor for Chicago Innovation Mentors at Matter.  Since 2013, he has been SVP of Business Development at Outpace Systems, Inc., a software development company.  He spent about half of his career in management consulting as a Partner in the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company and as a Managing Director at Blue Ridge Partners.  He also held senior strategy and business development positions at Quaker Oats, Baxter and Land O’ Lakes.  He holds a BE/ME from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Metiers in Paris, France and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  The Library has been an important part of the Ruiz-Funes family life for reading, attending programs and utilizing the quiet space for working and thinking.

Suzie ShoupThornwood Lane
Suzie has lived in Northfield for 18 years and raised all three of her children there. Ms. Shoup has been involved in the community most of those years as an Executive Board member of the New Trier Fine Arts Association, Webmaster for the Loyola Academy Rowing Association and a member of the Sunset Ridge PTO.   Currently, she works with the Heartland Alliance helping to settle families from Africa in Chicago.  In her professional life, she has worked in human resources at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Progressive Corporation.  She is a graduate of John Carroll University.  An appreciative Library user, Ms. Shoup believes libraries are an important community asset.


Northfield alternate:

Arielle MatlinHapp Road
Arielle is a native of the North Shore and a graduate of New Trier High School and University of Massachusetts.  She is currently a Managing Editor at Prime Publishing LLC, has also worked as a local realtor and volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.   She is a regular patron of the library and uses many library services.

Winnetka alternate:

Rachel RowlandWinnetka Mews
Rachel has lived in Winnetka for five years where she has two children in high school and one child in middle school.   Ms. Rowlands was employed as a librarian for many years and also served as a Library Board Trustee in Maryland.  In Winnetka, she has been involved with the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation on the Website Committee and Washburne School’s Science Olympiad as well as serving a number of roles as a volunteer at Emmaus Ministries and Church of the Redeemer at Northwestern University.  Rachel is a graduate of New Trier High School, has a BA from Wheaton College and a B.Ed in Elementary Education from the University of Western Ontario.  She is both a reader and an author and a longtime advocate for public and school libraries.


Thank you to the Winnetka Residents who volunteered to serve on the New Trier Nominators committee for the Winnetka Caucus.  They will spend the next 6 weeks interviewing and choosing candidates for the New Trier School Board along with the other NT nominating representatives from the communities of Glencoe, portions of Glenview, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Wilmette.


This year’s representatives from Winnetka are:

Angelique Burbach, Rosewood

Jane Dowding, Elm

Harry Grace, Asbury

Paul Lively, Lincoln

Christopher Murray, Elm

Stuart Schuldt, Sunset




2015 marked the 100-year anniversary
of a unique form of non-partisan democracy known as

The Winnetka Caucus

What is The Winnetka Caucus?

The Winnetka Caucus system was founded in 1915, to gather and apply resident input to the Village, Parks, Schools, and Library districts. All voting-age residents of theVillageofWinnetkaare members of the Caucus.

What is the Winnetka Caucus Council?

The Winnetka Caucus Council (WCC) is the representative body of the Winnetka Caucus, comprised of volunteers from our community.

It is the primary conduit for all residents to express their opinions through brief surveys on pending Village policy decisions, and a broad annual survey on important Village issues.

Survey results and public comments are reported to the local governing Boards – Village Council, Parks, Schools, Library, and New Trier High School.

How does the Winnetka Caucus Council interface with the Winnetka Caucus?

The WCC hosts two annual town meetings. At the Spring Open Meeting, local Board Presidents report on current issues and progress with Caucus Platform implementation. At the Annual Town Meeting, candidates for local office are vetted and slated for election, and survey platforms are discussed and approved.

Who Serves on the Winnetka Caucus Council?

The WCC is comprised of up to 68 volunteer Members from our community. Each Member serves a term of up to 3 years in duration. Any voting-age resident who has lived in Winnetkafor over 1 year, or lives within the Winnetka Park District or Winnetka-Northfield Library District, is eligible to serve. Terms are staggered in order to continually bring in fresh ideas and talents, while retaining a degree of continuity. If you wish to serve on the WCC, please let us know by visiting our website at


 The Winnetka Caucus Council, while maintaining a modest budget, operates exclusively from the generous donations of Winnetka residents – no tax dollars are spent!

To honor the 100-Year Anniversary, we are asking residents to consider a gift of $100 (or any amount) to support this outstanding grassroots tradition that gives us all a voice in Village civic matters. To make an online donation, please go to our website homepage and click the Donate button in the bottom left hand corner.

Or, send your check to: Winnetka Caucus Council,PO Box 311,Winnetka,Il60093.

 Thank you for your support!

The 2015 Winnetka Caucus Council would like thank the following for their generous donations. Ben Armstrong, Henry and Elizabeth Baby, Lyle Banks. Elizabeth Cocciarelli, Jerry Conner, Dan and Maureen Connolly, Chuck and Jane Dowding, Tom and Mary Flocco, Jim and Beth Fritz, Steve and Joanne Hudson, Nancy and Jim Marcus, David and Kim Mulligan, Scott Myers, Philip Nielsen, Mike and Laurie Petersen, Mark Rapponotti, Jean Sampson and numerous anonymous donors.