Tom Cara

Term expires 5/31/2017


Tom, who has been a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation since 2010, began coordinating efforts for a Chicago area chapter of FFRF in April, 2012. He is a declared atheist whose religious skepticism began during his high school years in the mid-1970’s.

He is married with two grown children and has worked professionally as an advertising media planner/buyer since 1985 in both the consumer and business-to-business markets.

Additionally, Tom has been active with several non-profit organizations/groups, including the Park Ridge Healthy Community Partnership, the Maine (Township, IL) Community Youth Assistance Foundation (MCYAF), as well as working with the “Teens Against Tobacco Use” program of the American Lung Association.

Brian McCaskill

Brian McCaskill

Term expires 5/31/18




Brian is a Chicago area actor whose theatrical credits include performances at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, TimeLine Theatre, Raven Theatre, Windy City Playhouse and Lyric Opera. Television credits include Chicago P.D. (NBC), Crisis (NBC) and Prison Break (FOX), as well as numerous national commercials.

Raised Baptist, he has since that time converted to atheism. He lives with his wife and son on the Northwest side of Chicago. Brian served as an FFRFMCC Board member from 2013-2014.

Steve Foulkes

Term expires 5/31/19


Steve first came to the USA from England in 1978, and is now proud to be a U.S. citizen.

Having become an atheist in his late teens, he treasures the U.S. Constitution, especially the First Amendment, and enjoys helping his FFRFMCC co-members assemble and disassemble our chapter signs in the Daley Center Plaza during the winter and spring.  He was also an FFRFMCC Board member during the chapter’s founding, and is looking to serve once again.

Retired from a career in Information Technology, he lives with his wife in Grayslake.

Ori Gottlieb

Ori Gottlieb

Term expires 5/31/18


Ori grew up in a completely secular home, celebrating some of the Jewish holidays and traditions as a means of having an atmosphere for self-reflection. But he considers himself a man of science, which he believes to be a means of uncovering truth.

After medical school, he started residency at the University of Chicago.Upon completing his anesthesia residency in 2002, he stayed on as faculty and is currently an Associate Professor specializing in general anesthesia, preoperative care, regional anesthesia, and medical bioinformatics.  According to Ori, “On a daily basis, I witness the marvels of science, as I treat patients and provide care. If the world were to start again, all religions and traditions would be different.  Re-invented.  Re-created. Science, on the other hand would allow for the truth to once again be uncovered.  The same TRUTH.”

Shane Stapley

Term expires 5/31/19


Shane has been a member of FFRF since 2006 and was one of the first to join the Chicago chapter upon its founding, and is now a lifetime member. He identifies as an atheist and strongly supports the separation of church and state.

He and his wife Terry, who is an FFRFMCC member as well, are both retired, live in Willowbrook, and are also members of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago.

Shane and Terry can often be found attending chapter events, with Shane being very active with the setup and take down of the FFRFMCC secular displays in the winter and spring at Daley Center Plaza in Chicago.

Bob Elmore


Term expires 5/31/18


Bob is a Chicago area commercial photographer plying his trade for architectural, construction and engineering firms in addition to advertising agencies and graphic designers.

After an initial 16 years of formal Catholic education and concluding that all religions were nonsense, he then spent the next 35 years wondering why hordes of seemingly smarter people were still enduring their delusions of a supernatural world. He finally found his grounding after discovering the FFRF seven years ago and is thankful that our new Chicago chapter is off to a stable start.

Aside from reading anything of a free-thought nature, he also is a private pilot and loves nothing more than cruising the “heavens”, with or without other “souls” aboard.