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Trustee James Johnson has lived in Skokie since 2016 and was elected to the Village Board in 2021. Trustee Johnson holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Davidson College in North Carolina, where his family is from. His wife is from Illinois, which is what brought them to Skokie. Trustee Johnson enjoys volunteering, learning about the community, and participating in the work of local social-justice groups. He and his wife live near Downtown Skokie, within walking distance of many local ‘treasures’ like the Skokie Public Library, Emily Oaks Nature Center, the Skokie Farmers’ Market and more.
What Trustee Johhson loves most about Skokie is his neighborhood, which is one of the most multicultural communities in all of America. He believes that Skokie is a special place and he is proud to call it his home.
Trustee Khem Khoeun has lived in Skokie since 2005 and was elected to the Village Board in 2021. When initially elected to the Skokie Park District Board in 2017, she became the first Cambodian-American woman elected to public office in the United States. Trustee Khoeun holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Political Science from Loyola University, Chicago. She is a Certified SAFe Product Owner/Manager and, in 2018, received a Courage & Leadership Award from the Devata Giving Circle. In addition to serving as a Commissioner and Vice-President on the Skokie Park District Board from 2017 to 2021, her numerous civic involvements include serving as a member of the Fairview Parent Equity Group and a volunteer with the Asian American Caucus. Trustee Khoeun also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic.
Having been born in a refugee camp to Cambodian refugee parents, she currently serves as the President of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial. She and her husband chose to live in Skokie to raise their children, now ages eight and 10.
Trustee Khoeun enjoys Skokie’s ease of access to the expressway and public transit, the excellent schools, beautiful parks, affordable homes and the great diversity that all make Skokie a welcoming, safe place to live.
Life-long Skokie resident Trustee Ralph Klein was elected to the Village Board in 2013. For 12 years before his election to the board, Klein served as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He also served as a member of the Skokie Fine Arts Commission and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park Board. After graduating from Niles East High School and attending college, Klein joined his family’s printing business. He and his wife Lillian have been married for 40 years and raised their children in Skokie. Klein’s long history of volunteering in the community also includes serving as founding president of Open Hearts for Handicapped Children and volunteering for both the Niles Township Food Pantry and Just Harvest Community Kitchen. He is a past president of the Skokie Valley Rotary Club. In addition, he has donated his time to assisting several local school district foundations and coaching AYSO soccer and Skokie Youth Basketball.
Trustee Klein loves everything about Skokie, having been raised and attending school here, and then choosing to remain in Skokie as an adult and raise his children in the community.
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Trustee Alison Pure Slovin has lived in Skokie for 11 years, and was elected to the Village Board in 2021. Trustee Pure Slovin attended Columbia College for broadcast communications, Chicago. Since 2021, she has served as the Midwest Region Director for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international human rights organization, having previously served as the Midwest Region Director of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. In addition, she served as the President of the Standard Club Chicago from 2012 to 2015. She is a recent member of the State of Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission and a board member of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council. Trustee Pure Slovin is widow of Ronald Slovin, and is the mother of four and grandmother of 10.
Trustee Pure Slovin values many things about Skokie, including her neighbors and the beauty of the community.
Trustee Keith A. Robinson has lived in the “Skevanston” neighborhood of Skokie since 2005. He was elected to the Village Board in 2021. Trustee Robinson has a Doctor Educational Leadership degree from National Louis University, Chicago, as well as a Master of Education Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University, Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After beginning his career as an English teacher, Trustee Robinson served as the Dean of Students of Niles West High School and as the Assistant Principal for Operations at Niles North High School. He is currently the Associate Principal for Educational Services at Evanston Township High School. His community involvements include serving as a board member of the Family Action Network and a former president and board member of Foundation65. He is a member of the Ball State Teacher’s College Advisory Council and also serves as a board member for the Friendship Foundation. Trustee Robinson and his wife, Dr. Sharon Robinson, a pediatrician at NorthShore University Healthcare Systems, have two daughters, Taryn and Kari.
Trustee Robinson values the diversity of Skokie’s neighborhoods, restaurants and shopping, and loves the services provided by the Village and other community partners.
Edie Sue SutkerPhone:
Trustee Edie Sue Sutker is a life-long Skokie resident and began serving on the Village Board in 2004 after having served for nearly 10 years on the Skokie Plan Commission. Trustee Sutker has a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Trustee Sutker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Assistant Director for Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS Chicago). Before her social work career, she was in the investment business for 14 years and earned her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. In addition, she was the Executive Director of the VisionTek Foundation, which raised more than $650,000 to fight cancer and leukemia. She is a life member of NA’AMAT USA and Hadassah, a member of the National Association of Social Workers and also a member of the Ezra-Habonim Niles Township Jewish Congregation. She enjoys race walking, biking, swimming, weight lifting and spending time with her family.
Trustee Sutker values the diversity and progressiveness in the community, and believes that these qualities, along with Skokie’s premier location, make Skokie a wonderful place to live.