We are a dedicated group of volunteers who believe in the talent, creativity and energy of our students and the contributions they make in our local communities. We embrace the power of collaboration with people of all backgrounds.
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David Putrus, Chair (Niles West, 1997)
Mr. Putrus is Vice President at First Bank & Trust in Skokie.
Mr. Putrus serves on the board of directors of the Skokie Lions Club, the Coalition of Asian American Communities in Skokie, the Skokie Chamber of Commerce, The Douglas Center, the North Suburban Business Development Foundation, and the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park. He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.
He is involved with the Old Orchard Chapter of LeTip Commission, the Village of Skokie Temporary Zoning Commission, the Village of Skokie Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, the Skokie Caucus Party, and the Membership and Advisory Committees of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce. He also is a Member of the Skokie Festival of Cultures, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and I.M.O.D. (Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie).
Mr. Putrus earned a degree from Triton College and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He brings strategic planning, finance, customer service, banking, credit, commercial and small business lending skills to the board.
Alyse Burman, Vice Chair (Niles North, 1975)
Alyse Cohen Burman is the owner of The WildBird Shack, Ltd., an independent retail wildbird store, located at 854 E. Northwest Highway in Mt. Prospect. Burman creates an awareness of birds, conservation and nature through her myriad of presentations offered at senior communities, libraries, garden clubs, schools, community and nature centers.
She currently serves as Director for the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Director for the Niles Township Food Pantry.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Chicago MPA from Roosevelt University and MBA from the Lake Forest School of Management.
Ken Clinkman, CIT, CECP, LSSGB, Treasurer & Secretary
He is a board member of the North American Data Communications Museum, and serves as Executive Vice President of Finance for Congregation Bene Shalom in Skokie. He served for many years on the board of the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation and continues to devote time to various community efforts. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Klezmer Music Foundation, home of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.
Mr. Clinkman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Eastern Illinois University and continues to achieve industry certifications.
He brings to the board skills in strategic planning, team building and telecommunications.
Jeff Burman (Niles East Class of 1976)
Jeff Burman, a 45-year resident of Skokie, is Vice President of Business Development for Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company (GTL) and President of VantageAmerica Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GTL.
Mr. Burman has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. During that time he has served in various roles within industry associations, including past President and Board Member of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance and the Policy Coordinating Committee of America’s Health Insurance Plan.
He is the former President of the community-based organization Neighbors United. He is currently a Commissioner on the Skokie Plan Commission and a Board Member for the Skokie Caucus Party.
He graduated from Niles East High School and the University of Illinois Chicago Circle. He holds an MBA from Loyola University with a concentration in Marketing. He brings skills in strategic planning, executive management, team building, marketing, insurance, health and life insurance and sales to his role on the Education Foundation board.
He is an active community organizer and spokesperson for many causes. He is a Niles Township Trustee, serves on the Community Advisory Board of Skokie Hospital, and is involved with the Niles Township Food Pantry Board as Event Emcee. He also has served on the Skokie Human Services Advisory Board.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Theater from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Michael Graham, Niles West Teacher
Michael is currently the Chair of Partnership Financial Credit Union (PfCU) Board of Directors; he has served on the PfCU board and its predecessor board, the Niles Township Schools Credit Union (NTSCU), for 18 years. Michael has also served on the board of Progress219 and SkoMor Soccer Club, including time on the executive boards of both organizations.
Michael received a BA in Journalism from Temple University, an MEd from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MA from Northeastern Illinois University.
Michael and his wife, Sally, who has also worked in D219 for more than two decades, have lived in Skokie for 13 years. Their four children will attend Niles North.
Lisa Hanley (Niles East Class of 1977)
Julio Rodriguez, (Niles North, 2008)
Gail Paskind, Consultant
Adam Namache, Niles North
Wendu Elue, Niles North
Yohanna Endashaw Niles West
Joe Bruzzino, Niles Central Principal
Samina Hussain, Staff Liaison, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
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