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Trustees Bios

From left to right: Trustee Dr. Keith A. Robinson, Trustee Alison Pure Slovin, Clerk Pramod C. Shah, Mayor George Van Dusen, Trustee Ralph Klein, Trustee Khem Khoeun, Trustee Edie Sue Sutker

Mayor George Van Dusen

Mayor George Van Dusen

George Van Dusen has lived in Skokie for nearly 45 years. He has served as a Skokie Village Board Trustee from 1984 until he became Mayor in 1999.

As Mayor, he is responsible for bringing to Skokie visionary economic development projects and has innovated many significant community programs.

Mayor Van Dusen holds a Ph.D from Loyola University and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Oakton Community College, where he teaches American History and American Government.

The Mayor and his wife, Susan, have raised their sons in Skokie and are proud that their grandchildren are also a part of the Skokie community.

Clerk Pramod C. Shah

Clerk Pramod C. Shah

A native of Gujarat, India, Pramod Shah moved to the United States in 1971. He has lived in Skokie for more than forty years. He was elected Skokie Village Clerk in 2013 after serving four years as a Village Trustee.

Pramod is the Executive Director and past President of the Indo-American Democratic Organization. He is a current member of the Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago and a Gandhi Memorial Trust board member. He has also served the community as a member of both Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley and Skokie Lions Club.

Pramod holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Gujarat University and attended the Indiana Northern School of Management.

Trustee Khem Khoeun

Trustee Khem Khoeun

When she was only 6 months old, Khem Khoeun arrived in the United States from a Thai refugee camp where her family lived after escaping the Khmer Rouge genocide. She has lived in Skokie for over 15 years.

Khem has served as Vice President of the Skokie Park Board and is currently President of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial. She is an active member of the community, serving  the Skokie Resilient Community Collaborative, Skokie Coming Together Committee and the Fairview Parent Equity Group.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Loyola University in 2003, with a minor in Political Science.  She also has a background in health informatics and technology. 

Khem and her husband live in the Fairview South Community with their two children.

Trustee Ralph Klein

Trustee Ralph Klein

Ralph Klein, a lifelong village resident and successful small business owner, was elected as a Skokie Village Board Trustee in 2013.

Previously, he served twelve years as chairman of the Skokie Zoning Board of Appeals and prior to that, as a member of the Skokie Fine Arts Commission and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park Board.  

Ralph’s long history of volunteer service includes the Niles Township Food Pantry, Skokie’s Home Delivered Meals program, Just Harvest Community Kitchen and the annual community-wide Winter Coat Drive. He was the founding president of Open Hearts for Handicapped Children and is a former President of the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley.

Ralph and his wife Lillian have been married for over 30 years, and raised their children in Skokie.

Trustee Dr. Keith A. Robinson

Trustee Dr. Keith A. Robinson

Dr. Keith Robinson currently serves as the associate principal of educational services at Evanston Township High School. He has lived in Skokie for 16 years. 

He served as board president of Foundation65, a local organization that supports arts and literacy programming in the local elementary school district. Keith , serves as a board member of FAN (Family Action Network) and is on the Teacher’s College Advisory Council at Ball State University.

Keith earned his Master of Education Administration and Supervision degree from Roosevelt University and his Educational Leadership Doctorate from National Louis University. 

Keith and his wife of 22 years, Sharon, a pediatrician at Evanston NorthShore University HealthSystem, live in Skokie with their two daughters.

Trustee Alison Pure Slovin

Trustee Alison Pure Slovin

Alison Pure-Slovin has been a resident of Skokie for 10 years.  She and her late husband were the owners of EJ’s Pizzeria. 

Alison is the Midwest Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international, United Nations’ accredited Human Rights NGO, fighting against all forms of hatred and bigotry. 

In addition, Alison serves on the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and served on the State of Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission.  She was the first and only female President of the Standard Club, one of the longest surviving social, philanthropic, and Jewish-cultured clubs in America.

Trustee Edie Sue Sutker

Trustee Edie Sue Sutker

Edie Sue Sutker is a lifelong resident of Skokie. She became a Trustee in 2004 after previously serving on the Skokie Plan Commission for nearly 10 years.

Edie is a member of Ezra Habonim/Niles Township Jewish Congregation, NA’AMAT USA and Hadassah. She is also a member of the Niles Township Democratic Organization.

She holds a master’s degree in social work and is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker at JCFS Chicago. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

In her spare time, Edie enjoys speed walking at the Skokie Sculpture Park and spending time with her husband, David Richmond, and their extended family.