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From left to right: Trustee Edie Sue Sutker, Trustee Randall Roberts, Trustee Michele Bromberg, Pramod C. Shah, Mayor George Van Dusen, Trustee Karen Gray Keeler, Trustee Ralph Klein, Trustee Ilonka Ulrich.

Trustees Bio’s

Mayor George Van Dusen

Pramod C. Shah

I have lived in Skokie for more than 30 years.  My wife, Usha, and I are very happy to have raised our two sons in Skokie.  I have been involved with local government since 1999, when I was appointed to the Niles Township Government. Then, beginning in April 2005, I served as a Trustee. Since April 2009, I have served as a Village of Skokie Trustee. In India, I earned my Master’s degree in chemistry.  I have worked as a senior chemist in product development.  Also, I am very active in the local Indian community.  I am very focused on the budget of the Village and extremely encouraged that, with growing sales tax revenue, we can maintain Skokie services and keep the Village portion of property tax rates frozen.

Ilonka Ulrich

For the past five years, I have been a member of the Skokie Zoning Board and worked to fairly maintain Skokie’s codes and regulations for residents. I worked to keep our community standards high while being responsive to our fellow residents. As an attorney, I represent person who have been injured and have worked in the public sector as a workers’ compensation commissioner for the State of Illinois. Since I come from Latin American and Eastern European heritage, I was in search of a diverse, inclusive community after becoming a single parent. I thoroughly appreciate Skokie’s diversity and am committed to maintaining our safe, interactive community. Because I am a single parent, I am sensitive to family needs as well as the needs of a diverse community.

Ralph Klein

I have served as a Commissioner on Skokie Zoning Board of Appeals for 12 years and currently serve as its chair.  I have also served Skokie as a member of the Skokie Sculpture Park Commission and the Skokie Fine Arts Commission.  After graduating from Niles East High School, I attended college and then joined my family printing business.  For 32 years, I have been married to my wife, Lillian Klein. I have a long history of volunteerism in the community, as I am the founding president of Open Hearts for Handicapped Children, and I have volunteered for the Niles Township Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels.  Also, my volunteer work includes several local school district foundations along with AYSO basketball and soccer.  As a lifelong Skokie resident, I have seen how our Village has grown and developed over the years. I believe we must maintain our high standards while still being an affordable and safe community. 

Karen Gray-Keeler

I have lived in Skokie for 25 years and have always been an active member of the community.  I have served on the Skokie Plan Commission, Skokie Fine Arts Commission and as a Neighborhood Watch Captain.  I am a small business owner and member of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce.  I volunteer as a legal aid attorney, Cook County Arbitrator and park district trip coordinator for senior citizens.  I have held leadership roles in PTA, Ladder Up/Tax Assistance Program and Off Campus Writers’ Workshop.  I have also helped children and adults learn English and coached AYSO soccer.  My husband, Tom Keeler, and I have three sons.  Skokie is a great place to live. I have had the privilege of enjoying the diversity of Skokie by living in different neighborhoods as well as volunteering and working with people of various ages, backgrounds and religions. I will maintain our vibrant and safe community.

Michele Bromberg

I was elected to the Village Board in 2001, and I currently serve as the liaison to the Commission on Family Services, Board of Health and Consumer Affairs to the Village Board.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. I currently work as the Nursing Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Since 1993, I have lived in Skokie with my husband Leo and our five children.  I am passionate about being a Trustee; I enjoy working with residents to ensure they are able to navigate the benefits that Skokie has to offer. We chose to raise our family in Skokie because of the diverse population and great Village services. 

Randall Roberts

Since April 2001, I have served as a Village Trustee. I also serve as a liaison to Skokie’s Public Safety Commission, Sustainable Environment Advisory Commission and the Beautification Commission.  I currently work as the Compliance Officer for Maryville Academy, a non-profit child care organization and formerly served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, where I prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. I am a former member of Skokie’s Youth at Risk Task Force, a current member of the Skokie Lion’s Club and a volunteer for District 219 and District 73½. My wife, Margy, and I have lived in Skokie since 1987 and are parents of three young adults.  I enjoy dining at Skokie’s ethnic restaurants, shopping at various venues and going to the movies. Also, I frequently bike around Skokie’s beautiful parks.  I am committed to maintaining and growing these facets of our community.

Edie Sue Sutker

I have served as a Trustee for the Village of Skokie since 2004. As a Trustee, I co-chaired the Downtown Development Commission and the Public Safety Commission. Prior to becoming a Village Trustee, I served on the Skokie plan commission for nearly 10 years.  I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker and work for Jewish Child & Family Services in Northbrook. After graduating from Niles North High School, I obtained a degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  During my service to the Village, we have made significant improvements. Our major challenge is to think creatively about how to increase revenue and decrease expenses without compromising services or burdening taxpayers.