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Meet the Board


Board Member Bios


Board President Una McGeough

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Una McGeough has lived in District 68 since 2002.  She and her husband have two sons attending college, and one son at Niles North High School.  Ms. McGeough works for the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University.

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Vice President Joseph Ruffner

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Mr. Ruffner has resided in Skokie since 2013, where he and his wife Jen have two daughters in District 68 schools. An active volunteer, he has chaired the Jane Stenson silent auction, and assists with the annual 24-Hour Improv charity fundraiser at The Second City, where he's worked since 2008 developing talent and new material as Producer of the Touring Companies.

Secretary Katrina Bell-Jordan

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Dr. Bell-Jordan has resided in District 68 since 2003.  She and her husband have a child at Niles North High School.  Dr. Bell-Jordan is the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern Illinois University; and Professor of Communication, Media, and Theatre.

Member Frank Alkyer

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Frank Alkyer has been a resident of District 68 since 1998. He is the publisher of DownBeat, Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines. With a daughter in college who graduated from Devonshire, Old Orchard and Niles North, Mr. Alkyer has been a PTA member at Devonshire and Old Orchard as well as the Niles North Parent Advisory Council. He also served two years as the secretary of Niles North Fine Arts Parents and Patrons.

Member Meghan Espinoza

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Meghan Espinoza has resided in District 68 since 2003.  She and her husband have three children who attend Devonshire, Old Orchard, and Niles North.  Mrs. Espinoza teaches sixth grade English Language Arts in a nearby school district.

Member Jinu Joseph

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I have lived in Skokie since 1988. I am an alumni of Highland, Old Orchard, and Niles North. I received my bachelor's degree in core mathematics from Purdue University, masters degree from DePaul University, and my Ed. S degree from National Louis University. I have worked the past two years in education as an assistant principal at Westmont High School and eight years as a high school math teacher in CPS prior to Westmont. I have one daughter who attends Highland Elementary School.

Member Jeffrey Sterbenc

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Jeffrey Sterbenc has resided in District 68 since 2012. He and his wife have three children who attend Devonshire and Old Orchard. Mr. Sterbenc is a supervising attorney at the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian, and he is also the Public Guardian's Director of Community Outreach for their Juvenile Division.