Meet the Board


Board Member Bios


Board 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.

Vice President Katrina Bell-Jordan, PhD.

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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.

Secretary 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 am currenlty the assistant prinicpal at Conant High School in District 211. I have worked 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. 

Member Noelle Sullivan, Ph.D.

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Noelle Sullivan has been a resident of District 68 since 2012. She has two children at Highland Elementary and one child attending Niles North High School. An anthropologist by training, Dr. Sullivan is faculty at Northwestern University in the Program in Global Health Studies.

Member Anne Warshaw

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Annie Warshaw is CEO of two companies (one that serves working mothers and another that brings mindfulness to schools) and is a professor of Gender Studies at Roosevelt University. Prior to founding her companies she taught second grade and high school on the southside of Chicago. When she is not working, she volunteers her time with a number of social justice organizations in the Chicagoland area. Annie and her husband have three children under the age of 4. Her children will attend Devonshire Elementary.

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