Board Member Bios


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Mark Sproat

Mark Sproat is a Skokie resident since 1969, and a graduate of Niles West.  Sproat has a strong background in information technology, sports and experience managing personnel and budgets. He holds a degree in Business Management and Supervision, and is currently a Senior Business Analyst. He and his wife (a Niles North graduate) have three children: one a graduate of Niles West, another currently attending West, and the third a seventh-grader at Fairview South in District 72.

Brian Novak

 Vice President

Brian Novak and his wife, Cyndy, moved to Skokie 10 years ago in search of the right place to raise their growing family. In April 2015 Novak won a seat on the D219 Board of Education after having served on the Skokie District 73.5 Board as vice president and secretary, and the Niles Township District for Special Education 807 as vice president and president. He has helped shape the community as a member of the Village of Skokie Consumer Affairs Commission and liaison to the Skokie Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Task Force. He has held board positions in People for a Safer Society (handgun control) and the Skokie Voice residents’ association. He has volunteered for Home Delivered Meals, the annual Festival of Cultures and District 73.5 PTAs. Novak is an attorney who works as a sales and marketing strategist for a hospitality company based in Skokie.

Carlton Evans

Carlton Evans

Carlton Evans is Director of Veterans Outreach and Affairs for Volunteers of America of Illinois. He is an active volunteer, including with the Booster organizations of Niles North and Niles West. He and wife Karen are the parents of three North graduates.  Evans is a facilitator and trainer for “A World of Difference” diversity training offered by the Anti-Defamation League, a Certified Character Educator and an NCAA-Certified Coach. He is actively engaged in introducing the district to the Beyond Diversity/Courageous Conversation protocol developed by Pacific Education Group. He has valuable crisis prevention and intervention experience working with troubled youth and their families.  He has also served as director of youth programming for the Ricky Byrdsong Foundation.

Joseph Nowik

Secretary Pro Tem

Joseph Nowik is director of operations of a lighting manufacturing company in Chicago. A 30-year resident of Skokie, he and his wife Graciela have two children. His son graduated in 2015 from Niles West and is entering the Bridges program at Niles North. His daughter is a junior at Niles West. Nowik served for seven years on the Board of Directors of Have Dreams, a nonprofit that helps children with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so they may realize their full potential.

Ruth Klint 
Ruth Klint

 Ruth Klint is a parent and owner of a family business in the commercial construction field.  She lives in Lincolnwood.  She joined the D219 Board in 2003 and currently serves on the Policy and Facility Committees. She is on the Board of Directors of Pine Trail Camp in Saugatuck, MI. She also serves on the Women's Ministry Board of Skokie Valley Baptist Church in Wilmette, where she is a leader of the junior and senior high youth programs. She has three children, all graduates of Niles West.

David Ko

Dr. David Ko was installed in August 2013 on the D219 Board of Education. He is a board certified licensed chiropractic physician and acupuncturist, and a Skokie resident. He serves on the Skokie Human Relations Commission and is the chair of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Free Annual Family Health Fair. He was named Niles North Alumnus of the Year in 2013. Ko has a Master's in Oriental Medicine and a Doctorate of Chiropractic.

Linda Lampert

Linda Lampert is a freelance voice-over artist. With a long background in radio broadcasting, she excels in all aspects of communication. Lampert grew up in Lincolnwood and is an outspoken mom who wants not only the best for her child but for each student in the district.  People describe her as open-minded, approachable and passionate.  Lampert graduated from Niles West and obtained a B.A. from Columbia College.  She has a 7th grader in a sender school.