Board Member Bios

Member Bios
David Ko headshotDavid 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.
Joseph Nowik headshotJoseph Nowik
Vice President
Joseph Nowik is Director of Operations of a lighting manufacturing company in Chicago. A 32-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 senior 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.
Rich Evonitz headshotRich Evonitz
Rich has lived in Skokie since 1998 with his wife, Diana, and daughter, Taylor. His daughter is a graduate of Niles North, Class of 2016, and currently attends the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Rich and Diana are active in the community. Prior to his election in April 2017, Rich served as Board President for the East Prairie School District 73 Board of Education. He is an attorney who works in-house for a large property and casualty insurance company in downtown Chicago, and an avid runner and fitness enthusiast who is scheduled to run the Chicago Marathon in October 2017.
Naema Abraham HeadshotNaema Abraham
Board Member
Naema Abraham has been a resident of Skokie since 1979, and graduated from Niles North.  She attended Northeastern University in Chicago, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Human Resources.  Abraham has spent much of her career in payroll and human resources, but is also a certified Paraprofessional in Education.  Currently, she manages payroll and human resource functions for a privately owned company in Skokie.   She has one child, a daughter who is a student at Niles North and will graduate with the class of 2018.  She is an avid runner, having started running for fitness 11 years ago. 
Linda Lampert headshotLinda Lampert
Secretary Pro Tem
Linda Lampert is a freelance voice-over artist. With a long background in radio broadcasting. 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. She perceives herself to be the average District 219 parent and believes speaking with other parents is beneficial in making tough board decisions. 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 student currently attending Niles West.
Brian Novak headshotBrian Novak
Board Member
Brian Novak and his wife, Cyndy, moved to Skokie 12 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.
Mark Sproat headshotMark Sproat
Board Member
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 Field Manager for a General Contracting Firm. He and his wife (a Niles North graduate) have three daughters: one in college, and a senior and a freshman at Niles West.