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Deadra W. Stokes to be Appointed to Lincoln-Way Board of Education
Friday, September 20, 2019

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 announced the appointment of Deadra W. Stokes to the Board of Education. The Board voted to approve her appointment last night at the September 19 meeting. Stokes replaces Board member Peter Wilkes, who resigned in August due to increased responsibilities within the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Board of Education appointed Stokes to fill the current vacancy on the Board following interviews with eight candidates. Stokes has been a Frankfort resident since 2006. She and her husband Paul Stokes will be celebrating their 20th year wedding anniversary this coming October. They have three daughters, one who is a recent 2019 Lincoln-Way East graduate and their youngest is currently a Freshman.

“I believe that education is one of the major keys to success, and the key to great education is providing educators, administrators, and students with the necessary tools to create an outstanding educational environment that promotes growth for all,” Stokes stated.

Stokes has been a licensed attorney for more than 23 years and is currently the President/Managing Partner of Consumer Legal Group, P.C. currently located in Orland Park, IL. She also has served as the Administrative Hearing Officer in various municipalities and currently presides over minor traffic court hearings in the Village of Matteson. She’s currently on the Economic Development Committee for the Village of Frankfort, volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club, and is an adjunct professor at Governors State University. She’s also previously served on the Review Board for the Parent-Student Handbook for School District 157c.

Stokes has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Juris Doctorate and Environmental Law Certification from Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology.

“Mrs. Stokes will be an excellent addition to the Board of Education. Her legal experience combined with her contributions and dedication to the Lincoln-Way and Frankfort communities make her the right choice,” Joe Kosteck, President of the Board of Education.

The Lincoln-Way 210 Board of Education thanks all candidates for their interest, time, and support through the interview process. “Each candidate was able to articulate their passion for education. We appreciate all who participated and their commitment to District 210. This was a difficult decision, and all were extremely qualified.”

Stokes will be sworn in and begin serving on the Board of Education at the October 17, 2019 meeting and will serve until 2021 when the position will be up for re-election.