With a giving spirit and a passion for helping Las Vegas, throughout the years Ed Skonicki has been deeply involved in the community but says the one organization that holds a special place in his heart is United Way. With a history steeped in memories and community work, Ed has participated with United Way since it was “The Community Chest” in Chicago, and served as United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) board chair from 1994 to 1995. For the past ten years, he has been an active UWSN participant as a member of the Tocqueville Society.
The oldest of three boys, Ed was born in Chicago, Illinois. Much of his family still resides in Chicago including a brother and many nieces and nephews. Dedicated to helping others at a young age, Ed spent 10 years in a seminary program after grammar school and then enrolled in Loyola of Chicago, where he received his Masters of Education degree in 1963. Not too busy to fall in love, Ed married the love of his life, Olympia Raczkowski in 1964. They have an adopted Daughter, Michele (1970) and an adopted son, Jeffrey (1971).
With a career focused on consumer credit and banking, in 1983 the family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Ed Joined Citibank and then his next stop was New York in 1987. While there, he participated in the national “People to People” program, introducing consumer credit theories to China – an effort which turned out to be ahead of its time.
In 1989 Citibank asked Ed to become the President of Citibank, Nevada NA where he remained until 1995 when they asked him to move to Brussels, Belgium to manage a credit card portfolio in Germany, Spain, Greece and Belgium as well as assist in the initiation of programs in Portugal and Italy. Ed retired and returned to Las Vegas in 1997.
Driven to make a difference in Las Vegas, one of the most memorable moments in Ed’s life came in January 2000, when he became the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada – which provides a variety of services for seniors, children and families. During his four years as Executive Director he helped facilitate the construction of a building for Catholic Charities.
After completion of the building project, Ed retired to spend more time at home, playing golf and traveling with Olympia who sadly passed away in 2008. His daughter Michele now lives in Connecticut with two granddaughters, one grandson and one great granddaughter. His son Jeffrey lives in Nevada along with two more granddaughters.
Reaching out into the community, Ed has served on a variety of boards including: “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Nevada Development Authority, UNLV Foundation and Nevada Banker’s Association.
Ed’s favorite move is “Singing in the Rain” and he is particularly fond of Vintner’s Grill and the variety of dining options at Tivoli Village and Downtown Summerlin.
Since 2011, Ed has resided at Las Ventanas Independent Living Facility on West Charleston but continues to participate in the United Way in any way he can, “I believe that it is one of the best ways to give back to the city that I love.”