Malcolm X College
Alpha Lambda Iota
My name is Enaam Al-Quader and I am honored to serve as president of the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa in 2017-2018. In April 2016 I was inducted in the Alpha Lambda Iota chapter at Malcolm X College in Chicago. During 2016-2017, I was vice-president of the northeastern district of the Illinois Region. I also served as president of the Alpha Lambda Iota chapter, during which time our chapter attained REACH reward status and received Distinguished Chapter Officer Team award at 2017 Catalyst. As president, I bring all my knowledge and experience from serving in those positions to every chapter in the Illinois region. Working together, I am confident we will attain tremendous success.
A few other facts about me: I have a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drake University with double majors in Actuarial Science and Information Systems. I worked as an Actuarial Consultant and then Investment Consultant for many years before returning to school to pursue a career in medicine. Although I was born in Bangladesh, my early life was split living between Bangladesh and Kuwait. In Kuwait, I studied at an Indian school where I had friends from very diverse backgrounds, races and religions. I am fully fluent in four languages--English, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu, and am also familiar with Arabic, French and Spanish. I love learning about different cultures and languages and aim to be fluent in over 10 languages.
Vice President, Southern District
Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville
My name is Foram Patel and I am the 2017-2018 Southern Vice President for the Illinois Region. I joined Phi Theta Kappa in Spring of 2016 and I knew PTK was something I would enjoying working with. My official Phi Theta Kappa experience was when I became the Vice President of Communication for the Theta Epsilon chapter at Southwestern Illinois College. I loved meeting new people and doing things that were out of my boundaries. Continuing with my journey of Phi Theta Kappa, this year I became the Secretary for Theta Epsilon and was elected to a Regional Officer position.
I am currently attending Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL where I will be getting my Associate in Arts degree and University of Missouri- St. Louis where I am pursuing towards my nursing degree. After graduation, my goal is to become a registered nurse.
Phi Theta Kappa has given me confidence and inspired me to do certain things that I would have never thought about doing. I love how Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic aspects of students’ achievements and helps them to be a better person. Without Phi Theta Kappa, I would not be the person that I am today with all the opportunity it has been given me. I am so glad to have made another family of PTK members all over the world. I can proudly say I Am PTK!
Vice President, Central District
Lincoln Land Community College
Alpha Epsilon Kappa
My name is Mason Carroll and I am the 2017- 2018 Central Vice President for the Illinois
Region of Phi Theta Kappa. I have been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since the fall of 2016. I’m currently attending Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL and am pursuing a degree in Video Game Development.
My first experience with PTK was average at best; I was one of those students that only joined for the scholarships. I went to the fellowship meetings just for the food, I didn’t participate or really do anything for my chapter--until one day I got the invitation to go to Catalyst. I said “why not,” and I went. After Catalyst, I had more motivation to do more for my chapter and more for PTK. One thing lead to another and I am currently my chapter's Public Relations Officer and the Illinois Central District VP. You could say this has been a crazy ride for me.
My favorite PTK moment and most memorable was going to the PTK Honors Institute in Chicago. From just being in a huge city like Chicago, to going to a University for the first time--the atmosphere and, most importantly, the people were the best parts. We all meet people and think to ourselves that we will never forget them, but in reality we slowly do forget them. However, that is not the case with the amazing people I met, from my fellow Regional Officers to PTK members from all over the states. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience this without Phi Theta Kappa.
A fun fact about me is that I’ve been a “gamer” for 16 years of my life, and that’s what motivated me to make video games a career. Since I am going to school for Video Game Development, it’s only natural that I participate in Video Game Design Tournaments (Making Games from Scratch). My team and I got second place in our first competition out of 10 teams back in 2016. Then we won first place out of 17 teams in 2017. And, whenever I have free time, 8/10 times I’m out longboarding. I enjoy longboarding so much that when I attended the PTK Honors Institute in Chicago earlier this year, I brought my board and rode around the University whenever we had free time.
I’m looking forward to the coming year and meeting more of my fellow PTK members and making more incredible memories!
Vice President, Northeastern District
Malcolm X College
Alpha Lambda Iota
My name is Mia Correa and I am humbled to introduce myself as your Northeastern District Representative for the 2017-18 school year. I am very excited to meet and get to know you throughout this year.
I am a second generation Phi Theta Kappa member. Both of my parents were active members before moving on to a four-year university. I am a proud member of the Alpha Lambda Iota chapter at Malcolm X College. My time with Phi Theta Kappa has been short, but exciting. As soon as I accomplished my first semester at Malcolm X College, I jumped on the opportunity to become a PTK member and hit the ground running.
I just earned my Personal Training certification this past spring and now work as a person trainer at one of Chicago’s elite athletic clubs, FFC. I have played many sports, but my favorite is Rugby where I played as my high school’s full back.
I attended the Honors Institute this past June, a national conference that was devoted to the Honors Study Topic for the next two years. There I received training on how to construct an Honors in Action project, college project, and more. I hope that if any of our chapters would like any assistance you know I am here for you, and will try my very best to help you and your chapters with resources and information to make the 2017-18 year a great one for the Northeastern region!
Vice President, Northern District
McHenry County College
My name is Paige Meyer and I am the 2017-2018 Northern Vice President for the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa. I have been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since the Spring of 2016 and have loved every minute of my time in Phi Theta Kappa. I started off my Phi Theta Kappa journey as my school's Honors in Action Chair, and am continuing that journey with my regional officer position along with being my school's Vice President of Fellowship this year.
I currently attend McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois and I am pursuing an Associate in Science. After graduation, I plan to attend Northern Illinois University and obtain a Bachelors in Science in Communication with an emphasis in rhetoric and public communication. Following my undergraduate degree, I have plans to attend law school with the goal to open my own law firm.
A fun fact about me is that I love horses and I ride my horse, Hank, several times a week. Hank and I travel to Hunter/Jumper shows in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin to compete throughout the year. I have been riding horses for eight years and plan to continue to ride for the rest of my life.
Kankakee Community College (KCC)
Alpha Delta Eta chapter
Susan is an advisor of the Alpha Delta Eta chapter at Kankakee Community College (KCC). She is the Coordinator of the Transfer Center and Student Scholar Programs at KCC.
As a non-traditional student, Susan was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Kankakee Community College in 1992.
As Regional Coordinator, Susan is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Illinois Region.
College of DuPage
Phi Beta chapter
Shannon is the advisor for the Phi Beta chapter at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Shannon also serves as the co-advisor for the Illinois Regional Alumni Association (IRAA).
She is a proud alum of Phi Theta Kappa herself. During her time in community college, Shannon served as the president for the Rho Kappa chapter at Elgin Community College. She is also a founding member of IRAA.