Alpha Psi Eta Chapter
My name is Savannah Burkhalter and I am excited and honored for this opportunity to serve as President of the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa in 2019-2020. In April 2018 I was inducted in the Alpha Psi Eta Chapter at Parkland College in Champaign. During 2018-2019, I served as a vice president of the Alpha Psi Eta Chapter, during which time I facilitated the completion of both our Honors in Action and College Project by working directly with Parkland College faculty and administration as well as individuals in the community. As Illinois Regional President, I will bring with me the enthusiasm and dedication I have for my work, as well as my experience in my position as vice president and as an active member in my community.
On top of my work in PTK, I am pursuing my Associates in Radiologic Technology and will continue my schooling as a Human Nutrition Major at the University of Illinois. Another fact about me is that I also participate in the Illini Swing Society at the University of Illinois, where I have been swing dancing for almost two years. I participate in as many off-campus swing dance events as I can; every person I dance with has a different style, so I am always learning new things. I hope to participate in a swing dance competition in the future, but for right now I’m working on learning new things!
Vice President, Southern District
Theta Epsilon Chapter
Southwestern Illinois College
My name is Emily Cronin and I am beyond excited to serve as the Southern Vice President of the Illinois Region for the 2019-2020 academic year!
In high school, I was heavily involved in athletics; I ran Track & Field as a varsity athlete in a handful of events and Cross Country as a varsity runner. I was also an editor for the yearbook, a Science Club board member, and a National Honor Society inductee throughout my four years as a Triad Knight. In the spring of 2018, I graduated from Triad High School and began attending Southwestern Illinois College of Belleville in the fall.
In March of 2019, I was inducted into the Theta Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. When I first joined, I considered running for a chapter officer position, but I wasn’t quite sure if it would be the thing for me. However, after attending Catalyst 2019, I was absolutely sure that I wanted to get heavily involved with the society and was strongly encouraged by my chapter members, my advisor, and many others to run for the Illinois Regional Office—and I am so glad I did!
Aside from all that, I have a few hobbies that I enjoy taking part in during my free time. Photography is something I greatly enjoy, especially of nature and interesting architecture. Additionally, since “retiring” as a high school athlete, I like to run as often as I can and occasionally participate in 5k races in the summer.
Vice President, Northeastern District
Mu Pi Chapter
Harold Washington College
My name is Kaydan Pascual. I am the Northeastern Vice President in the Illinois Region. I am majoring in accounting at Harold Washington College. I am grateful to have served as Vice President for the Mu Pi Chapter. I was inducted into the PTK family in April 2018. That summer, I became Vice President and attended PTK events including the Regional Convention, Leadership Conference & Honors Institute, and International Convention. As a chapter officer I contributed to the Honors in Action Project and participated in the ALS walk. Our chapter organized a "Be the Match Registry Drive" to encourage students to register for the organ donor registry.
Before I joined PTK, I was the youth ambassador for CARICOM (Caribbean Community) for three years in my home country of Belize. CARICOM promotes economic integration and equality among Caribbean communities. As a youth ambassador, I worked with the economic and crime prevention section where I assisted with formulating leadership development programs for at-risk youths.
Also in Belize, I also coached youth soccer and taught teenagers leadership, sportsmanship, and how to deal with peer pressure. I am fluent in Creole, Garifuna (Island Carib), and English. I enjoy meeting people from different cultures, religions, races, and history. When I joined PTK, I met students from all walks of life, coming together as one to network and fellowship. Being part of this prestigious honor society shaped me into a better person and leader.
Vice President, Northern District
Phi Beta Chapter
College of DuPage
My name is Sofia Noonan and I am honored to serve as the Northern Vice President of the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa in 2019-2020. In May of 2018, I was inducted into the Phi Beta Chapter at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. During 2018-2019, I served as Vice President of the College Project, during which time our chapter was recognized as a Five Star chapter and received a Distinguished Chapter award at Catalyst 2019. As Northern Vice President, I convene all my knowledge and involvement from being a part of these positions to every chapter in the Northern District. On this team, we’re all united and I am positive we will achieve immense success.
A few other facts about me: I am in the process of completing my Associates in Science degree and I plan to double major in psychology and philosophy when I transfer in fall 2020. Along with my involvement in PTK, I also serve as an Orientation Leader, which allows me to welcome new students and connect them with the abundance of opportunities available at the school. Music plays an important role in my life, and throughout the years I’ve learned to play the piano, clarinet, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar.
Vice President, Central District
Alpha Epsilon Kappa Chapter
Lincoln Land Community College
My name is Hannah Roberts and I am abundantly blessed to be Vice President of the Central District in the Illinois Region this year. My chapter is Alpha Epsilon Kappa at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. I have been in Phi Theta Kappa since 2018, and I was elected Vice President of Service at the beginning of 2019. Along with the responsibilities of this position, I was blessed to learn so much from other officers and PTK Catalyst in Orlando in April of 2019. When I dedicate my time to something, I follow through, and I fully believe that is a sole responsibility for this position as a Regional Officer. Besides PTK, I was on LLCC’s cheer team and completed my associates in political science in May 2019. In 2019-2020, I will continue my education with dual enrollment at LLCC and a nearby university where I will continue on in Pre Law. I will provide plenty of time to my loving PTK crew and again am so blessed to have been introduced to such a giving honor society.
John A. Logan College - Carterville
Upsilon Pi Chapter Advisor
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.
Associate Regional Coordinator
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.