Alpha Omega Xi Chapter
Heartland Community College
I am deeply honored to be entrusted with the role of President for the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa during the 2023-2024 term. My journey began when I joined the Alpha Omega Xi chapter at Heartland Community College, where I also served as the Scholarship Officer. Currently, I am honored to lead as the Chapter President. Throughout my time with PTK, I have actively engaged in community service focusing on initiatives like collecting donations for local animal shelters and playing a vital role in organizing campus events that aim to reshape the narrative surrounding incarcerated individuals by fostering understanding and empathy. Before my academic pursuits, I embarked on a transformative adventure living in Yellowstone National Park for an inspiring four-year period. After that, I honed my skills in using DNA and historical records to identify unknown birth parents and facilitate reunions. This experience fueled my passion for justice and investigation, leading me to pursue a future in investigative genetic genealogy. Looking forward, I intend to delve deeper into Forensic Science and apply similar methods to solve cold cases. My ultimate aspiration is to contribute significantly to the field and bring closure to families who have long sought answers. As President of the Illinois Region, I am committed to promoting collaboration, academic excellence, and empowering fellow PTK members to unlock their full potential. Serving within Phi Theta Kappa and beyond is a privilege, and I am dedicated to leaving a lasting impact in all that I do.
Vice President, Southern District
Alpha Lambda Epsilon Chapter
Shawnee Community College
Being a first time Phi Theta Kappa member this year, I am very honored to serve as Southern Vice President for the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa for 2023-2024. I am also currently serving as Vice President of the Alpha Lambda Epsilon Chapter at Shawnee Community College. The last time someone from my chapter ran for Regional Office was back in 2004. That is why I am so proud and honored that the Southern Illinois Vice President is from the Alpha Lambda Epsilon Chapter at Shawnee Community College. I am currently serving as Shawnee Community College’s Student Trustee while working on my Associate of Arts degree to get started on my business degree. When I transfer to a university, along with getting a business degree, I will also work on a degree in aviation to fly commercial planes. As a Filipino who migrated in the United States during my freshmen year of high school, it was not easy for me. I thought moving to America would only bring me a better education and give me a great job in the future. Even though my thoughts were wrong, the United States brought me bigger opportunities. I served on Student Council and was Beta Club Vice President during my senior year of high school. I have received multiple scholarships, including band and choir scholarships from Shawnee Community College. I enjoy playing my flute in band, and I like doing musical plays.
Vice President, Central District
Alpha Epsilon Kappa Chapter
Lincoln Land Community College
I am very excited to serve as Central Vice President of the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa for the 2023-2024 academic year. My start in PTK began when I was inducted as part of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter in 2022 while pursuing my first associate degree in neurodiagnostic technology. While initially I only intended to pursue a single associate degree, my academic experiences ignited a newfound desire to learn like I never had, inspiring me to begin my path in pre-medicine as my next educational endeavor. Another passion I developed was helping others gain similar ambitions for their academic careers and to make community college the most nurturing environment possible for its students. These factors motivated me to run for Central VP, and I hope to provide my devotion, enthusiasm, and energy to help the Illinois Region meet its goals and be the best it can be. I'm also currently pursuing work as an EEG technologist so I can help with the diagnosis of epilepsy and strokes in neurology patients. Neurology has always been a significant interest of mine, and I plan to obtain a bachelor's in neuroscience in the future as part of my premedical program. Outside of professional work and academics, I am interested in music, hiking, tabletop RPGs, and chess.
Vice President, Northern District
Chi Upsilon Chapter
McHenry County College
I am honored and excited for this opportunity to serve as Northern Vice President of the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa. In fall 2020, I was inducted into the Chi Upsilon Chapter at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. I got involved very quickly, leading an educational forum presentation for the Illinois Regional Leadership Conference. In addition, I worked with the chapter on the Honors in Action and College Project activities. Working with our chapter team to welcome new students, recruit new members, and help the community through adopt-a-highway has been an awesome experience. I was selected for the All-Illinois Academic Team, and I received the International Distinguished Chapter Member award at Catalyst 2021. I am a sixteen-time multi-award-winning professional belly dancer, US Air Force Veteran, mother of two, and have volunteered with Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA), an organization that helps those with disabilities achieve their fitness goals. After a career in graphic design, I am returning to study Health and Fitness Education. As a personal fitness instructor, I want to help others reach their fitness goals and study behaviors in habit change and nutrition awareness. I enjoy helping people become the best that they can be by leveraging fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness to develop positive lifestyles. As the Northern Vice President, I bring my experiences as a non-traditional student to the table to help our Region support the diverse members of PTK to develop personally and academically. Working together, we will exceed even our own expectations.
Vice President, Northeastern District
Nu Lambda Chapter
Harry S. Truman College
In fall of 2020, I was inducted as a member of the Nu Lambda Chapter at Harry S. Truman College and in the fall of 2021, I began getting very involved in my chapter as I became the Vice President of Communications. After a year full of enriching experiences, fellowship and service, I was encouraged by my peers to run as the Nu Lambda Chapter President at the end of the Spring semester of 2022. Although I was nervous about this opportunity, it turned out to be a fantastic experience which helped me to explore a side of me I didn’t know before and propelled me to impact others in my community through service. I was also able to serve alongside a fantastic team that was eager to create a positive impact on our campus. After such great experiences in these chapter roles, I am honored to serve as the Northeastern Vice President of the Illinois Region for the 2023-2024 term. I am excited to serve in this new role by creating more service opportunities among colleges in the Northeastern district and fostering a spirit of fellowship among us. I graduated from Harry S Truman College with an Associate of Arts degree in Spring of 2023, and I am hoping to transfer in Spring of 2024 to a four-year university to pursue a major in Computer Science. Another fact about me is that I am an Afro-Latina from Venezuela, and I moved to Chicago in 2016. Before taking credit courses at Truman College to pursue an associate degree, I participated in and completed Truman's ESL program in 2018.
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.