Alpha Iota Lambda Chapter
Moraine Valley Community College
My name is John Kladis, and I am honored to be serving as the Illinois Regional President for the 2018-2019 academic year. Phi Theta Kappa has been a large part of my academic career since I was inducted into the Alpha Iota Lambda chapter at Moraine Valley Community College back in the spring of 2017. After being an active member in my first semester I decided to be more involved by taking an officer position during the 2017–2018 year. During the time that I served as my chapter’s Executive Vice President, we were named a Five Star chapter and received the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award at Catalyst 2018. I look forward to working with all of our chapters, and will try my best to bring forth the knowledge that I have gained over the past year and apply it to my position as President.
Just so you know a little more about me, I am majoring in Public Relations and plan to transfer to Lewis University to receive my bachelor’s degree. I love to play a lot of different sports, and my favorites by far are basketball, volleyball, bowling, and ultimate Frisbee. I also love to play video games, watch movies, and see theatrical performances. A couple of other groups that I am a member of at my school are the Forensics Speech Team and Art Club. I love meeting new people and engaging in conversation, so feel free to reach out!
Vice President, Northern District
Alpha Lambda Phi Chapter
Joliet Junior College
My name is Annalyse Taccola and I am eager to serve as the Northern Vice President for the Illinois Region of Phi Theta Kappa in 2018-2019. In April of 2017, I was inducted in the Alpha Lambda Phi chapter at Joliet Junior College as a member and the Vice President of Fellowship. Throughout my time as an officer in the 2017 year, my chapter was awarded REACH award status, and I had the honor of running for International Vice President of Division III at Catalyst 2018. I attained various skills along the way and had many great role models to guide me, which will prove to be an asset in my role as a Regional officer. I look forward to serving the Illinois Region with my fellow officers throughout the year, and I am sure we will bring about many resounding achievements.
I am currently pursuing a double major in Pre-Nursing and Biochemistry from Joliet Junior College. After graduation from the Nursing program, I plan to work as a Registered Nurse while attending a university to obtain my Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing degree. Following my undergraduate degree, I have plans to attend medical school. Also, I currently have three years of service with the Illinois Army National Guard, and I plan to continue to serve my country as a medical officer after obtaining my medical degree. One day, I hope to provide adequate healthcare in developing countries and partner with Doctors Without Borders.
Vice President, Southern District
John A. Logan College
Hey Illinois PTK family! My name is Charlotte Lewis. I’m from John A. Logan College and I’m the Southern District Regional Vice President for Illinois. I believe that everyone who has joined PTK has a PTK story and I’m going to tell you mine. I moved from Dubai, UAE to DuQuoin, Illinois about two years ago. Moving to a new land and having to make new friends and new connections was really hard until I found a PTK email in my school’s email account. All I knew was that you really had to be the top dog of your class in order to be in an honor society and I never thought I could reach that level, because back home they made meeting the standards of education really hard to attain. But here, with hard work and dedication, you can achieve a 4.0 GPA and I have been able to prove that to myself.
I accepted the invitation to join PTK, and all I can say is that it is the best decision I’ve ever made in my whole entire life. PTK has helped me develop team building and leadership skills. It’s also helped me learn to agree to disagree to other people’s opinions and help me learn how to problem solve through life. PTK is my new family and friends group, my new connection, my new way of seeing the world through American culture and through your eyes. I’ve learned that when you travel your mind broadens and you forget about cultural differences and try to see the similarities between cultures. PTK has also taught me sacrifice at its true essence and worth. It has taught me family before self.
I hope serving you this year is no less of that same greatness of past Regional Officers, and my prayer and hope is that this Region only grows to help the Society become even better in the next 100 years.
Vice President, Central District
Alpha Psi Eta Chapter
My name is Emily Grumish, and I am honored to serve as the 2018-2019 Central Vice President for the Illinois Region. I joined Phi Theta Kappa in the fall of 2017, and later took on the role as President of the Alpha Psi Eta chapter at Parkland College. Through our chapter’s dedication to maintain five-star status, we were honored with a College Project and Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award at Catalyst 2018. Phi Theta Kappa has given me the leadership skills to break out of my comfort zone to help advocate for students who are capable of greatness, but may just need some extra motivation to succeed. As the Central VP, I’m excited to use my experience to help empower chapters to reach their full potential and grow together as a Region.
I’m currently attending Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and would like to further my studies by transferring to the University of Illinois to obtain my bachelor’s degree. I see myself graduating with a PH.D. in Developmental Psychology and pursuing a career in the medical field.
A few other facts about me: In addition to my work with Phi Theta Kappa, I’m also part of Club Access, a Parkland College group that works to promote overall wellness among students. I’m also active in volunteering, and recently had the opportunity through my college to participate in a life-changing alternative spring break service learning trip to Flint, Michigan.
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.