2018-2019 Officers and Directors

Governance

An elected Board of Directors oversees all phases of ARCS Foundation Illinois. The work and progress of the Board members and their committees are discussed at monthly Board meetings. Officers of the Illinois Board include the President, immediate Past President, and President-Elect (in years when appropriate), Treasurer, Secretary and the Vice-Presidents of each department. 

The fiscal year is July 1st through June 30th with the Annual Meeting in June. The year's signature event is the Scholar Award Reception, held in October, when the scholars are introduced and receive their awards. 
 

2019-2020 Board of Directors:

President Sarah Tucker-Vandenplas
Past President Bennetta Kelly
Treasurer Patricia Jones
Sue Dindia*
Secretary Sandra Mangurian
Co-Chair Strategic Planning/National Liaison Linda Celesia
VP Development Kate Timmerman
University Relations Bennetta Kelly
Patricia Anderson*
VP Programs TBD
VP Special Events Patsy Caruso*
VP Membership Nancy Whitford
VP Alumni & Scholar Relations Margie Zimmer
VP Website & Data Management TBD

*Advisor

Thanks From Scholar Richard Duncan

In addition to financial support, ARCS provided a unique opportunity to connect with people across the city, get a glimpse of the problems other researchers and scholars are solving, and better understand the efforts being made to continue to support math and science education in the US. This "window" into parts of the scientific world outside my own field was an important addition to my doctorate studies, and will greatly inform my future adventures (which remain "to be determined" at the moment).

Thanks From Scholar Emily Bethea

The debt associated with higher education can be overwhelming. As I continue to talk with classmates and friends I realize how truly fortunate I am to have had your generous support which allowed me to take liberties in research and clinical exposure as I progressed through medical school. I think sometimes donations can seem small, or because they are intangible hard to associate with real gain --- I want to make very clear how much I benefited from your generosity. On a daily basis things were easier, meaning I could focus on learning and not worry constantly about how I was going to structure my financial plan. It also allowed me to consider a career path in primary care, and not feel anxious about paying back the large amount of debt I have still accrued. Importantly, it was beneficial to meet and learn from such an extraordinary group of women and supporters. Watching people come together throughout the year was such a touching experience; I believe it was integral to my development to see everyone fighting for something they so strongly believe in. I can’t thank you enough, please know that I'll be able to make more of a difference in the lives of others because you were thoughtful enough to make the difference in mine. I'm still on board, let's keep working to advance science in America!

Thanks From Scholar Kevin Nelson

The ARCS scholarship program has been a critical factor for my success in graduate school at Northwestern University.  Not only did the program provide financial aid for me to continue my studies, but it also allowed me to interact with a diverse group of scientists and nonscientists several times a year.  These interactions have allowed me to keep up with cutting edge research outside of my field of study and have provided enormous insight into my own work.  Given the multidisciplinary nature of the program, I have also learned how to effectively communicate my results so that anyone from any field can understand what I am doing, an invaluable skill for any budding scientist.  After I graduate from Northwestern, I plan on continuing my career in research by studying immunology in a postdoctoral position.  I know that I will be able to take the experiences and lessons I’ve learned in the ARCS scholarship program and apply it to my next job, as well as the rest of my career as a scientist.