ARCS Light Award Winners

The ARCS Light Award is a distinctive honor awarded to a member who has given the highest quality of long-term service to ARCS Foundation.  One ARCS Light may be chosen by her Chapter each year, though there is no requirement that the award be given every year.  The ARCS Light is honored at the Chapter's annual meeting and at the ARCS Foundation National Annual Meeting.

A candidate for the ARCS Light Award must have been an active member for at least three years, have served on a variety of committees as well as on the Chapter Board, have given continuous service that has had a positive impact on the ARCS Foundation, have demonstrated a willingness to serve, have respect for ARCS Foundation leadership and membership, and be an exemplary representative of ARCS Foundation to her fellow members and to the community.

The Illinois Chapter of the ARCS Foundation is proud to honor all of the ARCS Light Honorees who have represented us over the years.  As an example of the excellence of character and contribution to the ARCS Foundation, we are listing the following women, each of whom was an ARCS Light; and each of whom is a current member or supporter of ARCS Foundation Illinois. 

Elisa BaileyBarbara Benezra
Lynda BirkelbachTeresa Byrd
Ann CalsonPatricia Seridan Caruso
Linda CelesiaSue Dindia
Joanne Benazzi FriedlandRuthAnn Green
Jeri KingAlicia Pond
Donna SpiveyJoanna Stein
Jocelyn StollerLaura Sudler
Ruth Anne Unik 

2015-2016 Illinois Chapter ARCS Light Award Recipient


Sue Dindia joined ARCS Foundation in 2003, following her first member program as a guest. She immediately felt connected with  the organization's mission as well as the warmth and friendliness of its members. Shorty thereafter, she was appointed to fill the vacant Treasurer position and began her nine year tenure on the Illinois Board: serving six years as Treasurer, two years as president, and one year as Past President. Throughout the years, Sue worked on committees for the Scholar Awards Luncheon and the Annual Benefit, with responsibilities including reservations and auction check-out.

Sue was privileged to serve on the Natioal ARCS Foundation Board as Director of Administration for two years, where she was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the National website. In addition, Sue played a key role in the development of the Illinois Chapter website and the migration of historical Illinois Chapter data to the National database.

A native Chicagoan, Sue received her B.A. from Loyola Univerity of Chicago and M.B.A. from Northern Illinois Universty. She had a thirty-five year career as an IT professional in the Financial Services Industry, beginning as a programmer at Sears and ending as an IT Director at Discover Card. Along the way, she worked at Montgomery Ward, Harris Bank and Morgan Stanley. Sue is a past Board Member and Chair of her high school alma mater, Guerin Collge Prep. Currently, she is enjoying her volunteer position as a tax preparer at the local senior center.

Sue and her husband, Gary, have lived in suburban Chicago for over forty years where they raised two daughters: Megan, who lives near Santa Cruz, CA with her new husband, Chafer, her son, Kenai, and three step children; and Beth, who with her husband, Vince, and daughter, Lucy, live in suburban Chicago.