2024 Candidates


Annual Meeting

July 20, 2024, 12:30pm

IN2 - Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Imagination and Inquiry

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

1500 West Sullivan Road

Aurora, Illinois


During the IMSA Alumni Association Annual Meeting, the association is to elect Officers and At-Large Members for the upcoming service year.  At our 2024 meeting, the following positions are up for election, along with statements from each candidate:

1. Vice President (2-year term: August 31, 2024-August 31, 2026) [select up to one]


If anyone else wants VP, they're welcome to it. But I have been on IAA since 2021 as VP and have enjoyed helping out the alumni community. Probably my biggest "accomplishment" has been to recreate our email database which has enabled IAA to send out newsletters to the alumni community. Regardless I will continue to help send out newsletters, support IAA with helping out the alumni and student body however I can.

2. Treasurer (2-year term: August 31, 2024-August 31, 2026) [select up to one]


I have served as Treasurer of the IMSA Alumni Association for two years. I have appreciated this opportunity to serve our alumni community and to assist in organizing alumni gatherings and class reunions. I am now running for a second term as Treasurer.

3. At-Large Member (up to eleven may be elected; 1-year term: August 31, 2024-August 31, 2025) [select up to eleven]


I would like to continue serving in IAA’s cabinet. 


I would like to continue on as a cabinet member.  The year has passed so fast and I feel like I have a lot more to offer IAA and a lot more to learn from the experience.  Thank you.


I am running to be an IAA at-large member because I am passionate about IMSA both as an institution and the Alumni community. I want to be more involved in helping to connect members of the IMSA community. 


The re-organization of the IAA as a nonprofit separate from IMSA was beneficial in many ways but challenging in others, including communications efforts. One of my goals upon joining the Cabinet in 2019 was to make better use of technology to improve communication with alumni. We have made progress on this, including the launch of an email platform to reach alumni who are not on social media, but much work remains. I aim to continue assisting other Cabinet members as a communications plan is formalized.

I work at Fermilab and live in Naperville, so proximity to IMSA has allowed me to volunteer for on-campus activities in the past. I hope to do so more frequently over the next year.

The last few years have been a challenging time for the IMSA community for many reasons, but progress is being made on the goals set by the Cabinet, and I wish to continue assisting in accomplishing those goals. I would be privileged to serve another term as an at-large representative, and I ask for your vote.


I have served on the IAA cabinet for the past 7 years, and I am excited to continue as an at-large member through supporting alumni with connecting with their fellow alumni and also in encouraging alumni to give back to IMSA in a multitude of ways with their time and talents.


I'm an alumna of IMSA's Class of 96, and I have been on the IAA board for 1 year. I have also served on the IMSA Admissions Committee four times, and I have been an evaluator for IMSA's Leadership Exchange twice.

After graduating from IMSA, I received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in music education, and a master's degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia in journalism. I've worked in multiple countries across a wide range of scientific, educational, and artistic endeavors in the fields of publishing, journalism, and advertising, and I attended the State of the Union address as a member of the press corps in 2003. In 2015, I had my daughter, who stimulated my interest into integrative medicine, the sensory system in children, and the shared experience of motherhood.

The longer I'm away from IMSA, the more appreciative I am of how unique the experience was and how special the alumni are. There's been no match for the relationships that I built during that time, and I didn't fully appreciate it at the time. I'd like to continue meeting other alumni and create experiences where we can all continue bonding!

Please direct any questions to Sonia Wisniewski, Class of 1999, of the 2024 IAA Elections Committee. These should be emailed to election@imsaalum.org.