Meet The Board of Directors

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Queenster Nartey

Board President

Grinnell College

Class of 2016 

Biological Chemistry

Queenster, a Ghanaian American, co-founded the ILAC after recognizing the need to become and maintain what she wished she had as an undergraduate student. Her curiosity and willingness to challenge herself opened doors for her as a Research Fellow at the U.S. FDA, a Research Coordinator at Johns Hopkins, and most recently, a Clinical Coordinator at Northwestern University. She enjoys reading, journaling, exploring new cultures, and implementing unique, bold, and innovative ideas. Queenster intends to live a fruitful, flourishing, and fulfilling life, and empowers others to do the same.

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Alice Nadeau, PhD

Board Member

Grinnell College
Class of 2013
Mathematics

Alice is from Waterloo, IA, and even though she desperately wanted to get out of Iowa for college, applied to Grinnell College under the persistent urging of her mother.  Grinnell was a perfect fit for Alice (Thanks, Mom!) and while there she was a participant and later a student leader for the Grinnell Science Project (GSP).  GSP was a formative experience for Alice and she later adapted the program at her graduate institution where she co-founded the Mathematics Project at Minnesota.  Alice believes that two keys to success are having strong friendships and finding good mentors.

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Myra James

Board Member

Iowa State University

Class of 2018

Mechanical Engineering

Myra, (she/her/hers), was born and raised in the Midwest. While at Iowa State University, she was involved with Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the IINSPIRE LSAMP Program. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2018, she accepted the position of STEM Director at the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to her work at the Boys & Girls Club, Myra serves as CEO of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit the ILAC, IINSPIRE LSAMP Alumni Committee. Myra is an avid houseplant collector and dog mom to her Jack Russell Terrier, Kepler Bean.