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Meet The Board of Directors


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.


Alice Nadeau, PhD

Board Member

Grinnell College
Class of 2013

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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Sonita Koenig

Board Member

Iowa State University

Class of 2022

Computer Science

Sonita is a Cambodian American and first generation immigrant. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University, graduating in 2022. After graduating, she accepted the position of Software Engineer at ACT Inc., Iowa City, IA. She has a passion for developing and maintaining software solutions, with a specific focus on security. She is pursuing
a Master of Science in Information Technology at the University of The People. In her free time she enjoys coding, cooking, reading, hiking, networking, and traveling. Sonita believes
everything is possible if she puts all her effort into it.

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