Meet The Board of Directors

image-2.jpeg

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.

IMG_0153.JPG

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.

gwen2.jpeg

Gwen Fine, MHA, MBA

Board Member

University of Northern Iowa

Class of 2014

Biology

Gwendolynn D. Fine was born and raised in Gary, IN. From a young age, Gwen has loved science and research. After graduating from West Side Leadership Academy, Gwen accepted the Bridge
Scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa. Gwen majored in Biology and was able to perform research through the UNI-National AG-Based Lubricants Center and worked in the Student Worker program at John Deere Waterworks in Safety and Quality until graduation. Gwen worked at Tyson Fresh
Meats in Waterloo, IA as a Microbiologist/Chemist in the laboratory, performing sterility and potency
testing on different meats and lards. In 2015, Gwen moved to Indianapolis to complete her Master’s in
Healthcare Administration from University of Saint Francis. While in graduate school, she worked for
Indiana University Health in the Molecular Biology Pathology Laboratory as a Medical Technologist II
before being transitioned to the Office of Compliance, Accreditation, and Quality as a Quality Assurance
Coordinator. After completing her MBA in 2018, Gwen began working as a Quality and Regulatory Specialist II for a biomedical company. Currently, Gwen is working for Johnson & Johnson as a Senior Commercial Quality Engineer. While having a strong scientific and quality background, Gwen is
expanding her knowledge by pursuing a certificate in Applied Computer Science from IUPUI. While not
working, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, being active, and indoor gardening.

IMG_3214.jpg

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.

Quinton Banks Headshot_0.jpg

Quinton Banks, PhD

Board Member

Grinnell College

Class of 2013

Neuroscience

Dr. Quinton Banks was raised in Chino Hills, CA, and first became interested in psychology and the brain in high school. He attended Grinnell College in Iowa, where he received his B.A. in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. On the road to attaining his Ph.D., Quinton worked in various labs, studying taste perception, chronic pain, and muscle physiology. Quinton currently works at the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy in Washington, DC, where he analyzes biomedical research and works with philanthropists to help identify where and how their resources can best be used to further health sciences. In his free time, Banks enjoys video games, reading, running, cooking, and sleeping before 11 PM.