Living in Aurora since 1986 and joined the SciTech board in 2019, Ramona Wood believes community involvement creates a neighborhood feel within the city. She is involved with city politics, economic development, and social issues within the City of Aurora and beyond. Ramona works with Rebuilding Together Aurora, a company that provides free critical home repairs for low-income families, military veterans, senior citizens and people with disabilities by creating safe environments in which they can maintain their independence and live safe and healthy lives.
Lifelong educator who believes in the magic of wonder. Former administrator and Aurora resident. Member of the Aurora Police and Judah Robinson Foundation Boards of Directors. Graduate of Western Illinois and Northern Illinois Universities.
Susan Barr Strasser
Treasurer / Secretary
Susan Barr Strasser (Senior Advisor, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory) retired from Argonne several years ago, following a career that included research on a NAS-funded project, scientific editing, and scientific program management. Over 14 years, she served on and was president of the School Boards for both Elementary District 89 (Glen Ellyn) and Glenbard High School District 87. Key interests include science education, quilting, reading, and gardening.
Christa Carroll has more than 20 years of experience developing, implementing and managing successful B2B marketing programs for organizations such as Accenture, Edelman and Outlook Marketing. She works closely with innovators in the technology, medical/healthcare and industrial industries. Christa enjoys supporting important STEAM and sustainability initiatives in her free time.
Trent Perkins currently serves as a group product manager at Molex in Lisle, IL and leads a team a product managers in charge of development and commercialization of power connectors. Working at Molex since 2007, Trent has had a number of roles including product management, sales, and product development. Trent has also served as the VP of Operations for CarCareKiosk.com, web-based automotive focused startup. Having volunteered at Ageless Classics and Air Classics Museum of Aviation including being selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2000, Trent is not new to museums in Aurora. He holds a degree in electrical engineering.
Barbara Youngren holds a master’s degrees in Foundations of Education/Gifted Education and Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She brings expertise in professional development, curriculum development, mathematics problem-solving and critical thinking, assessment design, school improvement planning and action planning, effective technology use, and designing and implementing engaged learning projects.
Richard Hawks, a retired Stock Broker, has long been a staple in the Aurora community. From the Hawks Family Farm at Fermilab to his many board appointments (Paramount, Aurora University, Waubonsee CC, Kane Co. WIB ) he has always believed in giving back to the next generation of leaders and looks forward to SciTech fulfilling its mission.
Nick Scanlan has been born and raised in Aurora. Having frequented SciTech as a child, he couldn’t be more excited to aid in expanding the SciTech mission of hands-on experimental education. As if being born and raised here wasn’t enough, he went on to attend and graduate from Marmion Academy, Waubonsee Community College, and Aurora University. Nick is a Financial Advisor with Stifel Financial in Geneva, IL and currently resides in Downtown Aurora with his wife Emily and dog Harley. In addition to SciTech, Nick is on the board of and heavily involved in The Rotary Club of Aurora (#ServiceAboveSelf).
Dr. Gina Santori has been a physician/surgeon and serves on the Bioethics Committee at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. She has been an active member of the Aurora community and is a supporter of the Aurora Public Library. Gina is also a board member with Waubonsee Community College and the Paramount Arts Centre Endowment. She is very involved with her church community at St. Joan of Arc in Lisle, Illinois, where she resides.
Alex Minnella joined the SciTech Board of Directors in 2019 and represents the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. He is an urban planner who responds to communities stakeholders’ needs while educating and exhibiting a creative flair and environmental sensitivity, reflecting modern design theories. He is skilled in meeting facilitation and has led several public workshops, charrettes, steering/advisory committees, and client meetings, moderated panels, and presented before commissions, boards and councils. His greatest work is raising his sons, Michael and Andrew.
Dr. Kurt Riesselmann has served for more than 10 years on the SciTech Board of Directors. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the deputy head of the Office of Communication at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. He brings to the board more than 20 years of experience in science communication and organizing outreach events.