Year-Round Staff

 Gwen Seeley-Joosse – Director of Statewide Student Initiatives

gwenGwen earned her Master of Science degree in Communications from Northwestern University. As the Director of Statewide Student Initiatives at IMSA, she works closely with faculty, staff, Allies students, and outreach partners to design and deliver unique out-of-school STEM experiences for students. Gwen loves empowering students to see themselves as capable scientists and mathematicians! If you have ten minutes (or an hour), ask to see photos of her dogs!

Carolyn Harvey – Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist


Carolyn earned her Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University after completing her undergraduate studies in Integrative Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carolyn can’t wait to see all of the “Aha!” moments on our summer participants’ faces as they experience our programs. She has met Penny from the Big Bang Theory—how cool!

Christine Moskalik  – Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist


Christine got her Master’s in Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and is one of the curriculum specialists working to develop hands-on, minds on STEM content for students throughout the state. She also works with the Professional Field Services Team at IMSA throughout the year. She loves watching the IMSA Allies students grow as they lead the program participants through various activities that she’s helped develop and can’t wait to watch all of the students engage in the activities. In Christine’s free time, she loves to dabble in photography!

Elaine Wu – Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist

elaineElaine received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A.T. degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University in Chicago. Over the past 10+ years, Elaine has had the honor & privilege of teaching students of all ages in a diverse array of settings on a wide range of subjects including teaching English abroad in Taiwan & Malaysia, teaching private music lessons, and teaching young children the awesomeness of hands-on science in an extracurricular enrichment setting. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with IMSA’s Statewide Student Initiatives team to bring fun & inspiring science curriculum to students. If you’re ever curious about how to play a straw kazoo, be sure to ask Elaine for a quick lesson!

Megan Scherer – Program Coordinator

meganMegan studied Education at St. Louis University, studied abroad in Italy, and went on to teach soon after. She has since moved on to working with marketing, program implementation, and operations with IMSA’s Professional Field Services team. Megan loves the hands-on learning aspect of each of the summer programs and knows the students will too. And if you’re looking for someone to share a laugh with, you can always make Megan’s day with a bad joke!

Casey Carroll – Program Coordinator

IMG_4061Casey graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in communications research and went on to work in the healthcare field, as an EMT, as well as a museum educator at a living history museum. During her time at the museum, Casey found her love of hands-on, connective learning and helping children discover their passion for the world around them. Casey now works to ensure our outreach programs run smoothly. We are glad to have her contribute her enthusiasm for children and learning to Summer @IMSA!

Dawn Waller – Metro East Field Office Coordinator

Dawn HeadshotDawn attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she earned her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. She has coordinated our student and educator outreach efforts in the MetroEast area for the last seven years. Dawn can’t wait to get to know all of the new summer students and share some stories about life on her farm with her 10 cats!