About Us

Established in 1935, The Illinois Society for Microbiology (ISM) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting scientific knowledge in the field of microbiology as well as supporting the contributions of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ISM is one of the oldest chapters of ASM. Our members are microbiologists, supervisors and managers of laboratories, directors of microbiology departments, commercial suppliers and academicians. We are dedicated to the continuous education of Microbiology professionals in Illinois.
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ISM Officers, Council Members & Committee Chairs

2018-2019 ISM Officers

  • Irene Dusich, President
  • Amanda Harrington, President Elect
  • Becky Lindgren, Secretary


  • Jessica Fitzgerald, Treasurer
  • Donna Carter, First Past President

2018-2019 ISM Council Members

  •  William Carvel, Academic (1st term)
  •  Erin McElvania, Clinical (1st term)
  • Jennifer Larson, Environmental (1st term)
  • Jennifer LeBreux, Industrial (1st term)
  • Crystal Yang, Industrial (1st term)


  • Nick Moore, Academic(2nd term)
  • Violet Rekasius, Clinical (2nd term)
  • Jeanne vonRentzell, Environmental (2nd term)
  • Nancy Kempen, Industrial (2nd term)
  • Amanda Harrington, ASM Councilor

2018-2019 ISM Committee Chairs

  • Kara Polaschek, Speaker Arrangements
  • Sam Collier, Speaker Arrangements
  • Jennifer O’Neill, Membership
  • Thor Nandan, Sustaining Members
  • Roman Golash, Nominating Committee


  • Becky Lindgren, ISM Website
  • Thor Nandan & Jeanne von Rentzel, ISM Facebook
  • Donna Carter, Pasteur Award

Sustaining Members

The Illinois Society for Microbiology wishes to acknowledge our appreciation for our sustaining members. Sponsorship of ISM allows us to present valuable educational programs to microbiologists in our area and helps to support the operational costs of our programs.

Platinum Sponsors

Thor Nandan
(406) 600-1554
luminexcorp.com

Gold Sponsors

Medical Chemical Corporation
Mark Perry
(310) 787-6800

Additional Supporters

The American Society for Microbiology
ASM.org

Sustaining Members

The Illinois Society for Microbiology wishes to acknowledge our appreciation for our sustaining members. Sponsorship of ISM allows us to present valuable educational programs to microbiologists in our area and helps to support the operational costs of our programs.

Sustaining membership is $500/year.

The benefits of sustaining membership include:
  • One additional entry (2 total) for 5 minute vendor presentation at our Spring Meeting
  • List of meeting attendees
  • A sign acknowleding sustaining member status at vendor table at our Spring Meeting

Become A Sustaining Member

Sustaining Member Levels

Platinum Sustaining Member
Donation of $1000+


Includes:Complimentary list of current members (at your request), complimentary list of paid attendees at the Meeting (at your request), ISM will provide a sustaining member sign at your booth and recognition on a sustaining member poster at every ISM meeting, ISM will give recognition on our website with a link to your company’s Home Page.

Gold Sustaining Member
Donation of $500-$999


Includes:Complimentary list of current members (at your request), Complimentary list of paid attendees at the Meeting (at your request), ISM will provid a sustaining member sign at your booth and recognition on a sustaining member poster at every ISM meeting.

Silver Sustaining Member
Donation of $350-499


Includes:Complimentary list of current members (at your request), ISM will provide a sustaining member sign at your booth and recognition on a sustaining member poster at every ISM meeting.