Mission Statement

The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS) is committed to exemplary programs, practices, and policies that support professionals, families and communities who educate adolescent students, typically ages 10-15, and their transitions. AIMS takes the leadership role in building, promoting and preserving excellence and equity in professional preparation and practices for the middle-level learner.

Executive Directors

John Viano
Executive Director of Schools to Watch
Email: jviano13@gmail.com


Rae Hughart
Executive Director of Membership, Networking & Events
Email: TheAIMSNetwork@gmail.com
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Kendall Lawson
Director of Marketing
Email: mktgAIMSnetwork@gmail.coom

Meet the Board

Executive Board

  • Mark Heller, President
  • Tracy Fuentes, Vice President
  • Steve Diveley, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Wikoff, Secretary

Board Members

  • Tami Geurts

  • Jess Weibler

  • Jennifer Smith

  • Michael Raczak

  • Marc Campbell

  • Kristina Falbe

  • Will Seidelmann

  • Melissa Couch

  • Joe Sweeney

  • Nikita Horn

  • Steve Mertens

  • Hannah Graham

  • Dana Isakson

  • Greg Kocourek

  • Jim Parker

  • Tricia Dotson

  • Brian Horn