Alena Baltsevich is a second-year Associate Board member, having joined SOAR in order to help positively impact the community in which she lives. She is proud of the neighborhood’s history, iconic architecture, amazing restaurant scene, numerous entertainment venues, and magnificent views that are all within walking distance. As an immigrant from Belarus, her family originally migrated to Chicago when she was a young child. To this day, she recalls their visits to Navy Pier, Water Tower Place, Michigan Avenue, and Lake Michigan. These childhood memories brought her back to Streeterville as an adult. In her free time, Alena loves to try new restaurants, run along Lake Shore Drive, travel, dance, and stay active in various ways.
Alena’s inspiration comes from her parents. Since migrating to America, her parents have taken on multiple obstacles in their lives to work towards a better life for their family. Starting in a new country is a significant risk to take, but her parents have shown her that if you follow your dreams and have a strong work ethic, you will make your dreams a reality.