Board of Directors

Louise AdlerLouise Adler

Founding WIL Board Member (one of the three women whose ideal of a bipartisan commitment to women’s reproductive rights lead to the creation of WIL)

Professor Emeritus CSU Fullerton
Education: BA CSU Long Beach, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

We must work for women to have an equal share in our government at all levels. It is essential to protecting our rights in the workplace and protecting our right to choice in our decisions about our own bodies. The rights we have now must be both protected and expanded. THE WORK IS NOT DONE!


Karen ClarkKaren Clark

Founding WIL Board Member, 1993 & current and past Chair of WIL
Retired Partner, law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Education:  BA Stanford; MA in history,  University of Washington; JD, University of Michigan

WIL has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.  I walked and campaigned for choice even before Roe v. Wade.  I genuinely believed that the Roe v. Wade decision would permanently provide women with reproductive freedom.  What a hopelessly naïve idea!  Now we’re fighting for our rights as women all over again and WIL is more needed and more relevant than ever.

Pam Gilmour Pam Gilmour (awaiting better photo)

Passionate defender of a woman’s right to choose
Mother of 2 girls; 
Grandmother of 2 boys
Retired attorney
Former Treasurer of Pro-Choice Orange County
Former Board member of Planned Parenthood
Board member and former Chair of WIL

Thirty-nine years after Roe v. Wade and women continue to fight for their reproductive rights   I fully embrace WIL’s mission that only when we elect pro-choice women to represent us, at all levels of government, will our reproductive rights be defended and protected.  I applaud all pro-choice women who run for office.  Whether they win or lose, they made the commitment to represent our reproductive rights and that benefits all women.


Karol-Gottfredson.JPGKarol Gottfredson

Related Organizations: Girls Inc of Orange County,  Planned Parenthood, Founding
member Orange County Women’s Health Project
Retired from University of California Irvine, School of Education, Program Director
Education: BA University of California Davis, MA State University of NY, Albany,
National Teacher Corps

One of the strengths of Women in Leadership is its bipartisan approach to  
advocating for womens’ rights and opportunities. Susan B. Anthony said  “Suffrage is the pivotal right.”  Women in Leadership promotes education, political  action and eternal vigilance  to safeguard women’s health options,  by electing bi-partisan pro-choice women to public office.

WIL meetings provide the opportunity  to hear engaging speakers and participate in enlightening dialogue on topics that affect all women.



P1.jpg Isabel Irvine

Financial Advisor
Education:  BA Public Administration, California State University Fullerton; MBA Chapman University

I believe reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right our government is obligated to respect and protect. I stand with WIL in their mission to unite our community in support of women candidates who are dedicated to keeping access to full reproductive rights.  

 I'm proud to be part of this great group of intelligent and dedicated women.


Jill Kanzler Jill Kanzler

Business owner, Kanzler Public Affairs
Executive Director of Support Our Anaheim Resort (S.O.A.R.)
Education:  B.S. in Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California

I fully support the mission to help elect strong women  and advocate for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. I love being around like-thinking, smart, talented women who stand up and take action for what they believe.

LaDonnaLaDonna Kienitz

Tax Attorney
Education:  MLS, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois:

MBA, Northwestern Univ., Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Illinois;
JD, Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California;
LL.M. in Taxation, University of San Diego, San Diego, California


I believe that it is imperative that a woman have complete autonomy over her own body. We must all work to ensure that there is no governmental or regulatory intrusion into a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own body and medical care available to her.


tricia.jpgTricia Nichols



Liz Elizabeth “Liz” Dorn Parker

WIL Member since 1994
Elected Member, OC Board of Education and Co-owner of Tulsa Rib Company
Education:   B.A. UCLA (art history),  Master of Public Administration, CSUF

I believe in Women In Leadership because it is a vibrant organization supporting women leaders in business, education and of course politics.  Being bi-partisan is key to understand the issues facing women in America transcends party affiliation.  I believe WIL’s focus on guaranteeing a woman controls her own body is truly the basis of ensuring a strong democracy and economy for our country.

Jone Jone Pearce

Dean’s Professor of Leadership, The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
AB University of California, Berkeley MA and PhD Yale University 

Women in Leadership helps to develop and support women political leaders who support women’s rights to control their own lives; I am delighted to be able to support an organization that does such critical work.

LorraineLorraine Prinsky

Elected Trustee, Coast Community College District, Professor Emeritus, Cal State University, Fullerton
Education: Ph.D. from UCI, BA from UCLA

Since the first time I attended a WIL event (about ten years ago), I have enjoyed enlightening, thoughtful presentations by women who are leaders in their fields.  WIL has provided me with the opportunity to meet and question candidates for office and becoming a better informed voter.  At a time of sharp political divisions, it is notable and gratifying that WIL has provided a bipartisan forum that brings together women who share an appreciation for reproductive choice.  I am honored to be a WIL-endorsed elected official.

Pat Patricia Schuler, CLU, ChFC

WIL member since 1993, Board member since 1995
Education:  BA Psychology, minor in Business, CSULA;
International Graduate Studies, Chapman University
Masters in Public Administration, University of Southern California

Women in Leadership is an amazing organization.  We started in 1993 to elect more moderate, Pro-Choice women to public office, to protect our rights.  We have helped change the face of politics in Orange County.

Melinda Melinda Seely

Founding WIL Board member, 1993 and current WIL Chair
Educator and business owner (retired)
Education:  BA California Sate University, Long Beach
Life diploma – State of California

I am a woman, mother of a daughter and grandmother of two granddaughters. I care very much about the status of women in this country and around the world. Until women’s voices are heard in equal number to the voices of men, things will not change for the better in the lives of women everywhere. WIL aims to be part of the solution by electing more women to political office. We have much work to do!
Fascinating facts:
• Women have not achieved equality with men in any country.
• Of the world’s 1.3 billion poor people it is estimated that nearly 70% are women.
• Between 75 and 80% of the world’s 27 million refugees are women and children.”

Susan Susan Seely

WIL member since 1997, current Treasurer
Daughter of Founding Member Melinda Seely,

Education: M.A. International Studies – Middle East, University of Washington
B.A. International Relations, UC Santa Barbara

I am a Sustaining Member of Women In Leadership because I believe strongly in the strength and efficacy of our system of representative government, despite all its faults. I also believe that women contribute a perspective that needs to be incorporated into policy- making and long-term visions when planning for the future of our communities and our country.  And most importantly, I believe in a woman’s right to have absolute choice and control over the decisions she makes regarding her own health and reproductive decisions.  The efforts of Women In Leadership help elect women who want to be that voice for women’s rights, concerns and issues as they go about the  business of helping improve their communities, state and country –  what could be more important?

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