Board of Directors

Louise Adler

Louise Adler

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

Mary Bayer

Mary Bayer

Business Owner, Bayer Automotive
Education: BA Economics, University of California Berkeley

I believe in protecting reproductive rights for all women, regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic status. In a political climate that is threatening to roll back these rights, electing pro-choice women to public office is our best defense. As the mother of three daughters, I am proud to be a member of WIL and have the opportunity to make a difference.

Karen Clark

Karen Clark

Founding WIL Board Member and past Chair
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

Retired attorney
WIL Co-chair
Former Treasurer of Pro-Choice Orange County
Former Board member of Planned Parenthood

Forty-four years after Roe v. Wade and women continue to fight for their reproductive rights. I fully embrace WIL's mission. Only when we elect women, who believe in our reproductive freedom, will these rights be promoted and protected.

Karol Gottfredson

Karol Gottfredson

Related Organizations: Girls Inc. of Orange County; Planned Parenthood; Founding member Orange County Women’s Health Project
Retired: 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 nonpartisan approach to advocating for women’s rights and opportunities. Women in Leadership promotes education, political action and eternal vigilance to safeguard women’s health options and reproductive choices by electing bi-partisan pro-choice women to public office.

Isabel Irvine

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.

LaDonna Kienitz

LaDonna 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 has 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 Nichols

Tricia Nichols

Past Board President, Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
Served on the Board of the Nature Conservancy in Colorado
Advocate for the humane treatment of our prison population, particularly abolishing solitary confinement, especially for juveniles

I am a dedicated community activist, avid supporter of women’s reproductive rights, and longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood. My admiration of the quality of the WIL board members makes it an honor for me to support the efforts of WIL.

Eileen Padberg

Eileen Padberg

Semi-retired political consultant for over 40 years
Passionate volunteer for WISEPlace (homeless women’s shelter)
Spent two years in Iraq during the height of the war implementing a program to help Iraqi women build businesses, get jobs and attend training programs

Electing more women to public office has long been my personal goal.  The old adage, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu,” is true. We are seeing that now in this new administration. Overturning Roe vs. Wade is a longtime goal of the conservative Republicans. Let’s make sure that we elect more pro-choice women at all levels of government who will fight for our reproductive freedoms.

Jone Pearce

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 elect women political leaders who support women’s rights to control their own lives. Political leaders who will to support education and health care access for reproductive rights are necessary to women’s full citizenship. Every person, not the government, should be able to control his or her own body. This work begins at the local level where political leaders gain the knowledge and experience to make a difference. I am proud to be able to support an organization that does such important work.

Lorraine-Prinsky

Lorraine Prinsky

WIL Member since 2000
Elected Trustee, Coast Community College District
Professor Emeritus, Cal State Fullerton 
Education:  BA UCLA, PH.D. UC Irvine
Website:  www.lorraineprinsky.com

At a time of sharp political divisions, it is notable and gratifying that WIL has provided a bipartisan forum that brings together those who work to protect women’s reproductive choice. Since the first time I attended a WIL event I have enjoyed enlightening and thoughtful presentations by women who are leaders in their fields.  I look forward to the opportunities presented by WIL to network with others and meet elected officials as well as women seeking elected office.

I serve on the WIL Endorsement Committee and am honored to be a WIL-endorsed elected official.

Phyllis Roberts

Phyllis Roberts

Retired VP of Finance and Operations
Previous owner of specialty manufacturing company
Education: California State University Northridge
Volunteer at Merage JCC Irvine, working on social action programs for the needy as well as cultural arts programming

I have long advocated for a women’s right to choose and WIL recognizes that women still don’t enjoy full equality in regards to control over our personal bodies and health choices.  It is for these reasons that we must continue to elect pro-choice women at all levels of government to protect the gains that have been made and continue to work for the total equality for women.

Pat-Schuler

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 and to protect our rights. We have helped change the face of politics in Orange County.

Melinda Seely

Melinda Seely

Founding WIL board member and current WIL Co-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 Seely

Susan Seely

WIL member since 1997 Director, Olive Tree Initiative at UCI
Former Director of Middle East and Africa, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment
Former campaign manager and campaign treasurer for local city council member
Education: M.A. International Studies – Middle East, University of Washington
B.A. International Relations, UC Santa Barbara

I am a Sustaining Member of WIL and have served on the WIL board since moving to Orange County in 1997. I believe in a woman’s right to have absolute choice over the decisions she makes regarding her own health and reproductive decisions. One route to ensuring that women’s right to choice is guarded and upheld is by working to make sure that women are increasingly represented in elected positions, both nationally and locally.  I am the mother of two wonderful young women, Clara and Emma, and the daughter of WIL Board member and Founder, Melinda Seely.

Susan Seely

Sandy Wright

Retired elementary school teacher and medical group administrator
Education: BA in Economics, MA in Education, Stanford University

I have long been involved with Planned Parenthood, first as a volunteer educator, then as a member of the Board of Directors (Board Chair - 2000-2001) and now as a member of the Development Committee. I firmly believe that women must have the right to make their own reproductive decisions. I am proud to be a member of WIL, which is a bipartisan organization that supports these rights and seeks to elect women candidates who support reproductive freedom.

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