The Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (IWIL) is thrilled to announce that we have elected a new President and three new Members to our Board of Directors! We are grateful to Margaret Blackshere and Bonnie Ettinger, who will be stepping down from the Board, for all that they have done for IWIL as founding Board Members and for Bonnie’s work as Executive Director for so many years.
We are very thankful for Debra Shore’s leadership over the past two years as President and respect her decision to step down in order to focus on her own re-election campaign. After all, IWIL does train women to run for office!
With a warm welcome, we are pleased to announce Nancy Rotering as our new IWIL President along with Board Members Nate Brown, Alyssa Knobel and Pamela Monetti. We hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about each new Member below!
Stay tuned for more updates from us soon!
The IWIL Team
Hon. Nancy Rotering, IWIL Board President
Nancy Rotering is the first female Mayor of Highland Park, IL. Elected in April 2011, Nancy was re-elected in April 2015. She served as a Highland Park City Councilman from 2009-2011. Nancy was a United States Congressional candidate in the 2016 Primary Election.
Recognized for her leadership locally and nationally, Nancy was honored as the 2013 Rotary Humanitarian of the Year. In 2014, Today’s Chicago Woman named Nancy to their 100 Women of Inspiration, and she was named to the Forty over 40 list in Forbes.
A long-time member of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (IWIL) Board and member of its Class of 2006, Nancy was named President in 2017. She is a Moraine Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman and is a member of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Active in the local and greater community, Nancy founded a local legal aid clinic and serves on a broad range of civic and philanthropic commissions, boards and committees.
After earning her undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern, Nancy worked in finance at General Motors before attending the University of Chicago Law School. She specialized in health care law, practicing with McDermott Will & Emery, before leaving to raise her four sons with her husband Rob and devoting her time to public service.
Nate Brown, IWIL Board Member
Nate Brown is the son of Barb Brown, longtime IWIL President and co-founder. Since his mother’s passing last year, Nate has been quick to help carry on Barb’s work in advocating for IWIL’s mission and representing our organization in Southern Illinois. Nate has been an attorney for Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C. since 2010. His practice is primarily focused on civil rights and healthcare quality, with an emphasis on the quality of care within the VA healthcare system. He served as Academic Co-Director for the 2016 Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders hosted by Southern Illinois University and funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He received his law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2010. He was also a Student Trustee on the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2010, and was a recipient of the 2010 Lincoln’s Inn Leadership and Service Award.
Nate is committed to being a citizen-leader in his community, and is engaged in civic and charitable activities in Southern Illinois and remains active in programs and events at Southern Illinois University.
Hon. Alyssa Knobel, IWIL Board Member
Highland Park City Councilman Alyssa Knobel has decades of experience in the public and private sectors. Alyssa is a graduate of the IWIL class of 2012.
Alyssa Knobel was elected to the Highland Park City Council in April 2013 and again in 2017. Previously, she served as Chair of the City of Highland Park Business & Economic Development Commission from 2011-2012. Alyssa works in support of the community as City Council liaison to various business groups in addition to the Human Relations Commission and School District 112. Alyssa is a Moraine Township Precinct Committeeman, Highland Park Community Foundation Board Member, Northwestern University Women’s Board Member, active with JACPAC, Tenth Congressional District Democrats, League of Women Voters and volunteers for numerous civic and charitable organizations. Jewish Council Youth Services (JCYS) named Alyssa as a Director for Life in May 2014. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Highland Park Alliance and IL Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (ICHIP) Board appointed by Former Gov. Pat Quinn.
Alyssa is a marketing and communication consultant to business, government, political campaigns and not-for-profit agencies. She began her career in advertising at McCann-Erickson and worked for Former State Representative Karen May (D-58). Alyssa holds a BS in Communication from Boston University. She and her husband Jeremy and two children reside in Highland Park.
Pamela Monetti, IWIL Board Member
Pamela Monetti is a PR marketing specialist at American Income Life and the current co-president of Illinois Democratic Women (IDW). Pamela is a graduate of the IWIL class of 2012.
Pamela worked as a staff assistant for former Congressman Phil Hare, overseeing his Carlinville District Office. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield with a degree in Political Science, Pam has been involved in politics for over twenty years serving as precinct committeeperson, the Lady Chair for the Macoupin County Democratic Party and a member of the Macoupin County Democratic Women’s Organization.
Pamela resides in Bunker Hill with her husband, Dave and has two children, Kristina and Michael. She served on the Bunker Hill Board of Education for 12 years, serving for six years as President and has been active in many community volunteer projects, including serving on the 7th Circuit Judicial Screening Committee. Pam is President of the Bunker Hill Education Foundation and received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.