Council for Women Directory

Meet the CFW Officers

Shannon O’Rourke Kasali ‘07 headshot

Shannon O’Rourke Kasali ‘07

Rockford, MI
Adult Services Librarian at Kent District Library
IWU Major: Political Science and International Studies
IWU Activities: Class Vice President, Student Senate Executive Board, Residential Life Staff (I-House RA), Ambassador Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Study Abroad (Switzerland)
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good." Minor Myers Jr.
Why are you an active alum? I wanted to both network with other IWU women alumni and support students.
CFW Position: Chair
Paula Amat Norman ‘19

Paula Amat Norman ‘19

Bentonville, AR
Writer and Professional Organizer with Organizing with Lynn
IWU Major: English Writing and Psychology
IWU Activities: Freshman RA, Alpha Gamma Delta, Multifaith Ambassador, Career Center Student Staff, Campus Tour Guide, Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity, Study Abroad (Denmark)
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? Get involved! You chose Wesleyan for a reason and that reason does not fade after we are no longer on campus. Make this place what you love.
Why are you an active alum? I truly appreciate what IWU gave me during my time there so I want to continue giving my time to a place that changed me. And connecting with fellow alumni is a wonderful plus!
CFW Position: Engagement Committee Chair
Amy (Sipovic) Boyles ‘08

Amy (Sipovic) Boyles ‘08

Ottawa, IL
Professional Development & School Improvement Consultant with Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education
IWU Major: History and Secondary Education
IWU Activities: Titan Band, Flute Choir, Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Tau Iota
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? Becoming involved in an affinity group is a great way to donate your time and talents to IWU students and pay it forward.
Why are you an active alum? I became involved in the Council for Women while I was a student and enjoy giving back to an institution that I benefited from.
CFW Position: Membership Committee Chair

Amy DeBoer ‘15

Amy DeBoer ‘15

Tinley Park, IL
Third Grade Teacher with Forest Ridge School District 142
IWU Major:
Elementary Education
IWU Activities:
Student Activities Programmer, Student Senate University Events Commissioner, Class Vice President
What advice would you give to fellow alumni?
Don't be afraid to FAIL (first attempt at learning), because then you can SAIL (second attempt at learning)! Enjoy the journey - every part!
Why are you an active alum?
I wanted to pour into students the way I was poured into.
CFW Position:
Mentoring Committee Chair
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens ‘78

Marsha Guenzler-Stevens ‘78

Stevenson, MD
Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Center for Campus Life at University of Maryland
IWU Major: Biology
IWU Activities: Student Orientation Head, EGAS, AOII, Student Senate, Choir, Model UN, Summer Conference Student Head, Admissions Committee
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? Live your way to the answers. When you are intent on crafting a single pathway or plan you may miss the chance to find what you were meant to do. Life is more than work. Find ways to contribute to your community and take time for those you love. I was 40 when I figured out that while my work was a calling (and it still is) -- that life was more than work. Use what you learned of the liberal arts, life, and leadership to be curious about things and people. Kindness and empathy is always good to bring into a room.
CFW Position: Nominating Committee Chair
Jessica Lothman ‘06

Jessica Lothman ‘06

Milwaukee, WI
Commercial and Public Finance Attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP.
IWU Major: Sociology (Minor in Psychology)
IWU Activities: Student Senate Executive Committee, Varsity Softball, Habitat for Humanity, Student Alumni Council
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? Weave together your passions and plot your own course. 
Why are you an active alum? A female alum I met as a student at a meeting helped me to find an internship states away, which was very, VERY influential in my career path. I wanted more students to be able to connect with alumni to help network and find their way. I helped found the IWU Women's Council with that alum (and others) and am proud to be able to now help IWU students and to network with fellow Titan women.
CFW Position: Governance Committee Chair
Halley Shanley ‘18

Halley Shanley ‘18

Minneapolis, MN
Corporate Counsel and Compliance Associate at Longevity Holdings, Inc.
IWU Major: Business Administration (Minors in Political Science and Dance)
IWU Activities: Senior Class Vice President, Student Senator, Titan Orientation Leader, Dance Team Captain, Campus Activities Board Social Media Coordinator, Kappa Delta, Panhellenic Council, IWU Collegiate Women’s Network Co-Founder
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? Be intentional about how you choose to stay connected with fellow alumni and the University - opportunities for growth are the greatest when we act in alignment with our values!
Why are you an active alum? I joined the Council for Women because of the engaging experiences I had as a student at the annual Summit and an interest to stay involved as an alumna.
CFW Position: Marketing Committee Chair
Taylor Williams ‘18

Taylor Williams ‘18

Bloomington, IL
Assistant State's Attorney at the McLean County State's Attorney's Office
IWU Major: Political Science (Minor in Greek & Roman Studies)
IWU Activities: Circle K International President, Alpha Phi Omega Vice President of Community Service, Pi Sigma Alpha Co-President, NAMI Public Relations Coordinator, Titan Orientation Leader
What advice would you give to fellow alumni? Remember what opportunities you have been given because of the help of someone else and determine if you can now be the person that provides opportunities for others.
Why are you an active alum? I joined the Council for IWU Women because of the impact the Council had on me when I was a student. After serving on the Scholarship Committee for several years, I am now the Chair. It is great to connect with students through the application process and learn what great things they are doing at Illinois Wesleyan! 
CFW Position: Scholarship Committee Chair