Board of Directors

Nancy Rodkin Rotering, Founder and Chair

Nancy Rotering has been the Mayor of the City of Highland Park since April of 2011. Nancy grew up in Highland Park and is a graduate of Highland Park public schools. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Stanford University, an MBA at Northwestern University and a law degree at the University of Chicago. She and her husband Rob live in Highland Park and are the parents of four boys. She practiced law with the firm of McDermott, Will & Emery. In 2013, Mayor Rotering created a Human Services Task Force that inventoried services available in Highland Park and Highwood, and developed a comprehensive human services plan. That plan led to the creation of the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic.

Steven M. Elrod, Secretary-Treasurer

Steven M. Elrod, Secretary-Treasurer is the Executive Partner of the Chicago office of the national law firm, Holland & Knight, where he represents private and public sector clients on land use, zoning and municipal law matters. He is the chairman of Holland & Knight’s National Land Use and Government Team and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation, and is the Treasurer of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Elrod serves as the Corporation Counsel for the City of Highland Park and is the village attorney for numerous other Chicago suburban municipalities. Mr. Elrod is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches Local Government and Land Use Law. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award from Northwestern University.

Tatiana Alonso, Director

Tatiana Alonso is a member of the Human Relations Commission and of the Human Services Task Force.  She is employed by the Waukegan Public Library where she is the Promotoras/Ambassador Coordinator under the Community Outreach and Engagement Department  She is a member of the Latino Advisory Committee for Moraine Township. Tatiana graduated from the Highland Park High School in 2008 and was named a CBO scholar.  She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Gail Feiger Brown, Director

Gail Feiger Brown is the Clerk of Moraine Township. She is the co-chair of the Welfare Council of Highland Park-Highwood and co-chaired the Human Services Task Force Needs Assessment Workshops. She is a past President of the League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood and of Lake County and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for CASA Lake County. Gail a graduate of Smith College and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney before leaving the practice of law to raise her family.

Richard Gutierrez, Director

Richard is a Los Angeles transplant. He is currently one the youngest branch managers for US Bank and was a part of the leadership development program of US Bank. Prior to working for the bank, Richard worked for a trading firm downtown and interned for a real estate firm. Richard received his B.S. degree in Finance from DePaul University in 2013

Richard Hillsberg, Director

Richard Hillsberg is Of Counsel at Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, mechanics lien foreclosures, bankruptcy, and insolvency solutions. Prior to settling in the Chicagoland area, Richard served as an Army Judge Advocate officer at 5th Army Headquarters, where among other duties he was a Military Judge and the 5th Army Legal Assistance Officer (1967-1971). Richard has been a partner with the law firm of Zissman and Hillsberg (1977-1983), a partner with the law firm of Tishler and Wald (1983-1995), and a principal of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit (1995-2009). He also served as an interim trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois (1980-1986). Richard earned a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University Law School. Richard has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell; their highest peer rating for ethical standards and professional ability. He served for over five years on the Highland Park Lake Front Commission, including two years as its Chairman.

Terry Horwitz Kass, Director

Terry Horwitz Kass is a graduate of Emory University School of Business and Northwestern University School of Law. Ms. Kass first practiced with the Chicago law firm of Altheimer & Gray before practicing with Katten Muchin and Zavis. She focused on secured transactions, including banking, workouts and insolvency. Since leaving the formal practice of law, Ms. Kass has been a community activist with interests in women’s issues, politics and education. Ms. Kass lives in Highland Park with her husband and three teenage children.

Harold J. Krent, Director

Harold J. Krent is the Dean and a Professor at Law at IIT Chicago-Kent. Dean Krent graduated from Princeton University and received his law degree from New York University School of Law, and clerked for the Honorable William H. Timbers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then worked in the Department of Justice for the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division, writing briefs and arguing cases in various courts of appeals across the nation. He has been teaching full-time since 1987 and has focused his scholarship on legal aspects of individuals’ interaction with the government. His recent book, Presidential Powers, is a comprehensive examination of the president’s role as defined by the U.S. Constitution and judicial and historical precedents. In addition, Dean Krent has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States and has litigated numerous cases with students on behalf of indigent prisoners. Dean Krent joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 1994. He was appointed associate dean in 1997 and interim dean in 2002 before assuming the deanship on January 1, 2003.

Charo Mendoza, Director

Charo Mendoza is a bilingual and bicultural School Social Worker at Highland Park High School (HPHS).  Prior to working in the school systems Charo began her career as a social worker in the non for profit sector, working with homeless women, children, and youth. During this time she specialized in case management for DCFS reunification cases. Charo also provided case management support in their transitional living program that housed young men from 16 to 21 years of age who were not wards of the state. Charo received both her undergraduate and graduate degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She then went on to pursue her Post-MSW Type 73 Certificate from Aurora University. Currently, Charo provides social-emotional support and case management to students from the English Learners (EL), Special Education, and General Education programs. Another area of her work at HPHS involves direct support to undocumented students and through a social-emotional group for students, and liking the community at large with resources. In addition to supporting students, she provides guidance and support to the Latino parent community at HPHS through the program “De Padre A Estudiante”.

David Neiman, Director

David Neiman is an attorney with Baizer Kolar P.C., based in Highland Park. His practice is dedicated exclusively to representing victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death matters arising out of medical malpractice, auto and trucking collisions, and other catastrophic accidents. David is active with various local, state, and national bar associations, and in several community non-profit organizations. Notably, David serves on the Audit & Finance Committee of Lambs Farm, a non-profit organization that provides vocational and residential services for over 250 adults with developmental disabilities. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College majoring in American Studies. He later attended law school at William and Mary School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law.

Jaime Rhum, Director

Jaime Rhum is a real estate attorney with over 25 years of experience whose practice focuses on commercial acquisitions, sales, development, leasing and commercial lending. Jaime is currently affiliated with the Highland Park law firm, Becker Gurian where she has practiced law for  nearly 20 years. Previously, she was affiliated with the law firms DLA Piper and Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. Jaime received her BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and her JD from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1990. Jaime resides in Highland Park with her 2 children Kimberly aged 20 and Eric aged 16. Jaime has been a volunteer for the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic since the fall of 2015 and joined the board in January of 2017.