Ingrid Mattson made history four years ago by being elected the first female president of the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America.
But her groundbreaking didn't stop there.
Mattson and other Islamic Society leaders forged new partnerships with major national Jewish and Christian organizations. And her prominence in interfaith circles landed her a role with other faith leaders in the inaugural festivities of President Barack Obama.
Yet the achievements of Mattson's tenure as the organization's president, which comes to an end this weekend, have been tempered somewhat by the realities of life right now for American Muslims -- many of whom feel less secure than at any time since shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.