President: Sandra Herndon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in southern Mississippi, Sandra was raised in Memphis, and has lived, studied, and taught in states ranging from Oklahoma to New York, including Arkansas, Illinois, and Tennessee. She is professor emerita of Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Sandra is an avid reader; she and her husband David also enjoy spending time with family in the NW, the South, and the NE. She is pleased to be LWV-TC president, looking forward to the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters in 2020. Sandra’s term of office runs from 2018 to 2020.
Vice President: Mary Moore
Mary has lived in Olympia for thirty-five years and been a member of the League for eight of those years. She is a retired librarian having worked in Germany, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Washington. Mary has a daughter who is an artist and lives with her husband in Montana. Mary focuses on climate change and energy policy issues as a member of the LWVWA Lobby Team. She also has served on the LWVWA Board and often helps the LWV-TC Voter Service committee as a moderator of forums on Thurston Community Media (TCM). Mary’s term of office runs from 2018 to 2020.
Secretary: Carol Goss
Carol is a native Washingtonian, retired from decades of service as an early childhood educator and college instructor in various learning institutions in Seattle. She has served as executive director of Interlake Child Care and Learning Center and Hilltop Children’s Center and was the founding director of School’s Out Washington. Carol has also taught, specializing in early childhood development, school-age programming, and administration and management theory and practice at several Colleges. With her husband Glen, Carol moved to Olympia almost two years ago. She’s been building community through volunteering, as well as being active in LWV-TC. Carol’s term of office run from 2018 to 2019.
Treasurer: Cynthia Pratt
Cynthia and her husband, David, have lived in Lacey for over forty-four years. They have two children and three grandchildren. She earned a Master’s in Environmental Studies from TESC. Cynthia worked for over twenty-seven years at the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources. After retiring in 2008 and was talked into running for Lacey City Council and has been a Council member since 2010, deputy mary for the last four and a half years. In addition, she is a member of a variety of local organizations. Cynthia’s term of office runs from 2018 to 2019.
Sue is new to LWV-TC but not to the League. In 2015, she, her husband Bob, and younger daughter Lisa relocated to Lacey from Nashville, Tennessee, joining daughter Kim who has lived in the South Sound for several years. Since retiring, Sue had volunteered her writing and editing skills to help further the work of the Nashville and Tennessee Leagues. It was a natural fit to put her experience to work for the LWV-TC. Sue has been a member of the League for over twenty years and served in local, state, and national League positions. In addition, she enjoys reading, and gardening with “giant puppy” Ben. Her roles from 2018 to 2019 will be editor of the LWV-TC Voter and Roster Manager.
Connie is a retired school teacher. She taught physical education and some mathematics in middle and high schools in the states of Washington, Indiana and Missouri. While retired and living in Bellevue, she spent several years volunteering as Education Chair of the Eastside Audubon. With a grant from Washington State Fish and Wildlife she was able to purchase educational materials on birds for elementary classrooms. She developed bird programs which included art, poetry and creative writing for mainly third and fourth grades in the Lake Washington, Bellevue and North Shore School Districts. She moved to Olympia ten years ago where she hikes, reads and spends time with grandchildren. She is honored to serve as Voter Services Chair for the Thurston County League during the 2018-2019 term.
Annie was born in north central Montana to a family that loved exploring the outdoors. She moved to Washington as a single parent with two young girls, one with special needs. She completed her undergraduate degree at TESC and went on to get her Masters at Pacific Oaks College. She remarried and had a third daughter. During that time she pursed a career in Early Learning working in a variety of roles including managing a nonprofit to ensure that all children had access to affordable quality programs. Upon retirement she refocused her attention on issues related to the environment. She is currently co leader for the WA chapter of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness. She performs with OlyImprov and the South Sound Story Guild. She cares for her grandchildren on a regular basis and can be found in the early mornings walking her Chocolate Lab Kipper or working in her garden. During her 2018-2019 term, Annie will manage LWV-TC’s Face Book page.
Shelley was born and raised in western Washington. She graduated from TESC in 1984 with a degree in environmental studies. Her participation in the LWV-TC began around work in food systems and environmental issues. Shelley lives on and managed a small blueberry farm and operated a small business for many years. She now is now retired, but the topics of local and sustainable food systems, small business ownership, as well as voter education are pivotal to her involvement with the League. From 2017 to 2019, Shelley will be the LWV-TC Volunteer Manager, as well as the liaison for MELD (Membership Engagement Leadership Development) -- a LWVUS leadership coaching program.
After living and working in Shelton for many years, Julie and her husband Michael sailed away on their 38 ft. sailboat “Surprize.” What was to be a one year sabbatical stretch to 12, mostly spent exploring the western Caribbean. They returned to Olympia in 2009, and Julie worked as a Medical Technologist at Providence St Peter until her retirement. She joined LWVTC in 2016. Since then she has participated in "Coffee with the League" and has worked on the annual Education Fund Benefit Luncheon committee. For Julie, the League is a way to help encourage active and engaged voters. She is impressed by the commitment of League members and hopes to be able to help sustain a high level of excellence. Julie will focus on development and the Education Fund luncheon; her term of office runs from 2018 to 2020. In her spare time she is also a frustrated, but very enthusiastic gardener.
Valerie grew up in Salem, Oregon and has lived for over forty years in Washington state. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in sociology in 1976, and from Saint Martin’s University in 1994 with a degree in counseling psychology. She worked in the medical field for ten years and retired two years ago from her private practice in psychotherapy. Valerie and her husband Rob have two grown sons, both living in Olympia. Valerie will focus on membership; her term of office runs from 2018 to 2020.
Zena joined the LWV-TC at the urging of friend Eve Johnson in 1997. Along with Eve, Zena believed strongly that activism pursued in other spheres would be an asset to the League. It took a while away from the League to understand the benefits of reputation and high regard with which the League was held in the halls of government (and understood the doors it opened) before returning and being glad to be so well connected! Zena’s career includes years as a nurse and serving as founding administrator for Hospice in Olympia. She also spent years as insurance agent with her sister Marilyn Zuckerman, as well as doing property development. After spending five years in Italy with her husband, Zena is pleased to join the LWV-TC Board again. She looks forward to revisiting the LWV-TC "Thurston County Water Realties in Relation to Planned Development" study of 2008. Zena will focus on programming during the 2018-2019 term.
Paula was born and raised in Hawaii. A graduate of Stanford University, she taught first grade in San Jose, California for nine years and then farmed on Maui for thirty years. She moved to Olympia in 2008. Paula created the Tuesday LWV-TC Coffee with the League in March 2017. The group meets weekly and works with the LWVWA Lobby Team during Legislative sessions to accomplish League goals. She sees these activities as showing us how working together can make a difference. She will continue to concentrate on Coffee with the League during the 2018-2019 term.