Elected Officers

President: Sandra Herndon,  sherndon@hctc.com


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. This is Sandra’s second year in a term of office that runs from 2018 to 2020.


Vice President: Mary Moore, mymtrain@comcast.net    

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   who has worMary.JPGked in Germany, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Washington. Mary has a daughter who is an   artist and lives with her husband in Montana. As Vice-President, Mary oversees the LWV-TC programs.  She has served on the LWVWA Board, as well as the LWVWA Lobby Team, She often helps the LWV-TC Voter Service committee as a moderator of forums on Thurston Community Media (TCM). This is Mary’s second year in a term of office that runs from 2018 to 2020.


Secretary:  Peggy Smith,   rpps4u@comcast.net

Peggy is a Puget Sound native. After spending nearly ten years out of state during her 20's, she made her way back to Washington, to start a 30 plus year career as a state employee. She has also spent considerable time volunteering for a range of women’s and community organizations, from the Association for Women in Science to the Women’s Political Caucus. Most recently she has been active in LWV on both the state and local levels. Besides serving as Secretary for LWV-TC, she will be doing whatever she can to further the Leagues Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Her term of office runs from 2019-2021.


Treasurer: Leslie Williamson 

Leslie Williamson Leslie was raised in northern Utah, and she and her husband moved to Olympia more than 30 years ago. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in business and accounting. After working several years for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, she went to work for Intercity Transit. She retired several years ago from her position as the Finance Manager for the transit system. She’s an avid cyclist, traveling many miles on the backroads of Thurston, Lewis, and Grays Harbor counties with her friends. When not on her bike, you can find her curled up on her couch with a good book. Leslie is looking forward to using her expertise to advance the mission of LWV-TC. Her term of office runs from 2019-2021.


Board Directors

Sue Bredensteiner

 Sue and her husband Bob moved to Olympia in 2015 to join other family members and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. While Sue is new to LWV-TC, she has been a member since 1985 and spent many years serving on the boards of both the Nashville and Tennessee Leagues. Sue enjoyed a 30 plus year career in publishing that began in the nonprofit sector and expanded to a numbers of large associations, two universities, and four international medical publishers. Since retiring, she has volunteered her writing and editing skills to help further the work of the Nashville League, Tennessee state League, LWVUS, as well as the Olympia League. During the 2018-2019 membership year, Sue served LWV-TC Roster Manager and on the LWV-TC Board as editor of the monthly newsletter—The LWV-TC Voter. During 2019-2020, she will continue her roles as off-board Roster Manager and elected director editing the Voter (2019-2020). In addition to League work, Sue enjoys reading, gardening, music, and travel.

Laurie Craig

Laurie was born and raised in Chicago, IL and moved to Colorado during her senior year of high school.  She happily stayed in Colorado for over 40 years working as the lead Adviser, Scholarship Administrator and Office Manager in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She and her husband David, who moved to Olympia in 2018, because of a job transfer, have two grown sons and two perfect grandchildren.  When Laurie retired in 2017, she decided it was time to become active in an organization whose purpose was to help advance the common good. The League of Women Voters fit the bill.  She is a regular at Coffee with the League, participates environmental issues work, and is a part of the LWV-TC Water Study team.  Laurie is passionate about getting voters registered, as well as fostering knowledge and understanding about the issues that concern all our citizens. She is in awe of her fellow Leaguers’ devotion and energy and hopes she can keep up! Her term runs from 2019-2020.

Melissa Denton

Growing up in small town central Oklahoma helped Melissa understand multiple perspectives in addition to those in her chosen home in Thurston County. She and her husband moved to Washington right after marriage and right before Melissa’s final year of law school. Melissa owns her law firm and has practiced family law as an attorney in Thurston County since 1990. She ran for public office in 2018, learning a lot about politics. Melissa also served on Tumwater’s Planning Commission and a dozen other volunteer organizations but is new to LWV. Her husband and son were born in Malaysia, and frequent trips to Southeast Asia add spice to life, literally.


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 runs from 2019 to 2021.


Julie Frick 

julie-frick2.jpgAfter 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 LWV-TC 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 during the second year of her 2018 to 2020 term of office. In her spare time she is also a frustrated, but very enthusiastic gardener. 

Cathy Turk        

Cathy has lived in Olympia for 46 years.  She retired after 30 years working in various WA State administrative positions, with an emphasis on budget development, management and contract administration.  Over the course of her career, she applied her skills in areas ranging from family planning, maternal and child health, emergency services, and the Washington State Library, finally retiring in 2005 from the Office of the Secretary of State.  With a passion for animals, she has served on the boards of Olympic Wildlife Rescue Center and Feline Friends, and she is an active  board member for both her Homeowner’s Association and neighborhood Water Association.  Cathy enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and hanging out with her husband, Randy.  Her term of offices runs from 2019-2020.

Karen Tvedt

Growing up in Seattle as the eldest of seven children, Karen became a mother at 19 and started her own child care business at 21. This was the start of a career that led to managing child care programs for Washington State and serving as director of child care policy and research for the federal government in Washington DC.  She has an MPA from The Evergreen State College, a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University and was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe in 2019.  Since retirement, she has helped care for her elderly parents while volunteering with the League of Women Voters, Interfaith Works, Assured Hospice and the Washington State Correctional Center in Shelton.  Karen was a LWVTC board member from 2010 through 2017 and served for several years on the League’s statewide lobby team. She is passionate about issues of social justice and appreciates all the League does to encourage voter education and equity.


Gail Wrede

Gail has lived in Olympia for 26 years and has been a member of LWV-TC for six years. Gail worked in non-profits and government human services during her career focusing child and family services and law and justice. She is a passionate believer in participatory democracy and in unfettered voter voice. During her 2019-2021 term of office, Gail will be leading Voter Services efforts. 

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