President: Pat Dickason
E-mail: lwvthurston [at] gmail [dot] com
Pat was born and raised in Eastern WA, is an alumni of University of WA, did graduate work at Seattle University. She’s a retired state worker, now enjoying living in downtown Olympia. Pat has been involved in League since 2006, co-chaired the State League study on Early Education, served on the State League Board, chaired the State Lobby Team, and was elected Thurston President in 2015. Pat loves working with such an active, committed, concerned group of women and men.
Vice President: Ruth Harms
Ruth is a Washington native. She recently retired from a lifetime career as an educator and advocate for children and families. Ruth taught in Sierra Leone, Australia, and Longview. She was the Director of a shelter for battered women and the coauthor of a curriculum that teaches children about preventing child sexual abuse. She was also the Child Abuse Prevention Supervisor for 5 years at the Office of the Supt. Of Public Instruction. Before retiring Ruth worked for Seattle Children’s Hospital to introduce a program to prevent “Shaken Baby Syndrome”. As a League member, Ruth worked on the LWV Early Childhood Education Study, the Growth Management Study and helped develop training to promote "The State We’re In: Washington."
Secretary: Sandra Herndon
Treasurer: Peggy Murphy
Peggy has extensive education and volunteer and professional experience working with many legal issues regarding environmental law and land use planning. She worked with a major Environmental/Land Use attorney initially in Olympia and then in Bellevue with another major Environmental/Land Use attorney. She returned to Olympia in 1995 and worked with the Department of Natural Resources for seventeen years, including as litigation and Public Disclosure manager.
She also taught high school US History in Seattle and has volunteered for many years with the LWV, often focusing on voter education and facilitation.
Darlene joined the League of Women Voters of Thurston County when she returned to the Northwest in 2014 to learn more about the political world we live in and to help make positive change for our community. She is currently the Executive Director of the Olympia Free Clinic and has over 30 years of experience in public health and social services.
R. Peggy Smith
Peggy was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Chemistry. After spending about ten years out of state, pursuing advanced degrees and career, she made her way back to Washington State. She then started her 30 plus year career as a state employee, working in a variety of planning, research, and data related positions. While in graduate school she joined the Association for Women in Science. This was the first of a number of women’s and community organizations she has been active in. Others include Washington Women United and the Women’s Political Caucus.
In anticipation of retirement, Peggy developed a passion for travel, hiking, and women’s basketball. It’s amazing how well these three fit together. With nudging from her friend Pat Dickason, she realized the League of Women Voters was a perfect place to invest her less strenuous volunteer time. Between, serving on the LWVTC Board, and being the LWVWA Education Fund Treasurer and on the state Board, there has been plenty to keep her busy and enjoying herself.