Elected Officers

President: 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 again in 2019-2020.  She 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.  Karen will be president from 2020-2022.


Vice President:  Julie Frick [email protected] 

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.  Julie will be vice-president from 2020-2022.


Secretary:  Nathaniel Jones  [email protected]

  Nathaniel lived around the country and around the world as the child of a Navy chaplain. He and his wife Kathleen moved to Olympia in 1991 and raised two adult daughters here. Nathaniel has been active in a   range of volunteer and public service positions: the board of Habitat for Humanity; the Olympia City Council, where he served as Mayor   Pro Tem for seven years; and he has chaired the boards of the Thurston Regional Planning Council and InterCity Transit. He thinks nothing could be better than working with actively engaged League members on crucial public issues through fact-based, non-partisan analysis and education. Nathaniel will serve from 2021-2023.




Treasurer: Leslie Williamson [email protected]

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 2021-2023.



Board Directors -- Elected

Laurie Craig  [email protected]

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 2020-2022.


Susan Fiksdal 

Susan is a native Olympian since age 9. She earned a BA and MA in French, and seven years after becoming a professor at The Evergreen College, she and her family moved to Ann Arbor so that she could complete a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She returned to Evergreen teaching French and Linguistics, taking students to France, and serving as an academic dean.  Thanks to a faculty exchange program and a Fulbright, she also taught in Hong Kong and Japan. After retiring, she worked on projects at the college for several years and enjoyed international travel. In early 2020 she joined the League largely to encourage college students to vote. With the start of the pandemic, her focus changed to participating in all Voter Service activities and networking state-wide. She has a very supportive husband, two children, and four grandchildren who love learning French. She has been an active participant in the Voter Services Committee and she will chair the committee for her 2021-2023 term.


Carol Goss   [email protected]


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. She’s been building community through volunteering, especially as the Membership Committee Chair, as well as playing an instrumental role in the formation of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee.  Carol’s term of office runs from 2021 to 2023.



Shari Silverman [email protected]

Shari grew up in New York then moved to New Jersey where she was a member of her local LWV while bringing up her three daughters.  Starting as an Emergency Medical Technician in NJ, she later moved to Ohio and became an RN.  Shari worked as a nurse for several years, before her career led to quality assurance management positions in blood plasma companies located in GA and TN. Transferring into the allied field of biopharmaceuticals, Shari became a corporate quality assurance associate director for a biotechnology corporation headquartered in CA.  Retiring to WA to be closer to family, Shari joined LWVTC in 2018 and is delighted to be part of such an amazing group of dedicated people.  Her term runs from 2020 to 2022.


Board Directors -- Apponted for 2021 to 2022

Shelley Kneip     

Shelley grew up in a small town in Central California, the youngest of five children.  Her mother was a teacher and her father the town’s recreational director.  Shelley attended Humboldt State University, where she received a BA in Zoology and a MA in Biology.  After college, she moved to Alaska and worked for the State Department of Environmental Conservation in the environmental health field.  In 1983, she married her husband Pat and moved to Washington.  In her 30’s, Shelley changed careers and obtained her law degree from the University of Puget Sound.  She went on to practice land use, environmental and municipal law, starting at a private firm and moving into the public sector.  She worked in the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 22 years and volunteered with many local agencies, including sitting on the canvassing board for many elections.  Shelley joined the Kitsap LWV in 2006.  She was active there until 2019, when she moved to Lacey.   Shelley has been active in the Thurston County League since then and she is also involved in state League activities. 


Tony Wilson   

Tony was born to a working-class family in South Carolina and grew up in four southern states. In lieu of college, he embarked upon a multi-year vision-quest that covered most of the states on the east coast, ending up in Chicago in 1968. Upon return to Florida in 1970, he became a construction worker. This allowed him to travel America and discover its many social and political facets. Nearly half his life has  been in the Northwest, as a resident of both an urban and rural intentional community, as well as a small business owner, husband and father.

Tony is interested in local and state governmental policy; race relations in this country, in his heart, in his mind; and how to motivate people to be responsible and participate in democracy. LWV seems like a great place to work on that in the company of stellar men and women fully immersed in the endeavor. Tony is also interested in creating habitat for birds in the Cascade Range. He plays Texas Holdem with great interest but only sporadic success.


Kelsey Monaco

Kelsey is a Chinese American adoptee raised here in Washington. Since moving to Thurston County in 2013, she’s been active in various efforts to support the local
 community. As a recent graduate of Saint Martin’s University, where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies, Kelsey has been volunteering with the Thurston League ​of Women Voters  since late 2019. ​ She  has participated in the League's new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee and in efforts to encourage students to register to vote.   She is also involved in other community organizations such as the Asian Pacific Islanders Coalition of South Puget Sound (APIC-SPS). Kelsey will be an incoming graduate student at Columbia University this fall studying International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.             




Kathy Varney

Kathy, a native of Washington, grew up in Eastern Washington and lived throughout the intermountain region until 1983 when she settled for good in Western Washington. Her business career was that of a publisher and director of sales for McGraw-Hill Construction. She was also the publisher of local trade association publications such as ArcCA, the official journal of the AIA California Council, and development of construction-related seminars in the western regional markets.  These promoted the advancement of technology improvements such as BIM, interoperability, and green construction. Kathy has been certified by the Construction Specification Institute as a Contract Document Technologist (CDT), and she received certifications from The Forum Institute and Michael Hammer Institute for business process improvement and team facilitation. Kathy retired in 2012 and has devoted her time to non profits as a volunteer and improving her golf game.   She joined the League of Women Voters because voter education in this divisive political climate seemed the best way to ensure our democracy.  She supports the League's nonpartisan stance that promotes inclusion and understanding of issues.   Kathy will be the Communications Committee Chair during the 2021-2022 year.


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