Elected Officers

President: Karen Tvedt  [email protected] 

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:  Peggy Smith,   [email protected]

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 [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 2019-2021.



Board Directors

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 2019-2020.


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. 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.




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 2020-2022.


Nathaniel Jones  [email protected]

Nathaniel lived around the country and around the world as the child of a Navy chaplain. His wife Kathleen is a Nurse Midwife, and she has delivered thousands of babies and supported many fledgling families.  They moved to Olympia in 1991 and raised two adult daughters here. Following graduate work  in community and regional planning, he has worked in transportation planning, including public transit development in the Puget Sound   region.  More recently, he managed the Washington State Capitol Campus infrastructure and utilities.  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 sees the   opportunity to work with the membership of the Thurston League as a treat.  He notes that League members are actively engaged with   crucial public issues through fact-based, non-partisan analysis and education – what could be better?  




Shelley Kneip  [email protected]      

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. 


Fran Beard  [email protected]


Fran relocated to Washington State from Fishkill, NY in 2015 to work at the Department of Veteran Affairs.  She retired from the US National Guard in Massachusetts after 20 years of service.  Fran attended the University of Iowa where she earned a BA in Criminal Justice and MS in Human Resources.  Fran has been a volunteer case manager with the International Refugee Association and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, and the Big Brother Big Sister Program.  For the past two years, she has served as a board member/secretary for the Lacey Sister City Association.  Presently she is a board member of the Minuteman Fund, which is  devoted to building community partnerships to deliver needed services to National Guard Members and families. Fran enjoys traveling and reading.  


Tony Wilson  [email protected]                                                                                                                           

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.








Gail Gosney Wrede  [email protected]

Gail Wrede has lived in Olympia for 28 years and has been a member of the Thurston LWV for eight 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.  Gail has served as the Voter Services Chairperson since June 2019.

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