About WHC



According to state statute:
"The board of advisors shall consist of fifteen members. The governor shall appoint eleven members to the board of advisors. Two members of the senate, one each representing the two largest caucuses of the senate, shall be appointed by the president of the senate, and two members of the house of representatives, one each representing the two largest caucuses of the house of representatives[,] shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives."

Washington Women's History

WHC Board of Advisors

Senator Patty Kuderer, 48th District (Bellevue)

SEN. PATTY KUDERER. Patty is a mom, attorney, and long-time community advocate. She was first appointed to the House of Representatives in September of 2015 and won her first election to retain the seat the following year. In January 2017, Patty was again unanimously appointed by the King County Council to fill the vacant Senate seat in the 48th Legislative District. She now represents her constituents as their first female state Senator. Patty believes that health care is a right and was fortunate enough to be asked to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee and sits on the Financial Institutions & Insurance and Labor & Commerce Committees.

Dr. Karen Blair
Professor Emeritus, Central Washington University

KarenBlairKaren J. Blair is Professor Emerita at Central Washington University, where she taught U.S. History and chaired the Department of History before retirement in 2014. She is the author of several books about the history of women's organizations in American history, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. 


Karen Fraser

KarenFraserFormer Senator Karen Fraser is a life-long resident of Washington. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. She worked for the Department of Highways, Department of Health, Office of Community Development/Planning and Community Affairs Agency, Employment Security Department, Washington State House of Representatives for twelve years and intermittently teaches in the Public Administration Program at The Evergreen State College.


Dr. Chris Friday
Professor of History, Western Washington University, Bellingham

At Western Washington University since 1992, and with three years prior to that in another small liberal arts college on tenure-track, Friday's scholarly and teaching principally engages the histories of race and region with specific emphases on Indigenous Peoples Histories, Asian American Histories, and Pacific Northwest History. Friday has also directed WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies between 1998 and 2008, been History Department Chair, and won national awards for his scholarship as well as university awards for service and leadership. 

Sue Lean

Sue Lean first became active on historical events in 1970 when the League of Women Voters celebrated its founding and the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. Sue has worked on state and community events focusing on the U.S. Constitution, the first Presidency, Washington statehood, and Women's Equality Day. Special features have included lectures, parades, ice cream socials and interpretive exhibits developed both professionally and as a volunteer. More recently Sue was the historic image researcher for The State We're In: Washington, a guide to state, tribal and local government published by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund.

Shanna Stevenson

SHANNA STEVENSON. Shanna Stevenson holds a B.A. History and Education, Gonzaga University, 1971, Masters of Public Administration, The Evergreen State College, 1986. Since 1986 she has worked as the Assistant and Historic Preservation Officer for Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County. She is the author of several local history publications including: Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater: A Pictorial History, The Donning Company, Norfolk, Va: 1985, revised edition, 1996 and a contributor to The River Remembers: A History of Tumwater, 1845-1995, Donning, 1995. She was the recipient of the Washington State Capital Museum Peace and Friendship Award in 1993; the Robert Gray Award from Washington State Historical Society in 2002; and the Washington State Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award, 2003.