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

Dr. Susan Armitage
Professor of History and Women's Studies, Emerita, Washington State University

SueArmitageSue Armitage holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science). An authority on women in the U.S. West, her publications include numerous articles on western women's history and women's oral history.



Dr. Karen Blair
Professor of History and Department Chair, Central Washington University

KarenBlairDr. Karen Blair grew up on Long Island, NY and attended Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and SUNY/Buffalo for her M. A. and Ph.D. in History. She has taught at CWU since 1987, balancing teaching with travel and research to explore the history of Pacific Northwest women and the history of women's voluntary associations in America. She devotes her spare time to playing classical piano, including ensemble performance with other pianists and other musicians. 

Pearl Capoeman-Baller
Quinault Tribe, Taholah

Pearl Capoeman-Baller, a Quinault Tribal member, served as the President of the Quinault Indian Nation and Executive Director of the Nation’s administrative unit for 13 years. Pearl and her husband John reside on the Quinault reservation near Taholah, Washington. Pearl got her start in the political arena as a founding member of the Quinault Teen Council in the late 1960’s. Pearl finished high school, attended college, and then took a position as an administrative secretary for the Nation. At the age of 19 Pearl was elected to serve on the Tribal Council. Since then, Ms. Capoeman Baller has held several Officer positions on the Council: Tribal Secretary, Vice President, and President since 1993.

Teresa Contreras
Department of Social & Health Services, Wenatchee

Teresa Contreras was born and raised in Othello, Washington and moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1982. She holds a diploma in Professional Business Administration. She and her husband have two grown children. She is a long-time employee of the Department of Social & Health Services and is currently a Secretary Senior for the Child Protective Services (CPS) Unit. Ms. Contreras has served as the Chair for Fiestas Mexicanas since 2002. The event is the annual celebration of Mexico's Independence in Wenatchee and has attracted over 8,000 people. Ms. Contreras is a member of the Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council and a Board Member at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center since June 2006.

Representative Susan Fagan
Republican, 9th Legislative District, Pullman 

Susan FaganSusan Fagan is a public affairs and government relations specialist, former U.S. Senate staff member, political and community leader, forest landowner and manager. Widow of the late John Fagan, she has five adult children and 11 grandchildren. She makes her home in Pullman and has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Lewis-Clark State College.  She has served in the House of Representatives since 2010 representing the 9th District. 


Senator Karen Fraser
Democrat, 22nd Legislative District, Olympia

KarenFraserKaren 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

Dr. Chris Friday has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a Professor in the Department of History at Western Washington University. His teaching and research focuses on the United States West and the Pacific Northwest.

Sue Lean
Exhibit Design, Vice-Chair, Olympia

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.

Corky Mattingly
Yakima County Auditor, Yakima

CorkyMattinglyCorky Mattingly is the Yakima County Auditor and is a past president of the County Auditors' State Association. Corky serves on the State Committee for Pension Policy, is a member of the League of Women Voters and Kiwanis Club of Yakima, and has been active with the Democratic Party. She is also a graduate of Leadership Yakima. She is a former Chair and member of the Board of Trustees at Yakima Valley Community College. She has a B.A. in English and in Education from Eastern Washington University and a M.Ed. from Heritage University.


Marion Moos
Activist, Spokane

MarionMoosMarion Moos was born in Spokane in 1923. One week after graduating from Washington State University in 1947 she married Eugene Moos, who was part of an Edwall, Washington farm family. One of Moos' primary causes was Women's Liberation. Moos was a founding member of the Spokane Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She owned and operated the Past-Time Feminist Bookstore. She was also on the organizing committee of the Washington State IWY Conference for Women in Ellensburg in 1977 that developed a timetable for removing state barriers to equality. Moos remains active in civil rights and social causes in Spokane.

Esther Hall Mumford
Independent Researcher and Writer, Seattle

EstherMumfordEsther Hall Mumford, a resident of Seattle, has a B. A. from the University of Washington and has authored several publications and participated in several projects about Black history in Washington. She is the author of Seattle's Black Victorians: 1852-1901 and editor of Seven Stars and Orion, Reflections of the Past.


Senator Pam Roach
Republican, 31st Legislative District, Sumner

PamRoachPam Roach has been the 31st Legislative District’s state senator since being first elected to this position in 1990. She is known in the Legislature for being a fiscal conservative and a tax fighter, as well as being deeply involved in family and crime issues. For 16 years, Pam worked as a legislative assistant and aide to former state Senator and King County Council member Kent Pullen, who passed away in 2003. Pam has a B.A. degree in History from Brigham Young University, and has had a lifetime interest in history. 

Representative Mary Helen Roberts
Democrat, 21st Legislative District, Edmonds

Mary Helen RobertsMary Helen Roberts has lived in the 21st District for thirty years and was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004. She currently serves as vice-chair on the House Public Safety Committee.Mary Helen has been active in county politics and various organizations such as United Way, and is committed to improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her top legislative priorities are meeting the needs of Washington’s children and ensuring that we have a quality education system.   


Dorothy Young Sale
Feminist Activist, Seattle

Almost 50 years ago, Dorothy Young Sale and her family moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, where she joined the League of Women Voters (LWV) when invited by her next door neighbor. She learned about local government issues and LWV history, and has been a member ever since. She transferred her membership when the family moved to Seattle in 1962 where her husband, Roger, started teaching at the University of Washington. She was soon doorbelling for initiative elections and joining the growing civil rights movement. In 1972, Dorothy joined the National Organization for Women's Seattle Chapter, and became active in the larger women's movement. She chaired Seattle NOW's Equal Employment Opportunity Task Force in 1973, was Seattle NOW Co-President in 1974 and 1975, and was Washington State NOW's Western Washington Vice-President in 1978-79. Sale remains active in the League of Women Voters.