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WHC Board of Advisors

Senator Patty Kuderer, 48th District (Bellevue)

Senator Patty Kuderer 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, she 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. Kuderer 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.

Karen Fraser

Former 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.

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. She 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 holds a bachelor of arts in History and Education from Gonzaga University, and a masters of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. 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 received the Washington State Historical Society’s Peace and Friendship Award in 1993 and Robert Gray Award in 2002; and the Washington State Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award in 2003.