About Us


AAUW of Washington State is made up of great, fun loving members who belong to branches from the tips of the Olympic Peninsula in the west to the Palouse and Tri-Cities areas in the far southeast region.  We are rural and urban, big and small.  We are even virtual with our online branch.  Our activities reflect the diversity of our communities – book sales, get-out-the-vote campaigns, fundraisers, scholar programs – all serve the needs of our members, their communities, and the mission of AAUW.  We are different, but we are the same, and we enjoy getting to know each other at conventions and other state meetings.

We have been around a long time.  Four of our branches – Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Yakima – have already celebrated their 100th anniversaries.  We are proud to call ourselves AAUW-WA members!

AAUW Washington (AAUW-WA) Board Biographies (2014 – 2016)

President/Administrator: Kelvie C. Comer

KelvieMs. Kelvie C. Comer is the current president of AAUW Washington and serves simultaneously as the AAUW National Nominating Committee Chair.  She also serves on the AAUW-WA Special Projects Fund Foundation Board.  She retired after twenty-five years as a university college dean after leading three professional colleges and their faculties and students; she now leads volunteers. She published; presented; and has significant grant experience. Her board experience includes presidencies in United Ways; chairs of national committees for organizations; and her service has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally. She is passionate about mentoring younger women and has devoted the past three years to fundraising for Tech Trek and for several foundations. Further, she seeks women of vision who think strategically with a broad view of what women’s organizations can become for the next twenty years. She is known for her strategic search strategies, along with her abilities to connect across organizations. Ms. Comer holds a BS in English Education from Penn State University and both an EDM and an EDD from Temple University. She attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Management. president@aauw-wa.org

Director:  Karen Manelis

KarenMs. Karen Manelis holds a BS in Biological Science from the University of California at Davis.  She is retired from Dow Chemical/Dow Agrosciences and is currently employed by the Department of Treasurer (IRS).  Karen Manelis was president of AAUW California when the Tech Trek Math/Science Camp for Girls was established in 1998.  Ms. Manelis directed the Tech Trek camp at California State University in Fresno from 1999 (inception) to 2007 when she move to Washington.  She has been the director of Tech Trek Washington since 2013.  Ms. Manelis is a trainer and volunteer counselor for AARP’s Tax Aide program in Clark County Washington since 2009. 

Secretary: Jeanie Glaspell


Secretary: The secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings of the membership, the board of directors and the executive committee and shall perform such other duties as the other elected officers shall direct.  Board member duties are listed in the Bylaws and include facilitate and promote the purpose and mission of AAUW-WA.

Vice President Finance: Dellanie Fragnoli

DFDellanie Fragnoli is currently serving her second term as AAUW Washington Vice President, Finance.  She has held numerous branch positions, including Issaquah Branch President.  Professionally, she is the Assistant Vice President, Risk Management, for Costco Wholesale where she has worked for 24 years.  She holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from California State University Fullerton.  Dellanie is committed to volunteer service and has served on several non-profit boards including a current position on the Bellevue College Foundation board.  She resides in Renton, WA with her husband and two cats.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and other outdoor activities.  finance@aauw-wa.org

Membership Director: Judith Prince

Ms. Princonee holds a BA in English Literature from Macalester College and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is retired from various Project Management positions at The Boeing Company and Compass Health (a non-profit mental health provider). She has been active in AAUW for 5 years and has held branch and state level positions. Ms. Prince is currently interested in in Tech Trek as a tool to encourage girls to pursue careers in non-traditional areas; and has served as a volunteer in support of Tech Trek camp.
Board member duties are listed in the Bylaws and include facilitate and promote the purpose and mission of AAUW-WA. Ms. Prince spends about 15 hours per month on AAUW-WA matters.  membership@aauw-wa.org

Vice President – Program Director:  Emily Hitchens

EmilyDr. Hitchens holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Washington, Masters Degrees in Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Nursing from the University of Washington, and an EdD from Seattle Pacific University.  She has held many positions in clinical work and nursing education ending as a Professor at Seattle Pacific University.  In additional to many positions with AAUW, she is active in Sigma Theta Tau International, has been a board member for Puget Sound Health Ministries, and is a current board member of Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries.  programs@aauw-wa.org

Communications Director: Kathie Picket

Kathi Picket

Kathi Picket

I joined the Hudson’s Bay branch of AAUW in 1989 in order to connect with smart, interesting women and to support the AAUW mission. As State Communications Director, I work with this team to ensure that AAUW-WA members are informed and engaged: Florence Young (State Newsletter Editor),  Judi Edwards (AAUW-WA webmaster), and Mary Letterman (Social Media guru). communications@aauw-wa.org


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