ABOUT THE CURRENT BOARD
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 (2016 – 2017)
Judy Prince is President of AAUW Washington and a Director of AAUW-WA Special Projects Fund. She is a graduate of Macalester College (BA English Literature) and Stevens Institute of Technology (Masters Certificate Project Management). Now retired, she worked for Baxter International, The Boeing Company, and Compass Health. Ms. Prince has been a member of AAUW since 1997 and active in Branch and State affairs. One of her passions is Tech Trek, a one-week STEM camp for rising 8th Grade girls supported by the AAUW Washington.
Judy has held a number of AAUW positions at the branch and state level.
Vice President Finance: Marziah Kiehn
A lifelong Washingtonian, Marziah Kiehn (Mar’ zee-ah Keen) grew up in Bellingham where she still maintains a residence. She graduated from Washington State University with a major in Public Administration/Political Science and minors in English and History and holds a Master’s degree in Land Use Planning from Portland State University. Marziah has worked for several Oregon and Washington local, county, regional and state governmental units, including the Washington House of Representatives, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Office of Financial Management, the Governor’s budget office. Before deciding to stay in state service, she completed coursework for a Master’s in Education with special emphasis on Native American learners.
In July 2015, Marziah retired from the Washington Department of Enterprise Services (formerly the Department of General Administration) where she managed construction projects and budgets for the community and technical colleges, including the establishment of the University of Washington-Bothell/Cascadia Community College Campus.
She has been an Olympia branch member for over 25 years after joining in Portland, Oregon and is a dual branch member of Bellingham. She was a Tech Trek dorm monitor at PLU in 2016 and looks forward to future camp involvement.
Marziah comes from a family of educators and traveling background. Her name is Persian and she encourages those who are linguistically challenged to call her “Marz”.
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.
Ms. 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.
Membership Director: Mary Williams
Vice President – Program Director: Emily Hitchens
Dr. 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.
I joined the Portland, OR branch of AAUW in 2001 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: Melinda Hearsey (State Newsletter Editor), Judi Edwards (AAUW-WA webmaster), and Mary Letterman (Social Media guru).
You can reach any of the leadership by using Contact Us and requesting information.