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Foundation Trustees

Meet Our Foundation Trustees

The members of the Women's University Club Foundation Board of Trustees:

  • bring professional experience in the fields of business, education, government, psychology and health
  • have served on multiple community boards in leadership roles
  • have been members of the Women’s University Club Board of Trustees
  • bring a sense of brio to community service 

The Foundation Board consists of six Trustees, each serving on one of three councils, and three additional trustees who serve as Foundation Officers. All trustees and officers oversee the operation of the entire Foundation with rotating three year terms starting in October.


Foundation Executive Officers

Gail Hawley, Chair

Gail Hawley, Chair

  • Professional background in journalism and corporate communications, with journalism as my favorite
  • Former community board member for Providence O'Christmas Trees, a charity for uncompensated health care needs
  • Past WUC House Trustee, a returning Foundation Board member and a once-upon-a-time Chair of various great and fun committees
  • Lover of all places within the British Isles and Europe, especially the many layers of Rome
  • Tracker of genealogy, a hobby of surprises, such as learning that the family tree has saints, like the Byzantine Empress Theodora II, and sinners like Boleslaus who murdered his brother "Good King" Wenceslas
  • Grateful member of a club and a foundation which benefit the greater Seattle community life in so many wonderful ways


Mary Willy

Mary Willy, Vice-chair / Secretary

  • MS in Agriculture from University of Illinois
  • Experienced camp director, water safety and pre-school instructor
  • Farm manager
  • Dog lover
  • Needle worker



Laurie Hornor, Treasurer

  • Life-long Seattle area resident 
  • Whitman College, B.A. Political Science
  • Commercial Banker; recently retired and quickly getting used to it
  • Aqua Zumba enthusiast; you’ll find me in the outdoor pool year ‘round
  • Pretty good cook; always game to modify a recipe or to try a new one
  • Music Counts! Committee member 
  • Past WUC Marketing Trustee 


Community Education and Outreach Council (CE&O)


Sue Buske, Co-chair

  • Native Seattleite
  • Seafood processing business owner (present)
  • BA in Political Science - University of Washington
  • Northshore School District Board Member
  • Bothell Kiwanis Member and Officer
  • Northshore Center for Performing Arts Board Member
  • Cascade Community College Foundation Board Member
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Board Member (present)
  • Seattle Opera Board Member (present)
  • Mariner's season ticket holder since 1996!


Gail Jonas, Co-chair

  • BA in Education -Central Washington University
  • Taught elementary school - 30 years in Highline School District
  • Joined WUC in 2002
  • Past WUC Trustee - Traditional Events
  • Past WUCF member - CE&O
  • Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta; became American citizen 1972
  • Love to travel -many US states, Europe, Fiji, Australia, British Isles
  • Water - views, time-share in Ocean Shores, boating on Lake Washington
  • Sang baritone in "Sweet Adelines" -accapella barbershop style for 35 years


Historic Landmark Preservation Council (HLP)

Marilyn Heinemann

Marilyn Heinemann, Co-chair

  • BA University of Washington
  • Primary school teacher
  • Property Management multi-family housing
  • Dining Room Trustee
  • Avid gardener and bird watcher
  • Constant companion and playmate of Alfie my Mini Poodle



Lynn Elmore, Co-chair

  • Studied history at the University of Washington
  • Worked in administrative positions in Teacher Education programs at Michigan State University and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University
  • WUC Dining Room Trustee
  • Love to walk, enjoy reading mysteries and love water exercise
  • Washington State Apple Blossom Queen in 1964


Scholarship Awards (SA)

Marcie Stone

Marcie Stone, Co-chair

  • UW Alumna – twice
  • Former member, UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees
  • Member of Master of Information Science Advisory Board, UW Information School
  • Member of Meany Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Board
  • Member of Ladies Musical Club (Music in Schools Committee)
  • Classical music and jazz enthusiast – audience member, not musician!
  • Retired Librarian
  • Delighted to be back in Seattle after many years in Northern Virginia


Karen Wulff

Karen Wulff, Co-chair

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington
  • Professional nurse in multiple clinical and leadership settings
  • Proprietor & Consultant, Leader/Staff Synergy provided consultation services to health care facilities in multiple areas of management operations and staff relations
  • Co-president of Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Avid mystery reader
  • Amateur gardener


Board Advisor

Bonnie Miller, Advisor to Chair and Brava! Chair

Lailla Petersen, Board Advisor