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Foundation Trustees

Meet Our Foundation Trustees

2019-2020 Foundation

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


Lailla Petersen

Lailla Petersen, Treasurer

  • B.S. University of Washington
  • Professional dental hygienist in Seattle; Midtown Manhattan; Needham, Massachusetts
  • Lived two years in Rio de Janeiro 
  • Past President, Women's University Club
  • Volunteer experience with multiple community non-profits
  • Can be seen on slopes and boats when she is not traveling, learning something new or studying genealogy


Community Education and Outreach Council (CE&O)

Sharon Gillaspie

Sharon Gillaspie, Co-chair

  • Middle school principal
  • English and Math teacher
  • Pomona College Alumni Board
  • Friends of Youth Board of Directors
  • Church Moderator
  • Lover of symphony, theatre, outdoors and grandchildren
  • Enthusiastic world traveler


Judith Ramey

Judith Ramey, Co-chair

  • Professor (retired!), UW (Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering); department chair for 11 years
  • Interim dean, College of Engineering, UW, 2013
  • Served on the board of Northwest Sinfonietta; active in Washington Women’s Foundation
  • Perpetual student of Spanish & tap dancing (in both, mediocre skill level but extra points for enthusiasm)
  • Enjoys travel, opera and symphony, reading


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


Susan Kinoshita

Susan Kinoshita, Co-chair

  • Graduate of Shoreline Community College and attended University of Washington: English Literature
  • Office manager and full charge bookkeeper for local plumbing services company
  • Healthy Start board member
  • Spends hours on the beach with crazy spinning swimming dog
  • Loves to dance
  • Recently wowed a large audience with her baton twirling skills


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