Education:
  BA Washington State University, Police Science

Career/volunteer activities: Women's
  Rights Coordinator, city of Tacoma Member and Treasurer National
  Organization for Women, Member Tacoma YWCA, Tacoma Urban League,
  Governor Appointee to Judicial Conduct Commission
  (alternate member and Supreme Court Appointee
  to Gender and Justice Commission, State of Washington

Awards:YWCA  Women in Government, YWCA Woman of the Year,
  YWCA Human Rights Award, Northwest Dispatch Distinguished Citizen Award

Board member:  Judie is one of the founders of Women of Vision.
G. CHINA FORTSON
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Personal background:
Iím a Cambodian-American Woman

Education: Assoc. of Technical Arts 1992, Bachelor of Arts-1995 and Master of Education Guidance and Counseling-1997

Career/volunteer activities: Office Coordinator and Counselor with GEAR UP Project
2nd. president of Cambodian-American Community Coaliton, member of API City of Tacoma Domestic Violence, member of Asian Pacific Cultural Center in Community Relation Committee, member of Asian Pacific Islander Coalition  Pierce County of Washington, and member of ACLU of WA and belong to Tacoma/Pierce  Chapter and in the process of organizing the Cambodian Community Center of WA.

Awards: Women of the Year Award from YWCA for volunteer Services and Outstanding Student of the Year in Human Services from Tacoma Community College.

Vision for women:   More collaboration with other women organizations in the State of Washington.

Board Member: 5 years.
While there, she was a keynote speaker for a women's conference. She came back wanting to put on a similar conference in Tacoma.  She organized a group of five women -- Zoya Walker, Nancy Dudacek Lopez, Judie Fortier, Jan Secor, and herself to begin designing that conference.  In time this group became Women of Vision.  Cece left WWEE and
CECILIA FUNKHOUSER (1944-1994) was born April 28, 1944 in Goldendale, Washington.  She grew up in a family of 8 children.  She went to the University of Washington and got an MBA.  She married Tom Funkhouser and had three children.  She became Executive Director of WWEE, Washington Women Employment and Education, about 1985 or 86 and was in that capacity in 1988 when she went to Japan to visit Tacoma's sister city Kitakyushu.
worked for a brief time at an organization in Seattle before she became the Sister Cities Director for the City of Tacoma.  She was instrumental in establishing the Sister City relationship with Vladivostok.  It was upon her return from a trip to Vladivostok that Cece realized she was ill.  She was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and died in November 1994.  The community lost a ray of sunshine and beam of inspiration when Cece died. -- Jan Secor
Education:
     BA Queens College, City University of New York; MBA Pacific Lutheran
     University; Doctoral work, The Union Institute.

Career/volunteer activities:  Educator in both public and private sectors,
     domestic and international. Currently teaches English at Stadium HS, provides
     inservice workshops on white privilege, and teaches intercultural communication
     at Seattle Pacific University. Member of the Latino Education Alliance, member of
     Kiryat-Motzkin, Israel and George, South Africa Sister City committees.

Vision for women: To be in a world transformed where we are able to create the life we want to live in peace.

Board Member: 1998; affiliated since 1991
DIANE MIKHLIN
SINOUN HEM
JUDIE FORTIER
President
Education:  BA in Education and Organizational Management, The Evergreen State College;  Masters of Organizational Management  (MOAM) ;  Washington State University Family Community Leadership State Certification

Career/volunteer activities: Washington State University 4-H/ youth development  Faculty

Awards:
1992 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents National Communicator Award
1999 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Achievement in Service Award

Vision for women: To develop leadership skills in youth and adults on national and international levels.

Board member:  1999
NANCY K. BASKETT
SARAH CROSS
MELANNIE DENISE CUNNINGHAM
Current Board
Our Founder
CHERYL SWALLING
CINDY WICKIZER
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Education:  MEM/MBA St. Martin's College, BS from Western Washington University.

Career/volunteer activities: Served 2 years on City of Tacoma Urban Policy Commission; 1st VP Tacoma City Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Vice Chair Tacoma/Pierce county Affordable Housing consortium, Mediator for Pierce County District Court and Center for Dispute Resolution; Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent's Commission on Diversity; Pierce County Planning Commission member.  

Awards: Outstanding performance as Junior Achievement Consultant; Golden Feather Award for volunteer hours to the Tacoma Urban League..

Vision for women: To see the economic, employment, and education disparity between men and women in the US and thoroughout the world lessen significantly during my lifetime.

Board member:  May 2001
Education:  BS in Education, Oregon State University; post-graduate work in education

Career/volunteer activities: Retired elementary education teacher, 30 years; independent business owner.  4H Club, President of American Rabbit Breeders Association, current director of the American Rabbit Breeders Association,  past youth chairperson, president of the National Minirex Club; Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors; served on several committees for the  the Buckley Chamber of Commerce

Awards: American Rabbit Breeders Hall of Fame award (the first woman to ever win!), Distinguished Service awards from the American Rabbit Breeders Association; two President awards from the Washington Rabbit Breeders Association;  lifetime memberships award in several rabbit organizations for volunteer work.

Vision for women: 


Board member:  November 2003
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Education:  BA in Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College

Career/volunteer activities:  Domestic Violence Project Coordinator, City of Tacoma


Awards:


Vision for women:




Board member:  2000
Education:  BA in English, University of Washington; post-graduate work in liinguistics at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea


Career/volunteer activities:  Retired ESL teacher (20 years); ESL adult teacher volunteer; Tacoma Art Museum docent and volunteer;  Tacoma Business and Professional Women's Association


Vision for women:   Equality for women the world over.

Board member:   1992

Education: BA in Humanities, Washington State University; post-graduate work at Duke University and University of Wisconsin, Madison;  graduated from Bates Technical College fulfilling all compettencies to become a televsion producer


Career/volunteer activities: President of The Cunnningham Network; public relations consultant locally and in sub-Saharan Arican;  president, The Exchange Club of Tacoma;
Board member and Club Builder of the Business Masters Exchange Club; Public Relations Committee, National Exchange Club; George, South Africa Sister City Committee.


Vision for women:  A global community in which women are able to create a physically, emotionally and spiritually satisfying life for themselves and their families.

Board member:  1999
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