Karen Nicholson is a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected in June 2012.
Much of Ms. Nicholson’s LWV work has been in program, studies and advocacy or training/working with local Leagues. She began her LWV work in Richardson, TX, where she became a stay-at-home-mom when her first daughter was born. Her first LWV job was local co-chair of a state education study. She has since also served on the boards of Houston, Midland, and LWV-Texas. At the local level, Ms. Nicholson has been unit discussion leader, Voter editor, Organization VP, Program VP, Voters Service chair, and president of LWV –Midland. For LWV-TX, she chaired a child care study, was Organization VP and has just completed four years as LWV-TX president.
Ms. Nicholson has spent most of her time in education—teaching or advocating. She is currently an adjunct math instructor at Midland College (TX) and serves on the Midland ISD School Board. She has taught in the Austin and Richardson public schools.
Ms. Nicholson spent many years in PTA in various capacities as her two daughters attended the Houston and Midland public schools, including president of Midland City PTA. Among the other presidencies and chairmanships she has held are Midland Teen Court, Green Tree Country Club Tennis Association, Midland Lutheran Church, Midland Chamber of Commerce Vision 2000 Education Committee, Samaritan Counseling Center Community Relations Committee, and Midland After School Child Care Task Force. She has also served as a public member of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline and the Grievance Oversight Committee, both appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to work in and oversee the State Bar of Texas grievance system.
Ms. Nicholson graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in math education and also has an MEd from the University of Texas. She enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking and plans to play tennis again someday when there’s more time.