Mary Elizabeth Karpel
She has held numerous leadership positions in this community over the past 33 years, serving as President of the Huckleberry Road Water Association, President of the Thurston-Mason Medical Alliance, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Capital Medical Center, President of the Olympia Downtown Development Association, Chair of the Economic and Development Committee for both Olympia and Lacey Chambers of Commerce. She has served on the Olympia Planning Commission, the Board of the Washington Center for the performing Arts where she chaired the Development Committee, and as a Judge for the City of Olympia Parks Department, Public Art Projects.
She has been recognized by the Olympia/ Thurston County Chamber of Commerce with the Business Volunteer Award 1985 and was honored by the Business and Professional Women of Olympia in 1984, with the Young Careerist Award.
Mary Elizabeth and her husband John, a pediatrician, are both retired. They divide their time between Olympia and La Quinta California and share their life with a 12 year old Shepard/Retriever mix. Ms. Karpel appreciates the diversity of other cultures and has traveled extensively. She is conversant in Spanish. She enjoys golf, photography, skiing, kayaking, walking her dog and playing with her grandchildren, nieces and nephew.
Mary Elizabeth Karpel has returned to the Olympia Symphony Board of Directors after having served from 2003-2007. She is a Washington State native and was raised with an appreciation for the arts and community service. She grew up in the town of Hunts Point and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. She owned and was the principle of Landscape Design, a firm establish in 1982. She later earned an MA degree from Seattle University.
She has always been very active in the community of Olympia and believes a vibrant arts community is healthy for social and economic development. In addition to the Symphony, Ms. Karpel is the Art Curator for the Governor’s Mansion Foundation.