ARCS Foundation, Seattle Chapter is pleased to present Lynn Thomsen with the 2016 ARCS Light Award, given to a member who has made significant contributions to the chapter. With roles that have included co-chair of the ARCS luncheon, vice president of communications, committee member (four committees), Washington State University (WSU) coordinator, and host of the WSU convocation at her home for 10 years running, Lynn is beyond worthy of this year’s award.
Lynn and her husband Mikal established their first ARCS Fellowship in 2005. At the 2006 ARCS Seattle Gala, they announced their intent to fund 10 fellowships over the next 10 years. To date, they have contributed a total of 15 fellowships. In addition, they established a named ARCS endowment at WSU in 2008.
Prior to joining ARCS, Lynn worked in corporate governance at McCaw Communications, where she also met her husband. Now retired, she’s founder and board member of StolenYouth, a nonprofit organization that supports the rescue and recovery of our community’s exploited youth, and serves on the board of the Seattle Art Museum. She also has volunteered her time and resources to WSU and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
“I love this organization,” Lynn says. “I’m proud to be a member, working alongside this powerful, capable and inclusive group of women.”
Lynn has given the highest quality of service and is exceptionally deserving of this year’s ARCS Light Award.