Task Force on Financially Sustainable Library Service Models
Task Force Members
The Task Force includes representatives from the Joint Powers Board, library staff, and the community. The full list of members includes:
- Barbara Gorson has been a resident of Capitola for 12 years. She is a Citizenmember and Chair of the Library Joint Powers Board and a member of the Capitola ad hoc library committee. After a corporate career in various Finance and HR management positions, Barbara returned to San Jose State to obtain her Masters in Library and Information Science. She spends her time reading, singing, playing music, walking and being trained by her dog, Lexi.
- Ellen Pirie is a Santa Cruz County Supervisor representing the Second District, which encompasses Aptos, La Selva Beach, Corralitos and parts of Watsonville and Capitola. She serves on the Library Board of Directors, as well as the Regional Transportation Commission, the Metro Transit Board and a number of other public agencies. Ellen was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2000, after 16 years as an attorney with Senior Citizens Legal Services in Santa Cruz. As the daughter of librarians and the mother of four grown children, Ellen appreciates the important role that libraries can, and should, play in our community.
- Nancy Gerdt is a longtime resident of Felton. She is one of the founding members of the Felton Library Friends and in 2006 was appointed to the Library Joint Powers Authority Board as a Citizenmember. With careers in business and education behind her, she now spends time working on community projects, appreciating nature, and trying to make sense of a crazy world.
- Leigh Poitinger has lived in Santa Cruz for ten years and has been a Citizenmember of the Library Joint Powers Board since 2005. Leigh is the news research director at the San Jose Mercury News and has a library degree from the University of Texas.
- Teresa Landers has been the Library Director for Santa Cruz Public Libraries since July 2009. Her career in libraries spans over 30 years in Washington, Arizona and Oregon. She has had experience in public and special libraries and in all areas of libraries. She currently lives in Felton with her husband, Gary and dog, Kodi.
- Kira Henifin has worked for the Santa Cruz Library System for 5 1/2 years. She recently graduated from CSUMB with a Masters in Public Policy.
- Linda Gault During her eleven years employed at the Santa Cruz Public Library, she has held various staffing positions including branch manager of the Branciforte Branch on Gault Street. She has been a member of a variety of system wide working groups, staff in-service-day committees, and mostly recently the Workflow Analysis Project. Before moving to Santa Cruz, Linda was employed by the Strathclyde Regional Council and Glasgow City Council in Scotland working in a library dealing with Scottish, British and European legislation."
- Valerie Murphy was born and raised here in Santa Cruz. She received her MLS from San Jose State in 1993. After working in several other library systems (Watsonville, City of San Jose) she began working as a youth services librarian here in 1997. In addition to her regular position, she also works as an on-call librarian, which allows her to spend considerable time on the adult reference desk and at the branches.
- Johanna Bowen (Live Oak) has served in a variety of academic libraries for 40+ years. She retired in Dec. 2009 from the Director's position at the Cabrillo College Library. She has served in Statewide and national professional librarian positions. She believes in the central role libraries play in achieving a literate society (digitally literate and literally literate). Johanna has a BA and MLS from the U. of Illinois and an MPA from Syracuse University.
- Toni Campbell (Central) is a former chair of the Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Board. She lives in Soquel and is employed at San José State University where she chairs the Department of Child & Adolescent Development.
- Dick English (Aptos) has been a Career Coach in the Lee Hecht Harrison San Jose office since 2001, where he provides 1:1 consulting services and group training to clients in career transition. This work follows a career of over 30 years of independent and corporate business experience in engineering, quality, customer support and operations management roles; and includes consulting and line management with companies that range from start-up to large multi-national firms. Dick holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS from the University of Rochester. He lives in Aptos with his spouse, a Marriage & Family Therapist, and is currently studying the bagpipes.
- Cindy Jackson (La Selva Beach) is the President of the La Selva Beach Chapter of the Friends of the SC Public Libraries. She also serves on the La Selva Beach Improvement Association Board and has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of the pilot project using volunteers at the LSB Branch.
- Bryn Kanar (Branciforte) is a famous spy, a model plane pilot, a swashbuckling scientist, and the inventor of oxygen. In his spare time he home-schools his two sons and dabbles in web design.
- Thomas Karwin (Garfield Park) has been a resident of Santa Cruz and a regular user of the Santa Cruz Public Library since 1965. He is a retired nonacademic staff member of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a background in instructional technology and currently works part-time as consultant in resource development. He is also a Master Gardener and the writer of a weekly column, "On Gardening," for the Monterey Herald.
- Michael Keogh (Scotts Valley) is a 30 year+ resident of Scotts Valley and a member of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Library – Scotts Valley Committee. He is currently a property manager and local volunteer.
- Darby Kremers (Boulder Creek) a resident of Boulder Creek for 30 years, has served on the Boulder Creek chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Libraries for the last 18 months. After a brief stint in elementary education, her professional career was in the field of urban development where she managed a wide variety of development projects on behalf of the public sector throughout San Francisco’s redevelopment project areas. Her educational background is a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Since retirement, Darby has traveled extensively, and loves reading, gardening, learning to play the piano, and generally basking in the joy of her mountain home surroundings.
- Paul Machlis (Felton) has lived for over twenty years in the San Lorenzo Valley and has worked in University of California libraries for over thirty years, currently as a librarian at UCSC.
- Michael Termini (Capitola)
- Suzanne Koebler has lived and worked in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years. She is the Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution Center. CRC works to make a more peaceful community by offering mediation and training throughout Santa Cruz County. Suzanne is delighted to offer her facilitation skills to support the work of the Library Services Task Force.
- Sam Shields is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. He recently relocated to Santa Cruz from Los Angeles where he had worked as a restaurant and movie theater manager. He holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He was born and raised in Prunedale, California.