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Board of Directors 2013-2014
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CLA Board of Directors


Deborah Doyle (President)

Development Manager
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Term end: 2015

Derek Wolfgram (Past President)

Deputy County Librarian
Santa Clara County Library
Term end: 10/31/2014

Derek Wolfgram was the 2012-13 President of the California Library Association, and he currently chairs the CLA Leadership Development Committee. He has served as the Deputy County Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District since 2009. He previously worked as the County Librarian for Butte County Library, as well as serving in a variety of management positions for the Denver Public Library in Colorado.

Derek was honored with the 2009 CLA Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy award. He was a mentor for the Eureka Leadership Institute in 2009 and 2010, and has been a member of the Infopeople Advisory Board since 2011. He served on the CLA Advocacy and Legislation Committee from 2009 to 2013. Derek is also a board member for EveryLibrary California.

When not at work, Derek loves traveling with his wife Robin and his dogs Spike and Aggie (mostly to eat great food in new and different places), punk rock and jazz music, Chicago Cubs baseball, running, and homebrewing his own beer.


Robert Karatsu (Vice President/President Elect)

Library Director
Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2016

Robert Karatsu is the recently-retired Library Director of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, which under his leadership won the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor that can be bestowed on a museum or library. Robert has also been a two-term mentor for the Eureka Leadership Institute and was recently named the 2013 “Local Hero” for the greater Los Angeles chapter of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Robert is honored to be the President of the California Library Association and is looking forward to doing whatever he can to give back to the profession and to make CLA an even stronger, more impactful organization.

Robert lives in Pasadena with his wife Vinita and beautiful (if slightly neurotic) calico cat Monet. And he is more than willing to back you up on his guitar if you want to perform at next year’s conference talent show or cook for you if you bid on a silent auction package!

Beth Wrenn-Estes (Treasurer)

Term end: 11/9/2014

Beth is a full time instructor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Beth received her MLIS from the University of Denver and worked for Denver Public Schools and Douglas County Libraries in Colorado before moving to San Leandro, CA in the fall of 2008. She specializes in materials and services for youth.

She was active in the Colorado Association of Libraries serving as it’s President, Vice-President and Past President as well as the annual Conference Chair and Chair of the Publications Committee.

Beth is married to Mark Estes and has one daughter, Whitney, and two grand daughters Lorelei and Tabitha. She enjoys walking with her dog Scout, reading, wine tasting and exploring the bay area.

Hillary Theyer (Secretary)

City Librarian
Torrance Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2015

Hillary Theyer grew up with a librarian in the family (her mom) and started work in a public library at age 15. She attended UC Santa Cruz, then library school at UCLA, graduating in 1994 with her MLS. In 2003 she went to Cal State Long Beach for a Masters in Public Administration. She has worked as a children's librarian and branch manager for Beverly Hills Public Library, Sacramento Public Library, and the Palos Verdes Library District and is now in charge of Public Services for the Torrance Public Library. She has an interest in organizational psychology and public sector management. Hillary is also an avid romance reader, and especially likes those set in Tudor England.


Ann Awakuni

San Jose Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2016

Cheryl Gould

Term end: 10/31/2015

Luis Herrera (ALA Chapter Councilor)

San Francisco Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2014

Hilary Keith

City Librarian
Santa Clara City Library
Term end: 10/31/2015

Tonya Kennon

Riverside Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2016

Tonya Kennon is Director at Riverside Public Library where she oversees the administration of library services to a community of 312,000 via one main library and seven branches. She has held various positions in public and school libraries, most recently serving as County Librarian of Riverside County Library System and Library Administrator for Tustin Unified School District. Tonya holds a BA in English from California Baptist University and an MLIS from San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

Tonya currently serves as an advisory committee member for the CA State Library’s Early Learning with Families 2.0 Initiative. Additionally, she served as a mentor in the IE LEADS (Inland Empire Librarians Educated to Advance Diversity and Service) program in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and as a selection committee member for Cal Humanities’ 2014 CA Reads program.

In her spare time, Tonya enjoys spending time with family, cheering on the Los Angeles Lakers, a sunny day at the beach (any day at the beach, really), and confusing people by introducing them to her twin sister Tanya.

Alice Kuo

Beverly Hills Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2015

Lisa Nowlain (Student Representative)

San Jose State University
Term end: 10/31/2014

A second-year student at San Jose State University set to graduate with an MLIS in May of 2014, Lisa Nowlain looks forward to representing students on the CLA board. Her background and BA in visual arts have led her to Laos on a Fulbright fellowship doing art workshops and murals, marketing and graphic design for non-profits and small businesses, and now to libraries, which, like art, have the power to connect people to each other and information. She currently works as a library assistant at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA, volunteers as a preschool story reader in Oakland, and serves as the Social Media Manager for the SJSU ALA Student Chapter. In the past, she has coordinated a mural at an East Oakland branch of the Oakland Public Library with teenagers, interned with the Learning Commons at the Exploratorium Museum, helping teachers develop innovative science curriculum, and interned on a project that changes the Children’s Book Collection at the Novato Public Library from Dewey Decimal classification to a child-focused and child-driven reading destination. This year she had the honor of receiving the Begun Scholarship from CLA, and looks forward to serving as a youth librarian in a public library in the future. Her interests include content creation in libraries, young people from ages 0-20, and collaborative and participatory uses of library space and materials.

Beyond libraries, Lisa enjoys zine-making, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, and getting outside. She looks forward to advocating for student needs and working to get resources to California's library students. Please feel free to contact her with any ideas or questions!

Michelle Perera

Assistant Library Director
Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2014

Michelle is the Assistant Library Director for Rancho Cucamonga Library Services, where she has worked for 17 years. Michelle holds a BA in English and a Master of Library Science. Michelle has also worked for Upland, Glendora, and San Marino Libraries, and taught for 7 years for SJSU SLIS program. Michelle attended the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship in 2001 and received the CLA Award for Excellence as a Public Librarian in 2008. In Rancho Cucamonga, Michelle’s responsibilities include: day to day operations, staff development and training, developing new ideas and services, the city website and intranet, and, grant writing and fund development. She loves her job and is most proud of her talented, innovative, enthusiastic staff in Rancho Cucamonga.

In Michelle’s spare time, she loves to travel, go to concerts and the theater, watch football and basketball, go to the movies, take photos, and watch reality TV. She has a cat – Leo – who showed up at her Library in 1999 and was hanging out in the travel section, so she took him home.

Michelle believes in what the California Library Association can do for the Library community, is very proud to be newly elected to the California Library Association Board of Directors and hopes she will make a positive impact on the profession through her new position.

Jan Sanders

Library Director
Pasadena Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2015

Jan Sanders, Director of Libraries and Information Services for the City of Pasadena, came to town in 2005 from Spokane, WA. She has been in libraries for more than 30 years, serving as children’s librarian, bookmobile librarian, branch manager, community college librarian, and library construction supervisor before becoming a director in 1990. Her career has led her to Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Washington, and now California.

Jan has always been an advocate of free expression and access and was one of 100 people named to the Intellectual Freedom Hall of Fame in 1999. She is active in the American Library Association, where she has served in a variety of roles including National Chair for Federal Legislative Action, Membership Chair and Governing Council. She has also long been affiliated with the Public Library Association of America, where she served as President 2007-2008. Jan served the California Library Association as a member of the Legislative Committee and Chair of the 2011 State Conference Committee. Jan is also working with the California State Library and the office of Senator Carol Liu to help analyze and define sustainable funding for California libraries.

Because she believes a librarian is first and foremost accountable to the community she serves, Jan is also active in a number of community organizations. She is a board member and committee chair for Pasadena Rotary Club, works with the Chamber of Commerce and the Pasadena Arts Council, is a member of the Vestry at All Saints Episcopal Church, and is a past member of the board for Leadership Pasadena. She serves as chair of a networking group, Executive Directors’ Roundtable, as well as serving on the board of the Pasadena Museum of History and the Pasadena: City of Learning Committee. Jan also takes every opportunity to speak about (and for) libraries, and often addresses classes at Pasadena Community College about becoming a librarian and what that means. Jan teaches a PhD-level class titled “Managerial Leadership” for Simmons College (Boston).

Jan is a flexible, visionary leader and is excited about the possibilities open for today’s libraries.

Jeff Scott

County Librarian
Tulare County Library
Term end: 10/31/2014

Jeff Scott is County Librarian for Tulare County and has worked in libraries for over 15 years. He received his BA in History from Arizona State University and his Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona. Jeff is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Library Leadership and Management Association, California Library Association, and sits on the LLAMA HRS Leadership Skills Committee, in addition to chairing the CLA Management Interest Group. Jeff worked to revive the mentoring committee for CLA's Management Interest Group and currently edits the group's newsletter LEAD. In addition, Jeff writes for Gather No Dust (, a library blog with a focus on management, leadership, and technology. A native Californian, Jeff loves to explore the state and all it has to offer. Spending time with his family and reading are two of his biggest passions.