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  • Officers

    • President: Helen McAlary
    • Past President: Misty Jones
    • President-Elect/ Vice-President: Dolly Goyal
    • Treasurer: Kathy Gould
    • Secretary: Jennifer Baker
  • Directors

    • Jayanti Addleman 
    • Andrew Carlos
    • Vanessa Christman
    • Heather Cousin
    • Elizabeth Goldman
    • Rebecca Holloway
    • Genesis Hansen
    • Cindy Mediavilla
    • Kimberlee Wheeler (Student Representative)
    • Patty Wong (ALA Chapter Councilor)


Helen McAlary (President) 

Library Director
Ontario City Library
Term end: 10/31/2018

Helen McAlary has been the Library Director for Ontario City Library since 2010.  She is a Eureka Fellow and Mentor and has served California Library Association on the Member of the Year Committee, Management Interest Group, and Summer Reading Advisory Council.  Helen is chair of the Inland Library System Administrative Council and has been involved in many other roles with Inland.  She helps plan and implement the Serving with a Purpose Conference now in its 4th year, held annually in Ontario. Helen volunteers with her local Neighborhood Council as a board member and chair of the Homeless subcommittee.  She and her husband live in Los Angeles with their two dogs Rob & Olive.

Misty Jones (Past-President) 

San Diego Public Library System
Term end: 10/31/2017

Misty Jones is the Director for the San Diego Public Library System overseeing the Central Library and 35 branch libraries. Previously, she was the Library’s Deputy Director for Central Division which included overseeing the move, opening, and operations of the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. A graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program from University of South Carolina, Misty started her library career at the Greenville County Library in South Carolina. She then worked for nine years at the Charleston County Library, working her way up through several progressively responsible positions.

Misty believes libraries are the great equalizer, always inclusive and never exclusive. She thrives on change and believes that the strength of libraries is in their ability to redefine themselves to fit public need. It is because of this that she committed herself to library advocacy. While at Charleston County Library she founded and chaired Libraries Out Loud, a grassroots advocacy program to help restore funding to the library system by promoting libraries to the public as well as legislators and other elected officials throughout the state. After moving to San Diego she immediately sought the opportunity to continue this as a member of the California State Library Legislative Committee and Advocacy Sub Committee. She is very honored and excited to be the President Elect for CLA.

Dolly Goyal (President-Elect/ Vice-President) 

Library Director
Los Gatos Library
Term end: 10/31/2019

Dolly Goyal has worked in public libraries since age 15, before she knew she would be a librarian. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University. She moved to California with the intention of working in academic and special libraries but her first position as a Page at Santa Clara City Library, steered her toward public libraries and specifically, teen services. After graduation from San Jose State University with a Master of Library and Information Science, she started working in youth services and adult services in Santa Clara County Library District. She obtained her first full-time position in teen services at San Mateo County Libraries where she later became a Branch Manager. Dolly is currently the Director for Los Gatos Library.
Dolly is a 2012 Eureka! Institute Fellow and 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader with a sponsorship from YALSA. She was nominated to serve on the 2015 Printz Committee and later the 2016 YALSA President’s Program Task Force. Dolly is a member of REFORMA, Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) and locally, the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA). In 2016, through BAYA, Dolly was part of the CLA Young Adult Services Award. As a firm believer in sharing resources, Dolly has co-presented at CLA, ALA and PLA on topics such as teen services programming, leading your career, management and the Outside the Lines library initiative. Most recently, she was a part of a panel for librarians and educators at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International. Dolly lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and canine rescue, Lois Lane.

Katherine R. Gould (Treasurer) 

Palos Verdes Library District
Term end: 10/31/2017

Born in Santa Barbara, Kathy spent her high school and college years in Manitoba, Canada.  After graduating from Brandon University she and received her Master of Science in Library and Information Management from the University of Southern California.  After working briefly as a public librarian and as a corporate librarian, her career shifted away from libraries and she spent 15 years in a variety of management and executive positions in the mining and manufacturing industries in New Zealand, Australia, and Kentucky.  

In 2003 she returned to her public service and library roots when she became Director of the Palos Verdes Library District in January, 2004.  PVLD is an independent Special District Library governed by a publicly-elected Board of Trustees and serves the four cities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.    Kathy’s is active in community and professional organizations.  She is currently a member of the Infopeople Advisory Board and the California Special Districts Association Legislative Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center of the South Bay.  She has served on the CLA Legislative and Finance Committees and on several CLA taskforces.

Kathy’s husband, Don, is a Community Library Manager for the County of Los Angeles Public Library.  Outside of work Kathy enjoys swimming, spending time at the beach, traveling, watching sunsets, reading (of course), and just hanging out at home.

Jennifer Baker (Secretary) 

Napa Valley Unified School District
Term end: 10/31/2018

I am not one of those people who grew up knowing she wanted to be a librarian. Although I did grow up visiting my community library and reading voraciously, I actually became a librarian because I was flunking a college ballet class. Now there’s obviously more to that story, but my point is that I found the balance, strength, flexibility, and, even grace, I lacked in a tutu in the library world and for that I will forever be grateful to three people: my mother who tucked the library employment application into the stack of ballet books she picked up for me, the assistant branch manager who took a chance on a pink-haired, going-nowhere college kid who brought her boyfriend to a page interview, and the dance master who, while in all other things was an arrogant jerk, allowed me to write a paper to save my undergraduate GPA.  

Since my accidental introduction to the profession I have had incredible opportunities to work in many types of libraries with many amazing people. I have worked in large, urban libraries and small, rural ones, in youth services and adult, in public service and technical, on the frontlines and as an administrator. Three of the most amazing people I have met due to my career are my husband, Anthony Halstead (A classic love story: he was in reference; I was in children’s), and our two beautiful sons Nicolas and Ryan.

I am extremely proud of all the things I have accomplished in libraries but here are a few of my favorite highlights: helping the St. Helena Public Library achieve the honor of being the first California library to be named a finalist for Best Small Library in America in 2014, winning the Best-in-Show PRExcellence Award for our Harry Potter Cover-to-Cover Readathon program in 2011, and propelling Elsie the Library Cat from shelter rescue to internet stardom.

I am a team-focused, people-person. In all of the work I have done, win or lose, my favorite part has always been the day-to-day interactions with talented individuals who make what we do fun, exciting, and fulfilling. I believe the key to success for California libraries is in people: people in the stacks whether they be shelving or browsing; people in our communities who have library cards, shop on Amazon, or don’t read at all. There truly is something here for everyone—even uncoordinated, 19-year-old, wannabe ballerinas.


Jayanti Addleman 

Library Director/County Librarian
Monterey County Free Libraries

Term end: 10/31/2018

Jayanti has been the Library Director and County Librarian at Monterey County Free Libraries since 2007. She has a Masters in English from Jadavpur University in India, and a Masters in Library Science from San Jose State University.  Her first job out of Library School was at the pioneering online information company Dialog which laid the foundation for her love for online information and communication. Since then, she has worked at Monterey and Salinas Public Libraries, at Hartnell College and Gavilan College, and as a volunteer librarian at her children’s Montessori school. She is passionate about getting basic library services to all California residents and consider herself a dedicated champion of the underdog. Jayanti is a strong idealist who believes that libraries broaden minds in a way that few other institutions can.

Andrew Carlos 

STEM/Web Services Librarian
California State University, East Bay
Term end: 10/31/2018

Andrew Carlos is one of the STEM and Web Services Librarians at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA. His research interests including emerging technology, makerspaces, user interface design, mobile technology, popular and viral culture, and information literacy instruction. He is currently working on a research project related to Korean pop culture and its spread through online sources.  He has previously worked as a school librarian in a private high school, as a public librarian in a large, multi-site system, and within a law school library as a serials assistant. His motto at work (inspired by his colleague) is “We Bring The Fun!”

Vanessa Christman 

Regional Administrator
County of Los Angeles Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2018

Vanessa Chrisman is a Regional Administrator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library System. Her region includes fourteen libraries and two bookmobiles. Prior to working for Los Angeles County, she was the Assistant Director of the San Rafael Public Library, and the Director of the Dixon Public Library District. She has also worked in public law libraries and got her start working in an elementary school library.   

Heather Cousin

Library Services Director
Thousand Oaks Library 
Term end: 10/31/2019

Heather Cousin is the Library Services Director for the Thousand Oaks Library.  She has over 15 years’ experience working in public libraries, having done every job from Page to Director. From her earliest days in Children’s and Youth Services, Cousin has made connecting the library with the community her primary focus.  She has forged partnerships with school districts, recreation and parks districts, historical societies, arts organizations and the business communities in which she’s served. Those partnerships, in turn, brought a wealth of new and diverse opportunities for the library and the communities they served.  As a result of these partnerships, Cousin and her staff established a local history archive, a monthly concert series featuring local talent and provided programming for children and families staying in domestic violence shelters.  

Rebecca Holloway 

Senior Librarian
San Mateo County Library
Term end: 10/31/2017

Rebecca is the Senior Librarian at San Mateo County Library.  She holds degrees in art and art history from UC Davis, as well as a degree in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy.  She received her MLIS from San Jose State University.

Passionate about libraries of all stripes—especially California libraries—Rebecca has served on the CLA Conference Planning Committee for 2013 and 2014 and also serves on Califa’s Products and Services Advisory Committee.  

Rebecca is deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of CLA, and looks forward to serving our California library community at every level during her term and beyond.  Her goal is connecting libraries to their communities and to one another in new and interesting ways.

Rebecca lives in Santa Rosa, and enjoys trail running, cooking, and eating.

Elizabeth Goldman

Burbank Public Library
Term end: 10/31/2017

Elizabeth Goldman is director of Burbank Public Library. Before moving to California in 2015, she was director of Perth & District Union Public Library in rural Ontario, Canada, where she and her team were honored with the provincial Angus Mowat Award of Excellence in 2014. She started her career at Chelsea District Library in Michigan, where she was part of the team named Best Small Library in America in 2008, graduated from the 2006-07 Michigan Library Association Leadership Academy, and has also worked at Pasadena Public Library and Kingston-Frontenac Public Library. Her professional service includes leadership roles in SCLC, the Ontario Public Library Association, the Ontario Library Information Technology Association, and the New Members Round Table of ALA, along with participation in the CLA Interest Group Committee and board positions in other nonprofit organizations. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Stanford University and a master of science degree in information from the University of Michigan. 

Genesis Hansen

Director of Library & Cultural Services
City of Mission Viejo
Term end: 10/31/2019

Genesis Hansen is the Director of Library & Cultural Services for the City of Mission Viejo, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the Santiago Library System, and a member of the Infopeople Advisory Board. She has been involved in many aspects of library service over the course of her career, beginning as a Reference and Young Adult services Librarian, and eventually overseeing Circulation, Technical Services, Reference and Web Services. She was a Eureka! Leadership Institute Fellow and Mentor, and has been involved with CLA in various capacities, serving on the Conference Committee in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and on the Leadership Development Committee for a 3-year term ending in 2015. 

Cindy Mediavilla

Term end: 10/31/2019

Cindy Mediavilla has been a member of the California Library Association for more than 30 years. During that time, she has served as chair of the continuing education, library education and recruitment, nominating, Begun scholarship, organization and bylaws, and conference planning committees. She also served five years as CLA newsletter editor and is a founding member of the CLA Library History Interest Group. She is currently chair of the California Library Hall of Fame selection committee. Cindy served two terms on the CLA assembly and was CLA president in 2001. Plus she was recently named 2016 CLA Member of the Year.

Cindy worked as a public librarian for 18 years before returning to school to get a doctorate in library science. Her areas of expertise are after-school homework programs, outcomes-based planning and evaluation, and the history of California public libraries. Although she retired from the state library in December 2015, she remains active in the profession by teaching at UCLA and freelance consulting. Her MLS and PhD are both from UCLA.

Kimberlee Wheeler (Student Representative) 

Senior Library Assistant
Butte County Library

Term end: 10/31/2018

Kimberlee Wheeler works in youth services at the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library in northern California. She is in her final year at SJSU's School of Information where she is pursuing her MLIS, and looks forward to representing students and library supporters as Student Representative to the Board. A member of CLA since 2010, Kimberlee is always inspired by the ability of librarians to work together for the greater good of the communities they serve, a dynamic she first observed at CLA conferences.

With an interest in youth services, intellectual freedom and California library history, Kimberlee has served on CLA's Begun Scholarship committee and is a member of CLA's California Library Hall of Fame committee. She looks forward to interacting with the Student Interest Group in order to generate greater involvement and membership from both northern and southern California, with an emphasis on uniting library students through social media outreach, conferences and school engagement.

Patty Wong (ALA Chapter Councilor) 

Yolo County Library


Term end: 10/31/2017

Patty Wong was appointed County Librarian/Chief Archivist of the Yolo County Library in California in January 2008. She is responsible for a seven-branch system and the Archives and Records Center for Yolo County in the Central Valley.  Ms. Wong is also a part-time faculty at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University specializing in trendspotting and professional socialization and grant writing, and continues to serve as a consultant for libraries and local government in the areas organizational development, leadership, managing change, youth development, fundraising, cultural diversity, developing homework centers in libraries, and developing joint ventures and collaborations between libraries and community agencies.

Ms. Wong is an active member of the American Library Association where she currently serves as Co-Chair of former ALA President Molly Raphael's Presidential Initiative – Empowering Voices: Communities Speak Out for Libraries which builds upon Camila Alire's focus on Library Advocacy from Frontline Staff. Patty was a Member of the ALA Executive Board and has held a number of elected and appointed positions. Recent accolades include nomination as a Library Journal 2007 Mover and Shaker and the 2006 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Advocacy Award for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. In March 2010 she was named one of two 2010 Women of the Year for State Senator Lois Wolk's district (5th-CA).