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  • Officers

    • President: Michelle Perera
    • Past President: Dolly Goyal
    • President-Elect/ Vice-President: Hillary Theyer
    • Treasurer: Derek Wolfgram
    • Secretary: Stephanie Beverage
  • Directors

    • Jayanti Addleman 
    • Chris Brown
    • Heather Cousin
    • Erica Cuyugan
    • Genesis Hansen
    • Margaret Hatanaka
    • Shawn Thrasher
    • Emily Weak
    • Stacey Akahoshi (Student Representative)
    • Cecilia Tovar (ALA Chapter Councilor)



Michelle Perera (President) 
Library Director

Pasadena Public Library

Term end: 10/31/2020


Michelle is the Pasadena Public Library Director, and formerly the Rancho Cucamonga Library Director.  She has 25 years of experience in public libraries, a history of volunteering and service to the CLA, a commitment to fiscal responsibility, grant writing and fund development experience, commitment to developing staff, and 7 years of teaching for the SJSU SLIS program.  She has served in various capacities for CLA, from program chair to events chair to conference chair to sponsorship chair to CLA Board Member.  She is also very interested in fund development and in the last 15 years, she has written our team member for grants totaling almost $10 million.  She has been fortunate to be given the Excellence as a Public Librarian Award, Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and in 2013 was part of the team that received the National Medal for Libraries.  And, last but not least, she loves creating professional development opportunities for my staff and colleagues, and in that capacity, has taught for the SJSU SLIS program and created the Staff Innovation Fund training program (that, through the California State Library, reached 25 libraries systems, 400 staff, and granted out over $500,000 to those jurisdictions). 


And, on a personal note, Michelle loves to travel, play board games, watch terrible reality TV, go to shows, feed all the neighborhood cats, and dote on her 7-year old tabby – Cleo Kitty.


Dolly Goyal (Past-President) 

Library Services Manager for Youth and Families

San Mateo County Libraries

Term end: 10/31/2019


Dolly Goyal has worked in public libraries since age 15, and received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University. Her first position in California libraries included working as a Page for Santa Clara City Library and eventually an as-needed librarian the Services Department. Upon graduation from San Jose State University with a Master of Library and Information Science, she started working in youth services and adult services in the Santa Clara County Library District. She obtained a position as the Teen Services Librarian at San Mateo County Libraries and later became a Branch Manager for the East Palo Alto Library. Dolly was the Director for the Los Gatos Library in 2016-2017 and is currently the Library Services Manager for Youth and Families at San Mateo County Libraries. 


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 committee. 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. She was also 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.



Hillary Theyer (President-Elect/ Vice-President)

City Librarian

Torrance Public Library 
Term end: 10/31/2021

When I was 15 and needed a job, my mother recommended that I walk up to the public library, saying a simple “you might like that.”  After several years there, watching excellent role models engage with children in powerful ways, I said “I want to do what they are doing” and found my calling.  When I enrolled in the Master of Library Science program at UCLA, my first group advisor meeting included at least two people who asked “Am I about to waste two years of time and a lot of money? Are there going to be any jobs?”  Our smart advisor told us there would be, and she was right.  (Thank you Dr. Walter!)  I entered my career at a time of recession, where between getting our first training on the Internet we routinely answered questions like “do we need libraries anymore?”  These are questions we still answer today, with a resounding yes, copious examples, hard data, outcomes, and passion.  I fell in love with a career and haven’t left it since.

With every job I had I looked around me and kept saying “I want to do what they are doing” so I had the pleasure of Children’s Librarian, Reference Librarian, Branch Manager, Youth Services Supervisor, Principal Librarian, and now I am the City Librarian for the Torrance Public Library.  I’ve worked up and down California, as wherever I landed they needed public librarians.  Everywhere I went I saw inspirational work, met amazing librarians, and was supported and taught all along the way.  I learned to make a puppet, sing every verse of Wheels on the Bus, and match a chapter book to a reluctant reader. Then I learned how to handle a stopped up toilet, make a call to the paramedics, and find technology that improves service.  Then I learned to write a performance evaluation, contract for materials, and plan a budget.  All from working professionals who held out their hands and taught me what they knew, and much of that through CLA. 

As I was aspiring to lead, I knew that I needed more education in order to continue to answer the questions about the need for public libraries.  Questions about budgets and return on investment.  Questions about management, community assessment, and strategic planning.  So I added a Master in Public Administration, attending Cal State Long Beach with another group of passionate people, dedicated to various forms of public service. 

I have been helped all along the way by others, and many models of how the profession and the institutions support each other by service to each other.  From personal support such as sending me to my first CLA conference (thank you Lois!) to institutional support such as responding to any inquiry, from any library, with the best experience and examples we had (thank you to everyone on CALIX!).  To give back to an institution that had given so much to me and to libraries, I first ran for the Board of CLA at the insistence of a friend (thank you Shawna!) who said “you might like that.”  I was on the Board for two terms and a bit, with some time as Secretary and on the Executive Committee.  Four Executive Directors, three management companies, a retool of Conference, creation of the Interest Groups, times when the budget would not stretch at all, and we had to take things that were established and determine if they fit in the changing world of libraries. That service led to time as the Chair of the Southern California Library Cooperative, trips to National Library Legislative Day, and time now on the Board of Califa.  Giving back to the profession by serving on a Board for an organization I believe in, and one that makes libraries stronger, is part of this calling. 

Back to my mom, who suggested I might like working at the public library.  She was right, but that shouldn’t be a surprise.  She’s a librarian. 



Derek Wolfgram (Treasurer) 


Redwood City Public Library

Term end: 10/31/2020


Derek Wolfgram is the Director of the Redwood City Public Library, where he gets to spend every day collaborating with tremendous partners from local government, the business community, the nonprofit sector, and local school districts. He also focuses his energy on the Library’s work to support equity, diversity, and inclusion for all people in our community, as well as creating experiences to help people share the joys of literacy and learning. Previously, he served as Deputy County Librarian at Santa Clara County Library District; County Librarian of Butte County Library; and he held five different positions during 10 years with Denver Public Library in Colorado.


Derek received the California Library Association (CLA) Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy award in 2009, and was elected as CLA Vice President/President/Past President for 2011-2014. He has served on the Finance, Leadership Development, Legislation and Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom Committees of CLA, and he chaired the 2016 Annual Conference in Sacramento. Derek has a passion for promoting professional development, particularly leadership development, and he was a mentor for three years of the Eureka Leadership Institute (2009, 2010, 2014) as well as for the 2016 California Library Leadership Institute. He also served as a member of the Infopeople Advisory Board.


Derek lives in Redwood City with his wife Robin and their dog Izzy, a Rat Terrier/Whippet/Carolina Dog/Border Collie mix who was rescued from Caborca, Sonora, Mexico.


Stephanie Beverage (Secretary) 

Library Director
Huntington Beach Public Library 
Term end: 10/31/2021

Stephanie Beverage is the Director of the Huntington Beach Public Library, working for the City since 2009.  Stephanie is a native Californian (with Midwestern roots), born in the North and living in the South.  She is a graduate of UCLA, both for her BA and MLIS.  She has a second Masters degree in European History from Georgetown University.

Stephanie has spent the majority of her professional career working in public libraries in Southern California.  Starting at the Ontario City Library, she has worked for the Los Angeles Public Library System, OC Public Libraries, Alhambra Public Library and South Pasadena Public Library.  She is active in ALA, serving on Committees in both PLA and LLAMA, and she is long time member of CLA.

Stephanie currently lives in Placentia, CA with her husband and their 2 large Ragdoll cats.  In her spare time, she enjoys food (both making and eating), wine, most sports and has been known to travel for college football games. 





Jayanti Addleman 

Director of Library Services

Hayward Public Library

Term end: 10/31/2021


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.


Chris Brown

Deputy County Librarian

Santa Clara County Library District 

Term end: 10/31/2021


As deputy county librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District, Chris Brown is responsible for community library development.

In this role, Chris mines opportunities for transformative learning: scenarios in which participants gain new perspectives and deeper meaning through active engagement, critical reflection, and discussion. Libraries offer the ideal conditions for this kind of learning, through self-directed exploration of reading material and resources and through programs, gatherings, and events led or organized by others.

Transformative learning is at the heart of two projects that Chris has spearheaded. The Discover & Go program offers library cardholders free or low-cost tickets to cultural attractions. Through Discover & Go, community members from all backgrounds experience museums, theaters, aquariums, zoos, and science centers they might not have visited otherwise. Discover & Go was awarded the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

War Ink is a virtual exhibit that combines original video, photography, and audio interviews to present the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in their own words. War Ink was featured on KQED’s ForumPBS NewsHour, and the Washington Post, and won the American Library Association's prestigious John Cotton Dana Award for its positive impact on the veteran community.

In 2016, Chris was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, an honor recognizing individuals who represent “the outsize impacts that librarians can have.” He has also won the California Library Association PRExcellence Award and a National Association of Counties Achievement Award.

Chris holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MPA from the University of San Francisco. He has also participated in several Training Group workshops at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 


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.  


Erica Cuyugan 

Assistant City Librarian

Santa Monica Public Library

Term end: 10/31/2020


Erica is the Assistant City Librarian for the Santa Monica Public Library. She received her Masters in Library Science from UCLA, where she also worked as a graduate assistant for the California Center for the book and on the reference desk at the Biomedical Library. She has been working in libraries for over 12 years, a majority of which was dedicated to Teen Services at both Benicia Public Library and Santa Monica Public Library. In addition to working with teens, Erica has worked at SMPL as a branch manager and briefly, as the Interim City Librarian. She was a Eureka! Institute Fellow in 2011 and continues to keep in touch with her cohort. She has served on several committees in the past, including ALA/YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, YALSA Programming and Local Arrangement committees, CLA Member of the Year and Program Planning committees, and SCLC YA Workshop committee.


In her spare time, Erica enjoys being with her family, training for half/full marathons, and going to concerts.


Margaret Hatanaka

Library Services Manager
City of Glendora

Term end: 10/31/2020

Margaret’s dedication to public librarianship has spanned over 30 years. Beginning with her first job as a high school reference clerk to her current position as the Adult Services Supervisor at the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, Margaret’s passion for librarianship hasn’t wavered. After receiving her MLIS from San Jose State University, she worked as the adult services librarian for the cities of Monterey Park and Monrovia. She challenged herself and broadened her experience by becoming the children’s librarian for the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library. During her 8-year career as the children’s librarian, she helped shift the library’s culture to emphasize the importance of early learning and play in the public library. Margaret was a key member of several innovative LSTA grant funded projects which have made statewide impact, such as the Play and Learn Islands™ and Staff Innovation Fund. She is a longtime supporter of the California Library Association and served as the Public Relations and Marketing Interest Group Leader and Chairperson for the PR Excellence Committee. Margaret is a Eureka Leadership Fellow and a member of the CLA, ALA, PLA and APALA.


In Margaret’s spare time she enjoys playing board games with friends, finding ways to amuse her two cats, watching bad reality TV with her husband, planning trips to Cambria and Las Vegas and tending her small butterfly garden.


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. 


Shawn Thrasher
Library Director

Ontario City Library 

Term ends: 10/31/2021


Shawn Thrasher has been working in libraries since high school.  He earned his Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas) in 1998, and worked as a Youth Services Librarian at Johnson County (Kansas) Library for five years.  In 2001, he moved to California and started working at Pasadena Public Library as teen librarian.  In 2005, he took a position as Monrovia Public Library’s Senior Librarian, which he held until 2011.  For the last six years, he has worked at Ontario City Library, first as Assistant Director, and since March 2018 as Director. Shawn has been active in American Library Association and California Library Association.  He is a Eureka! fellow (2010).  He has co-presented the annual Serving With A Purpose conference for library friends, trustees, volunteers and the staff who work with them for six years.  He currently serves on the advisory board of the California Center for the Book. 



Emily Weak

Adult Services Librarian

Oakland Public Library 

Term ends: 10/31/2021


Emily Weak is an adult services librarian at the Oakland Public Library, where she enjoys focusing on outreach, partnerships with social service organizations, and the 600s. She has also worked for Mountain View Public Library, San Jose Public Library, Stanford Math-Stat Library, and the California Academy of Sciences (Naturalist Center Library). Prior to becoming a librarian, she was variously: a circus student, a cheesemonger, and a grocery store manager. Pretty much the only legacies from her past are a love of good food (especially cheese) and a decent back bend. She lives in Oakland with two adorable cats and an equally adorable boyfriend. One thing she really loves about her life is being able to bike to work.


Stacey Akahoshi (Student Representative) 

Senior Library Technician

Santa Barbara Public Library

Term end: 10/31/2019


Stacey Akahoshi is a Senior Library Technician in youth services at the Santa Barbara Public Library. She is pursuing her MLIS at the University of Washington. 


She has been a member of CLA since 2014 and has served on the program committee for CLA conference 2014 and 2017. She has been a Student Interest Group Leader since 2015. She has also served as the UW Student ALA chapter distance representative, MLIS peer advisor, and served on a panel of distance students to answer questions for incoming cohorts at the University of Washington. She looks forward to continuing to grow the Student Interest Group, connecting California students and creating fun events for students to learn more about their future professions.


Cecilia Tovar (ALA Chapter Councilor) 

Principal Librarian

Santa Monica Public Library

Term end: 10/31/2020


Cecilia Tovar is a Principal Librarian at the Santa Monica Public Library and she oversees four branches, as well as both youth and adult services.  Cecilia graduated from the University of Arizona’s School of Information as Knowledge River Scholar, and she has a second Master’s in Education.  Prior to her current position, she worked five years as a Branch Manager with the Yuma County Library District in Arizona, and also as a Branch Manager for the new Pico Branch in Santa Monica.   Cecilia is an active ALA and REFORMA member and she understands the importance of building successful relationships to promote lifelong learning and advocate for access and equity.  Cecilia is highly regarded for her dedicated service to diverse clientele, and in 2015 she was selected as a Mover & Shaker by the Library Journal.  The following year, she was selected for the  Eureka! Leadership Institute in California.