2013-2014 Executive Board

The ULC Executive Board provides strategic oversight, industry perspective and vision that guides the continued evolution of the organization.

The ULC Executive Board is composed of member library directors; trustees of libraries and/or library foundations; and public members who are civic, business, government or philanthropic leaders.

Executive Committee

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Melanie Huggins, Chair

Melanie Huggins has been the Executive Director of the Richland Library (SC) since 2009. A noted expert in the areas of strategic planning, collaborations, leadership development and library staffing, she is a frequent speaker and facilitator for other libraries and organizations. At Richland Library, Ms. Huggins has led a new focus for strategic planning, coordinated the first Amnesty Week to remove barriers to library service for everyone in the community and received more than $1 million in grants.

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Karen (kari) E. Glover, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect

Kari Glover practiced law for over 30 years as a corporate and regulatory lawyer. She was Firm Managing Partner of Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP, a Seattle based firm of 430 lawyers with 11 offices in Washington, DC, the West Coast and Greater China and Global Integration Partner of K&L Gates, one of the largest law firms in the world. Ms. Glover has long experience in civic and business leadership. She currently serves as President of the King County Library System Foundation (WA), as Chair of the Board of VillageReach, an NGO involved in global health logistics, and on the Boards of United Way Worldwide and Whitman College. In the past, she served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the King County Library System (WA), including service as its President.

Joan Prince

Immediate Past Chair: Joan Prince

Joan Prince is the Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI). Her local leadership roles include past chair of the Milwaukee Public Library Board. Dr. Prince was acknowledged as a 2007 Aspen Institute Fellow and a 2009 Millennium Leadership Fellow of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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Jan Harder, Secretary/Treasurer

Jan Harder has served the residents of Ottawa as a City Councillor in Ontario for over 14 years. She has served on many Boards and Standing Committees. Currently, she is Chair of the Ottawa Public Library (ON), Vice-Chair of the city’s Planning Committee, member of the Ottawa Police Services Board and a member of the Ottawa Public Board of Health. Councillor Harder is the Former Director of the Canadian Library Association and Former President of the Canadian Library Trustees Association.

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Matthew K. Poland, Member-at-large

Matt Poland was appointed Hartford Public Library’s (CT) ninth leader since 1893 and its first Chief Executive Officer in October 2009. He currently serves as Chair of the Hartford Public Schools Board of Education and is also a Board member at TheaterWorks and Hartford Performs. Mr. Poland is a Commissioner of the Mayor’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and a member of the Community Steering Committee of Opportunities Hartford, the American Library Association and the Connecticut Library Association.


Executive Board Members

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Ruth Anna

Ruth Anna was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Jefferson County Public Library (CO) in 2001. She is a past Chair of that Board and of the Trustees and Friends Division of the Colorado Association of Libraries. Ms. Anna is CEO of Anna Public Relations, serves on several non-profit boards and on the Colorado Freedom of Information Council. She is passionate about FOI and 1st Amendment issues.

Melinda Cervantes

Melinda Cervantes

Melinda Cervantes became the Executive Director of Pima County Public Library (AZ) in May 2012 after leading the Santa Clara County Library District (CA) for 10 years. Throughout her 33-year career as a librarian and leader in her profession, she has been involved in local, state and national library associations. Recently elected to her third term on the ULC Executive Board, she served as Board Chair 2010-2011 and currently serves on the Board’s Governance Committee. Ms. Cervantes is active in the Tucson community - recently joining the Steering Committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, the Board of Directors for Literacy Connects and the OCLC Global and Americas Regional Councils.

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Irvin Mayfield

Irvin Mayfield, 35, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mr. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. Mr. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010. He has received The Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans (the highest ranking award given to a professor) in 2010 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011. A passionate advocate for New Orleans and for the arts, Mr. Mayfield is President of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation (LA) and Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation.

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William (Bill) H. Meadows

William H. Meadows served as President of The Wilderness Society from December, 1996 to May 2012. He currently serves as Counselor, a senior program position for The Wilderness Society. Mr. Meadows has been active in conservation for over 40 years. He credits Earth Day, founded by late Senator Gaylord Nelson, as the catalyst for his involvement. As President, he led a staff of 180 with headquarters in Washington, DC and 9 regional offices; he acted as the key spokesperson and advocate for The Wilderness Society’s work on Capitol Hill and across the country. Recognized as a national leader in public land conservation and wilderness preservation, Mr. Meadows has played an important role in the protection of national forest roadless areas, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America’s national monuments.

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Vailey Oehlke

Vailey Oehlke was appointed Director of Libraries for Multnomah County (OR) in the spring of 2009. She began her career in libraries in 1997 as a Youth Librarian in the School Corps program. After 6 years, she joined the staff of the downtown Central Library, first as a section administrator and then as its Director. She became the library system’s Deputy Director in 2008 and was promoted to Director a year later. A longtime resident of Portland, Ms. Oehlke is pleased to be leading the library that serves the community she loves. She is an active member of the American Library Association’s Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (currently PLA board member) and the Oregon Library Association. 

Gloria Rubio-Cortes

Gloria Rubio-Cortés

Gloria Rubio-Cortés is President of the National Civic League (NCL) and the Executive Editor of NCL's National Civic Review. She has held leadership positions in business, philanthropy and non-profits over the past 30 years. Ms. Rubio-Cortés specializes in civil rights, community building, civic engagement and social justice issues. She was appointed to the Denver Public Library Commission (CO) and serves on the Board of Mile High United Way.

 

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Michael Sherrod

Michael Sherrod, as the Texas Christian University (TCU) William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence, teaches undergraduates and manages an interdisciplinary, faculty based entrepreneurship program. He has been a pioneer in the online world since 1985. Mr. Sherrod has founded/co-founded 10 companies, including Black Dove Media, LLC and DigitalCity.com and has served in senior management roles at AMR Information Services, AOL, Ancestry.com and examiner.com. He recently served as the first Publisher of TexasTribune.org, is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Umbel.com and sits on the Kinsey Institute Board of Trustees.

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John F. Szabo

John Szabo is the City Librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library (CA). He currently serves on the OCLC Global Council, the American Library Association’s Council, and is a member of the LYRASIS Board of Directors. Mr. Szabo previously served as Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (GA), Clearwater Public Library System (FL) and is Past President of the Florida Library Association.

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Gary A. Wasdin

Gary Wasdin was appointed to Executive Director of Omaha Public Library (NE) in January 2010. Mr. Wasdin’s previous professional library experience includes The University of Alabama, New York Public Library, The New School and Wesleyan University.

 

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Ed WilLiams

Ed Williams was appointed to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board (NC) of Trustees in May 2011, filling a vacancy that opened on the board earlier that year. Mr. Williams was a member of the recently completed Future of the Library Task Force, a 17-member citizen group that spent 5 months examining the Library and making recommendations for its sustainable future to the Library Board and County Commission. He retired in 2008 as Editorial Page Editor of The Charlotte Observer, where his columns and editorials were part of Observer projects that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981 and 1988. In 2003 the Mecklenburg County Bar Association gave him its Liberty Bell Award for his community leadership and "willingness to take tough stands on tough issues." In 2011, he was chosen for membership in the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame.

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Rashad Young

Rashad Young was appointed to City Manager of the City of Alexandria (VA) in October 2011, after serving as City Manager of the City of Greensboro (NC) since October 2009. Previously, he served as City Manager of the City of Dayton for 3 years and as Co-Chair of Dayton’s Downtown Strategic Planning Task Force. Mr. Young led the creation of a gun violence reduction program in partnership with business and civic leadership and state and federal law enforcement agencies for the City of Dayton and spearheaded the creation of the City of Cincinnati’s Small Business Division and Contract Compliance program.