Proposed Executive Board Slate 2017-2018


Michael Sherrod

Michael Sherrod, Chair

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 and has served in senior management roles at AMR Information Services, AOL, and He recently served as the first Publisher of, is Past Chair of the Board of and sits on the Kinsey Institute Board of Trustees.


Rhea Brown Lawson, PhD, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Rhea Brown Lawson has served as Director of Libraries of the Houston Public Library (TX) since 2005. The Houston Public Library (HPL) is the largest public library in the state of Texas, serving over 2.2 million people of diverse backgrounds through a network of 42 locations. Under her leadership HPL has earned over 30 prestigious local, state and national awards for service, innovation and building projects. The system is continuously evolving and moving forward a comprehensive platform of innovative library services and programs to meet the rapidly changing needs of customers and the virtual environment. A strong and passionate advocate for public libraries, Dr. Lawson is keenly focused on ensuring that public libraries remain highly visible and vibrant organizations that provide leadership for, and remain essential to the quality of life in their communities. Dr. Lawson serves on a number of professional and civic boards and committees.

 Richard Reyes Gavilan

Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Secretary/Treasurer

Richard Reyes-Gavilan was appointed Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Library in January 2014. He oversees a campus of 26 libraries, a staff of 600, and an annual operating budget of $57 million. In Fiscal Year 2015 over 4.2 million people visited public libraries in the District, a number that exceeds the combined home attendance of Washington D.C.’s professional baseball, hockey, and men’s basketball teams. He is responsible for oversight of an ambitious capital improvement plan that includes almost $300M budgeted over the next six years for branches designed by renowned architects Bing Thom, TEN Arquitectos, and others. Most important among the projects for which he is responsible is the full modernization of the landmarked Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the District of Columbia’s only building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Mies’s only realized library in the world.

First Term

Skye Patrick

Skye Patrick, County Librarian, Los Angeles County Public Library 

Skye Patrick was appointed Los Angeles County Librarian on February 1, 2016. Prior to this role, she headed the Broward County Library where she oversaw the regrowth of the organization and guided its evolution into a 21st century library that anticipates the needs and wants of its customers and its community. Her previous professional experience also includes serving as assistant director of Queens Public Library in New York as well as youth services librarian, branch manager and web services designer in San Francisco. Her success has resulted in numerous honors and accolades for Broward County Library, including the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Florida Library of the Year. Ms. Patrick took a bold approach to reshaping the image and purpose of Broward County Library. From the start, she engaged the community with a series of “Vision Sessions” which invited the public to meet in town-hall style to discuss what they’d like to see and experience at their library. These meetings resulted in a series of ground-breaking innovations in the community, including Broward County’s first five free public makerspace/gadget lab, an increase in free programs and events to promote STEAM.

Rebecca Stavick

Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director, Do Space 

Rebecca Stavick took the role of Executive Director of Do Space in 2015. Rebecca earned a Master's of Library and Information Science degree at San Jose State University and worked for nearly five years in the Omaha Public Library system. At OPL, she worked in staff and leadership development and acted as the library liaison for the technology and startup communities in Omaha. In 2012, Stavick co-founded Open Nebraska, a local organization focused on civic application development, open data advocacy, and technology education. She served as the Code for America Captain for Omaha, and served as the local community representative for the Digital Public Library of America for two years.

Members Standing for Re-Election

Second Term

Vickery Bowles

Vickerly Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library 

Vickery Bowles is the City Librarian at Toronto Public Library (TPL), a 100 branch library system serving 2.7 million people. She believes passionately in the difference public libraries make in the lives of individuals, in communities and cities. Vickery has worked in a number of leadership positions, spearheading service development including with Toronto’s high needs and diverse communities to develop library-led solutions that support capacity building, civic engagement and settlement. She is currently working to advance TPL’s new strategic plan and its digital strategies that support new service models, mobility, e-learning, and innovation

Janet Hutchinson

Janet Hutchinson, Board Chair, Calgary Public Library 

Janet Hutchinson was first appointed to the City of Calgary Public Library Board in 2011 and currently serves as Board Chair. Janet has many years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including three years with the Alberta Science Literacy Association as Executive Director and 17 years with Calgary Family Services. Janet’s volunteer positions have included eight years as Board member, President and Past President of the YWCA of Calgary, and six years as Board member and President of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre Board of Directors. Hutchinson works at the school library at Clear Water Academy.

John Laney

John Laney, Trustee, Mid-Continent Public Library 

John Laney was appointed to the Mid-Continent Public Library Board of Trustees in June 2003. Before retiring in 2005 from Hallmark Cards after 15 years as the Vice President of Hall Family Foundation, John had an active public service career serving as: the Assistant City Manager, Fairborn, OH; the City Manager, Miamisburg, OH; the City Manager, Kettering, OH; and the Assistant City Manager & Director of Planning & City Development, Kansas City, MO. As President of the Downtown Council, John was responsible for raising 35 million dollars to retain and rebuild the Central Library for the KC Public Library District. He also served as the Chair of the Economic Development Council of Kansas City, MO (3 years) during the downtown renaissance of Kansas City. John was named the KC Tomorrow “Person of the Year” in 2004 and named Trustee of the Year by the Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging in 2003.

Mary Okoye

C. Mary Okoye, Board Member, Pima Library Foundation 

C. Mary Okoye heads the Tucson office of the public affairs firm of Scutari and Cieslak. She is well versed in strategically positioning her corporate and government clients to succeed at the state, local, and federal level by developing winning external relations, critical communications and advocacy strategies. She has represented the interests of corporate clients such as AT&T (Southwest Regions). During her career as an attorney she has worked in private practice, served as a Tucson City Court Magistrate, and was the Pima County Public Fiduciary prior to accepting her position with the City of Tucson as Director of Intergovernmental Relations. A lifelong volunteer, passionate about and committed to the Tucson, she currently serves on numerous boards, including the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Pima Library Foundation.

Allen Zaring

Allen G. Zaring, Trustee, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Allen G. Zaring IV is Vice President of the J.P.Morgan Private Bank. He was appointed by the Hamilton County Commissioners as a Library Trustee on December 15, 2010. Mr. Zaring was also elected Secretary of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Board of Trustees in 2015. He serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and also on the Library Operations-Facilities Committee. He previously served as a Director of the Library Foundation and served as Chairman of the Foundation Board. In addition, Mr. Zaring served on the Library Levy Campaign Committee in 2009.

Third Term

Bill Meadows

William (Bill) Meadows, Counsler, The Wilderness Society

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.