Elizabeth Farry, Vice-Chair/Treasurer
Originally from the East Coast, Beth moved to West Linn with her spouse, Chris, in 2011. A lawyer by profession, Beth is on hiatus from the law to raise her daughter and son, who are both huge fans of the Library’s children’s programming and resources. Beth, herself, loves the Library’s eBook collection, which happens to be robust in her recent favorites: feminist memoirs, suspense-thrillers, political satire and anything written by Kurt Vonnegut.
Mike Jones, Board Member
A Founding member of the Library Foundation, Mike is among West Linn's most devoted public servants. Mike and his family have lived in West Linn for 14 years. Mike works in the book publishing industry.
Helen Juarez-Bolt, Board Member
Helen is married to Francisco and mom to Noah, Daniel and Bruce. In August of 2015, Helen and family moved from the Bay Area to West Linn. Helen has a background in anthropology and commercial real estate. As a stay at home mom, Helen fostered a deep commitment to public service, including serving as PTA President, Cub Scout Troop Information Coordinator and grant writer a non-profit that provides clothing and school supplies to children in need. Upon her arrival here, Helen immediately sought out our Library as a natural gathering place. Its peaceful and friendly feel immediately resonated with her and inspired her to obtain her current position: part time Library Assistant. Just as she did in California, Helen very much wants to form deep community ties here. The Library, with its commitment to the community and its wonderful patrons, seemed the perfect place to do just that.
Martha Swanson, Board Chair
Martha is wife to David, mother to Taylor and Dean, and pet parent to three fur babies. A long time resident of West Linn, Martha loves our City's sense of community. Martha has a unique passion for public service. For many years, Martha served West Linn schools as an ardent volunteer and dedicated member of the PTO. A long term member of this Board, Martha values our Library immensely and is delighted to direct her energy and time in a way that will have a distinct impact on our community.
Heidi Carr, Secretary
Heidi has lived in West Linn for fifteen years. She and her husband, John, have two children, a recent college graduate and a college sophomore. Heidi loves our community and our Library was a big part of it when her children were younger. Heidi has enjoyed many volunteer roles in West Linn's schools, as well as her professional organizations and church. A Registered Nurse, Heidi is the Cardiac Program Coordinator at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Melinda Robinson, Board Member
Melinda is a long-time resident of West Linn. She and her husband, Jon, have three children and one perpetually energetic Golden Retriever. Melinda is an attorney, with a practice focused on labor and employment issues. She has volunteered in the schools, with her church and as part of various West Linn civic groups. Melinda appreciates that our Library encourages lifelong learning and serves as the heart of our community by bringing citizens together to engage, share ideas and build bridges of understanding.
Even before being appointed Director in February 2015, Doug had strong ties with the West Linn Library and the West Linn Community. Doug has served as chair of the West Linn Library Board, has lived in West Linn for many years, and his wife Stacy has been a teacher and librarian at West Linn high school for twenty years.
Doug brings an extensive amount of experience to the library, having worked for twenty-four years at Lewis and Clark College's Watzek Library as an archivist, head of special collections, and Associate Director. Doug is passionate about creating a library environment that engages and inspires all patrons, from "a young child learning for the first time in story time or early literacy, all the way to adults where we engage in talks about new ideas or new materials or literature."
Julie Mankin, Board Member
Julie has lived in West Linn for fifteen years. She and her husband, Scott, have three children a 19 year old daughter at college in California, a 18 year daughter at West Linn High and a 12 year son at Rosemont Ridge Middle school. When choosing to move to West Linn, the Library was a major draw thanks to its offerings to the community, book selections, events and community spirit. Julie is the owner of Kin Consulting, LLC, a website and communication marketing business .
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of up to fifteen Directors, who are elected by the Board to three-year terms.
Our History and Mission
The City of West Linn and concerned citizens formed the Library Foundation to generate additional support for West Linn's Public Library. In June of 2010, the Foundation received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS further designated the Foundation as a 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) public foundation.
The Foundation's mission is twofold: