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Lucille C. Thomas2007 recipient - Past President, Brooklyn Public Library
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The Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of eleven elected trustees, each of whom serves two-year terms, along with four ex-officio trustees who are on the board by virtue of their offices in the American Library Association.  The board year runs from the end of the Annual Meeting (usually late June) following elections through the end of the subsequent Annual Meeting.


President: Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. [Term Expires 2016 (3rd yr.)], Information Research Specialist, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; 202-707-5593; jcjeffjr at

Vice President: Robert P. Doyle [Term Expires 2015 (2nd)], Executive Director, Illinois Library Association, Chicago, IL; 312-644-1896; doyle at

Treasurer: James G. Neal [2015 (2nd)], Vice President for Library Services and University Librarian, Columbia University, New York, NY; 212-854-2247; jneal0 at

Executive Director & Secretary: Barbara M. Jones, Freedom to Read Foundation, Chicago, IL; 312-280-4226; bjones at


Helen Adams [2015 (4th)], Fremont, WI; 920-667-4484; hadams1 at

Chris Finan [2015 (4th)], Director, American Booksellers for Free Expression Group at ABA, White Plains, NY; 914-406-7576; chris at

Martin Garnar [2016 (1st)], Reference Services Librarian and Professor of Library Science, Regis University, Denver, CO; 303-964-5459; mgarnar at

Kathy Ishizuka [2016 (1st)], Executive Editor, School Library Journal, New York, NY; 646-380-0727; kishizuka at

Em Claire Knowles [2016 (1st)], Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA; 617-521-2798; Fax: 617-521-3762; emclaire.knowles at

Herbert Krug [2015 (4th)], President, CrossRoads Marketing Solutions, Evanston, IL; 847-869-2967; Fax: 847-869-2852; catalogmed at 

Gretchen McCord [2016 (1st)], Attorney/trainer/consultant, Digital Information Law, Austin, TX; 512-470-8932; gretchen at

Eva Poole [2015 (2nd)], Executive Director, Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach, VA; 757-385-8244; epoole at


Sari Feldman, ALA President Elect; Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH; 216-749-9483; sfeldman at

Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director, American Library Association, Chicago, IL; 312-280-1392; Fax: 312-944-3897; kfiels at

J. Douglas Archer, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair; Peace Studies Librarian, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN; 574-631-6656; archer.1 at 

Courtney Young, ALA President; Head Librarian & Professor, Penn State Greater Allegheny, McKeesport, PA; 412-675-9109; cly11 at


Theresa Chmara, Attorney-at-Law; 1629 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006; 202-508-3642; tchmara at



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE provides the general governance of the Foundation between business meetings, and consists of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and two other Board members. This is the only elective committee.

Julius Jefferson, President

Robert Doyle, Vice President

James Neal, Treasurer

Helen Adams

Gretchen McCord

FINANCE COMMITTEE works closely with the Treasurer and the Executive Director to maintain the fiscal health of the Foundation by reviewing Foundation financial reports, opportunities for investment, etc.

James Neal, Chair

Robert Doyle

Julius Jefferson

Eva Poole

FUNDRAISING & MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE seeks to identify methods for generating Foundation revenue, and implements programs and campaigns to do so.  Additionally, works to increase Foundation membership.  *Indicates member of the 45th Anniversary subcommittee.

Herbert Krug*, Chair

Helen Adams

Kay Cassell

Kathy Ishizuka*

Julius Jefferson

Gretchen McCord*

Candy Morgan*

Jim Neal

Jill Vassilakos-Long

NOMINATING COMMITTEE develops the slate of nominees for the annual election of Board members.

Eva Poole, Chair

Chris Finan

Martin Garnar

ROLL OF HONOR COMMITTEE identifies a suitable recipient or recipients for the Foundation's Roll of Honor Award, as per established criteria.

Robert Doyle, Chair

Douglas Archer

Sari Feldman

DEVELOPING ISSUES COMMITTEE identifies key intellectual freedom issues that could be targets for future litigation, and suggests topics for board meeting discussions.

Chris Finan, Chair

Kathy Ishizuka

Eldon Ray James

Em Claire Knowles

Gretchen McCord

Jill Vassilakos-Long


Em Claire Knowles, Chair

Doug Archer

Candace Morgan

Julia Warga


Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair

Eldon Ray James

Herb Krug


Helen Adams, Chair

Martin Garnar

Chris Finan



Note: this list has not been updated from the 2013-2014 list

Ann Martin (AASL), Educational Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools, IMC, Richmond, VA; 804-652-3700; Fax: 804-652-3616; libraryann at 

Jim Teliha (ACRL), telihaj at

Mary Ellen Pellington (AILA), Director, Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, NM; 505-863-1291; Fax: 505-722-5090; library at

Kay A. Cassell (ALCTS), Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, New Brunswick, NJ; 917-921-2730; kcassell at

To be announced (ALISE)

Heather Acerro (ALSC), Head of Children's Services, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, MI; 507-328-2339; hacerro at

Eldon Ray James (ASCLA co-liaison), Researcher, Word & Pictures, Austin, TX; 512-413-5264; erayjames at 

Jonathan Reynolds (ASCLA co-liaison), Manager, Special Services, Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, FL; 904-630-0344; Fax: 904-630-0604; jerryr at

Sophia Sotilleo (BCALA), Assistant Professor/Access Services Librarian, Langston Hughes Memorial Library, The Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA; 484-365-7261; Fax: 484-365-8106; ssotilleo at

Kimberlee Ried (Chapter Relations Committee), Head of Public Programs, National Archives Records Administration, Kansas City, MO; 816-268-8072; Fax: 816-268-8037; libraryladie2000 at

Candace Morgan (Committee on Legislation), 503-245-3868; cd_df_morgan at

Mario Gonzalez (ALA Executive Board), Executive Director, Passaic Public LIbrary, Passaic, NJ; 973-779-0474 x6; Fax: 973-779-0889; mgonzalez at

Carolyn Caywood (GLBTRT), Virginia Beach, VA; cacaywood at

Jill H. Vassilakos-Long (GODORT), Head Special Collections & Government Documents, California State University, San Bernardino, CA; 909-537-7541; Fax: 909-537-7090; jvlong at

Eric Suess (IFRT), Library Director, Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, ID; 208-232-1263 x29; esuess at

Julia Warga (LIRT), Social Science Librarian, Olin and Chalmers Library, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH;740-427-5834; Fax: 740-427-5272; glynnj at

Julia Warga (LLAMA) (see above)

Jennifer Simon Halai (LITA), Seattle, WA; jshalai at 

Susan Moore (MAGIRT), Catalog Librarian/Bibliographer, University of Northern Iowa Rod Library, Cedar Falls, IA; 319-273-2781; Fax: 319-273-2913; susan.moore at

Margo Sussman (NMRT), New Hyde Park, NY; mjs128 at

Robert Hubsher (PLA), Executive Director, Ramapo Catskill Library System, Middletown, NY; 845-243-3747 x242; Fax: 845-569-2010; rhubsher at

Loida Garcia-Febo (REFORMA), Coordinator, Special Services, Queens Library, Queens, NY; 718-990-8569; Fax: 718-990-8626; loidagarciafebo at

Linda Friend (RUSA), Head, Scholarly Communication, Penn State University, University Park, PA;814-865-0673; Fax: 814-865-3665; lxf5 at

Mark Hudson (SRRT), Adult Services Librarian, Monroeville Public Library, Monroeville, PA; 412-372-0500 x13; hudsonme at

Nann Blaine Hilyard (United for Libraries), Director, Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, IL; 847-872-4680 x110; Fax: 847-872-4942; nbhilyard at 

Wendy Stephens (YALSA), District Library Coordinator, Cullman City Schools, Huntsville, AL; 256-734-2923; Fax: 256-379-5311; wendysteadmanstephens at  


For more information

For more information on the Freedom to Read Foundation, please contact Jonathan Kelley, Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226; Fax: 312-280-4227; jokelley at

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