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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 2, yr 4: Expires 2016], Information Research Specialist, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; 202-707-5593; jcjeffjr at

Vice PresidentMartin Garnar [Term 1, yr 2: Expires 2016]  Dean, Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, CO; 719-255-3115, mgarnar at

Treasurer: James G. Neal [Term 2, yr 3: Expires 2017], Vice President for Library Services and University Librarian, Columbia University, New York, NY; 212-854-2247; jneal0 at

Executive Director & Secretary: James LaRue, Freedom to Read Foundation, Chicago, IL; 312-280-4226; JLaRue at


Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor, School Library Journal, New York, NY; 646-380-0727; kishizuka at

Em Claire Knowles, 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

Gretchen McCord, Attorney/trainer/consultant, Digital Information Law, Austin, TX; 512-470-8932; gretchen at

J. Douglas Archer, former chair ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee; Peace Studies, Global Affairs and Political Science Librarian, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN; 574-631-6656; archer.1 at

Loriene Roy,  Professor, University of Texas, School of Information  lori2011tx at

Charles Brownstein, Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, New York. charles.brownstein at

Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis  nrichards at

Julia Warga, Librarian, Kenyon College: Former Chair, ALA's Intellectual Freedom Round Table. julia.warga at


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

Dr. Julie B. Todaro, ALA President-elect, Dean Library Services, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

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

Pamela Klipsch, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair pklipsch 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

Martin Garnar, Vice President

James Neal, Treasurer

Em Claire Knowles

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

Martin Garnar

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.

Em Claire Knowles

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.

Charles Brownstein, Chair

Kay Cassell

Nann Hilyard

Kathy Ishizuka

Gretchen McCord

James Neal

Loriene Roy

Julia Warga

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

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair

Loriene Roy               

Neil Richards

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

Douglas Archer, Chair

Pamela Klipsch

Loriene Roy

Julia Warga

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

Em Claire Knowles, Chair

Baxter Q. Andrews

Douglas Archer

Charles Brownstein

Maggie Farrell 

Martin Garnar

Nann Hilyard   

Eldon Ray James

Gretchen McCord

Candace Morgan

Neil Richards


Julia Warga, Chair

Doug Archer

Pamela Klipsch

Candace Morgan

Loriene Roy


Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair

Charles Brownstein

Nann Hilyard   

Eldon Ray James

Herb Krug

Wendy Stephens


Martin Garnar, Chair

Nann Hilyard 

Kathy Ishizuka

Sophia Sotilleo

Wendy Stephens



Note: updated Jan 2016 

Sabrina Carnesi (AASL), School Librarian, Crittenden Middle School, Norfolk, VA   sabrina.carnesi at

Maggie Farrell (ACRL), Clemson University Dean of Libraries; 

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)

Chelsea Couillard Smith (ALSC),

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

Susan Schmidt (Chapter Relations Committee), United for Libraries President-elect; sjssusan 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

Howard S. Carrier  (GODORT), Social Sciences Librarian & Copyright Advisor, James Madison University; 540-568-5277;

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

Bill McHugh  (RUSA), Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL;   bmchugh at

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

Nann Blaine Hilyard (United for Libraries), Winthrop Harbor, IL; 847-872-2688; nbhilyard at

Kristin Fletcher-Spear (YALSA),  Administrative Librarian, Foothills Branch Library, City of Glendale Community Services Department, Glendale, AZ KFletcher-Spear at


For more information

For more information on the Freedom to Read Foundation, please contact Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226; Email  ftrf at

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