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Board Roster


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: Martin Garnar [Term 2, yr 2: Expires 2018]  Dean, Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, CO; 719-255-3115,

Vice President: Em Claire Knowles [Term 2, yr 2: Expires 2018] Assistant Dean, Simmons, School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA; 617-521-2798; Fax: 617-521-3762; emclaire.knowles at

Treasurer:  Mario M. Gonzalez [Term 2, yr 1: expires 2019 Executive Director, Passaic Public Library; Passaic, NJ;

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


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

Robert P. Holley, Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University, Huntington Woods, MI;

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

Emily Knox, Ph.D., MSLIS, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL;

Katie Chamberlain Kritikos Ph.D. Student at School of Information Studies, R.A., Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

Herbert Krug, President, CrossRoads Marketing Solutions, Evanston, IL;

Candace Morgan, Adjunct Instructor Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management, Portland, OR;

Valerie Nye, Library Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.



James G. Neal, ALA President, University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University, NY;

Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA President-elect;

Mary Ghikas, Acting Executive Director, American Library Association, Chicago, IL

Helen Adams, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair, Online Instructor, Antioch University-Seattle;


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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






Note: updated July 2017

Robbie Nickel (AASL), Librarian at Sage Elementary School, Spring Creek, NV;

Maggie Farrell (ACRL), Dean of Libraries at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV;

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

Tom Adamich (ALCTS), President, Visiting Librarian Service, New Philadelphia, OH vls AT

To be announced (ALISE)

Betsy Brainerd and Bruce Farrar (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), Associate Professor/Access Services Librarian, Langston Hughes Memorial Library, The Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA; 484-365-7261; Fax: 484-365-8106; ssotilleo at

Patricia Hoffmann (Chapter Relations Committee)

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; mgonzalez at

Allan M. Kleiman (GLBTRT), Library Director, Montville Township Public Library, Montville, NJ

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



Brett Bonfield (LITA), Executive Director of Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ;
bbonfield 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

Roberto C. Delgadillo (REFORMA), Research Support Services Librarian at University of California, Davis, CA;

Nancy M. Bolt (RMRT Retired Members Round Table) President of Nancy Bolt & Associates, Arvada, CO; 303 642 0338

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

Amanda Barnhart (YALSA), Teen Services Librarian, The Kansas City Public Library, KS;


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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