Brentwood Library Foundation Board of Directors

 
       
Diane Alexander, President
Served as Librarian for Contra Costa County Library System from 1974 to 2016, first as full time Librarian then as a substitute. Librarian at Liberty High School and then Heritage High School. Served as President California School Library Association and President of Friends of the Brentwood Library. Current Secretary of the Discovery Bay Lions Club.
 
Carlos Sanabria, Vice President
Elected member of the Governing Board of the Brentwood Union School District. As a library rat for over 45 years, I believe that libraries are places where the knowledge and ideas of our culture are and need to be available to all.
 
Lynne Brown, Secretary
Prior positions included word processing and business computer sales, as well as a 25-year career in education as a teacher and Library Media Specialist at the elementary and middle school levels in the Santa Clara Unified and Sylvan Union School Districts. I served on California Young Reader Medal Committee and as California Literature Project Fellow, and also served on boards for a parent cooperative pre-school, homeowners' association, and swim team. Growing up in a military family that moved frequently, the library has always been an anchor for me and a most special second home.
 
 
Stephen F. Smith, Treasurer
Retired after 43-year career in Data Processing, with last 34 years in banking. Served 2013-2015 as Brentwood Appointee to East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Serving 2009 to present on Citizens Advisory Committee of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which I chair. Member and Treasurer of Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee. Served as Chair of ECCFPD Finance Committee. Currently serving as Director, Treasurer and CFO of Cooking With Kids Foundation. Heavy user of the Brentwood Library and the LINK+ Interlibrary Loan System·
 
Liz Fuller, Ex-Officio Member
Managed the Brentwood Library since January, 2011, after having managed the Oakley Library for four years. I received my Masters in Library Science degree from San Jose State University in 1989, and have worked primarily for the Contra Costa County Library since then. I have worked as a reference librarian, children's librarian, and government documents librarian before becoming a manager. Liz currently resides in Oakley with her husband and two sons. lfuller@ccclib.org 
 
   
Sharon Garrison, Director & Webmaster
Retired after thirty-five year career in finance and project management primarily with Silicon Valley companies holding management and executive-level positions. Member of several boards including Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee, President of a homeowners' association with over 780 single-family homes in Brentwood, hold both District and State-level positions with the Daughters of the American Revolution and other lineage/genealogy organizations. Over 16 year resident of Brentwood. Taught Adult-level, computer classes and genealogy workshops. Avid reader, genealogy researcher, family and history book collector. Sharon hold both a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Believes strongly that libraries are a great source for learning and agrees with Dr. Seuss who said: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go." 
 
Martha E. Haider, Director 
Worked for 15 years in the medical field after receiving my certification as a medical assistant. Travelled extensively while my husband was in the US Navy and during that time, worked across a number of medical specialities from a surgical assistant to office manager. In the past, I volunteered in a non-profit organization teaching ESL and assisting immigrants in obtaining work permits. Presently, volunteer as a facilitator for the Women's ministry at the Golden Hills Community Church and at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood, performing office duties and teaching CCD classes to young children. Brentwood resident for past12 years. The Brentwood Library represents continuous Education for all ages, enlightenment and community service.
 
William "Bill" Harms, Director
Served as Associate News Director at the University of Chicago before moving with his wife to Brentwood to be near family. He was responsible for reporting news on the university's Division of Social Sciences and served as President of the Chicago Science Writers group. Also in the Chicago area, he was president of a suburban elementary school board. He continues to write as a freelancer.  
 
 
Ellen Moser, Director, Fundraising Committee Chair
Retired executive from IBM and Kaiser Permanente; built a consulting company named Paradiddle Inc. Delivered large business-critical complex programs; created and delivered education programs and seminars in project management; delivered information technology solutions for regional, national and global clients. Held board positions with non-profit companies and homeowners' associations. Current volunteer activities include mentoring Global Small Business Entrepreneurs, delivering Meals on Wheels to senior citizens of Brentwood, Oakley and Bethel Island, and coordinating the Brentwood Library Homework Helper Program.
  
Shirley Peck, Director
Enjoyed a 40-year career as a librarian, serving in public, elementary school, university, and community college libraries; retired in 2004 from Fremont’s Ohlone College, where I was the Dean of Learning Resources and Instructional Technology. Libraries have always been the best gateway to my passions: travel, education, languages, and reading. I’ve been an active volunteer on behalf of Brentwood’s library: as Chair of the Contra Costa County Library Commission, founding member and first president of the Brentwood Library Foundation, member and now President of the Friends of the library, and member of various City committees formed to explore building a new library. 
 
Kiran Taunk, Director
Retired Human Resources and Career Coaching professional who held executive-level positions at several internationally renowned organizations in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Prior to relocating to California in late 2016, he served as a Board Member of the Emergency Medical Services of Southern Chester County, The ARC of Chester County, Kennett Area Community Services, Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce and was an active volunteer at Chester County Hospital, Pennsylvania Career Link, The Winterthur Museum and board member of several professional organizations including the Delaware County Human Resource Association, Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association, Chester County Human Resource Association, along with several others. Kiran holds a Master's Degree in Labor Relations from Saint Francis University and an MBA from the Xavier Institute, a Jesuit University. He has a substantial list of accomplishments as a creative problem solver and an articulate communicator and looks forward to using his background and experience to benefit the library.
 
 
Mayor Robert Taylor, Ex-Officio Member
Has been the elected mayor of Brentwood since 2006; prior to that, he served two years on Brentwood’s City Council. He has been a farmer and businessman. He and his wife have lived in Brentwood for over 30 years. btaylor@brentwoodca.gov.
 
Karen Wahl, Director 
Worked in various capacities for the City of Brentwood from 1981 to 2010, retiring as Grant Administrator. Currently serves as Board member of the John Marsh Historic Trust. Resident of East Contra Costa Country since 1964 and member of the Golden Hills Community Church. Avid user of the library especially ebooks. The library is an integral part of the community and brings knowledge and pleasure to its patrons.

Vicki L. Ward, Director
An Award winning author of several books on empowering women through their life changes, specifically maturing women. A lifetime reader and researcher, I value the importance of a community library to people of all ages. As a reader and writer, I recognize how important it is for my books and those of other writers to be available to all citizens. Vicki, a Seasoned Sistah. Visit the seasoned sistah blog at: http://vickiward.net/blog/

Updated: June 6, 2017