Friends of the Brentwood Library 

Board of Directors
Kathy Mount, President
Extensive background in the legal and real estate field. After 34 years working in the legal field, switched careers and began working in the real estate sales field. Been involved in Friend’s groups, in several states and California counties for over 20 years. Believes in the necessity of local libraries and what they bring to the whole community and, believes the fight needs to go on to encourage libraries to be open and available to all.
Lauren Kovaleff, 1st Vice President

I have loved libraries since I was quite young. My first volunteer job while in high school entailed sorting notched punch cards for the librarian; long before computers were available.  We’ve come a long way. My career was in Emergency Medical Services System Administration and Management for Contra Costa County. Spent several years volunteering at the Danville library and has volunteered as Friends of the Brentwood Library for six years, the past 2two as 1st Vice President of the Friends Board. I have happily participated in numerous library activities including author events, book sales, and shifts in the bookstore. I was successful in seeing that a system was implemented that allows volunteers to accept credit cards for payment in the bookstore and related events.  

Jon Elam, 2nd Vice President, Membership

Active community volunteer in Brentwood with a range of groups including young people, senior citizens, and local community leaders following  over 40 years as a city manager and other local and regional government experiences in Minnesota and California. Been involved with many local library programs over the years, including participation in the early planning for the beautiful new Brentwood Library that is now enjoyed by so many in our community.
Charlotte Allison, 3rd Vice President, Book Sales
Brentwood resident for more than fifty-nine years. Prior to retiring, I worked as a Registered Nurse for forty-five years at all levels of care. When I retired, I knew I wanted to volunteer, especially close to home in Brentwood. I started volunteering with Friends in 2014. Working side-by-side with other retired librarians, teachers and others was very educational and fulfilling. I really respect their wealth of knowledge. In 2016, I accepted the Book Shop leadership role. This leadership role included planning for the Friends Second Story Book Shop in the new library. Exciting times for Brentwood's Friends to have our own Book Shop in the library.
Friends has incredible volunteers working in the Book Shop. They bring their life and career experiences to our volunteer team and customers. Our customers benefit from the volunteers knowledge of books, and authors.  One of my goals is to continue to recruit and enhance volunteer training and options. Volunteers are Very Incredible People.
Sharon Garrison, 4th Vice President, Newsletter & Webmaster
Retired after thirty-five year career in finance and project management primarily with Silicon Valley companies holding management and executive-level positions. Currently holds several board positions including President of a homeowners' association with over 780 single-family homes in Brentwood, both District and State-level positions with the Daughters of the American Revolution and several other lineage/genealogy organizations. Over 18 year resident of Brentwood. Taught Adult-level, computer classes and genealogy workshops. Avid reader, genealogy researcher, family and history book collector. Sharon holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Widow with two children and three grandchildren. Believes strongly that libraries are a great source for learning. It was Walt Disney who said: "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
William "Bill" Harms, Member-at-Large
Served as Associate News Director at the University of Chicago before moving with his wife to Brentwood to be near family. He serves on the board of the Village Community Resource Center and volunteers as a math tutor at Pioneer School.
Elaine Penning, Recording Secretary
Retired speech therapist and special education teacher, having worked in education for over 40 years and in numerous settings. Libraries have always been a part of my life since I was a child. I spent three years working at the International School in Bangkok, Thailand and volunteered in the English Language Mobile Library during that time. I have volunteered in numerous libraries and am past president of the Friends of the Danville Library. I am looking forward to being involved with The Friends of the Brentwood Library and hope to meet many members, both old and new, when I am in the Friend's Second Story Book Shop.
Kim Giuliano, Corresponding Secretary

I became a big fan of libraries since I received my first library card at age 4. I have always had a love for reading and currently belong to two book groups. I believe it is really important to be part of your community and to contribute to the quality of life where you live. I moved to Brentwood four years ago after retiring.

Before retiring, I worked for the City of San Ramon for 25 years in the Parks & Community Services Dept. I wore many hats and was in charge of all the City’s special events Created the San Ramon Black & White Party fundraiser for the arts, the San Ramon Art & Wind Festival that served as an avenue for local non-profits to raise funds by operating the food booths. There were countless other events and the library was always included so they could set up displays with books relating to the program subject or provide a volunteer storyteller for many children’s events. Prior to working for the City of San Ramon, I served as a civilian Recreation Specialist for both the Army and the Air Force. I know when I was stationed overseas, the base libraries were my refuge.

Libraries play such an important role in communities and we are blessed to have a wonderful library here in Brentwood with many great services and programs. I look forward to helping continue the Friends’ mission in Brentwood.  

Pam Powell, Treasurer

Resident of Contra Costa County for almost 40 years. Moved to Discovery Bay in 2016. Joined the Friends of the Brentwood Library in 2018. Thoroughly enjoy the people I work with and helping to improve our community service. Over the years I have worked in various fields including dental associate, self-sales, jewelry store design and management, and most importantly raising a family. Retired from Bank of America in 2013. Married 54 years with two daughters and four grandchildren.

Diane Alexander, Past President
Served as librarian for Contra Costa County Library System from 1975 to 2016. Many of those years in a substitute postion as I worked as a teacher librarian for Liberty High School for 11 years and then 5 years at Heritage High School. Past President of the Brentwood LIbrary Foundation and served in various positions on the Friends of the Brentwood Library Board. Active in the Delta Quilters Guild and the Discovery Bay Lions Club. Taught sewing and quilling classes at the library and look forward to doing it again.

Andrea Freyer, Ex-Officio Member 

Senior Community Library Manager of the Brentwood Library

Community library manager for Oakley Library for five years before coming to Brentwood. Never planned to become a librarian, but looking back; it was meant to be. After graduating from University of the Pacific with a psychology degree, I took some time off to look at my life and focus on my family. I spent a few years volunteering in the community, and then I applied for a library position and knew instantly that I had found my calling. I went back to school and received my Master’s Degree of Library & Information Science from San Jose State University. I have been with the Contra Costa County Library since 2007 and has worked in 19 of the 26 branches, as well as the libraries at the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility and Juvenile Hall that serve incarcerated youth.


My favorite thing about being a librarian is helping people find the information they need and helping people learn new and exciting ways to use programs and services. Every time I help a child, I knows I am improving that child’s future and the health of the community. When I’m working, I feel the same comfort that I felt as a child at the library. I strive to show every patron the same warmth and kindness that I was given.

Linda Sendig, Brentwood Library Commissioner, Ex-Officio Member

As your Library Commissioner, I hope to encourage greater community involvement and events. I look forward to spending my time here in a positive and productive manner. COVID brought many families down and as we emerge, I hope the library gives people a reason to once again get outside and get together in a safe manner.


Updated: September 22, 2021