Do you love the library and want the next generation to love it as well? Become a board member on the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation. We support the library system as well as other organizations and programs that promote enthusiasm for reading and literacy. Meetings are held once a month and board members serve for two year terms. Come join a dynamic group! Contact Scott Alonso, Board President.
Scott Alonso, President – Scott is a resident of Petaluma and currently works for the County of Sonoma Health Services Department. Scott is a communications and public affairs professional who is passionate about reading and education. He is also a volunteer for Schools of Hope with United Way of the Wine Country where he tutors second grade students in reading. Contact Scott Alonso
Adriana Arrizon, Vice-President – Adriana Arrizon is a Child Development Coordinator with First 5 Sonoma and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice. She has 20 years of experience serving the public health sector in Alameda, Stanislaus, and Sonoma Counties. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and education. Adriana believes that reading is a building block to creating awareness that leads to and educated community and social justice, so she wants to ensure that each child has access to free books and the opportunities that education brings. In her spare time she enjoys cooking with her two boys, reading, movies, and cycling.
Helen Frater, Secretary – Helen Frater is an Outreach Coordinator for Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, advocating for those experiencing homelessness. She began her lifelong love of libraries as a young child at our very own Central Santa Rosa branch. This joy of reading was passed on to her children who devoured many books while participating in the yearly Summer Reading Programs. Helen is passionate about ensuring that this great public institution continue to be a magical place for all in our community.
Kathleen Larsen, Director – Kathleen Larsen is a retired school administrator who worked for 37 years in education with students from kindergarten through high school. She is an adjunct instructor at two local colleges as well as a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates. She grew up as an avid user of the local library and believes that a thriving library system is essential for our current generation and future generations of young minds.
Bob Cheal, Treasurer – Living and working in Sonoma County since 1979, Bob works from his home as a full time Web Designer. Active in the senior community, he is interested in promoting literacy and computer literacy in older adults and loves the services that the Sonoma County Library system provides. His hobbies include photography, videography, reading, walking and singing. Bob serves on the Leadership Team of both the Sonoma and Marin County Sections on Aging and is chairperson of the Senior Ministries Committee at the First United Methodist Church. Contact Bob Cheal
Alex Anderson, Director
Bill Bryant, Director
Sara Ortiz, Director – Sara Ortiz currently works as a Content Coordinator for Zentiv Agency, helping websites increase their online presence and boost search rankings. She is excited to join the Board because of a deep-rooted love for the library. In addition to being an avid reader and library user, she believes the free education provided by the library is a priceless service to the community and a great equalizer for our children and adults. Access to books, computers, and services at the library allows anyone to continue to learn and grow. You can catch her riding her pink beach cruiser around downtown Santa Rosa, wave and say hi!
Shirley Cheal, Director – Shirley Cheal was born and raised in England before coming to Santa Rosa as an exchange teacher. She continued her teaching career for 26 years before retiring in 2014. Having spent many years teaching and promoting reading she believes the library is a valuable asset to all in this community. Shirley has keen interest in the arts. She chairs a local arts committee, teaches children’s art classes and love to participate in all things creative.
Summer Morris, Director – She grew up enjoying her time at the roller skating rink and public library in Bakersfield, CA and continues the same today. She moved to Sonoma County in time to start seventh grade and play the flute in the Comstock Jr. High marching band, then later graduated from Piner High School. She moved out of the area in 1999 and returned in 2010 where she held accounting positions in Southern California and Washington State. She’s currently a self-employed Certified Public Accountant and QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, with a virtual bookkeeping and accounting firm focused on helping businesses succeed while utilizing QuickBooks Online and integrated applications. When she’s not working in or on her business she can be found paddle boarding, hiking, working out at the gym, attending practice sessions with a local precision roller skating team or volunteering her time with the Sonoma County Humane Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Dan Jenkins, Director
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