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
Sheila Almquist, Director
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.
Stacy Ruppert, Director – Stacy Ruppert is a marketing professional with experience working with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is a longtime supporter of the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County, and the joy it brings to thousands throughout our county. As an avid reader, she is constantly borrowing books from the library, and is excited to be part of the SCPLF where she can support programs increasing literacy within Sonoma County.
Jack Tibbetts, Director – Jack Tibbetts was born and raised in Sonoma County. As a child, Jack would ride the bus with his Grandma, Lorna Newton, to the library to read and borrow books. This routine not only became a fond memory of his Grandmother, but the beginning of a deep passion for reading, personal enrichment and education. Jack believes that libraries are a vitally important resource for everyone. Regardless of a person’s ambition, libraries are the foundation for charting a new course in life or discovering a new passion. Wishing to ensure that this tradition continues, Jack joined the Sonoma County Public Library in 2014 and hopes to focus on making libraries more accessible.
George Elias, Director – George Elias is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Santa Rosa, which is located just down the street from the Santa Rosa Main Library. George is an author himself, having written a book and contributed to the New York Times. William Morrow published his non-fiction book, “Breakout into Space: Mission for a Generation.” He is currently working on a novel.
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.
Glen Weaver, Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County
Free Bookmobile Phone-707-520-4536