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Foundation Staff

 

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Merris Sumrall, Chief Executive Officer

As the foundation's energetic leader, Merris has brought strategic vision and a passion for libraries, literacy, arts and culture to our work over the last ten years. She led the foundation board and staff in its highly successful children's literacy campaign and our work on four successful ballot measure campaigns for the library. Merris moved to Portland as a VISTA volunteer, founded two non-profits and then worked around the world with technology companies, helping them develop global design, marketing and branding strategy. Eventually, she landed in Manhattan but after 9/11, she decided to return "home" to Portland, bringing her business and non-profit experience to a library system, and community, that she loves.  In her spare time, you can find her on the hunt for sumptuous treats at the farmer's market, dancing Cajun and Zydeco or more recently, realizing her lifelong dream of rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Neighborhood library:
Central

Why the library:
"Self sufficiency is one of my core values. I have always believed that if we give people the tools, everyone has a desire to improve themselves, grow and understand the world around them. We would live in a more peace-loving world if reading was a part of everyone's daily life."

 


 

Jamie
Jamie June, Director of Operations

A diehard non-profit devotee, Jamie has been actively involved for many years with arts, culture and educational organizations, including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Conduit Dance. Her experience in event management, fundraising and volunteer coordination makes her well-suited to her varied role as the foundation’s fiscal manager. In her off-time, Jamie can be found working on an always-expanding list of house projects, reading, bicycling, growing food, and—most importantly—entertaining her baby boy.

Neighborhood library:
Sellwood-Moreland

Why the library:
I could give you a detailed description of every single neighborhood library that I ever called 'my own'- and there have been many of them over the years. Growing up, we moved often, and I always found the library to be the one safe, constant place that was full of promise and knowledge. Libraries have had a profound impact on my belief in the value of education and access of information.”

 


 

Wes Breazeale
Wes Breazeale, Director of Development

As the son of a reading teacher, Wes is well-versed in the importance of early literacy, student success and the richness that libraries bring to our lives. Wes' experience spans corporate and non-profit settings, including educational, environmental and clinical research-based organizations. Having lived in Portland for nearly two decades, Wes considers himself a "naturalized" Oregonian, despite growing up in New England. An avid outdoorsman, soccer player and film buff, Wes is rarely without a book nearby.

Neighborhood library:
Gregory Heights

Why the library:
"Libraries have been a friend and resource throughout my entire life. As a voracious reader, I use my 'holds' list to keep that next great read within reach. I hope to share my strong passion for libraries with everyone I meet."

 


 

Kristin Wallace
Kristin Wallace, Development Associate

Kristin was the campaign field organizer who worked with over 445 volunteers to successfully pass the 2006 library levy. Since then, she has worked to secure tens of thousands of Summer Reading prizes each year, gratified in the knowledge that more than 110,000 children are stronger readers because of her work. Kristin is a beekeeper, master gardener, enthusiastic accordionist and accomplished synchronized swimmer. 

Neighborhood library:
North Portland

Why the library:
"Libraries are a place where all are welcome, a place that expands minds of all agesit's magic; it's democracy. What could be better?"

 


 

Dale Favier, Database Coordinator

Dale is the foundation's database pro, cheerfully and precisely maintaining foundation records. A former computer programmer at IBM, Dale now splits his time between the foundation and his new career as a massage therapist. His passions outside his work include reading and writing poetry, and he recently collaborated on a limited-edition volume of poetry titled "Brilliant Coroners."

Neighborhood library:
Belmont

Why the library:
"All those wonderful books, all that learning and thinking, all those stories and songs—so much of what people have ever made that's worth keeping—all right there, free to all finders. That's amazing."

 


 

Larissa Brown, Grants Consultant

One of our region’s finest grantwriting consultants, Larissa has written grants that have changed many lives—from securing dental care for children and adults who had no health insurance to seeing that toddlers across the community are read to daily. An accomplished artist and trainer - as well as the author of Demystifying Grant Seeking and Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together - Larissa is wrapping up work on her fourth book, a novel based in Iceland. When not writing grants and knitting, you may find Larissa hanging out with her son and riding their big townie bike with an Xtracycle on the back. 

Neighborhood library:
Belmont

Why the library:
"As a reader and a writer, I'm proud of our community's long-standing devotion to libraries and reading. It's part of what makes our city unique."

 


Tina
Tina Tam, Office Manager

Tina came to the foundation five years ago as a volunteer and now keeps our office on track as the Office Manager. Just before joining us, she landed in Portland after backpacking for seven months in Asia. One day, she hopes to make her way across Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Until then, she is content to spend her time dancing her way around this side of the hemisphere.

Neighborhood library:
Central

Why the library:
“Because the library is a place of endless discovery! With such an extensive collection, I can easily find that book that I’ve been meaning to check out, and have stumbled upon many great films and even more music. I love popping in to my local branch just to browse all of the newest crafty books. I always leave the library feeling inspired."