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THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Foundation Staff

LOVE CENTERWALL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Love is the enthusiastic leader of the foundation. He brings decades of nonprofit fundraising and leadership experience from education and social services organizations in the United States and Sweden. With a collaborative and mission-centered approach, he has brought resources to grow and transform educational institutions in alignment with the needs of the community.
 
Love has a lifelong love for libraries and reading and is deeply passionate about the role of Multnomah County Library in our community. Other than reading, you may find him sailing on the Columbia River with his two daughters or hiding in a darkroom making analog photographs
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NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY:
Belmont

WHY THE LIBRARY:
"I think libraries are one of those human inventions that truly show us at our best. Coming together as a community to support everyone’s goals, needs, curiosity, and right to self-realization. Libraries serve all of us at whatever stage we are in life and regardless of our circumstances."

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  he | him | his

Love Centerwall, Executive Director

DALE FAVIER, DATABASE MANAGER

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, his work as a massage therapist and his passion for writing prose and poetry. Dale has a working knowledge of at least eight languages, including Old Norse and Old English, and he is able to identify almost all of the constellations in the northern hemisphere. He recently published his latest work, Opening The World.

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."

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  he | him | his

Dale Favier

LAURA FAY, DIRECTOR OF MAJOR GIFTS

Laura’s roots in fundraising in our community are deep and her passion for the work of non-profits is boundless. She has dedicated her professional life to building thriving fundraising programs for a broad range of organizations from performing arts to the environment. The exceptional programming made possible by The Library Foundation furthers her desire to serve humanity and improve our community.

In her spare time, you can find her running the trails of Forest Park or perhaps running after her bright-eyed, young daughter. Her avid baking far outpaces her household's baked good consumption, and if you have the time she will detail endlessly her failures as a gardener. No, seriously.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY:
Central

WHY THE LIBRARY:

"Centuries of humankind’s greatest thinking, recorded in beautiful volumes, and an army of helpful people who want nothing more than to help you take them away. Multnomah County Library is tirelessly committed to serving our community’s needs, whatever and wherever they are. The idea of a library seems wildly and wholly improbable, but it’s us at our best."

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  she | her | hers

Laura Fay was passionate about libraries and early literacy long before she had her own child.

KELLEY GOODWIN, OFFICE MANAGER

Kelley considers herself to be very lucky - she grew up with not one, but two library cards. The first, issued by her neighborhood library, held a place of honor in her childhood wallet for many years. The other card allowed her access to books halfway across the globe, when she visited her grandmother in Japan. Kelley credits this liberal access to libraries in both countries for her nascent fervor for reading in both Japanese and English.

 

Aside from the time she spends working and reading, you’d be lucky to catch a glimpse of Kelley standing still. An avid cyclist who spent years mentoring young riders through community cycling programs, she also loves camping in the Pacific Northwest and cultivating vegetables in her garden at home.

NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY:
St. Johns

WHY THE LIBRARY:

"I hold a special place in my heart for each library I have frequented in my life. The unique spaces and programming options available to everyone in our community, regardless of age, cultural or financial background, are an important step toward equal footing for all humans."

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  she | her | hers

Kelley Goodwin is a strong advocate for

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 financial management and fundraising makes her well-suited to her multi-faceted job as the foundation’s operations director.

 

In her off-time, Jamie can be found working on an always-expanding list of house projects, bicycling, growing food, and—most importantly—reading to her energetic young son.

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.”

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  she | her | hers

Jamie June is a tireless advocate for libraries and for early literacy.

MAKIIA LUCIER, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Makiia grew up on the Pacific island of Guam and holds degrees in journalism and library science. She’s an Oregon Duck, a former librarian, and a children’s author. You can find her books on the shelves at our library.

In her spare time, Makiia enjoys visiting antique shops and dragging family around the city to admire pretty, old buildings, like the Grand Stable and Carriage Company and the Dekum Building. She has a weakness for Carnegie libraries.

NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY:
Central

WHY THE LIBRARY:

“When I was a kid, I didn’t know of any writers from the Pacific islands. There was no one to point to and say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like her.’ I know firsthand that representation matters, for readers, for writers, and for the librarians who champion us all. There’s always more work to be done, of course, but so much care has been taken in libraries, in recent years, to amplify Pacific islander voices and literature. It is very heartening to see.”

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  she | her | hers

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ALYSSA REID, DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

As an endlessly curious person and a voracious reader, Alyssa has always adored libraries. They credit their experience in stage management for their endless supply of good humor and ability to build meaningful connections with our donor base. They are inspired to spend their days supporting the library’s work across our community.

Alyssa spends time outside the office camping deep in the forest, tending to pet chickens, and relaxing on the porch with a graphic novel.

NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY:
Gregory Heights

WHY THE LIBRARY:
“When I was young, I realized that my desire for reading books would always be greater than my budget for buying books. Public libraries offer unparalleled abundance and freedom. What a gift!”

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  they | she

Alyssa Reid connects one-on-one with donors to The Library Foundation, helping fund life-changing early literacy programs.

JENNIFER STEPANEK, WRITER AND GRANTS MANAGER

Helping others access information has been a lifelong pursuit for Jennifer. With more than 20 years of experience writing and editing in the nonprofit sector, much of which has been focused on proposal development, Jennifer has a unique understanding of how best to communicate the needs of our community to the foundations that support our work. Her curiosity and passion for libraries began in high school, when she volunteered with the Jackson County Library. Ensuring that library services are inclusive and valued throughout the community strikes a particularly meaningful chord with her, and drives her work with the foundation. 

Jennifer is a formidable seamstress, and can often be seen wearing her own creations. She commutes to work on foot, watching the city stir to life as she makes her way over the Hawthorne Bridge.

NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY:
Belmont

WHY THE LIBRARY:

“My initial ties to the library were books, but now I also love that libraries are such a vital community hub. I can’t think of a more responsive institution, committed to helping every person access the information and services they need, but also to finding ways to serve the community on a large scale.”

PREFERRED PRONOUNS:  she | her | hers

Jennifer Stepanek takes pride in writing grants for early literacy programs.
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