Board & Staff
The San Diego Public Library Foundation is only as effective as the people who support, manage and fulfill its obligations each day. We’re proud to say this diverse group represents San Diegans from all walks of life and every strata of society. The one trait they hold in common is a passion to Help Minds Grow.
Seated (left to right): Renée Schor, Ann McDonald, Pat Wilson, Wendy Urishima-Conn, Ingrid de Llamas, Bernie Kulchin. Standing (left to right): Steve Hermes, Cindy Olmstead, Elizabeth Hansen, Judith Wenker, Bill Pope, Al Ferris, Jim Dawe. Not pictured: Sandra Hrna, Judith Morgan, Andrea Moser, Lee Winslett.
Pat Wilson, Chair
Pat Wilson is a long-time fan and supporter of public libraries in general and the SDPL in particular; her local branch is North Clairemont, where she is a Lifetime Member of… More
Pat Wilson is a long-time fan and supporter of public libraries in general and the SDPL in particular; her local branch is North Clairemont, where she is a Lifetime Member of the Friends. After a career in computer systems administration and security, she attended law school and became a licensed California attorney in 2013. Pat is a member of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and a member of the Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest’s Philanthropy Committee. Besides reading, her main hobby is riding horses. Pat is the San Diego Public Library Foundation’s Board Chair and the Advocacy & Public Policy Committee Chair.
Steve Hermes, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Steve Hermes is the Vice-Chair and Treasurer and chairs the Foundation’s Finance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. He is also on the board of the San Diego… More
Steve Hermes is the Vice-Chair and Treasurer and chairs the Foundation’s Finance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. He is also on the board of the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and Guide Dogs of America. Having served as Board Chair of the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, He currently chairs the Audit Committee of Alzheimer’s San Diego. He was previously on the board and Treasurer of Sustainable Surplus Exchange. He was the co-founder of Mission Edge San Diego, a nonprofit organization that provides business support services to small and mid-sized nonprofits. He was a Director and the Attest Services Practice Leader for CBIZ Mayer/Hoffman McCann, CPAs, and a shareholder of Nation Smith Hermes Diamond, CPAs in San Diego. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been an instructor of financial management for nonprofit organizations at the University of San Diego and auditing and financial and managerial accounting at the University of California San Diego Extension. He holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois College.
Wendy Urushima-Conn, Secretary
Wendy is the President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County and former President and CEO of the Asian Business Association. She has more than 20 years’… More
Wendy is the President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County and former President and CEO of the Asian Business Association. She has more than 20 years’ experience in community outreach, marketing and public relations. She is the former Associate Executive Director of Development for Center for Community Solutions. She worked more than a decade as Community and Media Marketing Manager for KGTV/10 News. She is the current President of the California Diversity Council, San Diego Chapter, Chair of the Board of Library Commissioners, and is a member of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s APIA Advisory Board and San Diego Rotary. She has held leadership positions with the Asian Business Association Foundation, Girls Incorporated of San Diego and The San Diego Foundation. Wendy is a graduate of UC San Diego.
Ingrid de Llamas, Trustee Member
Ingrid de Llamas is the Director of Philanthropy for the Comic-Con Museum and is responsible for building and growing strategic, long-term relationships essential to the… More
Ingrid de Llamas is the Director of Philanthropy for the Comic-Con Museum and is responsible for building and growing strategic, long-term relationships essential to the success and long-term viability of the Museum. For more than 25 years, Ms. de Llamas has specialized in building comprehensive advancement programs for non-profit organizations. de Llamas serves the community as a Trustee for the San Diego Public Library Foundation, The Barrio Logan College Institute, and the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. She is currently a member of Rotary Club 33, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and San Diego Grantmakers. She was named the Asian Business Association’s Member of the Year in 2018 and the San Diego Public Library Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year for 2019 and was nominated for Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2019 for National Philanthropy Day. de Llamas is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Specialized Communications as well as the Epicuren School of Culinary Arts. She is recognized as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and as an International Advancement Professional (IAP). Ingrid is an eighth-generation Californian who loves Libraries. De Llamas is the Library Foundation’s current Nominating Committee Chair, and she is a member of the Executive Committee.
Al Ferris, Trustee Member
Al Ferris, the senior founding principal of Ferris & Britton, was admitted to the California Bar in 1964. He has been Of Counsel to the firm since retiring from active law… More
Al Ferris, the senior founding principal of Ferris & Britton, was admitted to the California Bar in 1964. He has been Of Counsel to the firm since retiring from active law practice in 2002. Since then has functioned as a private judge in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations. He also has been an investor in start-up technology companies. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University and also studied at Harvard. Upon graduation in 1963, he served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. In 1967 he became a partner in another prominent San Diego law firm before forming his own firm in 1968. Prior to assuming his current Of Counsel role, Mr. Ferris served as the principal in charge of the firm's business department. He is a member of the California, American and San Diego Bar Associations. He has served as chair and member of various California committees and boards. He is on the National Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and is a past member of the International Mediation Institute at The Hague. He is currently vice chair of Primerus International. He previously has served as adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego Law School. He is on the boards of directors of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Elizabeth Hansen, Trustee Member
Elizabeth A. Hansen is a senior strategist and project manager with 20 years of experience in strategic planning and the implementation of community, government and media… More
Elizabeth A. Hansen is a senior strategist and project manager with 20 years of experience in strategic planning and the implementation of community, government and media outreach programs. At Southwest Strategies, Hansen assists a wide variety of private and public clients through the entitlement process, overseeing outreach programs related to land use, transportation and infrastructure projects for clients such as Pardee Homes, Starbucks, SANDAG, Caltrans, Poseidon Water and the City of Carlsbad. A veteran event planner, Hansen has coordinated some of the firm’s largest special events, including grand openings, community celebrations and ribbon-cuttings. Hansen is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. In 2018, she was appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to the City of San Diego’s Board of Library Commissioners, named one of San Diego’s Most Influential Women by The Daily Transcript and received the Deborah Baker Public Relations Professional of the Year Award from the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to joining Southwest Strategies in 2000, Hansen was a staff writer for Arizona’s leading sports magazine and a photojournalist for San Diego Magazine.
Bernie Kulchin, Trustee Member
Bernie Kulchin formerly served as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Cubic Corporation. He has over 50 years of HR experience, including Vice President of… More
Bernie Kulchin formerly served as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Cubic Corporation. He has over 50 years of HR experience, including Vice President of Human Resources for General Dynamics in San Diego, and serving as a human resources consultant to corporation and non-profit organizations. His community involvement includes serving on four non-profit boards and was board chair for Non-profit Management solutions. He has also conducted leadership workshops for non-profit agencies. Mr. Kulchin is the former Chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation’s Governance and Nominating Committees, the former Board Secretary, and a former member of the Executive Committee. He still serves as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committees.
Ann McDonald, Trustee Member
Ann is a major donor and serves on the Oversight Committee for the Library Shop. She is the former President of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library and a member of the… More
Ann is a major donor and serves on the Oversight Committee for the Library Shop. She is the former President of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library and a member of the San Carlos Friends of the Library. Ann and her husband, Brian, are members of the Carnegie Society. Ms. McDonald serves on the Library Shop’s Advisory Committee.
Judith Morgan, Trustee Member
Judith grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a family of journalists. After graduating from the University of Montana, she spent a year in Argentina on a fellowship from the… More
Judith grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a family of journalists. After graduating from the University of Montana, she spent a year in Argentina on a fellowship from the Inter-American Press Association. She joined the staff of The San Diego Union in 1963, covering a rapidly changing city, sparked by the opening of the University of California, San Diego; the Salk Institute and other research giants of Torrey Pines Mesa. In 1975, she launched Her World, a weekly travel column in the Los Angeles Times. In 1964, Judith married Neil Morgan, columnist and later editor of the San Diego Tribune, and they traveled the world on writing assignments. Judith and Neil collaborated on articles for National Geographic and on two biographies: Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel, the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, which was named a Notable Book of 1995 by the New York Times; and Roger, a biography of oceanographer Roger Revelle, revered as the father of UC San Diego. Judith has served on the board of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, the Friends of the Library at UCSD, the University of Montana Foundation and the UC San Diego Foundation.
Andrea Moser, Trustee Member
Former Vice President of Communications, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Andrea Moser is former Vice President of Communications at Sanford Burnham Medical… More
Former Vice President of Communications, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Andrea Moser is former Vice President of Communications at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute (Now SBP Medical Discovery Institute). Moser was responsible for external and internal communications, including media relations, web-based outreach, and other activities essential to highlighting the research conducted at the Institute’s locations in La Jolla, Santa Barbara and at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining the Institute, Moser was Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity, she worked to promote the San Diego region as a location for business. Moser also worked with CONNECT, an internationally-recognized program serving technology entrepreneurs. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a degree in journalism and creative writing and earned her M.B.A. at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
Bill Pope, Trustee Member
As a SCORE volunteer mentor, Bill specializes in commercial insurance, business planning, buying & selling businesses, and marketing for emerging and small… More
As a SCORE volunteer mentor, Bill specializes in commercial insurance, business planning, buying & selling businesses, and marketing for emerging and small businesses. Bill spent 38+ years as an insurance specialist and agency owner, where he designed insurance and risk management programs for small to large businesses. He also negotiated the acquisition and sale of several businesses, including his and his partners’ company, John Burnham Insurance Services, to Union Bank of California. Bill’s community involvement includes serving on the board of SCORE-San Diego, where he was Treasurer and Secretary; Gaslamp Historical Foundation, where he was president; and March of Dimes-San Diego/Imperial Chapter, where he was chairman. Bill: loves to travel and has hiked in the Himalayas; his grandfather was a pioneer of silent film in Cuba; and he collects historic insurance fire marks. To find out what a fire mark is, visit another collector's Pintrest board: https://www.pinterest.com/tomcassisa/firemarks/. Also see www.firemarkcircle.org.
Renée Schor, Trustee Member
Renée Schor is a partner with the law firm Schor Vogelzang & Chung LLP. She has been practicing law since 1990, helping employers around the world meet their vision for an… More
Renée Schor is a partner with the law firm Schor Vogelzang & Chung LLP. She has been practicing law since 1990, helping employers around the world meet their vision for an ideal work community. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990, and her B.A. from Northwestern University in 1987. She is admitted to practice law in California. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Diego County Bar Association. She is also a member of the San Diego Lawyers Club.
Judith A. Wenker, Trustee Member
Judith Wenker is an attorney with more than 30 years’ experience representing the government and industry, primarily on environmental issues. She graduated from USD Law… More
Judith Wenker is an attorney with more than 30 years’ experience representing the government and industry, primarily on environmental issues. She graduated from USD Law School while working for a Federal Magistrate full time. She was also an instructor in the paralegal school at the University of San Diego and the San Diego State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She serves and has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Neighborhood House Association, UCSD Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board, the Elementary Institute of Science, ElderHelp of San Diego, the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego, and the California Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform.
Lee Winslett, Trustee Member
Lee Winslett is the Senior Vice President and Division Manager for Wells Fargo’s New Markets Tax Credit Group where he leads a team of specialized lenders that provides debt… More
Lee Winslett is the Senior Vice President and Division Manager for Wells Fargo’s New Markets Tax Credit Group where he leads a team of specialized lenders that provides debt and tax credit equity to high-impact redevelopment projects and community facilities in underserved and emerging markets. Since 2003, the group has completed over $2 billion in transactions. The portfolio includes investments in mixed-use, transit-oriented developments, high-impact real estate projects, community facilities, and financial intermediaries that provide loans to small businesses. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Winslett held a variety of positions at Wells Fargo in its commercial and real estate lending areas representing a span of 25+ years in banking. Mr. Winslett is actively involved in civic affairs, having served as a board member on several housing and economic development related non-profits. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, a non-profit affordable housing developer, and Craft 3, a well-regarded Community Development Financial Institution operating principally in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Winslett is also on the loan committee for Vital Healthcare Capital, a national non-profit focused on providing capital to community-based healthcare clinics, and serves on the governance committee for the Wells Fargo Foundation, one of the top corporate donors in the nation with an annual gifting budget of $300+ million. Mr. Winslett studied applied mathematics at Stanford University and received degrees in business and economics from the University of California Los Angeles.
Misty Jones, Director of the San Diego Public Library
Misty is the Director for the San Diego Public Library overseeing the Central Library and 35 branches. Previously, she was Deputy Director for the Central Division which… More
Misty is the Director for the San Diego Public Library overseeing the Central Library and 35 branches. Previously, she was Deputy Director for the Central Division which included overseeing the move, opening and operations of the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. A graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program from University of South Carolina, Misty started her library career at the Greenville County Library in South Carolina. She then worked for nine years at the Charleston County Library before coming to the San Diego Public Library. Misty believes libraries are the great equalizer, always inclusive and never exclusive. She thrives on change and believes that the strength of libraries is in their ability to redefine themselves to fit public need. It is because of this that she committed herself to library advocacy. While at Charleston County Library she founded and chaired Libraries Out Loud, a grassroots advocacy program to help restore funding to the library system by promoting libraries to the public as well as legislators and other elected officials throughout the state. Misty is Past President of the California Library Association.
James R. Dawe, Esq., Founding Chair
Mr. Dawe is member of the Executive Committee of the law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. His legal practice focuses on real property, land use administrative and… More
Mr. Dawe is member of the Executive Committee of the law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. His legal practice focuses on real property, land use administrative and environmental law. He has chaired numerous national, state and local library boards over two decades of volunteerism. Often referred to as “Mr. Library,” he served nine years as chairman of the San Diego Public Library Commission, eight years on the California Library Services/Library of California Board (three years as president), and eight years on the Board of the Urban Libraries Council Board (three years as chair). He served as statewide chair of the Prop. 14 $350 million library bond campaign in 2000. Mr. Dawe also was designated by the American Library Association as one of the 100 most influential library supporters of the Twentieth Century and was awarded the Trustee of the Year in 1995 by the American Library Association. He also received California Library Association’s President’s Award for efforts to improve library services throughout California and the nation (1999). He was named Volunteer of the Year in 2003 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition to his work with public libraries, he also has served on the Board and as an officer of various other community groups including the Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Economic Development Corporation and Francis Parker School.
San Diego Library Foundation Staff
Patrick Stewart, Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Stewart comes to the Library Foundation following nine years of success as Executive Director of Words Alive where he helped the organization provide literacy service… More
Patrick Stewart comes to the Library Foundation following nine years of success as Executive Director of Words Alive where he helped the organization provide literacy service to more than 5,000 children and families monthly. Prior to Words Alive, Patrick served as Executive Director of Sushi Performance and Visual Arts in San Diego and as CEO and Executive Director of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Diego State University with distinction, and graduated from the Executive Non-Profit Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy in Washington, DC.Send email.
Jeff Rowland, Chief Financial Officer
A CPA and a graduate of the Masters of Science in Taxation program at Walsh College of Troy, Michigan. Jeff started his literacy nonprofit career with Beyond Basics in Troy,… More
A CPA and a graduate of the Masters of Science in Taxation program at Walsh College of Troy, Michigan. Jeff started his literacy nonprofit career with Beyond Basics in Troy, Michigan, a one-on-one reading tutoring organization in the City of Detroit. Jeff worked as the Controller for more than five years, developing financial processes, organizational procedures, and programming. He increased revenue through more structured contracts as well as networking and soliciting corporate sponsorships. He has spent a great deal of his life studying literacy and its positive impact on communities. As a Young Leader Member with the Detroit Economics Club, he and 49 other young professionals met monthly with local CEO’s to discuss their keys to success as well as community improvement projects. He currently serves on the Board of Hope2Water as the co-founder and Treasurer.Send email.
Natalie Ganz, Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer
Has an extensive professional background in philanthropy, including most recently as the Director of Gift Planning for Scripps Health where she helped to lead the team… More
Has an extensive professional background in philanthropy, including most recently as the Director of Gift Planning for Scripps Health where she helped to lead the team responsible for raising the planned giving support needed to further its health care mission. Prior, she served as the Director of Philanthropy/ Planned Giving at San Diego Hospice, where she focused her work on planned giving while working closely with all efforts of the Foundation. She earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California and is an inactive member of the California Bar Association. Natalie is a member of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and Toastmasters International and has high fluency in Spanish.Send email.
Charlie Goldberg, Director of Marketing
Has worked successfully in not-for-profit marketing for 30 years and since May of 2007 with the San Diego Public Library Foundation. Prior, Charlie headed marketing and… More
Has worked successfully in not-for-profit marketing for 30 years and since May of 2007 with the San Diego Public Library Foundation. Prior, Charlie headed marketing and public relations for the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, helping them exceed income and ticket sales goals despite a major hurricane. He directed public outreach on air pollution issues for a government regulatory agency in the San Joaquin Valley. He is the past Director of Communications for the San Diego-based international health care organization Project Concern International and for Baltimore’s Chamber of Commerce and economic development corporation. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in journalism from the University of Maryland and holds Masters degrees in Journalism (Public Relations specialty) and Business Administration.Send email.
Jerry Tomaszewicz, Chief of Staff
Has more than thirteen years of diverse experience providing administrative and programmatic support to leadership in higher education and non-profit settings. Jerry was the… More
Has more than thirteen years of diverse experience providing administrative and programmatic support to leadership in higher education and non-profit settings. Jerry was the Executive Assistant and Field Organizer at the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, the Government & Community Relations Specialist and Correspondence/Records Assistant to the President of San Diego State University, and the Special Projects Assistant to the President of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Most recently, Jerry worked for the San Diego LGBT Community Center, the nation’s second oldest LGBT center, overseeing 800+ volunteers, serving as the Volunteer Area Manager for AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, and assisting The Center’s Accounting Department. Born and raised in Connecticut, Jerry earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst before relocating to San Diego in 2006. Send email.
Jenna Anderson, Marketing Manager
A young non-profit professional and San Diego native, Jenna began her non-profit career as an integral member of the development teams of several San Diego non-profits,… More
A young non-profit professional and San Diego native, Jenna began her non-profit career as an integral member of the development teams of several San Diego non-profits, including The USS Midway Museum, Solutions for Change, and Feeding San Diego. Armed with a lifelong passion for learning, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, a Certification in Fundraising and Development from UCSD Extension and is currently pursuing a Certification in Digital Marketing from UCSD Extension. Jenna also enjoys serving her community as an active member of AFP San Diego's Young Professionals Committee and is an active member of Women Give San Diego, a giving circle helping women and girls of San Diego achieve economic self-sufficiency.Send email.
Kymberly Mueller, Development Manager
Kymberly is a dedicated development professional with experience in building relationships and communities, and a proven ability to effectively generate funds and drive growth.… More
Kymberly is a dedicated development professional with experience in building relationships and communities, and a proven ability to effectively generate funds and drive growth. With her philanthropic background serving on staffs and committees, she has invested real time and energy into making our communities better for everyone. Kymberly has directed development programs at a number of local organizations and holds an MBA from the University of San Diego. She is proud to serve a powerful mission she so deeply believes in — connecting people, inspiring learning, and making our lives and communities more vital. Send email.
Chauntell West, Senior Staff Accountant
Chauntell has broad accounting experience in the not-for-profit and government arenas and has worked closely with accounting auditors, CPA’s and financial attorneys. In 1999,… More
Chauntell has broad accounting experience in the not-for-profit and government arenas and has worked closely with accounting auditors, CPA’s and financial attorneys. In 1999, she and her husband established a non-profit named Lighthouse Church International (LCI) in Tucson, AZ. Wishing to further impact the community, they established a childcare center which provides healthy living options and feeds and clothes the community the church serves. For seven years, Chauntell was an accountant at the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center where she supported state-funded programs to help rehabilitation of offenders on probation. Chauntell says nonprofits and educating and mentoring youth are passions of hers. She is interested in serving the community with “passion, grace and excellence.” Chauntell is a San Diego native and currently is pursuing a BS in Accounting/Finance at the University of Phoenix. Send email.
Sarah Wilkins, Donor Services Manager
Scott Ehrig-Burgess, Public Engagement Manager