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Board

The Foundation board is composed of community leaders with expertise in nonprofit fundraising, finance, investment management, event production, marketing and communications, law and more.

How to Get Involved

The Mill Valley Library Foundation welcomes others to join our ranks in either board or specific committee service, helping to ensure our library has the resources to continue to engage and enrich our community. At this time, we are particularly in need of board members with these areas of expertise: professional or leadership level fundraising expertise; leadership level experience producing fundraising events; legal background.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact the Mill Valley Library Foundation.

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Board Chair / President

DEBORAH SORONDO 

Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Biochemistry); University of Chicago (M.B.A.)

 

Expertise: Financial management and accounting, contracts, direct marketing, communications, project management. 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“The outstanding book, audio and e-book collections – I use and enjoy them all.” 

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Co-Vice President

MICHELLE BUCKLES

Education: University of California, Berkeley (MBA), Indiana University, Bloomington (B.S.)

 

Expertise: Donor relations, impact investing and sustainability.

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“I love the architecture and views from the library. When I take a break from reading, I can stare out one of the big windows and admire the beautiful redwoods. It’s inspirational and puts whatever I’m working on in perspective.”

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Co-Vice President

DEBORAH MILLER

Education: Indiana University (B.A. Literature; with secondary studies in Business and Education); Antioch University (M.A. Psychology)

Expertise: Nonprofit Consultant and VP of Advancement (Fundraising, Marketing, Communications, Board Development, NextGen Initiatives, legacy giving programs, talent search and management, strategic planning); former ED and development officer, UC Berkeley & UCLA; Former Board of Directors Chair, Kiddo!.

What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“That the Library, in a beautiful natural setting, is a community hub for learning in so many ways, in particular fostering a love for reading, and offering stellar programming and a rich hard copy and digital collection.”

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Treasurer

JEFFREY R. HAMRICK

Education: Vanderbilt University, (B.A.)

 

Expertise: Investment Management; Jeff is a CFA® charterholder

What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“Children’s programming.”

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Secretary

STEPHEN DONAHUE

Education: Dartmouth College (B.A. Economics and History)

 

Expertise: Financial Planning and Investment Management

 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: “Discovering new authors and books with my children.”

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Board Member

KATE AZIMA

Education: University College London (BSc. Economics)

Expertise: Marketing and communications, events, community engagement

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: “The Mill Valley Library offers a charming and cozy atmosphere as soon as you walk in. Time stands still, enabling you to take a brief pause after a busy day and get lost in a good book. The children's programming is exceptional and I love watching my kids' eyes light up as they explore new books."

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Board Member

KATHRYN CICOLETTI

Education: University of California, Berkeley (BS Haas School of Business)

Expertise: Financial management, business operations, marketing, growth strategies 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: “I love the outdoor deck, the chairs around the fire, the community feel, and the halls of books. It is one of the most gorgeous and heartwarming libraries I’ve seen."

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Board Member

TOM DICKER

Education: Masters, Business Administration; BS, Economics; Graduate TA; San Jose State University.

Expertise: Technology sales, financial planning, business operations, executive recruiting, contracts and donor fund-raising. Also a US Army Veteran (1st Lt.) and lover of scuba diving.

 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: “The Library Staff and its environment and outstanding program offerings.”

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Board Member

ERIC ISSADORE

Education: University of Virginia (B.S.), Villanova University School of Law (J.D.)

 

Expertise: Corporate governance; project management.

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“Finding and reading new books; children’s programs.”

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Board Member

STEVE LANG

Education: Princeton University, (B.A. Economics)

 

Expertise: Financial planning, community engagement, investment management.

 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“Naked Truth and Storytelling Workshops.”

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Board Member

TRACY PELL

Education: Cornell University (B.A., American Studies) University of California, Berkeley (M.B.A) 

 

ExpertiseProduct Marketing, Branding, Content Development, Donor Relations, Communications

 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​"The huge fiction collection downstairs and the children's section librarians who are always happy to remind us where the superhero books can be found or show us their latest special offering, like caterpillars building cocoons. ”

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Board Member

ABHI VALLABHANENI 

Education:  University of Warwick, BSc in Mathematics & BSc in Economic, Imperial College London,  MSc in Finance

 

Expertise: Data Science, Investment Management, Marketing & Communications and Business Strategy.

 

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: “The smell of books ready to tickle my incredible curiosity wrapped in a beautiful building with a vibrant community.”

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Board Member

CAROL ZIMMERMAN 

Education: State University of New York at Purchase (BA), New York University in Cinema (MA), University of San Francisco (MBA)

 

Expertise: Marketing Executive and Executive Recruiter (CZDirectSearch) focused  on Marketing and Sales Executives in the Technology industry

​What I love most about the Mill Valley Library: ​“I love the Mill Valley Library as it has always been a cherished part of Mill Valley for me, from it’s great children’s programs, to it’s book club offerings, to it’s reading rooms – it has become my second home!"

BOard Advisors

Nicole C. Brown (2020 – 2024 Term)
2012-2019. Foundation President (Mar 2017 – Dec 2018)

 

Urban Carmel (2020 – 2024 Term)
2009-2014. Foundation Centennial President (2010-2011)

 

Jack Corsello (2021 – 2025Term)
2017-2020

 

Vera Meislin (2020 – 2024 Term)
2012-2016. Foundation President (2013 & 2015)

Beth Rutchik (2021 – 2025 Term)
2012-2016

 

Stacey Silver (2020 -2024Term)
2012-2017. Foundation President (Dec 2015 – Mar 2017)

 

Anji Brenner
Mill Valley Librarian

EMERITUS BOard MEMBERS
BOard Advisors

Nicole C. Brown (2020 – 2024 Term)
2012 - 2019. Foundation President (Mar 2017 – Dec 2018)

 

Urban Carmel (2020 – 2024 Term)
2009 - 2014. Foundation Centennial President (2010-2011)

 

Jack Corsello (2021 – 2025 Term)

2017 - 2020. Co-Vice President (2019-2020)

 

Vera Meislin (2020 – 2024 Term)
2012 - 2016. Foundation President (2013 & 2015)

Beth Rutchik (2021 – 2025 Term)
2012 - 2016. Board Secretary (2015)

 

Stacey Silver (2020 - 2024 Term)
2012 - 2017. Foundation President (Dec 2015 – Mar 2017)

Andrew Shapiro (2022- 2026 Term) 2012 - 2021. Foundation President (2019 & 2020)

 

Anji Brenner
Mill Valley Librarian

EMERITUS BOard MEMBERS

Urban Carmel
2009 - 2014. Foundation Centennial President
(2010 -2011)

Tom Conneely

2000 - 2007 & 2016 - 2018. Foundation President
(2005 - 2006)

Jim Dox
1999 - 2011. Treasurer (1999 - 2011)

Kris Malone Grossman
2015 - 2020. Co-Vice President (2016 - 2018)

 

Tom Kostic
2001 - 2007

 

Hugh Kuhn
2007 - 2009. Foundation President (2007 - 2009)

 

Vera Meislin
2012 - 2016. Foundation President (2013 & 2015)

 

Andy Mercy
2012 - 2014. Foundation President (2014)

 

Caren Orum
2010 - 2012. Founder, Storybook Book Ball

Lisa Parker
2011 - 2013. Foundation President (2012)

 

Ivan Poutiatine
2000 - 2005

 

Stuart Rudick
2005 - 2013. Vice President (2012)

 

Ellen Seebold
2009 - 2014

 

Kate Shaw
2016 - 2019. Co-Vice President (2019)

Andrew Shapiro 
2013 - 2021. Foundation President (2019 - 2020)

 

Chris Shields
2009 - 2013. Vice President (2010 - 2011)

 

David Simpson
2011 - 2019. Foundation Treasurer (2012 - 2019)

 

Stacey Silver
2012 - 2017. Foundation President (Dec 2015 – Mar 2017)

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