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By: Sheila Hoffmeyer
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 24, 2011

New Board Elected at Sedona Public Library

At the June 21 public meeting of the Sedona Public Library (SPL) Board of Trustees, a new board was elected. As a non-profit organization that provides the services of a public library through contracts with local government, the volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for administering the affairs of the Library.

Since we are a governing Board, following are some of the more important duties which the Board executes:  1) Make and enforce all policies, rules, regulations and bylaws necessary for the administration and governance of SPL and all Library property.  2) Exercise and administer any trust declared or created for the Library.  3) Employ a Library Director, determine compensation, and empower the Director to administer the policies of the Board of Trustees.  4) Authorize the sale or purchase of material, real estate, equipment or other property or services of the Library and 5) Accept or reject donations to the Library.

The SPL Board of Trustees for FY2012 is President Anne Uruburu; Interim President Elect Annette Lustgarten; Treasurer Roger Shlonsky; Secretary Sandy Immerso; Past President Sheila Hoffmeyer and Member-at-Large Laura Lawrie and newly elected trustees: Jan Aranoff, Harvey Bershader, Pat Jansen, and Gary Rubin.

New Board President Anne Uruburu is a positive, engaging individual who has a passion for the library and the many ways in which we serve our community.  She is a powerful advocate for the Library, and led the team that relocated SPL in the Village to Tequa Plaza this past January.  Anne is well known among library patrons since she is a volunteer troubleshooter at circulation and also chaired the author series for the 50th anniversary celebration in 2008.  Anne brings excellent management experience to the Board from her professional background as a medical center executive team member and an experienced healthcare consultant within the profit and non-profit arenas.

Interim President Elect Annette Star Lustgarten is a retired attorney who has served on a number of boards, including the Sedona Community Foundation, Toastmasters of Sedona, and the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.  Roger Shlonsky begins his third year as treasurer and his extensive experience on complex national and international management, budgeting, analysis and direction of for-profit and not for profit entities has been a great asset to the Library.  Secretary Sandy Immerso is a bi-lingual educator who has 30 years experience instructing large and small groups.  She currently teaches Italian at Yavapai College.  Beginning her third year as trustee, Laura Lawrie has worked in publishing since 1980, as an editor and book publisher.  Laura led the marketing committee’s effort to launch the social networking initiative for the library.

With extensive background as a senior marketing professional in high-tech printing and publishing, Jan Aranoff also is an educator, certified for grades 5-12 in English and Russian.  “I am excited to begin working with the board and the dedicated staff, volunteers and Friends of the Library who have built such a remarkable contribution to our city” said Jan.  “SPL is a center of learning, culture and camaraderie that is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Our library continues to grow and change to meet the needs of our technological development while maintaining the traditional roles and charm of the past; and I look forward to helping it continue to do so.”

Harvey Bershader held various management positions including marketing, human resources, labor relations, real estate/facility management before retiring from Atlantic Richfield Co.  He has also served on a number of boards, including the Sedona Arts Center, Flagstaff Symphony Association and Jewish Community of Sedona.  “I am delighted to have been selected to serve on the board,” Harvey said. “The library has such a rich history of being the center of the community and now I will be a part of it.  It remains as a lasting symbol of its citizens’ determination to continue its proud history.”

After a 28 year career with General Motors, Pat Jansen moved to Sedona and in 2010 began teaching business courses online and on the Yavapai College Clarkdale campus. In her last position at GM she was responsible for managing multi-million dollar budgets and overseeing a global team of 40+ people, and developing global systems/processes.  Pat is a member of the FOL online book sale team and said, “Since moving to Arizona, I have searched for opportunities to be an active member of the Sedona community.  I have experimented by volunteering with several organizations and have become very passionate about the library.  I hope that my extensive management experience will be very useful to the Board and I am very proud to serve as a trustee.”

A professional artist who has been active in the “Artist in the Classroom Project” and has painted three murals with Sedona High School students, Gary Rubin said, “It's an honor to serve on the Board of Trustees.  I thoroughly enjoy the reading and research materials available through our beautiful library facilities. I plan to utilize my advertising/ marketing experience to assist our library in its continuous growth."  After receiving degrees in both Advertising/Marketing and Fine Arts, Gary enjoyed a 36 year career in advertising and publishing.  While pursuing his career, he continued to show his artwork in galleries throughout the Midwest. 

As the outgoing president, I sincerely thank all present and former trustees over the past three years for their collaborative and enthusiastic support.  Leaving the board this term are Marv Hofmann, Ann Meiggs and Pat Whitfield, each of whom have made lasting contributions to SPL.  Marv has worked tirelessly as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and ably supervised repair and remodeling projects, including the expansion of the parking lot.  Ann initiated the AZ Humanities Council Programs in the Village and has been a valued resource to the board on human resource matters.  Pat led the strategic planning process for FY2012-14 this past year and also has chaired the marketing committee.

In addition, my appreciation goes to Library staff, especially director Virginia Volkman, for their ongoing commitment to our patrons and for their delivery of increasingly superior service in an atmosphere that encourages life-long learning, and all volunteers who work on the Library’s behalf.  I am particularly thankful that SPL has such a vibrant Friends of the Library (FOL) whose events such as the Festival of the Wreaths and the Book Sales raise needed funds for library operations and collection development.

Sheila Hoffmeyer
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Sheila Hoffmeyer is Past President of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.