- The next public meeting will be Monday, August 21, in Ridgefield.
- 2017 Board Meeting Schedule
Contact the Board
- 360-906-5000 (888-546-2707 from area code 509)
- FVRL Board of Trustees
1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663
Board Officers for 2017
- Jane Higgins, Chair
- Rebecca Blaisdell, Vice-Chair
- Todd Yuzuriha, Secretary
Meet the Board of Trustees
The library Board of Trustees is composed of seven positions representing all of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Board members are not compensated for their time and are essentially volunteers. They are appointed by a joint resolution of the commissioners of Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties, generally for 7-year terms. The three counties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (it includes an amendment) that specifies details about Board members' appointments. Clark County has a Resolution that describes their appointing procedures.
Rebecca Blaisdell - Position #1 (Clark County)
Rebecca Blaisdell's position represents Clark County and continues through December 31, 2017.
Rebecca grew up in a military family, which meant never living in one place long enough to form lasting community connections. In 1999, Rebecca moved to Vancouver with her husband and two children from Georgia, seeking a true "hometown" experience. She and her family have found a warm welcome here, which has inspired her to give back to the community through support for the library and other good causes.
Rebecca is a Managing Broker with Coldwell Banker United Brokers. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Fair and Affordable Housing Committee for the Clark County Association of Realtors and is a graduate of Leadership Clark County's class of 2007. Rebecca has volunteered with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and co-chaired the Chamber's ambassador program. She also is a past member of the FVRL Foundation Board.
A strong library advocate, Rebecca notes, "Libraries are essential for the development of lifelong readers and learners. I feel very strongly about the importance of public libraries, especially for the impact libraries can have on our children's future."
Todd Yuzuriha - Position #2 (Clark County/City of Vancouver)
The City of Vancouver makes recommendations for appointments to two library board positions (positions 2 and 5). Todd Yuzuriha was appointed to one of these positions and his term runs through December 31, 2018.
Todd and his wife Elaine have three children. His oldest child attends University of California at Berkeley's School of Optometry, his second oldest graduated from Stanford University and his youngest is a ninth grader. Todd grew up in Portland and has been a Southwest Washington resident since 1991.
Todd retired in 2006 as vice president of engineering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Prior to Logitech, he was senior vice president of engineering for Labtec in Vancouver, senior director at Sharp Microelectronics in Camas, and engineering manager at Tektronix.
Todd is the author of How to Succeed as an Engineer: A Practical Guide to Enhance Your Career.
Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. He is currently President of the school board for Evergreen Public Schools, serving on the board since 2008. Todd is the co-host of The Money JAR podcast, and he plays trumpet for the Minidoka Swing Band and the Vancouver Brass Ensemble.
Bill Yee - Position #3 (Skamania County)
Bill Yee's position represents Skamania County. Bill was reappointed for a second term that runs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2020.
Born and raised in Portland, Bill has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Portland State University. He is also a veteran, having served four years in the U.S. Air Force on active duty. For 25 years, Bill worked as general manager for Skamania County Public Utilities District. Before that he was chief engineer for Richland City Light.
A frequent library user and avid supporter, Bill is a member of Friends of Stevenson Community Library and also participated on our citizen Strategic Planning Committee in 2004-2005.
Bill's hobbies include collecting antique clocks (specifically those with wooden movements) and ancient coins. His favorite reading material is science fiction.
Jane Higgins - Position #4 (Clark County)
Jane Higgins' position represents Clark County and runs from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2022.
Jane was born in Kansas and raised in Eastern Oregon where she developed her love of books and libraries. In fourth grade she lost the library book, The Secret Sloth. "I felt like I had committed a mortal sin," Jane remembers. "Library books were that important."
As an adult, Jane has lived in several states, following her husband Don's career transfers. Her interests and activities focused on the education of her two children, civic and neighborhood activities, and life-long learning.
Jane is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Charlotte and taught school in Charlotte, eventually working as a middle school instructional facilitator and coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Part of her work included evaluating schools in North America that were applying to implement the program, and schools whose certification was up for renewal. She coached academic teams and twice took her team to the final four in National Academic League competition. Helping students achieve challenging goals was the most gratifying part of her teaching career.
Jane and Don retired to Battle Ground in January 2000 (a new home in the new millennium). Jane's affiliations have included Phi Kappa Phi, the International Reading Association, the National Middle School Association, and the Friends of Battle Ground Community Library. Jane has served as chairperson of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and president of the Friends of Battle Ground Community Library. She and her husband, Don, have been co-chairs of the campaign for a bigger and better library for middle and north Clark County.
"I believe that an easily accessed community library must be available to all of our citizens. Libraries were important in ancient civilizations, they have remained important throughout time, and they are even more important today," Jane says.
Brian Carrico - Position #5 (Clark County/City of Vancouver)
Brian Carrico represents Clark County and his term continues through December 31, 2023.
Brian was born in Washington State and has a degree in Geography from Central Washington University. He works as a land use and environmental consultant for a firm in Vancouver providing natural resources consulting for both public and private clients through out the state. He also has experience as a land use planner for Clark County, Yakima County and the City of Cle Elum and worked as the Community Development Director for the City of Battle Ground. Brian notes, "I have a broad understanding of issues that local governments face, and have spent most of my career listening to people as they navigate these issues."
Libraries are important to Brian's family -- his two young children make regular use of the FVRL system. "The library was an important part of my childhood and books are an important part of my life," says Brian. "I feel that libraries are vital to our communities as places where all citizens can have access to information."
Portia Masterson - Position #6 (Klickitat County)
Portia Masterson’s position represents Klickitat County. She was appointed to fill the position left vacant when the previous trustee moved out of the county. Her term runs through December 31, 2021.
Portia independently authored, published and promoted the book Bicycling Bliss: Riding to Improve Your Wellness, written from her years of experiences as the owner of a bicycle and bike accessory store in Golden, Colorado. After 24 years as the owner of the store, she retired and soon moved to outside of Lyle, WA where she has lived for 10 years, homesteading on 12 acres and building a cob cottage with woodshed, workshop and a root cellar for the various edibles she gardens.
In promoting her book, Portia visited hundreds of libraries in small towns and big cities across the western US, which gave her “a broader understanding of the importance of libraries in democracy as well as the role of libraries in the digital age.” She said that when she first visited the FVRL’s White Salmon Community Library that it “Felt like home. I am so impressed by the great diversity of programs and selections of books they have.”
Besides libraries and reading, Portia’s hobbies include gardening and sharing her knowledge by teaching classes in German, bicycle maintenance, nutrition and store management. She also has a special interest in Native American heritage and school populations and was an organizer of the Lyle River People’s Cultural Exchange from 2009-2011.
Chris O'Malley - Position #7 (Clark County)
Chris O'Malley was appointed to the Library Board to fill a term that had not yet expired. His current term will continue through December 31, 2021.
Chris was born and raised in Southern California and attended Arizona State University in Tempe, where he did his undergraduate work in chemistry. While attending ASU, Chris began working for Bank of America, spending 10 years with the bank and advancing his career by taking assignments in Arizona, California and New Mexico.
Through his many assignments and travels, Chris knew that he would someday call the Pacific Northwest his home. In February 2009, he accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Delivery at iQ Credit Union, where he leads retail branch banking, branch operations, the IS and T department, payment systems and the member service call center.
Chris has a passion for civic responsibility and has immersed himself in the Vancouver and Clark County communities. He currently serves as Board Treasurer for Justice for Children, a citizen's coalition that supports the Arthur D. Curtis Children's Justice Center of Clark County, and is actively involved as a member of the general advisory committee for Evergreen Public Schools.
"Libraries are as fundamentally important to society and communities as they were when I was a child, a teenager and a young adult -- they will continue to be a place of learning, a home away from home and safe place to gather," Chris said. "Libraries are our past, our present and our future. I am honored to serve as a Trustee."