The next regular public meeting will be Monday, August 19 in Ridgefield.
Board officers for 2019
- Brian Carrico, Chair
- Bill Yee, Vice-Chair
- Sandra Day, 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.
Sandra Day - Position #1 (Clark County)
Sandra Day brings to the library board a wealth of experience in management and serving the community. Retired in 2011 from a Fortune 100 company, she spent 33 years in management positions of increasing responsibility; more recently, she has served as a member of the Ridgefield City Council since 2012.
Additionally, Sandra has experience serving as a board and committee member for multiple community groups including: North Salmon Creek Neighborhood Association (2012-2016); Neighborhood Associations of Clark Country Council (2012-2016); Columbia River Economic Development Council (2013-2017); Columbia River Economic Council’s Education Committee (2016-2017); and the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Priorities Committee (2014-2017).
Sandra has a passion for partnering with local organizations and residents, providing library access to all, and introducing social and emotional-intelligence programs to learning activities to deliver imaginative possibilities.
Appointed in January 2018, Sandra’s term will continue through December 31, 2024.
Kelly Smith - Position #2 (Clark County/City of Vancouver)
Kelly Smith has had a long career as an analyst, including financial, budget, business and social policy analysis and program evaluation with Pacific NW organizations such as Home Depot, Cambia Health Solutions, and ECONorthwest. Currently, she is a senior data analyst at the Home Depot Quote Center in Vancouver. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in economics from University of Oregon and a master's degree in public administration from Portland State University.
Kelly has always loved the institution of public libraries, and she believes they are fundamental to a free society. In addition to their vital function as a free source of information and literature, libraries act as community centers, resource centers, and child development centers.
Kelly is one of two board members representing the City of Vancouver. She was appointed to the position in 2019, and her seven-year term will end on December 31, 2025.
Bill Yee - Position #3 (Skamania County)
Born and raised in Portland, Bill Yee 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.
Having previously served on the library's board, Bill was reappointed for a second term that runs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2019.
Jane Higgins - Position #4 (Clark County)
Jane Higgins 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.
Jane Higgins' position represents Clark County and runs from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2022.
Brian Carrico - Position #5 (Clark County/City of Vancouver)
Brian Carrico 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."
Brian represents Clark County and his term continues through December 31, 2023.
Portia Masterson - Position #6 (Klickitat County)
Portia Masterson 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.
Portia’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, 2020.
Dave Mercier - Position #7 (Clark County)
Retired City Manager Dave Mercier brings to FVRLibraries more than three decades of senior management experience in state and local government.
During his professional career, he has served as the City Manager/CEO of four communities and came to Washington in 1997 to serve as the first City Manager of Battle Ground after their change in form of government.
Most recently, Dave served as Vancouver's Deputy City Manager from 2011 until retiring at the end of 2017.
Dave thinks of libraries as life-long learning, entertainment and research centers of special appeal because of the open access afforded all people regardless of their personal characteristics or socio-economic status. The connections and resources on offer promote literacy, partnerships and the acquisition of knowledge and enjoyment—outcomes beneficial to local communities and patrons alike.
A native of New England, Dave graduated from the University of Maine and is also a graduate of the University of Washington Cascade Center’s Public Executive Program.
Dave’s position represents Clark County. He was appointed to fill the position left vacant when the previous trustee moved out of the county. His term runs through December 31, 2021.