Board of Directors

 
 
 
 

About Our Board Members

Linda Primavera-Board President

Linda_Primavera  Linda Primavera started volunteering for the Friends of the Pima County Library in 2009  joined the Board in 2011.  She is served as Board Tresurer and chair of the Warehouse Committee. She was elected to Board President in 2014. She moved to Tucson in 1979 shortly after IBM opened its new development lab here.  She worked as a technical writer and Engineering Manager for more than 30 years and retired in 2009.  She has a BA in Spanish and Sociology and lived and worked in Madrid for a year after graduating from college. She is passionate about reading, traveling, and many other activities.

 

Priscilla Hudson-Board Vice President

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Priscilla and her husband Don moved to Tucson in 2010 from Colorado as snowbirds, but the altitude in Colorado proved too much for Don so Tucson is now their permanent home.  Priscilla grew up in Wisconsin but became a Westerner at heart after attending Scripps College in Claremont, California, and moving to Boulder, Colorado in 1969, where she received her MA at the University of Colorado.  Priscilla was a librarian at the Boulder Public Library for 27 years before retirement.  She volunteers for the Friends in Online Sales and as a cashier during book sales.  Priscilla and her husband love to travel, especially on cruise ships, read books, and garden.

 

Maura Robinson-Secretary

Rhonda Perez-Board Treasurer

Rhonda is the Corporate Controller at Mission Management & Trust Co. where she oversees human resources as well as the internal accounting functions.

She also manages Mission's information technology systems and coordinates business resumption planning. Rhonda graduated from The University of
Arizona's Eller College of Business where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Originally from the
Deep South, and following her husband's military career Rhonda and her family have made Tucson home.



Reilly Zoda

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Reilly moved to Tucson, with her sister Eileen Swenson, in 1999.   An East Coast native, she’d spent 4 years in Saudi Arabia, working in the NICU at King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh.  There she learned that she liked the desert climate and Tucson seemed a natural choice.  She and Eileen bought a home in 2000 and in 2001 started a small in-home Bed and Breakfast, The Sonoran Respite. In October of 2010 she retired from Tucson Medical Center after 25 years as a Neonatal ICU Nurse.  An avid bibliophile, she showed up at the Friends soon after and started working at the Bray Building, managing the History Section a week later.  Reilly still takes care of the stocking of the History sections and several others of the non-fiction areas as well as co-managing the Bray Sale operation with Glenda Leader. She is currently serving as Board Secretary and Treasurer. Her interest in History is balanced with a love                         of crafts.  Reilly is president of the Tucson Quilters Guild for 2013-2015.  She’s as passionate about her quilting as she is about books and is enjoying a very busy retirement.

Phyllis Dirksen

Board of DirectorsPhyllis Dirksen has served as a Board Member since 1993 and was FPCPL Treasurer for five years. Previously she worked with the Membership Committee and is active with the online sales team. Phyllis, born and reared in rural northwestern Illinois, completed her BA at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. While attending college she met and married Robert. They began their teaching careers in Illinois moving later to Colorado. Phyllis attended the Library School of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. After completing her MA in Library Science, she served for twenty-two years at Vineland Middle School in Pueblo, Colorado. She continued work toward a degree in Educational Media during this time. After retirement, Phyllis and Robert  moved to northwest Tucson. She substituted as a school librarian for six years. Phyllis joined the Friends at the 1992 Book sale at El Con Mall and has worked each sale since that time.

Libby Stone-Executive Director

Libby tagLibby Stone is the Executive Director for the Friends, hired in May 21, 2007. This is her first experience working with a Friends group and feels that the organization is to be commended for its commitment and dedication to such a worthy cause. Libby’s been in Tucson for 21 years and is definitely at home here.  She was raised in southeast Missouri, went to college in western Kentucky, and moved to Nashville after graduation. She eventually moved west, found Tucson, and has been here since. Past jobs include Executive Director for the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, Community Relations for the University of Arizona, and owning her own business. She enjoys helping the Friends grow and increasing library support.

 

Lori Mares

Lori_Mares2Lori was born and raised in New England, moving out west to go to college at NMSU where she earned her BS in Personnel Management. After 16 years of Retail Store Management with Dillards, Lori has been settled into Residential Real Estate Sales for almost 7 years. As a volunteer of Friends since October of 2011, Lori has worked Warehouse, Book Sales, Library Book Cart and was elected to the Board starting in July 2012. She is served as Vice President 2013-2014. Her favorite part of the experience with Friends - Meeting a diverse group of people as excited about reading as she is, while raising money for the Public Libraries!

 

Lori Menella

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Lori Mennella (CPA) comes to the Friends on a path which started with being a daughter of a librarian and a former naval veteran working for the space program, through many addresses which included stops for a history degree from the College of William and Mary as well as an accounting degree from Northern Virginia.  She has served in several community positions ranging from a former officer with the American Society of Women Accountants and with lesbian organizations in Washington DC to a grant writer for the El Cortez Heights Neighborhood Association and the former Treasurer of the Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission.  She has worked on feminist and health issues as an accountant for the national NOW office, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the American Cancer Society, the Pima County Office of Indigent Health, and the University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences.  Lori is semi-retired and is volunteering in the Friends warehouse when not taking classes, cooking, rearranging the house, spoiling her cats and answering financial questions. 

Ned Garn

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Ned Garn was raised in Ohio and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona.  Ned  joined the Board in 2013 and volunteers with Friends by sorting and reviewing vinyl records for online and Best of Friends sales.  Ned has a bachelors degree and masters in psychology as well as a JD.  He is licensed to practice law in Arizona and California and his practice currently focuses on employment litigation.  Ned and his wife Ann have two children.  The family enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading.

 

 Obdulia Gonzalez 

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  • Glenda Leader
  •              Glenda                                     

    Glenda Leader comes to Friends via Colorado, where she taught high school French for 42 years, taking her high school students on numerous exciting trips to Western Europe, the Caribbean, and Quebec. In addition, she worked for HWT Travel, designing and coordinating trips to Europe, Mexico, and South America for students and teachers. Travel is in her blood, and this year she will add China, Tibet, and Costa Rica to her repertoire. She has a BA in English Language, and MA's in French and English Literature.


    Glenda began working sales for Friends in 2008 and has managed the Mystery and Adventure sections of the Bray Building since 2009. She currently serves as co-chair of Bray Building Sales with Reilly Zoda, is a member of the Warehouse Committee, and Vice President of the Board. She likes nothing better than helping customers find the mystery and adventure writers they are looking for, or recommending new works for them to try.

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