Board of Directors


Mary Ellen Shay, President
Small Business Owner

James Deeringer , Vice President
Community Volunteer, Principal: Downey Brand

Ahamadou Bocar, Treasurer
Partner, CohnReznick

Kristan Otto, Secretary
Community Volunteer


Julius Austin
Promise Zone Coordinator, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency




Katy Boase, Community Volunteer

Ashley Boulton Associate, Downey Brand

Clark Carter High School Teacher

Jeanne Peterson Community Volunteer, Affordable Housing Consultant

Dr. Elvia Ramirez Associate Professor Department of Ethnic Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Foundation Staff

April Butcher, Executive Director.  April  has been the Foundation’s Executive Director since 2007.  “I have worked and volunteered a great deal for children’s organizations and democracy efforts around the country and have come to see libraries as the most significant democratic institution for children in the United States.”  April is  the President of the California Public Library Advocates (CPLA) which is focused on supporting Friends, Foundation, Trustees and Commissioners in California.  She is also a long-time Rotarian and a member of the Utility Rate Advisory Commission for the City of Sacramento.   She obtained a Theater Arts degree  from San Francisco State University and an MBA in Finance from The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College.

Natosha D. Roberts, Operations Manager

Dejan Zbur, Database Coordinator