Board of Directors


Mary Ellen Shay, President
Business Owner
M. E. Shay and Company

H. Vince Jacobs, Vice President
Community Volunteer, Mediator

Ahamadou Bocar, Treasurer
Partner, CohnReznick

Nancy Stockman, Secretary
Community Volunteer


Julius Austin
Center for Fathers and Families

Katy Boase
Community Volunteer

Ashley Boulton
Associate, Downey Brand

Clark Carter
High School Teacher

Nancy Lawrence
Community Volunteer

Kristan Otto
Community Volunteer

Jeanne Petersson
Principal, Cohn Reznick

Beth Southorn
Executive Director, LifeSTEPS

Wendy Wood
The Karuna Project, Saybrook University

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 Vice President, President Elect of the California Public Library Advocates (CPLA) which is focused on supporting Friends, Foundation, Trustees and Commissioners in California.  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.

Yolanda Torrecillas, Development Manager. Yolanda sees herself as a conduit between great community programs and people who want to make a difference in the communities where they live, work and play. She has been actively involved in Sacramento’s nonprofit sector since 2000. A graduate of CSU Sacramento, she received her B.A. in Journalism, with a minor in History of the American West. When not at the Sacramento Public Library Foundation office, you may find her walking her dog, following local baseball, or reading a book
in a sunny spot.

Dejan Zbur, Database Coordinator, is seeking his bachelor degree from CSUS majoring in English. He processes all of the Foundation’s donations, and supports the author’s selection committee for our annual gala, Authors on the Move. Dejan is an aspiring author himself and one day will be an author at our annual event.