Board of Directors

At the November 2, 2010 General Election the voters of Hood River County approved the formation of a Special Library District.

The District is an independent unit of local government dedicated to library operation in Hood River County and is governed by an independent, unpaid Board of Directors elected by the local community. Board members serve 4-year terms. Please review our Board Governance Policy for more information.

The Library Board welcomes your suggestions and questions. Can you help us envision our library? What services are important to you? Public input is much appreciated! Meetings are open to the public.

Meeting packets and minutes can be found further down on this page

    Meeting Room

    Regular board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.00p in the Jeanne Marie Gaulke Community Meeting Room in the Hood River branch library, 502 State St, Hood River.

    Current Board of Directors

    Brian Hackett

    Brian Hackett, President

    brian@hoodriverlibrary.org
    Term ends: June 2027

    Brian and his family moved to Hood River in 2015. Before moving back to the Pacific Northwest Brian served as a U.S. Army Field Artillery officer, ran investigations for Congress, and later worked at the Department of State. After over 20 years overseas and on the East Coast, he was able to make the amazing and much needed move to Hood River.

    In addition to the Library Board, he enjoys working as a USA Swimming meet official, Hood River Valley Swim Team Board President, Klickitat County Search and Rescue team member, and as the Adjutant with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hood River Post# 12211. In his free time Brian is an avid ocean kayaker and Kettlebell enthusiast.

    Karen Bureker

    Karen Bureker, Vice President

    karen@hoodriverlibrary.org
    Term ends: June 2025

    Karen moved to Hood River in 2000 after graduating from Oregon Health Sciences University with a certificate and license in Paramedicine in 2000 and Lewis and Clark College in 1998 with a BA in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies. She has worked for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue since 2002 and is currently a Fire Captain/ Paramedic. She has a love of helping others and her community.

    While not at work, Karen enjoys time with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, knitting and all sports including skiing, tennis, mountain biking, kiteboarding, wing foiling, and coaching middle school track and field. Karen has been on the library board since 2016 and loves supporting her county library. She has been an active library supporter since the closing of the county library in 2010. She feels that the libraries in Hood River County are essential community spaces where people of any race, gender, class, age or background are supported and can thrive.

    Megan Janik

    Megan Janik

    megan@hoodriverlibrary.org
    Term ends: June 2025

    Megan is a lifelong resident of Cascade Locks. She graduated from Cascade Locks high school then received a bachelor of psychology degree from Portland State University. Megan has been with the Justice Court in Cascade Locks for Hood River County for 15 years.

    She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and gardening. She is excited to be part of the library district and proud to be part of a community that believes in the inclusiveness libraries have to offer, a place for everyone regardless of age, background, economic status, education level political or religious beliefs.

    Sarah Marsden

    Sara Marsden

    saram@hoodriverlibrary.org
    Term ends: June 2025

    Sara grew up in Colorado and has called Hood River home since 2011 where she lives with her husband and two teenagers, two dogs, two cats, and a hedgehog. She has degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a registered nurse and has worked in the fields of pediatrics, hospice, and women’s health.

    In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering on the Hood River Valley Water Polo Board, and she is an avid potter. She is honored to serve on the Hood River County Library District Board.

    Jean Sheppard

    Jean Sheppard

    jean@hoodriverlibrary.org
    Term ends: June 2027

    Jean has lived in Hood River County since 1993. A native of New Jersey, Jean has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Elizabeth University and a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is currently employed as a staff attorney in the Hood River office of Immigration Counseling Service, a non-profit law firm based in Portland. Jean was first elected to the Hood River County Library District Board in 2015 and served as Board President from 2016 to 2023. Jean is also on the board of the Hood River Rotary Club, and is the club’s Youth Exchange Officer, and on the board of directors of the United Way of the Columbia Gorge.

    She is passionate about the power of reading and wants to ensure that all Hood River County residents, especially children, have access to books and educational materials and programs. Jean and her husband live in a small pear orchard and are the parents of five grown children, all graduates of Hood River Valley High School.

    Meetings, packets & minutes

    2023-24 meetings

     

    February 20, 2024 – Board meeting

    February 18, 2024 – Special Board meeting

    January 31, 2024 – Board meeting

    January 16, 2024 – Board meeting CANCELLED

    December 19, 2023 – Board meeting

    December 16, 2023 – Special Board meeting

    November 21, 2023 – Board meeting

    October 17, 2023 – Board meeting

    September 19, 2023 – Board meeting

    August 15, 2023 – Board meeting

    July 20, 2023 – Special meeting

    July 18, 2023 – Board meeting

    2022-23 meetings

    June 20, 2023 – Board meeting

    May 16, 2023 – Board meeting

    April 18, 2023 – Board meeting

    March 28, 2023 – Board meeting (Moved to the fourth week)

    February 28, 2023 – Board meeting

    February 21, 2023 – Board meeting (RESCHEDULED for February 28, 2023)

    January 17, 2023 – Board meeting

    December 20, 2022 – Board meeting

    November 15, 2022 – Board meeting

    October 18, 2022 – Board meeting

    September 20, 2022 – Board meeting

    August 16, 2022 – Board meeting

    July 19, 2022 – Board meeting

    2021-22 meetings

    June 21, 2022 – Board meeting

    May 17, 2022 – Board meeting

    April 19, 2022 – Board meeting

    April 19, 2022 – Annual Planning Meeting

    March 15, 2022  – Zoom meeting

    February 15, 2022 – Zoom meeting

    January 18, 2022 – Zoom meeting

    December 21, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    November 16, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    October 19, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    September 21, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    August 17, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    July 20, 2021- Hybrid meeting (In-person/Zoom)

    2020-21 meetings

    June 16, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    May 18, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    April 20, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    March 16, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    February 16, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    January 19, 2021 – Zoom meeting

    December 15, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    November 17, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    October 20, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    September 15, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    August 26, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    July 21, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    2019-20 meetings

    June 16, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    May 19, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    April 21, 2020 – Zoom meeting

    March 18, 2020 – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

    March 16, 2020 Special meeting – CANCELED DUE TO EMERGENCY MEETING

    March 14, 2020 – Emergency meeting

    February 19, 2020

    January 21, 2020

    December 17, 2019

    December 17, 2019 [Planning session]

    November 19, 2019

    October 29, 2019 – Special meeting, canceled

    October 15, 2019

    September 17, 2019

    August 20, 2019

    July 16, 2019

    2018-19 meetings

    June 18, 2019

    May 21, 2019

    April 16, 2019

    March 19, 2019

    February 26, 2019

    January 15, 2019

    December 18, 2018

    November 27, 2018

    October 16, 2018

    September 18, 2018

    August 28, 2018

    July 17, 2018

    2017-18 meetings

    June 19, 2018

    June 19, 2018 – Planning session

    May 29, 2018

    April 17, 2018

    March 20, 2018

    February 20, 2018

    January 16, 2018

    December 19, 2017

    November 21, 2017

    October 17, 2017

    September 19, 2017

    August 15, 2017

    July 18, 2017

    2016-17 meetings

    June 20, 2017

    May 16, 2017

    May 16, 2017  Technology replacement and maintenance schedule planning session

    April 18, 2017

    March 21, 2017

    February 21, 2017

    January 24, 2017

    January 17, 2017 (Rescheduled to January 24, 2017)

    December 20, 2016

    November 29, 2016

    November 15, 2016 (Rescheduled to November, 29)

    October 18, 2016

    September 20, 2016

    August 16, 2016

    July 19, 2016

    July 10, 2016 (director candidate deliberation)

    July 9, 2016, 7.00-9.00p (director candidate meet & greet)

    July 9, 2016, 8.30a-4.00p (Interviews for library director candidates)

    2015-16 meetings

    June 21, 2016

    May 17, 2016

    April 19, 2016

    April 2, 2016 (strategic planning visioning retreat)

    March 22, 2016

    March 15, 2016 (rescheduled to March 22)

    February 16, 2016

    January 19, 2016

    December 15, 2015

    November 17, 2015

    October 20, 2015

    September 15, 2015

    August 18, 2015

    July 21, 2015

    2014-15 meetings

    June 16, 2015

    May 19, 2015

    April 21, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 3, 2015 (Special meeting: technology planning session)

    February 17, 2015

    January 20, 2015

    December 16, 2014

    November 18, 2014

    October 21, 2014

    September 16, 2014

    August 19, 2014

    July 15, 2014

    For archived board meeting documents, please contact us.

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