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Peter Leonard : Executive Director

Peter Leonard
Executive Director     peterl@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 110
Libraries, reading and learning have been a big part of Peter’s life since joining the “Look it Up” club at Thomas Jefferson elementary school in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He reads mostly nonfiction, but admits to reading post-apocalyptic fiction. A graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Pittsburgh, he managed libraries in Pennsylvania prior to moving to Cedar Mill in 1996. When not working or reading, Peter enjoys hiking and exploring nature.

Marianne Coalson : Branch Manager, Bethany Library

Marianne Coalson
Branch Manager, Bethany Library     mariannec@wccls.org     (503) 617-7323
Marianne was born in Oregon and spent most of her childhood in Beaverton. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and, before choosing to become a librarian, spent over 15 years in advertising. Some of her favorite books growing up were Nothing At All, What the Witch Left, The Wednesday Witch and The Chronicles of Prydain series. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids and loves sneaking in episodes of her favorite TV series late at night.  

Shannon Caster : Head of Public Services

Shannon Caster
Head of Public Services     shannonc@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 105
Shannon grew up in many places including Kentucky, Virginia, and Colorado. Her favorite activities as a child included skiing, ice skating, reading, and helping animals in any way she could. She went onto study biology and elementary education at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she met her husband. In 2005 Shannon and her husband, plus their two kids, three dogs, and one very furry cat, moved to Portland to be closer to family. Shannon still enjoys reading, outdoor sports and volunteering for Basenji Rescue and Transport. Only now, she can add watching her kids play lacrosse a few days a week to things she loves to do.

Lori Van Deman : Collection Services Manager  

Lori Van Deman
Collection Services Manager       loriv@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 127
Lori has worked in libraries since 2001. The dedicated staff and volunteers on the Collection Services team make Cedar Mill and Bethany’s collections accessible through acquisitions, cataloging, and collection maintenance.

Angela Mollet : Adult Services Manager

Angela Mollet
Adult Services Manager     angelam@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 132
Angela grew up in Northern California and shared an early love for stories, including audiobooks, musicals, and the range of childhood books from White Fang to Where the Red Fern Grows. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and went on to Simmons College, Boston for her graduate degrees in History and Library and Information Sciences. She has worked in a variety of organizations including museum, archives, international start-up, non-profit, public library and school. Her family moved to Portland seven years ago to be closer to family and explore the outdoors.  Historical fiction is her happy place and Erik Larson is a favorite author, but she reads across genres. She enjoys playing sports with her family, running, hiking, outdoor activities, traveling, and hearing individual stories.

Catherine Gildea : Youth Services Manager

Catherine Gildea
Youth Services Manager     catherineg@wccls.org     (503) 644-0043 ext. 125
Catherine comes to us from Northern California. She has degrees in Literature and Library Science from UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State. She is passionate about early literacy, community building, and library advocacy. In her free time, you can find her in the yoga studio, traveling, and reading. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami. She loves experimental fiction, magical realism, poetry, and of course all things youth!

Sonia Cherian : Circulation and Volunteer Supervisor

Sonia Cherian
Circulation and Volunteer Supervisor     soniac@wccls.org     (503) 644-0043 ext. 109
Sonia lived in the Middle East, India and Canada before moving to Portland in 2010. One of the first things she did after settling down was register for a library card at the Cedar Mill Library. Sonia has always been an avid reader and remembers going through her school library’s meager collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys’ mysteries in just days. She discovered more authors like Sidney Sheldon and Robin Cook through her father’s personal library. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two boys, listening to audiobooks and watching K-Dramas whenever she can. Sonia volunteered at the Cedar Mill Library for a few years before joining the staff. She appreciates all that the volunteers do for the community and knows that they play a big role in what makes the library a wonderful.

Gweyn Rucker : Business Manager

Gweyn Rucker
Business Manager     gweynr@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 108
An avid reader since the age of 5, Gweyn did not have access to a public library until the Casa View Branch of the Dallas Public Library system opened when she was in fourth grade. During the opening ceremony, the library director challenged the children to check out every book in the library! Gweyn came away with a nonfiction tale of adventure about the Lewis and Clark expedition. A goal since girlhood, Gweyn relocated to Oregon 25 years ago. Now that her kids are grown, she enjoys spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors with her terrier, Josie. When not outdoors, Gweyn enjoys listening to a varied mix of audio books as she knits or works jigsaw puzzles. Gweyn has a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from Marylhurst University.

Jen Imai : Head of Volunteer Services

Jen Imai
Head of Volunteer Services     jeni@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 111
Jen was born in Massachusetts. A child of teachers, Jen has always loved reading: novels, cookbooks, the New York Times. She graduated from Amherst College and worked in television until a teaching job took her to Tokyo, where she met her husband and started a family. They moved to Portland, where Jen found Cedar Mill Library. She volunteered for many years before joining the staff. Jen is inspired and touched by the many things volunteers do to make the library flourish.

Angela Mollet : Adult Services Manager

Angela Mollet
Adult Services Manager     angelam@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 132
Angela grew up in Northern California and shared an early love for stories, including audiobooks, musicals, and the range of childhood books from White Fang to Where the Red Fern Grows. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and went on to Simmons College, Boston for her graduate degrees in History and Library and Information Sciences. She has worked in a variety of organizations including museum, archives, international start-up, non-profit, public library and school. Her family moved to Portland seven years ago to be closer to family and explore the outdoors.  Historical fiction is her happy place and Erik Larson is a favorite author, but she reads across genres. She enjoys playing sports with her family, running, hiking, outdoor activities, traveling, and hearing individual stories.

Mark Richardson : Young Adult Librarian

Mark Richardson
Young Adult Librarian     markr@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 131
Mark is a native Oregonian. Much like the characters in Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters series, he wishes he had the superpower to stop time for an hour each day just so he could catch up on his hobbies like reading and guitar playing. Mark has fun at the library planning teen programs and ordering teen materials, graphic novels and music. His favorite teen books are Finnikin of the Rock and Ship Breaker. Follow me in the library catalog! CedarMill_MarkR

Karen : Adult Outreach and Reference Librarian

Karen
Adult Outreach and Reference Librarian        
Living in Oregon provides the perfect balance of rain and sun for Karen who loves reading, sewing and gardening. A fan of historical non-fiction and mysteries, she has a to-read list that will keep her busy for years. Her favorite rainy day combo is a cup of tea and a good book.

Laura : Reference Assistant

Laura
Reference Assistant        
Laura’s default genre is SF/fantasy, but she reads widely outside of that as well. The ridiculously fun parts of her job are creating Discovery Kits, ordering Board Games, and researching genre booklists. Ask her for recommendations of graphic novels, teen fiction, SF books and movies, world cinema, TV shows or board games.

Liz : Web Services and Reference Librarian

Liz
Web Services and Reference Librarian        
Find her recommendations at @CedarMill_Liz. Liz has a yen to roam, but Oregon will always be her heart's home. Born and raised in the Cherry City (our state capitol), she majored in geology in college and then found her way to all things book: selling, publishing, and in all kinds of libraries. Geography and science keep her energized, as well as a love for local history and reading mysteries from across the globe.

Sabrina : Reference Assistant

Sabrina
Reference Assistant        
Sabrina has lived in the Portland area her whole life, and loves the rain and proximity to the beautiful Oregon coast. She reads widely but most enjoys nonfiction, fantasy, and comics for all ages, and is obsessed with fitting an audiobook into every spare second she can for maximum reading time. When not absorbed in a book, she enjoys crocheting, biking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dogs.

Jennifer : Web Services Assistant and Reference Librarian

Jennifer
Web Services Assistant and Reference Librarian        
Jennifer has called Portland home since 1994.  She has worked in a variety of library settings, including academic, corporate, archives and public libraries, and even a brief stint as the bookmobile driver. Jennifer enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, going to the movies and solving puzzles.

Catherine Gildea : Youth Services Manager

Catherine Gildea
Youth Services Manager     catherineg@wccls.org     (503) 644-0043 ext. 125
Catherine comes to us from Northern California. She has degrees in Literature and Library Science from UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State. She is passionate about early literacy, community building, and library advocacy. In her free time, you can find her in the yoga studio, traveling, and reading. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami. She loves experimental fiction, magical realism, poetry, and of course all things youth!

Jenny : Youth Services Librarian

Jenny
Youth Services Librarian        
Jenny grew up in Idaho where she loved climbing trees and building houses for tiny stuffed animals. Favorite books were the Chronicles of Narnia and the Dark is Rising series. Jenny loves managing the picture book collection. She tells families to never stop reading picture books - they are for EVERYONE! She loves talking to kids in the library and seeing them during storytime on Zoom.

Julie : Early Childhood Outreach Librarian

Julie
Early Childhood Outreach Librarian        
Julie grew up in Hillsboro where she loved spending time on her grandparents’ farm. The first book she ever read and immediately started to reread was The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. It is one of her favorite books to recommend as a Youth Librarian. When she is not reading she enjoys baking, giving tea parties, and spoiling her two cats Hemingway and Hawthorne. Learn more about BookShare and other services for Child Care Providers

Mark Richardson : Young Adult Librarian

Mark Richardson
Young Adult Librarian     markr@wccls.org     503-644-0043 ext. 131
Mark is a native Oregonian. Much like the characters in Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters series, he wishes he had the superpower to stop time for an hour each day just so he could catch up on his hobbies like reading and guitar playing. Mark has fun at the library planning teen programs and ordering teen materials, graphic novels and music. His favorite teen books are Finnikin of the Rock and Ship Breaker. Follow me in the library catalog! CedarMill_MarkR

Rebecca : Youth Services Librarian

Rebecca
Youth Services Librarian        
Rebecca grew up in small-town Kansas where she was a band geek and avid reader. She's lived in Oregon since 2002. Besides reading, she enjoys playing with her kids, traveling, and visiting the beach. Some of her favorite books are Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, and Jazz Baby. She loves presenting storytimes, managing the library's AV and Parent Teacher collections, and seeing families and kids grow and thrive.

Laura : Youth Services Librarian

Laura
Youth Services Librarian        
Laura orders chapter books, graphic novels, and audiobooks for children. She reads widely, but her favorites are usually realistic fiction. Laura is originally from New Mexico, and sometimes misses the sunshine. She embraces any opportunity to speak French or eat snacks.

Teresa : Youth Services Librarian

Teresa
Youth Services Librarian        
Teresa hails from Central Illinois but has been an Oregonian since 1998. In small town Illinois, the librarian lived in the Library and being the bookworm that she was, Teresa dreamed of doing the same. As a kid, Roald Dahl was her favorite author. For the last 20 years she has considered Cedar Mill her Library home. Now she reads a lot of nonfiction and maintains the Juvenile Nonfiction collections at both libraries. She loves connecting with people and doing storytimes.

Myra : Library Assistant

Myra
Library Assistant        
Myra grew up in Indiana, but lived in Georgia almost a decade with her three children before re-marrying and relocating to Oregon in 2008. She and her husband are avowed bibliophiles with a library at home and the caveat that they aren’t allowed in bookstores unsupervised. She currently works as a Library Assistant and Office Assistant at Cedar Mill. She also enjoys a variety of other activities that, of course, include reading!

Carrie : Library Assistant

Carrie
Library Assistant        
Carrie grew up near Seattle where she pursued a ballet career. After a severe injury, she studied Journalism and eventually moved to Portland with her husband, graduating from PCC’s Library program. She has never been able to leave a library or bookstore without an armload of mystery and fantasy books. Her favorite authors include Roald Dahl, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Daphne Du Maurier, and Arthur Conan Doyle. She lives on a small farm in Hillsboro with her family, two dogs, two rabbits, a cat, a goat, and countless chickens.

Marta : Youth Services Librarian

Marta
Youth Services Librarian        
Marta grew up in Poland where she worked with high school students as a librarian. Since she moved to the U.S., she enjoys working with babies and preschoolers even more. Marta orders chapter books, graphic novels and audiobooks for the young readers in our community. Marta’s favorite place in Oregon: Crater Lake! Her secret wish: time travel!

Marianne Coalson : Branch Manager, Bethany Library

Marianne Coalson
Branch Manager, Bethany Library     mariannec@wccls.org     (503) 617-7323
Marianne was born in Oregon and spent most of her childhood in Beaverton. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and, before choosing to become a librarian, spent over 15 years in advertising. Some of her favorite books growing up were Nothing At All, What the Witch Left, The Wednesday Witch and The Chronicles of Prydain series. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids and loves sneaking in episodes of her favorite TV series late at night.  

Susan Reid : Circulation Supervisor/Volunteer Coordinator, Bethany Branch

Susan Reid
Circulation Supervisor/Volunteer Coordinator, Bethany Branch         503-617-7323
A member of the Cedar Mill at Bethany Community since 2008, Susan currently serves a dual role at Bethany as Circulation Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator. She grew up on a farm outside of Philadelphia and has lived in Boulder, CO, where she earned a B.A. in American Studies, and Italy. Susan enjoys plants and gardening, biographies and true crime documentaries. Most importantly, Susan has extensive knowledge of the best taquerias in North Portland, where she resides with her husband.

Becca : Circulation Staff

Becca
Circulation Staff        
Becca is a native Oregonian, who grew up in the same area where she now works. Since moving to this area from Oregon City in 1989, she has seen the community change and grow from mostly farmland with a few houses, to the busy area it is today. Becca’s favorite things to do are reading (of course), hanging out in the outdoors with her husband, and playing with her son. She is also mildly obsessed with her two cats, Piggy and Myrtle.

Nicole : Public Service Assistant/Librarian

Nicole
Public Service Assistant/Librarian        
Nicole grew up on the southern Oregon coast and graduated with a B.S. from Western Oregon University, as well as a M.L.I.S. from San Jose