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Library Board Member Profiles

Linda L. Davis

Linda L. Davis

Linda was born in Hood River, OR and has lived in Oregon most of her life. Her career is in land use planning and local government administration, working primarily with and for cities and counties. She has lived in Sisters, OR for 11 years and has been involved with the Sisters Library since 2005. Her avocation is weaving and she has been active in fiber arts organizations for many years and currently teaches workshops and seminars. Other interests include camping, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities with her husband, Tom, and golden retriever, Koda.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board. Member of the Friends of the Sisters Library, and the Friends Art Subcommittee; past member of the Deschutes Public Library Budget Committee.

Education: B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies, Portland State University (1966).

Current Occupation: Retired.

Previous Occupation: Consultant in land use planning and local government administration; Planning and Community Development Director for City of Beaverton, OR; County Planning Administrator and member of the Ada County, Idaho, Board of Commissioners.

Memberships: Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, national honorary.

Organizations: Immediate Past President of Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds; Past editor of Complex Weavers Journal, national fiber arts publication; member of several environmental organizations.

Term Expires: June, 2022


Martha Lawler

Martha Lawler

Martha was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Monterey, California. She and her husband Tom moved to La Pine in June 2004 just 4 days after she retired from her 25+ years as an employee with the State of California. Becoming involved with the La Pine Public Library was her first volunteer activity in the community. Martha and Tom happily serve as staff to their 6 cats, all of them rescues. In addition, they enjoy traveling, bird watching, hiking, and geocaching.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board. Past member of the Library District Budget Committee and the La Pine Library Advisory Council.

Education: Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis (1973).

Current Occupation: Retired

Previous Occupation: Contract Manager for the California State Department of Transportation; I.T. Manager for various California State Agencies

Organizations: In addition to her volunteer duties with the Library District, Martha volunteers with the La Pine Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and with the Sunriver Nature Center.

Term Expires: June, 2022


Ann Malkin

Ann Malkin

Ann has lived in Central Oregon for 30 years and has been an active supporter of libraries since the mid-1990s when she worked on the campaigns to establish the Deschutes Public Library District and pass the bond issue to build the Bend Public Library. She was a founding board member of the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar program.

Library Affiliation:  Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board. Member of the Library District Budget Committee. Board member and past president of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation and past member of the Bend Library Advisory Council.

Education:  B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon (1974).

Current Occupation:  Retired

Previous Occupation:  Development Director for the Stanislaus (CA) County Library System; reporter and editor for The Bulletin.

Memberships:  Senior member of the Society for Technical Communication, member of Kappa Tau Alpha, national journalism honorary society.

Term Expires: June, 2019


Ray Miao

Ray Miao

Ray was born in China and moved to the United States when he was three years old. His father worked for the United Nations and was the Director of Intern Programs. Ray had a career in cancer research and business development. He is the Volunteer State President of AARP Oregon. Ray is a member of the Nature Printing Society and creates plant and fish prints (Gyotaku). Ray and his wife Chris have lived in Central Oregon since 1991. They enjoy gardening, bird watching, canoeing, traveling and agility training with their Corgi dog, Toomii.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board
Member of the Bend Library Advisory Council for five years
Member of the County Library Board for three years

Education: Associate Bachelors in Chemistry, Queens College Ph.D. in Bio Chemistry, Duke University

Current Occupation: Retired

Previous Occupation: Corporate Vice President of national research firm
Vice President of Century West Engineering
Staff Scientist at the Stanford Research Institute

Term Expires: June, 2019


Susan Torassa

Susan Torassa

Susan moved from Salem to Central Oregon in 1999. She has always been a strong public library supporter. She and her husband relocated to Central Oregon for the recreation opportunities and to enjoy the sunshine. They have two grown children with families of their own providing a total of three grandchildren. Susan’s career had been in public administration until the move to Central Oregon where she entered the real estate market for ten years. She now enjoys making pure and natural soaps and is a hand spinner, weaver and knitter. She and her husband enjoy river rafting, traveling and camping.

Library Affiliation: In Salem, Susan was President of The Friends of Salem Library and served on the Salem Library Foundation Board. From 1999 through 2003 she served on the Redmond Library Advisory Committee. She also served on the Deschutes Library Foundation Board as Secretary, Vice-chair and Chairman. She has served as a member of the Library District Budget Committee since 2003, and as chair of that committee for six years. She has been a Board member since October 1, 2010 when appointed to fill the vacancy created by Pat Lawrence’s retirement.

Education: College of San Mateo, Business Administration; Western Oregon State and Oregon State University Division of Continuing Education, Business Administration; University of Washington, Parks Maintenance Management; and various miscellaneous trade workshops.

Current Occupation: Semi-retired and self-employed as a soap maker and fiber enthusiast.

Previous Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Administrative Services Supervisor with City of Salem
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Education of Sherwood School District

Organizations: Susan is a Red Cross Volunteer and Pacific Northwest Arborists Association Tree Fund Auction volunteer at the annual conferences

Term Expires: June, 2019


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