Patty joined the Foundation in 2010. Patty has served as Chair of the ‘Our Library, Our Future’ 2015 Capital Campaign, Chair of the Book & Author Luncheon, Chair of the Development Committee and on the communications committee. Prior to joining the board, she worked in merchandising and management with Joseph Magnin and Mervyns Department stores. Additionally she had leadership roles with the Hillsborough and Burlingame Public schools, Peninsula Family Service and Junior League of Palo Alto.
First Vice President
Cindy has served on the Foundation for 6 years and chairs the Communications Committee. Cindy grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Colgate University in 1983 and settled on the West Coast shortly thereafter. Having been an active volunteer in leadership roles with the Burlingame Mothers Club, Burlingame School District and San Mateo Union High School District for the past 23 years, she now volunteers on the Foundation Board and at the Peninsula Humane Society.
Second Vice President
A retired educator, Marilyn has lived in Burlingame since 2013. In her 30 years as an independent school librarian and technology leader, she taught media literacy curricula to teenagers, led countless library story times and endeavored to instill a love of reading in her many students! Marilyn chairs the Membership Committee and is active on the communications committees, managing the Foundation website.
Audrey is a retired lawyer who has lived in Burlingame with her family for over 30 years. They have used and loved the Burlingame Library during all those years! She currently serves as Board Secretary and helps with book sales and other events.
Meeks has lived in Burlingame and Hillsborough for over 30 years. He joined the Foundation in 2010 and has served as Treasurer since 2012. He also volunteers as a referee for the American Youth Soccer Organization and a driver for CALL Primrose, a non-profit providing food and emergency financial aid to mid-Peninsula families in need.
Noreen joined the Burlingame Library Foundation in January 2013. She is currently the Assistant Treasurer and is actively involved in fundraising events. Prior to joining the board, Noreen worked as Accounting Manager at Notre Dame High School in Belmont.
Geetika has worked in the high tech, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries for nearly 20 years and is currently an independent consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. In her spare time, Geetika loves to travel, mentor students, and try new recipes.
Jim is a 40+ year resident of Burlingame who was the principal of an award winning school in Daly City, a member of the Burlingame School District Board of Education, interim principal of Burlingame Intermediate School and Washington School, and currently is a 9-year trustee on the San Mateo County Board of Education. He is a 12-year member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, primarily volunteering in bookselling. Member highlight interview with James Cannon.
Debra Donaldson, M.D.
Debra Donaldson has served on the Burlingame Library Board of Trustees since June 2013. In 2007, she relocated from Boston where she completed a three decade career in biotech drug R&D in disease areas including asthma and lupus. Since retiring she enjoys volunteer work focused on food activism and serves as an Admissions Ambassador in northern CA for her alma mater, Case Western Reserve University.
Jennifer is a Principal at B|O|S, a local wealth management firm. She manages their Silicon Valley office and works primarily with families and non-profit organizations. She spent many weekends studying for her Chartered Financial Analyst exams at the Burlingame Library, and now spends weekends in the children’s room with her young son. She joined the board in 2011and currently serves on the Finance and Book & Author Luncheon committees.
Christina grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains before heading east to Duke University. Following graduation, she spent over a decade in Washington D.C. and San Francisco building a sales career. She became intimately familiar with the library after moving to Burlingame and having her son and daughter -- both young toddlers and avid book enthusiasts!
Karen is new to the Board and is currently serving on the Foundation Development Committee. Karen, a fourth generation Californian, grew up on the peninsula and attended schools in Burlingame. She is a retired retail executive, who is currently a university instructor teaching business math and an online course author.
Relatively new to Burlingame, Stu sees our exemplary library as a vital resource for lifelong learning in troubled times. He has served children, teachers, and schools in numerous educational leadership roles: president of his local teacher union; statewide officer of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT); longtime Chair of NYSUT's Task Force on Educational Policy; NYSUT liaison to the National Borard for Professional Standards; Executive Director of the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. He recently served as president of the Albany Center Art Gallery and as chair of the Governance Review Committee for the Honest Weight Food Co-op.
Robin Hurwitz is a former elementary school teacher and an avid volunteer in the community. She is married with two college age children who enjoyed utilizing the Burlingame libraries as young children. Robin worked on the Book & Author Luncheon this past May and is looking forward to being more involved with BLF in the future. She is currently a reading tutor for young students through a VISTA program.
Wendell Lee is a retired attorney. He is the father of three children and has lived in Hillsborough since 1990. He is grateful for the opportunity to devote time to the Burlingame Library Foundation.
Terri Anne Merchant
Terri is a Bay Area native – born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula. She graduated from Burlingame High School and received her B.A. in Business Management from St Mary’s in Moraga. Her professional background centers on both project management and sales compensation for the global arena. Outside of the office, she is keenly interested in exercise, nutrition and people!
Terry is a veteran journalist who was elected to the Burlingame City Council in 2003 and served 12 years, including three terms as mayor. After working for the San Francisco Chronicle and Forbes magazine, she served in communications roles for various nonprofits, the Skoll Foundation and Stanford Law School. She and her husband Jim owned and operated an out-of-print book search company in Burlingame for 18 years. Terry has been a Burlingame homeowner and active community volunteer since 1978.
Mike Nagler teaches fiction writing and film history at Cañada College. He is a member of the Foundation's Book Selling Team. He and his wife JoAnneh have been Burlingame residents for over twenty-five years. Mike also sits on the Burlingame Library Board of Trustees.
Terri and her husband, John, have lived in the community for over 20 years. She holds a degree in education and decided to return to that interest by becoming involved with the Foundation in January of 2015. Terri manages the Bookselling Committee.
Frank graduated from the University of Vermont, the UVA Law School and the Hague Academy of International Law (World Court). He practices law in California and New York and is a partner in the Ropers Majeski law firm. He has served on numerous City, County and Federal commissions and was a Burlingame City Council member for 12 years and also served as Mayor.
Sharon Safrin, M.D.
Sharon is a physician trained in internal medicine, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. She is currently an independent consultant in clinical drug development for local biotechnology companies as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF. She has been on the Board since 2011 and serves on the online bookselling team.
An avid reader and supporter of the Burlingame Library, Janice has served on the Board since January 2013. For the past three years, Janice has chaired or co-chaired the Book & Author Luncheon Committee. Janice and her husband, Pete, have been Burlingame residents for 22 years and have raised four children here. She has a background in Finance and Real Estate.
Katrin and her family relocated to California in 2014. Katrin was an independent consultant in Information Architecture and Visual Design. Her work combined technology and design starting from the earliest days of the Web, across e-commerce, finance, advertising, publishing, and academic research. Katrin has a Masters in Architecture from MIT and a B.A. in Art History and French from SUNY. She also holds a certificate from the Fundraising Management program at the University of Washington. Katrin has also served as a volunteer for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and with Path with Art which offers arts programming to an underserved community in Seattle.