Board of Directors

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Owner, Paul Montague Tax Preparation, LLC
Why the Library: 
"Libraries hold our collective knowledge and wisdom and make it available to anyone, regardless of race, color, creed, background or place in society. Through that knowledge and wisdom, new opportunities, new careers and new ideas are formed that help us build new futures."
Business Owner
Why the Library: 
"The education that all are entitled to becomes a reality at the Library with its endless resources, a world of information, and an inclusive setting for everyone at every level.  How could it not be the Library?"
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Community Member - Retired
Why the Library: 
"I am deeply committed to FVRL. I am extremely proud to serve on the Board, and hope to for as long as I am wanted."
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Branch Manager, Columbia Bank - Salmon Creek
Why the Library: 
"Libraries have always been a constant in my life.  The libraries of my childhood were always the heart of the school and the public library was where I went with my Mom.  In high school my Librarian introduced me to Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Mr. Tolkien, who taught me that “not all those who wander are lost”.  The library was my first volunteer opportunity and also my first job.  As an FVRL Foundation Board member I hope to provide support to an institution that has been an inspiration to me and so many others."
SVP/Regional Manager, Vancouver Market - Lewis & Clark Bank
Why the Library: 
"Ensuring that the children in our community have access to books and programs is essential to their development.  When my children were growing up, we spent hours reading and going to the library as they learned and explored new worlds.  My hope is that all the children of Clark County have the opportunity to read the books that will open their minds as they become members of the community.  We have some of the best libraries in the country and that does not happen without a lot of work and dedication by staff, volunteers, and generous donors."
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Realtor, Columbia River Realty
Why the Library: 
"The library is a meeting place where stories are shared to grow, expand, and transport our minds and hearts. Magic happens at libraries."
AVP/Store Manager - Vancouver-International location of Umpqua Bank
Why the Library: 
“I am an avid reader and as a child into my adulthood it is not uncommon that I am reading several books at once. The library has always been a respite for me and I always feel safe and cozy inside those walls. When I started volunteering for FVRL, arranging and stacking books for a sale, I knew I had to be involved with the library directly again. In the library, anything is possible. Love, hope, equality, peace, justice….it’s all in there.”
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In-House General Counsel for Hurley Development
Why the Library: 
"The library is a gathering place for the community, a safe space that fosters intellectual development, innovation, creativity, and the exploration and exchange of ideas. Libraries are gateways to possibility and I believe they are fundamental to the fabric of a healthy society."