Who We Are
Foundation Board Members
Amy Bowdish was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is a 1998 graduate of La Salle High School in Milwaukie. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Portland earning a business degree with a focus in marketing and management. During her college years, she spent two summers living in London, England where she attended summer school when she wasn't exploring the rest of Europe.
Since 2002, Amy has worked in Vancouver, Washington where she now lives. She is the director of project management for AHA!, a local marketing communications firm that is built on a foundation of good writing—and good reads. Amy started her career at AHA! and has been a member of the agency's leadership team for the past six years. She and her husband, Adam, are raising two energetic young boys who also have books and story time high on their activity lists. Not to be outdone by her boys, Amy plays soccer and is a runner. She goes in for relays and has run the Hood-to-Coast twice.
Lindsay Fisher was raised in Vancouver and spent much of her childhood enjoying all the Fort Vancouver Regional Library programs. She attended LaSalle High School in Milwaukie, Oregon graduating in 1998. In 2003 she graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Hospitality Business Management and a second degree in Business Management. While at Washington State University, she was an active member of Chi Omega Sorority, a Recruiting Ambassador for the School of Hospitality Business Management and a member of Sigma Iota, a Hospitality Service Organization. After graduation she moved to San Diego, CA and accepted a management position with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, transferring with the company to Seattle in 2004. Happily, she returned home in 2006 to join her family owned and operated business, Evergreen Memorial Gardens and currently is the Vice President of Administration.
Lindsay served on the board of the Washington Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association from 2006-2009 and remains an active member. She is involved in many community service activities and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County. In her free time she enjoys traveling, canning and food preservation (winning a 1st place blue ribbon at the 2011 Clark County Fair!) and spending quality time with her friends and family. Lindsay has been married to her husband, P.J. since 2005 and together they have two young sons.
Nancy Gaston fell in love with libraries as a twelve-year-old in Michigan when she read her way through a whole shelf full of Lloyd C. Douglas fiction. She worked in that same library during her summers as a teenager, and then pursued a minor in library science as an English major at Eastern Michigan University.
When she married Mike Gaston they settled in Charleston, West Virginia, and then moved to places including Tampa, New Orleans, Cleveland, Geneva (Switzerland) and Montreal before coming to Vancouver in 1985. Along the way, they added three daughters and a large assortment of pets to the family—all of whom have moved out of the home except for Sam the cat, who rules the household.
Nancy was a high school English, journalism and speech teacher and a freelance writer before changing careers to nonprofit management and volunteer management. She directed a crisis line, a volunteer chore service and the volunteer center here in Vancouver before completing a degree in theology at McGill University in Montreal. She then worked on a church staff in Portland before leaving her day job to start a training and consulting practice, Gifts Differing. She consults with faith-based organizations and trains at local regional, national and international conferences on volunteer management, personality styles, generational differences and meeting management.
Community involvement has included serving on the boards of the Clark County YWCA, Kids on the Block, Assistance League of Southwest Washington, Oregon Generations Together, Impact Northwest and Hands on Greater Portland, as well as AVA, the international Association for Volunteer Administration. She is a trainer for Junior Achievement and has a Lunch Buddy at Hazel Dell elementary.
Devin Jackson is a long-time Clark County resident, growing up in Vancouver and attending Skyview High School (the first four-year graduating class!). Devin graduated from Skyview as Valedictorian and went on to study business at Gonzaga University in Spokane. At Gonzaga, Devin was involved in intramural soccer, basketball, and badminton sports programs, a VP in the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, a mentor in an at-risk youth program known as Campus Kids, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Devin returned to the Clark County community after graduation and has worked at Regents Bank as a commercial banker for the past six years. Devin has been involved in the Big Brother Big Sister program for four years, mentoring the same Little Brother since 4th Grade (now in 8th grade!). Devin is actively involved in his church as a financial officer and as the treasurer of his homeowner's association.
Devin was the 2010 recipient of the George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and has been active with the Celebrate Freedom activities organized by the Fort Vancouver Historical Trust. Devin was recognized as one of the Accomplished and Under 40 in 2011. Devin is currently participating in the Leadership Clark County class of 2012.
In 2009, Lori McMillan retired from a 35+ year career in the Banking Industry. Most of her career took place in Vancouver, WA managing the Vancouver Main Branch for U.S. Bank. In 2000, her career changed from Retail Branch Banking to Commercial Lending. From 2002 to 2005 she worked for Evergreen Business Capital (a nonprofit agency) where she assisted Business Owners to obtain SBA financing for the purchase of Commercial Property. In 2009 when she retired she held the position of Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer for Columbia Credit Union.
In 2006, she co-founded Anchor Point Counseling Center. She currently hold the position of Director of Operations. Anchor Point specializes in Addictions and Domestic Violence. They hold State Certifications for both programs. In addition they serve a variety of mental health diagnoses including Anxiety and Depression, Couples and Family Therapy. They offer 16 groups each week including a Boy's Life Skills group. In 2014, they expect approximately 700 patients to walk through their doors.
During her Banking career she sat on a variety of diverse nonprofit boards such as Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and Boys and Girls Club of Tacoma. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for her Presbytery and is a member of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce. She is an ordained Elder for First Presbyterian Church of Vancouver and acts as the VP of their Church Governing Board. She is the Moderator for their Worship Ministry.
The most important thing to know about Lori is the importance of Family. She has 2 grown children and 5 Grandsons from the age of 6-10. She is very active in their lives and the Grandchildren are by far her greatest joy. She is creative and enjoys quilting when she has time. She is a positive thinker and leans heavily on her faith in God. She is very grateful for the wonderful life she has the honor of living.
Paul N. Montague III was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Vancouver from Los Angeles in 1993. He is an accomplished sales and marketing professional, with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including roles in training, sales and marketing. Paul holds a master's degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication, Economics and Computer Science from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
Paul is currently involved in the startup of a new non-profit focused on developing stronger and more effective elected leadership in Clark County. For the three years prior, Paul had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of Identity Clark County. In this role, he provided leadership on a number of economic development issues affecting Clark County and Southwest Washington.
Currently, Paul serves as President of the Greater Clark County Rotary Club, is Vice-Chair of the Columbia Credit Union Board of Directors. Other involvements include the Hazel Dell Business Association, East Vancouver Business Association, Vancouver Relay for Life, and his church. Paul has a seventeen year old daughter Emma, who is a junior at Columbia River High School and is active in taekwondo. Paul is also a licensed commercial and private pilot.
Becky Rude grew up in Central and Eastern Oregon, graduating from Burns High School. Becky fed her affection for reading and writing by earning a Bachelor's degree in English and studying abroad in Paris, France at Linfield College. She went on to obtain a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College while working in higher education enrollment services, primarily as a financial aid administrator. She then shifted her career by attending law school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she also worked with Georgetown's Supreme Court Institute. Returning to the Pacific Northwest with her law degree, Becky practiced business and commercial finance law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland. She's been in private practice in Battle Ground, Washington at since February of 2013 and her current legal work at Rebecca Rude Law, PLLC focuses on estate planning and probate, nonprofit and closely-held business transactions, and real estate.
Becky is a longtime lover of libraries and has benefited from their services throughout her personal and professional life. She has fond memories of summer reading programs, especially getting a sticker for every tome read, and the wonderful sound of the, now old-fashioned, card machine stamping the return date for her checked out books.
Residing in Battle Ground with her husband, Brant, and five step-children, three of whom are now in college, Becky enjoys being connected with the community and is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County, volunteers with Battle Ground public schools, and is now developing an expertise on the various grass and turf fields in the Vancouver-Portland region having recently became a soccer mom to her youngest step-daughter. She also likes being active by practicing yoga, sporadically running long distances, and riding dual-sport motorcycles with her husband.
Barbara Selstad moved to Home Valley, WA from Toronto, Ontario in 1991. Born in Minneapolis, MN she went through formal education there, culminating at the University of Minnesota in 1970. Marriage, birth of a daughter and son and moving around the country were rewarding adventures. Both children, with 5 grandchildren, now live nearby in Hood River and Portland. Parenting inspired interest in early childhood development bringing Barbara to work at pre-schools in MN, IL, and TX. While working in the Rockford, IL YMCA Barbara took up running and eventually completed 15 marathons, also 4 Triathlons and in 2008 bicycled from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida.
While living in WA Barbara has had a painting and wallpapering business, followed by a partnership owning Log Cabin Lodging, a coffee shop and managing an art gallery. Then Barbara happily celebrated a second marriage. Now she dedicates her time volunteering with CASA, Friends of the Library (promoting all Library programs and activities), Toastmasters, and Chamber of Commerce in Skamania County. She is proud to be a member of the FVRL Foundation Board.
Kevin Weaver was raised in Oregon City, Oregon where he was first exposed to the wonders of libraries. Often times after school he would walk down to the local Carnegie library in town to spend time looking through all of wonderful books there were to see and thus began a life long love affair with the written word.
After graduating from LaSalle high school in 1989 Kevin enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, spending the majority of his service over seas. After the Marines Kevin returned home to Oregon to attend college and eventually work with his father in the family business. It was during this time that he rekindled his love of art, and eventually switched career paths and went into working in the art business. He ran a large gallery in the Pearl district for several years before coming to Vancouver, where he has been the Director of Art on the Boulevard since 2007.
Kevin moved to Vancouver in 2003. He's been active in the community ever since, helping a variety of different non-profit organizations and currently serves on the board for the YWCA Clark County. In his free time Kevin and his wife Kristy enjoy golfing, traveling, spending time with friends and family and of course playing with their wonderful dog Jackson!