Who We Are
Foundation Board Members
Cara Cantonwine moved to Vancouver in 1995 and immediately obtained her Fort Vancouver Regional Library Card! She enjoyed participating in summer reading programs as a child and teen and now enjoys story time activities with her toddler son throughout the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Cara is a graduate cum laude of the University of Puget Sound with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She is the Director of Programs for the Fort Vancouver National Trust and has volunteered with other service organizations including the Evergreen School District's Foundation.
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.
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.
Dennis Johnson is a retired Federal Employee. For most of his 35-year career at the Bonneville Power Administration he managed maintenance programs and maintenance employees. Since his retirement in 1996 he has been an avid bicycle rider, kayaker, and hiker, spending his days outdoors to the extent possible. He is also an active volunteer in the community, serving in a leadership capacities in several organizations.
Currently, he is on the boards of the Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association, the Vancouver Bicycle Club, the Friends of the Three Creeks Community Library, and Vancouver's International Discovery Walk Festival.
His involvement in local library issues began in 1998 with assisting in the campaigns to create a Library Capital Facilities Area and establish bonding authority for construction of the Three Creeks library branch. He resides in the Mt. Vista/Salmon Creek area with his wife, Karen.
Michael Langsdorf is the President of the Law Offices of Michael G. Langsdorf, a Family Law law firm. He graduated in 1963 from Oregon State University and again in 1969 from the University of Washington with his MBA and JD. Michael was a Navy Officer from 1963 until 1966.
Michael has worked with for-profit business organizations, nonprofit organizations, governments, and Community Services Northwest. He has served on the Vancouver Board of Adjustment, 12 years on the Vancouver Planning Commission, five years on Regional Planning, and Co-Chairman of Oregon Washington Bi-State Commission on Education, air quality and transportation issues. He has taught at Clark College (criminal and real estate law), and in the Marylhurst College MBA program.
Michael was raised in Vancouver and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1959. He has been married to Carole Langsdorf since 1971 and has two grown children in their 30's. His mother, Dorothy Langsdorf, was the first Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation President.
Paul N. Montague III was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Vancouver from Los Angeles 18 years ago. 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.
For the past six years, Paul has had the pleasure of working in several roles at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He is currently focused on Membership Development, meeting and recruiting new member businesses into the over 1,050 member Chamber. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at ITT Technical Institute in Portland.
Paul serves on the Columbia Credit Union Board and is currently involved in the Greater Clark County Rotary, the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, East Vancouver Business Association, the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands, the Vancouver Relay for Life and his church. He has a fourteen year old daughter Emma, who is in the eighth grade at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and is an active student of taekwondo. Paul is also a licensed commercial and private pilot.
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.
Joe Toscano and his wife Christine moved to Vancouver about 10 years ago and have never looked back. In Joe's words: “What a marvelous community and what a wonderful library system we found here. The FVRL System is, in fact, one of the finest that I have ever encountered.“
“I have always been involved with libraries since I was a child. I can remember as a young boy going to the library on Saturday and getting a book for the following week. And I always participated in the summer reading program at my local library. In high school, it was my number one research tool and in college I had a favorite carrel where I went to study and find a refuge from the distractions of campus life.“
Joe graduated cum laude from Brown University in 1967 and from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1970, with an MBA in Finance and Marketing. After he retired, in 1992, he received another B.A. in Italian Language and Culture from the University of Maryland.
In 1978, he joined with 3 others as a principal founder of Equitrac Corporation, a computer applications company offering specialized financial services to law firms, management consultancies, and large CPA firms. He was the Vice President for the mid-Atlantic region and later the Managing Director in the United Kingdom. He lived for three years in London and later worked on assignment in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand where he set up dealerships for the company. They grew this business into a very successful organization that was taken public on the NASDAQ in an Initial Public Offering in 1992. He retired from the firm at that time. Equitrac was, in 1998, acquired by a venture capital organization and taken private.
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!