About Us

Board of Directors

Riverside Public Library Foundation's directors and officers are all volunteers. The Foundation relies on donations and fund-raising events for support. We are pleased to introduce our governance volunteers: 

Judith Fish Judith Fish, President
Judy is an army brat who grew up in West Point, New York at the military academy. She has a BS from Marymount College,New York and a MA from Teacher's College of Columbia University New York. She is a retired teacher having taught in New York, Georgia, North Carolina, DODS Nuremberg, Germany and the Alvord District in Riverside. Always an avid reader, she has a childhood memory of riding her bike to the library and filing her basket with books for the week. Judy and her husband Bud moved to Riverside in 1997. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. She is a past president of the Art Alliance of Riverside Art Museum, and has been active in fund raising for the museum. She also volunteers at the food pantry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. Judy enjoys life to the fullest, focusing on her family, fine food and wine, her home, friends, and travel.
Jennifer Corr Jennifer Corr, Immediate Past President
Jennifer Corr is a CPA who until recently oversaw financial and audit processes for The McClatchy Company. Prior to that she was the top finance executive at The Fresno Bee. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from the College of Charleston and a master's degree in accountancy from the University of Charleston. She was born in Augusta, Ga., and grew up in Charleston. As the mother of two young children, she is particularly interested in the development of reading skills in children at an early age. In addition to being on the Board of RPLF, she has served as the Supervisory Committee Chair for Altura Credit Union since 2014.

Julie Hartwigsen Julie Hartwigsen, CFO/Treasurer
Julie Hartwigsen is a partner at Christenson & De Good, CPA’s in Riverside where she has worked servicing local nonprofits and small businesses since 1997. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, San Bernardino in 1993. Julie grew up in Upland and although she has lived in Florida and Tennessee for short periods of time, she has always been drawn back to the Inland Empire because it is home. She is interested in serving the Riverside community and has participated in the “A Brush with Kindness” program at the Habitat for Humanity Riverside and looks forward to other opportunities to serve.

Gabrielle Mankin Gabrielle Mankin, Secretary
Gabby grew up in the Inland Empire and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in business. She worked in the financial industry as a stockbroker, operations manager and project manager. Since moving to Riverside with her husband, Frank, in 2001, Gabby has been active as a volunteer. She began working with the Library Foundation as neighborhood chair of the Orange Terrace Library Capital Campaign and later joined the Foundation board. Gabby and her husband Frank have an 8-year-old daughter, Grace, as well as three grown children. Gabby and Frank both spend many hours volunteering at Grace's school.

Irene Conable Irene Conable
Born in Boston, the daughter of a Navy pilot, Irene grew up all over the country. She returned to Boston for her undergraduate degree, earning her BA from Emmanuel College. Subsequently, she attended the University of Connecticut, earning an MA in Theater Arts, with a concentration in acting and directing. After a few years in New York, she returned to school, earning her Masters in Library Service from Columbia University. This led to thirty-seven years as a school librarian in Washington State, Michigan and Riverside. A more rewarding and entertaining profession does not exist! Most recently, she formulated and managed library service at King High School from its opening day to her retirement in 2014. In addition to RPLF, Irene is a member of the American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Master Chorale. Her favorite pastimes are reading murder mysteries, going to the movies and gardening. She has one son, who works for Library Systems and Services.

Janet Lewis Janet Lewis
Jan Lewis has been a Riverside resident since 1969. She graduated from California Baptist College majoring in Business and Sociology, and her Masters in Rehabilitation Administration is from University of San Francisco. Upon her retirement as a Forensic Rehabilitation Counselor and owner of REGAIN, she and her husband Bill, embarked on their second careers as vagabond artisans in jewelry design, retiring again in 2015. They have one daughter and 2 grandchildren, who grew up in our Libraries. Her present volunteer involvements include working with Inland Harvest and Wesley UMC in Hunger and Homeless outreach , teaching life skills classes to emancipated youth through Aspirenet and the David & Margaret Home, and grant writing for Wesley UMC. She returns to the RPLF Board after serving two terms on the Board of Library Trustees.

Paco Licea Paco Licea
Paco Licea is broker/owner of RX Real Estate in Riverside, CA. He has been a broker/owner for 15 years. He received his B.S. from Cal Poly Pomona in 1999. He and his wife, Claudia, have been married 10 years and have 1 daughter. Mr. Licea is very active in his industry. He is president-elect of the Inland Valley Association of Realtors, a director with the California Association of Realtors, and a trustee with the Local Candidate Recommendation Committee for his local association. He believes that giving back to the community is the most important thing we can do to shape it.

Elizabeth Lossing Elizabeth Lossing
Elizabeth is a native Southern Californian and a Riverside resident since 2003. Since retiring from her position as trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, in addition to RPLF, she serves on the board of directors for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, is a member of the Friends of the Library and the Riverside Art Alliance. She is an instructor in the paralegal program at UCR Extension. As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Elizabeth participates in the church's lay ministry programs. She and her husband, Bill, enjoy entertaining friends and family in their home in Riverside's historic district, traveling and the theater.

Marsha Loveridge Marsha Loveridge
Marsha graduated from University of the Pacific, taught school in Woodside, CA, then moved to Riverside with her family in 1965. She has been active in the community and for many years has prepared for publication the newsletters for Friends of the Library, Victoria Avenue Forever and The Riverside Dickens Festival. Her first job other than babysitting was after school at the Redwood City Public Library. She has a long-standing commitment to libraries and their importance to the community.

Teri Parker Teri Parker
As a Financial Advisor at CAPTRUST, Teri specializes in financial planning and investment management. She is a licensed Certified Financial Planner®, Registered Investment Advisor Representative and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. In additional to her involvement with the Riverside Public Library Foundation, Teri is the finance chair of the United Way of the Inland Valleys and an active board member on the Riverside Estate Planning Council. In the past she has been involved with the Junior League, Inc., National Charity League, Riverside Art Museum-ARTery, Soroptimist International and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Riverside.

Guy Pittman

Guy Pittman
Guy Pittman is a California native who came to Riverside in 1987 when he was hired by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office after graduating from law school at the University of Arizona; Guy was employed by the D.A.'s office for 28 years.. He is currently employed by the Riverside Office of County Counsel as Principal Deputy for the Juvenile Dependency Division of Riverside, Indio, and Murrieta. Guy has worked with many community organizations over the years, including the Riverside County Mock Trial Program as an Attorney Coach and more recently as a member of the Steering Committee. Guy lives in Riverside with his wife, Laureen and son, Garrett.

Barbara Purvis Barbara Purvis
Barbara is an Army brat whose family moved to Riverside upon her father’s retirement. She holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside; an MA from the University of Washington in Seattle; and her Juris Doctorate from George Washington Law School in Washington DC. Barbara was an attorney with the Riverside City Attorney’s office for more than 25 years. She has been on the Board of the Inland Counties Legal Services for many years now serving again as Vice President after serving as Secretary and President. She is also currently the President of the Riverside Chapter of AARP after serving as Secretary for several years, Chairman of the Board of Visterra Credit Union, and serves on the boards of other nonprofits including the Friends of the Riverside Public Library, Inlandia Institute, the Riverside Branch of the American Association of University Women, and the League of Women Voters of Riverside. While growing up, she was a regular patron of the Arlington Branch Library.

Susan J. Rainey Susan J. Rainey
Prior to retiring, Susan Rainey was the Superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District for 10 years. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Redlands and her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. Dr. Rainey is also active in the Riverside County Philharmonic Foundation, the Highlander Athletic Association, and the Executive Board of United Way. She is a past president of the Riverside Rotary Club.

Trisha Rudd

Patricia Rudd
Trisha is an Agent with New York Life Insurance Company. Born and raised in Riverside, Trisha attended Notre Dame High School, then earned a BA in Marketing/Communications from CSUSB in 2001. Trisha has held various positions in the marketing field including the Outdoor Channel, Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and Altura Credit Union. Trisha and her husband, Michael have two young children and they are active volunteers for the school. As a Riverside native, Trisha remembers fondly visiting the Marcy branch library in the summer and knows the role the library played in her educational development.

Cheryl Sautter-Konyn Cheryl Sautter-Konyn
Cheryl Sautter-Konyn is a long-time supporter of libraries. She credits her love for libraries to her mother who made a wise decision when Cheryl was young to move to a home that was two blocks from the city library. Having a library close by helped ignite Cheryl's passion for reading and libraries. Cheryl is retired from UCR where she was an Assistant Vice Chancellor of Administration. She has a bachelor's degree in business, an MBA, and professional certifications in auditing. Cheryl lives in Riverside with her husband John.

Barbara Shackelton Barbara Shackelton
Barbara Shackelton has been a member of the Riverside Library Foundation for more than 10 years. She served as president for two terms and secretary for two terms and currently serves as Chairman of the Grants Committee. Originally from Wisconsin she was recruited to teach in the Riverside School District at the secondary level. She has been a free-lance writer since the 1970s. She worked in the Riverside County District Attorney's Office for 25 years where she was the Development Officer providing training for the entire staff, helped train new deputy district attorneys, and wrote press releases, articles, and the annual report for the department. She was a founding member of the Riverside Guild of Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. She not only helps secure funds for the Guild but also for women's athletics at UCR, Young Life in the Riverside area, and the Riverside Public Library. She is passionate about reading and is currently writing fiction.

John Wahlin John Wahlin
John D. Wahlin has been a partner in the law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP since 1978 where he specializes in tax and employee benefits. A graduate of Poly High School in Riverside, he received his B.A. from Augustana College and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Connie, have lived in Riverside since 1971. Mr. Wahlin has participated in several community organizations and for the last 10 years has chaired the Riverside County Mock Trial Program in conjunction with the Riverside County Office of Education.

Our Emeritus Board Members

  • Henry J. Coil, Jr
  • Wendel Tucker