Thursday, April 11, 2013

Introducing our new Library Board members

Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux and the City Council recently appointed Debora Chandler and Autumn Belloni to serve on the Newport Public Library Board.

Debora, a freelance writer and editor, is new to Newport. While living in Portland, she volunteered for seven years with Oregon’s SMART reading program. In addition to many years in software development, she has worked as a preschool teacher, a director of religious education, a day care center director, and an administrator for an HIV service agency. She served briefly as assistant to the director of the SOU library and, while in graduate school, worked as a cataloger at Northwestern University library. Her hobby is choral singing. An avid reader and lifelong learner, she is delighted to give back to the community by serving the library.

Autumn graduated from the University of Oregon in 2005 with a master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She spent one collegiate year living and studying in Spain and thus earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature. She worked for several years as a speech-language pathologist for 4J and Lincoln County School Districts. Autumn is now employed with Linn, Benton, Lincoln Educational Service District working with children birth through five years of age to improve their communication and feeding skills. A family person, Autumn enjoys playing games, being outdoors, crafting, and traveling with her husband and two young children. In her free time, Autumn volunteers in her children’s classrooms and enjoys reading and discussing a variety of literature with her book club.

Debora and Autumn join fellow Board Members Sharon Beardsley, Chip Norman, and Carol Ruggeri in guiding library policy and assisting with fundraising.

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