Board of Directors

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Enid Lynn Rosenthal, President and Chair of Executive Committee. Has been a full‐time resident of Oaxaca since 2002, and has worked with LPP for most of that time, including service as secretary and treasurer. Prior to moving to Mexico, she spent more than thirty years as Director of the School of Hartford Ballet and as Founder and Director of the Hartt College Dance Division of the University of Hartford. She served as President of the National Association of Schools of Dance and on the Council of Arts Accreditation Association as well as in other professional and civic organizations, task forces and grants panels.

William Stone has spent most of his professional life in international affairs. He was a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Costa Rica. After that, he worked as the Assistant Director of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU) at Harvard University. He has also directed the International Offices of Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Vermont. His last job before retirement was serving as the Academic Director of Study Abroad Programs for the School for International Training (SIT) an integral part of World Learning in Brattleboro, Vermont. He spent 15 years working as an SIT Academic Director, first in Chile and later in Mexico. The theme of his Mexican program was “Grass Roots Development and Social Change.”
Although born and raised in the United States, William proudly became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 2008. He has called Oaxaca, Mexico his home for the past 17 years.

Rafael González Lumbreras. Originally from Mexico City, Rafael (known to all as Kazt) worked in Cia. De Luz y Fuerza del Centro in Mexico City for 29 years. Upon his retirement he moved to Oaxaca where he now makes his home in San Felipe del Agua.
He is a versatile musician and founder of several bands in Mexico City and Oaxaca and continues to perform regularly in Oaxaca and throughout the country. His belief that music and reading uplift us, has brought him to Libros Para Pueblos’ Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

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Don Northey, Program Adviser. Don Northey has been involved with Libros para Pueblos since 2011. Don has a master in Indian and Northern Education and a doctorate in Social Studies; he worked for many years as a teacher and administrator with First Nation students in Canada. After his first trip to Oaxaca in 1987, Don was motivated to offer programs in Oaxaca for Canadian teachers; to create exchange programs between Japanese students studying in Canada and Benito Juarez University students in Oaxaca; and to establish a student‐teacher education program in Oaxaca for students at Simon Fraser University. As a university instructor, Don has taught courses and developed curriculum material in multicultural education, global education, social studies, curriculum development, classroom management, program evaluation and English as a second language. He has also taught and consulted with educators in Hong Kong, India, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Malawi and Trinidad and Tobago. At a library inauguration, he recalls how moved he was when a child asked: “Can I really take a book home to read?”

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Joseph Wilkes. A Board member for five years, Joe has been responsible for ordering library books and organizing their distribution to Libros para Pueblos libraries. A retired member of the US Department of Defense, Joe’s career included command and managerial positions in Vietnam, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East; he also taught high school in southwest Texas. In addition to his work with Libros para Pueblos, Joe also works developing water projects in the mountain villages of Oaxaca.

Michael Bronn is currently a full-time resident of Oaxaca and brings with him a long involvement with reading promotion, English language instruction, and literacy programs – first with the large Oaxacan immigrant community in his hometown of Los Angeles and now with Oaxacan residents in their home state.
After obtaining his degree in urban sociology at Pomona College in Claremont, California, his interest turned increasingly to the educational needs of underserved immigrant populations in Los Angeles.
For more than ten years, he worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District where he served as a language instructor and curriculum designer in a unique community-based program, the focus of which was “family literacy” with the objective to provide parents with the tools and experience to model study habits and to create a home environment in which to promote reading interest and activity.
Michael brings this experience and philosophy of “whole family involvement” to our specific focus of reading promotion for children.

 

Sharon Callahan. Originally from Tasmania, Australia Sharon moved to Mexico in 1983 and has lived in Oaxaca for the last 25 years. After a brief hiatus she returns to the Executive Committee as Secretary and also serves on the Development Committee, updates sponsors on the status of their libraries and, along with Siobhan Grogan, organizes and leads the tours to LPP libraries and communities.