Board of Directors
Enid Lynn Rosenthal - President
For 30 years was the Director of the School of the Hartford Ballet and Founder and Director of the Dance Division of the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. She served as president of the National Association of Dance Schools and on the Board of the Association of Arts Accrediting Institutions, as well as other professional and civic groups in the United States.
She has resided in the city of Oaxaca since 2002 and shortly after her arrival, began work with LPP in many committees and volunteer groups. She is currently president of the Board of Directors, a position she assumed in 2015. Enid became a Mexican citizen by naturalization in 2018. Together with her husband, Jerry Kelch, they are Sponsors at Large and co-sponsors of the library in San Pedro y San Pablo Ayutla (Sierra Norte region).
William Stone - Treasurer
William has invested most of his professional life in international affairs. He directed the International Offices of Boston University, Boston University in St. Louis, and the University of Vermont. His last job before retiring was as Academic Director of the Study Abroad Program for the School of International Training, an integral part of the World Learning Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.
He spent fifteen years working as Academic Director of the International Training School, first in Chile and then in Mexico. The theme of his program in Mexico was “Grassroots Development and Social Change.” Although being born and raised in the United States, William became a Mexican citizen by naturalization in 2008. He has served on the LPP Board of Directors since 2015 and is co-sponsor of the library in Santo Tomás Tecolotitlán (Mixteca region).
Rafael González Lumbreras - Secretary
Originally from Mexico City, Rafael (known to everyone as Kazt) worked at the Light and Power Company of the Center in Mexico City for 29 years. After his retirement he moved to Oaxaca, where he now resides.
He is a versatile musician and founder of many bands in Mexico City and Oaxaca, and he continues to play regularly in Oaxaca and throughout the country. His belief in music and reading led him to become part of the Board of Directors of Libros Para Pueblos in 2015.
Bricia Irene Cruz Matus - Member
Bricia graduated from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Xochimilco and is certified as a medical specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS). She received professional rehabilitation training at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton, California and has degrees in Gerontogeriatrics, diabetes and chronic disease care, and pain medicine.
She has worked in Clinica Hospital del Carmen, General Hospitals of the IMSS Zone in Salina Cruz and Oaxaca, in Basic DIF Rehabilitation Units in Juchitán, Salina Cruz, San Pablo Huixtepec and the city of Oaxaca. She has also provided care in the Traumatology area of the hospital complex “Magdalena de las Salinas” in Mexico City. Bricia collaborates as a doctor of “Nuevo Amanecer for the Disabled A.C” in Bahías de Huatulco. She is a member and has served as president of the “Oaxacan College of Electrodiagnostics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation A.C” and of the Rotary Club Oaxaca Antequera.
Bricia is a co-sponsor of the children’s “sala” in the Oaxaca Lending Library.
Don Northey - Member
Of Canadian origin, Don holds a Master’s degree in “Indian and Northern Education” and a Ph.D. in social sciences. He worked for many years as a teacher and administrator with students from First Nations (Canadian Indigenous Peoples). After his first trip to Oaxaca in 1987, he became interested in creating exchange programs between Japanese students studying in Canada and students from the Benito Juárez University in Oaxaca (UABJO). He also facilitated the creation of a student/teacher training program in Oaxaca for students from Simon Fraser University. As a college instructor, Don has taught courses and developed curriculum materials for multicultural education, global education, social studies, curriculum development, and classroom management. He has also consulted with educators in Hong Kong, India, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago. Don has served for many years on different LPP committees and since 2019 is on the Board of Directors.
Don is the sponsor of three libraries located in San Sebastián Etla, San Sebastián Tutla (Primaria Símbolos Patrios), and Santa Ana del Valle.
Pat Leone - Member
U.S.-born Pat has always been people-oriented and also feels right at home with business management and “the numbers.”
After earning his doctorate in educational psychology, he ran a university counseling center, enjoyed a successful consulting career, and managed a financial planning business.
In 2016, he retired to Oaxaca City. Believing in the value of life-changing reading and wanting to serve the community, Pat joined Libros Para Pueblos in July 2017. He has served as treasurer and facilitator for the Executive Committee, where he continues to use his unique combination of knowledge of strategic planning, business management, and mathematical skills.
Pat is the sponsor of a Ruta Literaria reading project.