Pat Leone - President and Treasurer
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.
Elizabeth Templeton - Secretary
Elizabeth Templeton has lived in Oaxaca since 2016. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Committee, a member of the Development Committee, and a co-sponsor of library in Sierra Sur region of Oaxaca.
Before moving to Oaxaca with her husband, Elizabeth served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Creative Arts in Therapies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a Master’s in Creative Arts in Therapy with a specialization in dance/movement therapy from Hahnemann Medical College, and an Ed.D in Dance Education from Temple University. As a dance therapist, Elizabeth worked with children and adults in mental health clinics in Philadelphia. Her teaching interests included theories of creativity, “artistic inquiry” as a research methodology, multicultural and diversity awareness, and dance-healing practices of cultures from around the world. Elizabeth is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a practitioner of Contemplative Dance.
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.
Michael Bronn - Member
Mike 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. He joined the LPP Executive Committee in 2016 and currently handles communication projects and leads tours to LPP-supported libraries. He is also a Sponsor at Large.
José Luis Zárate - Member
Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, José Luis studied agronomy with a specialty in the design of machines for agriculture; subsequently, he completed diplomas in agroecology and documentary cinema. José Luis has extensive experience in the use of participatory methodologies for diagnosing problems and needs, strategic planning, project management, risk management, and contingency planning.
He has participated as a workshop speaker, panelist and lecturer in different national and international events with a special focus on community development. His passion for photography and video has allowed him to show others the reality of rural and urban life. Since assuming the position of Executive Director of LPP in September 2016, he has participated in all LPP working committees.