Board of Directors

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In-House General Counsel for Hurley Development
Why the Library: 
"The library is a gathering place for the community, a safe space that fosters intellectual development, innovation, creativity, and the exploration and exchange of ideas. Libraries are gateways to possibility and I believe they are fundamental to the fabric of a healthy society."
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Owner, Paul Montague Tax Preparation, LLC
Why the Library: 
"Libraries hold our collective knowledge and wisdom and make it available to anyone, regardless of race, color, creed, background or place in society. Through that knowledge and wisdom, new opportunities, new careers and new ideas are formed that help us build new futures."
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Self-Employed - Trainer, Gifts Differing
Why the Library: 
"The library is essential to an informed and engaged community. It offers a safe place to gather, to learn and to expand one’s horizons. And besides, my local community branch is quite wonderful."
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Community Member - Retired
Why the Library: 
"I am deeply committed to FVRL. I am extremely proud to serve on the Board, and hope to for as long as I am wanted."
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Branch Manager, Columbia Bank - Salmon Creek
Why the Library: 
"Libraries have always been a constant in my life.  The libraries of my childhood were always the heart of the school and the public library was where I went with my Mom.  In high school my Librarian introduced me to Science Fiction/ Fantasy and Mr. Tolkien, who taught me that “not all those who wander are lost”.  The library was my first volunteer opportunity and also my first job.  As an FVRL Foundation Board member I hope to provide support to an institution that has been an inspiration to me and so many others."
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Director of Business Development, Invest West Management
Why the Library: 
"I love the library because as part of a military family, moving was a part of my childhood. The library was my refuge when I moved to a new area, full of wonderful stories, activities and the friendly library staff who all made me feel at home."
Business Owner
Why the Library: 
The education that all are entitled to becomes a reality at the Library with its endless resources, a world of information, and an inclusive setting for everyone at every level.  How could it not be the Library?
Senior Vice President Retail Division Manager - Banner Bank
Assistant Vice President - US Bank - Andresen
Why the Library: 
“I support our local library because the dissemination of knowledge is paramount for a growing a strong society. The library provides a safe haven for our community to learn and develop. It is more than a place to store books, it is a center for knowledge, and knowledge is what empowers our community to thrive.”
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Realtor, Columbia River Realty
Why the Library: 
"The library is a meeting place where stories are shared to grow, expand, and transport our minds and hearts. Magic happens at libraries."