Who We Are
Foundation Board Members
Meet the Board
Lindsay Fisher was raised in Vancouver and spent much of her childhood enjoying all the Fort Vancouver Regional Library programs. She attended LaSalle High School in Milwaukie, Oregon graduating in 1998. In 2003 she graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Hospitality Business Management and a second degree in Business Management. While at Washington State University, she was an active member of Chi Omega Sorority, a Recruiting Ambassador for the School of Hospitality Business Management and a member of Sigma Iota, a Hospitality Service Organization. After graduation she moved to San Diego, CA and accepted a management position with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, transferring with the company to Seattle in 2004. Happily, she returned home in 2006 to join her family owned and operated business, Evergreen Memorial Gardens and currently is the Vice President of Administration.
Lindsay served on the board of the Washington Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association from 2006-2009 and remains an active member. She is involved in many community service activities and is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County. In her free time she enjoys traveling, canning and food preservation (winning a 1st place blue ribbon at the 2011 Clark County Fair!) and spending quality time with her friends and family. Lindsay has been married to her husband, P.J. since 2005 and together they have two young sons.
Nancy Gaston fell in love with libraries as a twelve-year-old in Michigan when she read her way through a whole shelf full of Lloyd C. Douglas fiction. She worked in that same library during her summers as a teenager, and then pursued a minor in library science as an English major at Eastern Michigan University.
When she married Mike Gaston they settled in Charleston, West Virginia, and then moved to places including Tampa, New Orleans, Cleveland, Geneva (Switzerland) and Montreal before coming to Vancouver in 1985. Along the way, they added three daughters and a large assortment of pets to the family—all of whom have moved out of the home except for Sam the cat, who rules the household.
Nancy was a high school English, journalism and speech teacher and a freelance writer before changing careers to nonprofit management and volunteer management. She directed a crisis line, a volunteer chore service and the volunteer center here in Vancouver before completing a degree in theology at McGill University in Montreal. She then worked on a church staff in Portland before leaving her day job to start a training and consulting practice, Gifts Differing. She consults with faith-based organizations and trains at local regional, national and international conferences on volunteer management, personality styles, generational differences and meeting management.
Community involvement has included serving on the boards of the Clark County YWCA, Kids on the Block, Assistance League of Southwest Washington, Oregon Generations Together, Impact Northwest and Hands on Greater Portland, as well as AVA, the international Association for Volunteer Administration. She is a trainer for Junior Achievement and has a Lunch Buddy at Hazel Dell elementary.
Although he was born in San Mateo, California, Rich Koplan became a resident of the Pacific Northwest at a very young age. His family lived in Portland, Oregon for several years before moving to Vancouver the summer before Rich entered second grade. An alumnus of Lincoln Grade School, Shumway Junior High School, and Fort Vancouver High School, Rich attended Clark College for two years and then transferred to Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle Washington, where he completed his education in the field of interior design.
In 1967, after graduating from Cornish, he began his career in retailing and interior design at Koplan’s Home Furnishings, where he spent the majority of his working life, and he is now enjoying retirement. Rich has also spent a great amount of time as a member of several service organizations. He joined the Fort Vancouver Kiwanis Club, where he was a member for over twenty years and also served as club president, and he has remained an active member of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County for nearly twenty-five years and served as Club President for the term of 2005-2006. Rich has also been a lunch buddy at Hazel Dell Elementary School for several years.
Rich was happily married to his wife, Ellen, until she sadly passed away in 2014. He is blessed to have two fine sons, daughters-in-law, and three granddaughters.
Rich has enjoyed using the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system for most of his life, and remembers all too well many hours spent studying in the library when it was in the museum building downtown on Main Street.
Paul Montague was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Vancouver from Los Angeles in 1993. After more than 22 years in the telecommunications industry, Paul began working at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in April of 2005. Since then, he has served as Membership Development Director for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO of Identity Clark County, and Executive Director of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce.
In December, Paul left the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce to create Paul Montague Tax Preparation, LLC. Relying on prior experience in the tax preparation business, his firm specializes in individual and small business tax returns.
Paul holds a master's degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and bachelor's degrees in Speech Communication, Economics and Computer Science from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
Paul has served on the Columbia Credit Union Board, is a Past President of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation Board, Past President of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County, and has served as Treasurer of the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation. He also volunteers in the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands, and his church.
Paul married his wife Maureen in 2015; has a twenty-year-old daughter Emma, who is a second-year student at Plymouth University in Plymouth, England; and has two stepsons, Bernard and Finn, who attend Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Paul is also a licensed commercial and private pilot.
Becky Rude grew up in Central and Eastern Oregon, graduating from Burns High School. Becky fed her affection for reading and writing by earning a Bachelor's degree in English and studying abroad in Paris, France at Linfield College. She went on to obtain a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College while working in higher education enrollment services, primarily as a financial aid administrator. She then shifted her career by attending law school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she also worked with Georgetown's Supreme Court Institute. Returning to the Pacific Northwest with her law degree, Becky practiced business and commercial finance law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland. She then moved to private practice in Battle Ground, Washington and now serves as in-house General Counsel for Hurley Development, a local real estate development company in Vancouver.
Becky is a longtime lover of libraries and has benefited from their services throughout her personal and professional life. She has fond memories of summer reading programs, especially getting a sticker for every tome read, and the wonderful sound of the, now old-fashioned, card machine stamping the return date for her checked out books.
Residing in Battle Ground with her husband, Brant, and five step-children, three of whom are in college, Becky enjoys being connected with the community and is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County, volunteers with Battle Ground public schools, and is developing an expertise on the various grass and turf fields in the Vancouver-Portland region because of her role as soccer mom to her youngest step-daughter. She also likes being active by practicing yoga, sporadically running long distances, and riding dual-sport motorcycles with her husband.
Barbara Selstad moved to Home Valley, WA from Toronto, Ontario in 1991. Born in Minneapolis, MN she went through formal education there, culminating at the University of Minnesota in 1970. Marriage, birth of a daughter and son and moving around the country were rewarding adventures. Both children, with 5 grandchildren, now live nearby in Hood River and Portland. Parenting inspired interest in early childhood development bringing Barbara to work at pre-schools in MN, IL, and TX. While working in the Rockford, IL YMCA Barbara took up running and eventually completed 15 marathons, also 4 Triathlons and in 2008 bicycled from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida.
While living in WA Barbara has had a painting and wallpapering business, followed by a partnership owning Log Cabin Lodging, a coffee shop and managing an art gallery. Then Barbara happily celebrated a second marriage. Now she dedicates her time volunteering with CASA, Friends of the Library (promoting all Library programs and activities), Toastmasters, and Chamber of Commerce in Skamania County. She is proud to be a member of the FVRL Foundation Board.
"Learn as if you were to live forever." (Gandhi)
Coming to the USA from India at the age of 5 and not knowing any English, Heena got introduced to the library concept in elementary school where she quickly discovered a love for reading, and made libraries her sanctuary for years before the invention of computers and smartphones that now make information available at your fingertips. It was in the libraries, with the help of caring librarians—and the Dewey Decimal System—that she navigated new worlds, weird ideas, and wild thoughts. There is still nothing like holding a book, smelling the ink on the pages, feeling the weight of the words. Questions got answered at the library, just before new questions got formed.
Moving to Washougal in late 2011, Heena quickly got involved volunteering in the local community in an effort to make new friends, get familiar with the area and find herself. She is now the Vice-Chair on the Downtown Washougal Association, Treasurer for the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance, and is a member of many local organizations in Washougal-Camas (and now Vancouver), and has also volunteered or been a sponsor with several other committees for events to help benefit local businesses and communities.
Heena has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. While she still owns a compliance consulting company, she stretched into the real estate industry in Washington and is a realtor with Columbia River Realty in Washougal. Heena is currently owned by her 2 fur kids, still enjoys reading, considers laughter as exercise, will agree to a walk on non-rainy days, gets excited about exploring new places, actively supports small and local businesses, and thoroughly enjoys volunteering in the communities, smelling lots of roses, and watching as many sunsets and moonrises while drinking wine as possible.