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Library Board Member Profiles

Cynthia Claridge

Cynthia Claridge

Cynthia has been an active library supporter since moving to Redmond in 1979. As a former member of the Redmond Library Board, she worked to unite all libraries in Deschutes County as the Deschutes Public Library District. She also served on the Redmond building committee in 1996 to establish the Redmond Library in its current location. Cynthia and her husband delight in visiting their eight grandchildren and when not with family, they enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful state of Oregon.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board and Novel Idea Community Nominating Committee. Past member of the Redmond Library Board and Redmond building committee.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oregon State University (1972); Reading Endorsement certificate from Lewis & Clark College (2000)

Current Occupation: Retired.

Previous Occupation: Co-owner Paulina Springs Bookstore in Redmond, Elementary School Teacher at Evergreen Elementary, founder of cooperative pre-school in Redmond.

Organizations: Court Appointed State Advocate, past member of Downtown Redmond Merchants Association.

Martha Lawler

Martha Lawler

Martha was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Monterey, California. She and her husband Tom moved to La Pine in June 2004 just 4 days after she retired from her 25+ years as an employee with the State of California. Becoming involved with the La Pine Public Library was her first volunteer activity in the community. Martha and Tom happily serve as staff to their 6 cats, all of them rescues. In addition, they enjoy traveling, bird watching, hiking, and geocaching.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board. Past member of the Library District Budget Committee and the La Pine Library Advisory Council.

Education: Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis (1973).

Current Occupation: Retired

Previous Occupation: Contract Manager for the California State Department of Transportation; I.T. Manager for various California State Agencies

Organizations: In addition to her volunteer duties with the Library District, Martha volunteers with the La Pine Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and with the Sunriver Nature Center.

Ann Malkin

Ann Malkin

Ann has lived in Central Oregon for 30 years and has been an active supporter of libraries since the mid-1990s when she worked on the campaigns to establish the Deschutes Public Library District and pass the bond issue to build the Bend Public Library. She was a founding board member of the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar program.

Library Affiliation:  Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board. Member of the Library District Budget Committee. Board member and past president of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation and past member of the Bend Library Advisory Council.

Education:  B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon (1974).

Current Occupation:  Semi-retired; independent technical communications contractor.

Previous Occupation:  Director of Communications for Bend Research, Inc.; Development Director for the Stanislaus (CA) County Library System; reporter and editor for The Bulletin.

Memberships:  Senior member of the Society for Technical Communication, member of Kappa Tau Alpha, national journalism honorary society.

Ray Miao

Ray Miao

Ray was born in China and moved to the United States when he was three years old. His father worked for the United Nations and was the Director of Intern Programs. Ray had a career in cancer research and business development. He is the Volunteer State President of AARP Oregon. Ray is a member of the Nature Printing Society and creates plant and fish prints (Gyotaku). Ray and his wife Chris have lived in Central Oregon since 1991. They enjoy gardening, bird watching, canoeing, traveling and agility training with their Corgi dog, Toomii.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board
Member of the Bend Library Advisory Council for five years
Member of the County Library Board for three years

Education: Associate Bachelors in Chemistry, Queens College Ph.D. in Bio Chemistry, Duke University

Current Occupation: Retired

Previous Occupation: Corporate Vice President of national research firm
Vice President of Century West Engineering
Staff Scientist at the Stanford Research Institute

Bunny Thompson

Bunny and her husband have lived in Sisters since 2001. She is an engineer by trade and worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston helping to design the original Space Station as an ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) specialist working with astronauts. But she has always gravitated to books, libraries and words. She was a freelance writer for over 20 years writing for national magazines. After retiring and moving to Sisters, she began working at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters. She was a founding member of Sisters Science Club, president of Friends of Sisters Library, and currently volunteers for Oregon Adaptive Sports. When not involved in her volunteer efforts, you’ll find her in the mountains skiing, or hiking, canoeing and exploring all of Oregon’s wild spaces.

Library Affiliation: Member and President, Friends of Sisters Library; volunteer and organizer of library services at various schools in Texas

Education: Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering, Master of Science in Environmental and Solar Engineering

Current Occupation: Retired.

Previous Occupation: Engineer, Amoco Production Co.; Professor of Solar Engineering, North Lake College, Texas; Extravehicular Activity Engineer, NASA and Boeing, Texas

Organizations: Board of Sisters Science Club, Board of Oregon Adaptive Sports

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