Library Board of Directors

The Deschutes Public Library Board is comprised of five elected members who represent the five communities served by the Deschutes Public Library -- Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, and Sunriver Area.

Ann Malkin

Ann Malkin

Ann has lived in Central Oregon for more than 40 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 named Library Supporter of the Year for 2012 by the Oregon Library Association. Ann was appointed by the governor to serve a third term on the State Library of Oregon board in 2022 after serving as board chair from 2017 to 2021.

Library Affiliation: Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board since 2007, serving as president from 2009–11, 2013–14, 2018–20, and 2021–2023. Board member and past president of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation, where she was instrumental in creating the popular A Novel Idea and Author! Author! literary programs. Past member of the Bend Library Advisory Council, Bend Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Bend Library, and COCC Visiting Scholar Committee.

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

Current Occupation:  Independent technical communications consultant to the biotechnology industry.

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:  Member of the American Library Association and Oregon Library Association

Anne Ness

Anne Ness

Anne was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in several states and Japan. She and her husband moved to Central Oregon in 2018 after living in the Portland area for 23 years. Anne retired from a 30 year teaching career in the field of special education. She is a fused glass hobbyist and enjoys traveling, hiking, cross country skiing and biking with her husband.

Library Affiliation: Past member of the Friends of the Bend Library

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Masters of Arts in Educational Therapy

Current Occupation: Retired

Previous Occupation: Special Education teacher in Colorado, Utah, Illinois, Michigan and Oregon

Organizations: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Supporters of Literacy in Deschutes County

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

Erin Trimble

Erin Trimble

Erin has lived in Redmond since 2006, and has long been a public library patron and supporter. She is passionate about creating connections for individuals and communities. Erin and her spouse have children in the Redmond School District. As a family they enjoy kayaking, hiking, and camping. Additionally, she enjoys food preservation and sewing.

Library Affiliation:Member of the Deschutes Public Library District Board, Redmond Parks Committee

Education: Bachelor of Science in ASL/English Interpreting from William Woods University (Fulton, MO) and a Master of Arts Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR)

Current Occupation:ASL Interpreter Coordinator and Captioning Manager for Central Oregon Community College

Organizations: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf 1999-present, WOU Interpreter Training Program Advisory Committee 2010-2013, Oregon Association Of Higher Education and Disability member 2017-present, Redmond Parks Committee Committee Member 2022-present

Betsy Tucker

Betsy Tucker

Betsy has been a proud resident of Oregon since 1999, bringing a wealth of experience from diverse careers, including event planning, hospitality, and local government. Her lifelong love of reading began as a toddler visiting her grandfather's library in Lompoc, California, where she spent countless hours immersed in books. Betsy is committed to supporting the library's role in promoting lifelong education and learning as a pathway to empowerment and social mobility.

Library Affiliation:Member of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation Board and past member of the Deschutes Public Library Budget Committee

Education:B.A. in Managerial Economics from Oregon State University

Current Occupation: Business Manager, City of Bend Fire & Rescue

Previous Occupation: Finance Manager, Bend Park and Recreation District; finance positions with Deschutes County and City of Bend; Hotelier, Seaside, Oregon.

Organizations: BSA Troop 101, Women's Foundation of Oregon Policy Committee, Family Kitchen Volunteer

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