Current Officers 2023

President | Héctor García

Chapter Affiliation |Blibliotecas Para La Gente

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Héctor started his MLIS journey at San Jose State University in Fall 2022, and is the current REFORMA-Bibliotecas Para La Gente Rita Torres Scholarship recipient. He was born in México and lived in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Nayarit, and México City. He moved to the US when he was 20 years old with zero English proficiency. After teaching himself English he became a professional Interpreter and Translator for more than 15 years. Héctor obtained an Art History degree from the University of Central Arkansas, and in May 2021 he graduated from the Master of Arts in Art History program from University of Houston. Last fall he joined the public library world as a Bilingual Community Library Specialist. His primary duties are to serve the Spanish speaking population and Latinx communities in Marin County. Héctor also serves as the Secretary for the REFORMA chapter Blibliotecas Para La Gente, and is also the current Chair for the Marin County Free Library Spanish Services Working Committee. Hector believes that public librarianship can advance our communities extraordinarily in their capacity because they are free to the public. He is also learning about how libraries function as institutional white spaces. Héctor believes it is necessary to increase visibility and representation in the library by revisiting protocols that discriminate against library users, including patrons and staff, and in programming and collection development. This Fall (2022) Hector is also collaborating with Libraries For the World to open a library in Guatemala. Hector would like to focus his degree on funding a library and cultural center in his hometown in Mexico.

Vice President | Rosa Hughes de la Rosa

Chapter Affiliation | Bibliotecas Para la Gente

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Rosa Hughes de la Rosa lives in San Jose, CA and works at the Santa Clara County Law Library. She holds a BA in Political Studies from Pitzer College and was a Fulbright ETA grantee to South Korea. She brings to librarianship her experience in project management in healthcare administration and non-profits. Rosa is a dedicated volunteer at her daughter’s Spanish Dual Immersion elementary school and is a bilingual Girl Scout troop leader serving on the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging cohort for Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Secretary | Perla Marquez

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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Perla Marquez joins us from Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. She recently graduated from UC Merced just last year where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Psychology. While in school, Perla served as the Secretary of her sorority, Tri Delta, for one year. She was also part of three graduate research projects where she served as a research assistant. Through those experiences Perla accomplished many things but most of importantly she was able to hone her research, organizational, and marketing skills. Currently, she is completing her first year in the SJSU’S MLIS program and has a strong desire to improve library services to the Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities.  

Membership Coordinator | Cybele Garcia Kohel

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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Cybele Garcia Kohel (she/her), is an elementary school librarian living and working on unceded Tongva land. She is a mom, dog lover and school librarian. A long-time Los Angeles resident, she is Boricua. Cybele has a BS in Anthropology and an MS in Peace Studies. Ms. Kohel is currently studying for an MLIS degree at San Jose State University.

Marketing & Social Media Liaison | Ana Arevalo

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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My biggest accomplishment has been to work with underserved communities. I assisted and provided service to English language learners, children on the spectrum, and sexual abuse victims. Working with at-risk youth has taught me the importance of outreach. I want to get my MLIS in Public Librarianship because I want to be a positive role model for my family and community. I graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a B.A. in Psychology. I am a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology and have an AA in Spanish and Behavioral Modification. I can read, write, and speak fluently in Spanish.

Marketing & Social Media Liaison | Guadalupe Martinez

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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Guadalupe Martinez (she/they) is a first-generation MLIS student, entering her final year with iSchool. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, her passions for community-centered resources and cultural exchange have led her to pursue a career in public librarianship. As a former youth and community organizer for Spanish-speaking and predominantly Latinx residents, she is highly interested in working in teen services and learning more about STEAM programming.

Blog Editor | Sarah Wilson

Chapter Affiliation | LIBROS San Diego & Imperial County Chapter

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Sarah is a youth services library professional who intends to graduate from the MLIS ischool program in Fall of 2022. She spent the past two semesters as the managing editor for the Student Research Journal, which values the voices of library and information science student researchers. Sarah has been a member of the ischool REFORMA student group since its inception. Sarah is dedicated to REFORMA’s mission of promoting Spanish literacy in the information profession. Using skills she learned in INFO 132: Spanish for Careers she served the information needs of elementary school students this past year in both Encinitas, California and Xalapa Mexico through her work as a distance learning librarian. She also paired educators virtually from both Monterrey, Mexico and Encinitas, California during Encinitas Union School District’s Read Across America, Really! program, which broadens the notion that Reading Across America can expand beyond U.S. borders. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego and is a library media assistant at an elementary school.

Webmaster |Lizette Lizardi

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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Lizette is a first-generation, bilingual, MLIS student who is passionate about promoting library services, information literacy, and reading among the Spanish-speaking community. Growing up, libraries helped her feel empowered and gave her hope. She now wishes to spread those feelings to other Spanish-speakers. Lizette has a Master’s in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver and has worked with refugees and unaccompanied minors from various Spanish-speaking countries. She aims to combine what she has learned from her past education and work experience with her knowledge of LIS to help Spanish speakers find empowerment through library services, information literacy, and reading.

Alumni Liaison | Sonia Bautista

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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I am currently the Senior Librarian at Commerce Library and an Adjunct Professor at East Los Angeles College. I am also a Community Board Advisory for PBS SoCal station. I was a chapter president for the LA Chapter of REFORMA, a Southwest Chapter Representative for National REFORMA and I am currently the LA Chapter Treasurer. I also participate in various committees with the LA chapter and with the REFORMA National Conference RNCVII.

Alumni Liaison | Gretchen G McLaughlin

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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Gretchen G McLaughlin is a first-generation college student who is a 25+ year veteran, public middle school English Language Arts and English Language Development teacher. She is a CA Media Library Services credentialed Teacher and earned her MLIS Spring 2021. Outreach and engagement are her two passions. She is eager to further demonstrate her Latinx allyship in our library communities.

Faculty Advisor | Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran

Chapter Affiliation | Los Angeles Chapter

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Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran

Dr. Villagran is an accomplished educator, innovative speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, cultural intelligence and diversity and inclusion expert with over 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She is an assistant professor with San José State University School of Information where her research focuses on cultural diversity and social justice in library and information science and cultural intelligence phenomena within organizations. Dr. Villagran is the founder and CEO of CulturalCo LLC, which provides consulting services in conflict management, bias, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, diversity, and inclusion. She is the REFORMA National Education committee chair, SJSU iSchool REFORMA liaison, and Faculty Advisor of the new REFORMA SJSU iSchool student group.

Previous Officers

Stephanie Duran, Membership Coordinator (2021-2022)

Founding Members

Rosa Rodriguez, President (2020-2022)

Essy Barroso-Ramirez, Vice President (2020-2021)

Sophia LaMonica, Secretary/Treasurer (2020-2022)

Alejandra Q Reyes, Marketing & Social Media Liaison (2020-2021)

Petry Saenz, Alumni Liaison (2020-2021)

Alessandra Gonzalez, Webmaster (2020-2021)

Renee A. Torres, Webmaster (2020-2021)