Library Board of Trustees
About the Board
The primary mission of the Escondido Public Library Board of Trustees is to be vocal and energetic advocates for the essential services that the Escondido Public Library provides to our community and to give sound and timely advice and counsel to the Escondido City Council and the City Librarian on the development of plans, policies and programs that are responsive to community needs and desires. The five members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms and confirmed by the City Council. The Board elects a President and Secretary annually.
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Areas of Focus
- Reviewing and approving policies and fees recommended by library staff.
- Recommending long-range plans regarding facilities, staff, and programs.
- Evaluating community desires and needs for library services.
- Reviewing customer concerns and suggestions.
- Generating public support and participation in library programs.
- Determining expenditures of library trust funds.
The board meets the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m at City Council Chambers, located at 201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025-2798.
Current Library Board of Trustees Agenda / Agenda Archive
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Current Board Members
Virginia Bunnell (President) Email the Board of Trustees President
Virginia Segarra Bunnell is a 4th generation native San Diegan and has lived in Escondido with her husband since 2015. Virginia is the Director of Administrative Services for the San Diego Blood Bank and is responsible for the development of strategic goals and plans for administrative, executive and Board of Directors support and collaborating with the leadership team to integrate and streamline business activities. When Virginia began her employment with the San Diego Blood Bank in 2014, she created a program for local high school and college tours where students are invited to the San Diego Blood Bank headquarters for a behind- the -scenes tour of the donor center and laboratories. Since the development of this program, thousands of students have experienced an intimate view of the altruistic impact of the community. Prior to the San Diego Blood Bank, Virginia worked at Broadcom Corporation, where she developed the Charity committee and led the efforts in organizing and promoting non-profit events for the San Diego campus. Virginia is passionate about working with the community. She has two adult sons and a daughter who will be attending Del Lago Academy high school in the fall of 2021.
Francis X. Bova III (Secretary) Email the Board of Trustees Secretary
Francis has lived in Escondido since 2016, residing currently in the Old Escondido neighborhood with his wife and two kids. Francis, a graduate of Cleveland State University with a BA in Journalism and Promotional Communication, has 10-plus years of experience effectively leading development and execution of operational strategy, policies, and systems within the tech industry. Francis is a member of the Trust & Safety Professional Association. In a past role at the director level for a global online fundraising platform, he led efforts connected to the safe delivery of billions of dollars raised in donations for individuals and the review process for billions of pieces of content. Francis views libraries as evolving centers within communities, hopes they continue to embrace technology and diversity, and that more people have access and awareness to all that a library can offer. He also likes to volunteer locally with the Escondido Street Stewards, a group of dedicated residents, who regularly strive to keep different areas of the city clean.
Carolyn Clemens (Board Member)
Carolyn has been a resident of Escondido since 2013 and has been a resident of San Diego County her entire life. She received her BA in Political Science and French from the University of San Diego, and received her MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Carolyn has been in project management since 2012, where she focuses on maintaining cost, schedule, and performance of contracts and client deliverables. She is excited to serve on the Escondido Library Board of Trustees because she believes the library is an integral part of Escondido. In serving on the Board, Carolyn hopes to share her love of libraries with the community and ensure that the library remains a place for open discussion and learning.
John Schwab (Board Member)
A San Diego native, John graduated from St Augustine High School and received a BS in Operations Management from the University of San Francisco. After two years in the US Army, including a tour with the 1st Air Cav in Vietnam, he returned home to start his aerospace career while working evenings on his MS in Business from SDSU. Ten years of procurement and materials management experience at Solar Turbines and Pacific Southwest Airlines led the way to marketing, sales and project management assignments at companies such as Rohr Industries. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of inventory forecasting and sale order management systems. John has held director level positions in four NYSE listed corporations. In 2003, John changed careers. He spent the next 11 years as the owner/manager of small service businesses in north county. Since retiring, John volunteers with JIT Foster Youth, Escondido Sunrise Rotary, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the city library. John and his wife Marie live in Escondido within driving distance of their 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Maribel Reyes (Board Member)