Library Advisory Board

Members of the Library Advisory Board are appointed by the Mayor and City Council who also provide a Councilor as a library liaison. Board members serve in an advisory capacity for the Council, City Manager and Library Director, reviewing library policies & procedures, participating in strategic planning for funding, services and facilities, and acting as intermediaries between the community, their library and the Council. Members strive to be accessible and responsive to community interests.

The Board reports to the Council bi-annually regarding operation of the library and its use by the public. Members serve without compensation and must be residents of Springfield. Terms are four years, and may be renewed once. Meetings are held once a month (except December) and are open to the public.

Library Advisory Board Members

  • Susan Bogenschild – Voting Member
  • Myra Breen – Voting Member
  • Heather Huerta – Voting Member and Chair
  • Ralene Linneman – Voting Member
  • Robyn Louden – Voting Member
  • Linda Mears – Voting Member
  • Angela Miceli – Voting Member
  • Carolyn Rebbert – Voting Member and Vice Chair
  • Rebekah Weed – Voting Member
  • Sean VanGordon – City Council Liaison
  • Emily David – Library Liaison. 541-726-2235

Learn more about the board members

2023 Meeting Dates and Details

2022 Meeting Dates and Details

2021 Meeting Dates and Details

2020 Meeting Dates and Details

2019 Meeting Dates and Details

Current Library Advisory Board Member Bios 2022

Ralene Linneman
  • Name: Ralene Linneman
  • Board role and terms: Board Chair, 2022. Served on the board since December 2017. Term ends 2024.
  • Professional role/title: Retired librarian. Worked as a school librarian in Illinois and a public librarian in Ohio. Last position was a reference librarian at Westlake Porter Public Library near Cleveland. 
  • About: Ralene retired and moved from Avon Lake, OH to Springfield in 2012 to be closer to family. She is an active person who enjoys bicycling and tennis. She has been an avid library user everywhere she has lived which includes Illinois, Ohio, Oregon and Belgium. 
  • Favorite Book: The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey
Heather Millehrer-Huerta
  • Name: Heather Millehrer-Huerta
  • Board Role & Term(s):  Board Member since 2020, term ends 2024, Board Vice-Chair for 2022
  • Professional Role/Title: Parent // Homeschooling Parent // Employed as a Social Studies Curriculum Guide in the Lowell School District
  • Professional Affiliation: Affiliated with TeachNW (public homeschool based in Marcola), Bridge (public homeschool based in Lowell) & Comunidad y Herencia Cultural // Noche Cultural (non-profit serving, advocating with, & representing the local Latinx community)
  • About:  Heather has lived in Springfield since 2010. Having grown up in Oregon, then moved away for a time, she now considers this home. She has enjoyed & appreciated the Springfield Public Library ever since moving here. After beginning a family she grew to appreciate it even more. Her boys are regular fixtures at the library & know most of the librarians by name. As a community organizer Heather has participated with organizations that have partnered with the library & volunteered directly with the library as well during community outreach events. She sees the library & what it symbolizes as core to what it means to be in community here in Springfield. 
  • Favorite Book: She cannot choose just one. As a child she loved The Pushcart Wars & The Westing Game. When she’s stressed & needs an easy reread she turns to the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. A book she recommends that everyone try is Let’s Pretend Nothing Happened by Jenny Lawson because it’s a gateway memoir & she loves memoirs & wishes more people would discover them as well. 
Robyn Louden
  • Name: Robyn Louden
  • Board Role: Member, first term ends Dec 2025
  • Professional role/title: Special Education teacher 
  • Professional affiliation: Eugene 4j school district
  • About:  Robyn is a local educator who believes that books are for everyone. She wanted to be a school librarian as a child but settled as a reading teacher instead. As a lifelong Oregonian, she has called Springfield home since 2016. In her free time, she loves hiking, going rafting, walking her two dogs, and enjoying downtown Springfield’s fine watering holes. 
Linda Mears
  • Name: Linda Mears
  • Board role: Member since 2016 – (Past Board Chair 2018-2020) current term ends 2024
  • Professional role: Communications Director
    Professional affiliation: Northwest Community Credit Union
  • About: Linda grew up in Portland and enjoyed the Multnomah County Library system. Both her family and schooling provided her with conviction that libraries are, like schools, an investment in creating a learned society, one that plays an important role in supporting every citizen, whether they make use of library services, or not. She has been a Springfield Library patron since 1975. 
  • Favorite Book: The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
Angela C. Miceli Stout
  • Name: Angela C. Miceli Stout
  • Board role and term(s): Vice Chair, 2019-2023 
  • Professional role/title: Marriage and Family Life Coordinator
  • Professional affiliation: St. Alice Catholic Church
  • About: Angela holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy and works in ministry at her parish in Springfield, Oregon. She is a wife and mother of three young children and enjoys spending time with family, working in her garden, homeschooling her kids, hosting family and friends at her home.
Carolyn Rebbert
  • Name: Carolyn Rebbert 
  • Board Role and Term: Board Member, Term 1- ends Dec 2023
  • About:  Rebbert is a geologist with experience as a museum scientist, curator, educator and director.  She has also been self-employed as a science content editor for primarily children’s books.  She is in a GIS certificate program, and worked as a GIS Tech with the US Forest Service.  Rebbert serves on the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Education Committee.  She holds a sUAS pilot certificate.