Board of Trustees
About The Trustees
The Placentia Library is an Independent Special District, governed by a five member elected Board of Trustees. The governing board promulgates policies and regulations for the District as well as establishing the budget for tax rate.
All Library Board meetings are open to the public. The Trustees usually meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Meeting Room.
The Board Book, containing the agenda, calendar of events, public notices, and the previous month's minutes is available at the Reference Desk.
Jo-Anne W. MartinPresident
Board President Martin’s background is in aerospace defense, operations and business. She has a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology from Vassar College, and a master’s degree in Systems Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton. President Martin served in the US Air Force for 21 years as an Air Battle Manager. During this time she commanded 2 Air Force units, served as a Mission Crew Commander in both the US and NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and was the Pacific Regional Air Defense Commander. President Martin commanded an AWACS crew during the first Gulf War, accumulating over 200 combat flying hours and was awarded an Air Medal for her accomplishments. She is the first female graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons (Top Gun) School. Her last assignment was at the Pentagon where she directed Congressional, budget and program integration for a $28 billion portfolio of communications and computer programs. She routinely briefed Congressional staffers, Air Force senior leadership and media. After retiring from the Air Force, President Martin spent 10 years in the aerospace defense industry. She was a Director of Business Development for The Boeing Company with extensive international as well as domestic responsibilities. Her international experiences span Asia, the Middle East and Europe with multiple tours in South Korea. President Martin is very active in the local community serving on the Board of Directors for HIS House and her church, and regularly volunteering at Charity’s Closet.
You may contact Jo-Anne W. Martin at: JMartin@placentialibrary.org
Library Board Secretary Gayle Carline was a software engineer for almost 30 years, but her passion was always for reading and writing. She is a weekly humor columnist for the Placentia News-Times, and has written a mystery series set in Placentia. Secretary Carline is married and has one son. When Secretary Carline’s son was younger, her volunteer efforts included being President of the Valencia High School Choir Boosters and working on the VHS Grad Night festivities. Once he left for college, she turned to her second love, the local library, and joined the Placentia Library Friends Foundation, where she was a board member for two years. When an opening appeared on the library Board of Trustees, she applied for the position. Secretary Carline is as passionate about libraries as she is about books, and is honored to be a member of the Placentia Library District Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the board since her appointment in 2011.
You may contact Gayle Carline at: GCarline@placentialibrary.org
Trustee Sherri Dahl has been a Placentia resident for 20 years. She earned a B.A. in Social Ecology, Psychology and Social Behavior, from the University of California, Irvine and an M.B.A. from The University of Phoenix. Her work background encompassed experience in multiple social services programs, where she enjoyed making a positive difference in the lives of her clients. Trustee Dahl medically retired from work relatively early in her career due to severe spinal injuries and chronic pain. With a life-long history of being a volunteer, she looked for ways to give to her community working around her needs. She joined the Placentia Round Table Women’s Club in and the Placentia Library Friends Foundation in 1997, and became a Placentia Library Friends Foundation Board Member in 2016. She served as Board President of PLFF until December 2020, when she transitioned to the Library Board of Trustees. Trustee Dahl has a fondness for libraries going back to childhood. Her insatiable passion for reading is fed by books, the internet, cereal boxes, and even product ingredient lists on packaging, if desperate.
For nearly two decades, Hilaire previously worked as an IT Administrator, coach, and educator with at-risk youth at the high school, middle school, and elementary school grade levels. Since 2016, Hilaire is the founder and CEO of a student-centric 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an academic technology focus on Professional Development Instruction for educators and students. Hilaire is an enduring educationalist committed to designing, beta-testing, and setting up avant-garde technology initiatives that have meaningful educational purpose for educators, students, and their families.
For this specific reason, Hilaire is enthusiastic, ready, and engaged in being a Placentia Library Trustee with an enormous love for books, academic research, pedagogy, and librarianship that best serves our library community.
Hilaire was born in San Diego, a regular book reader in numerous foreign languages, enjoys teaching Sunday-school in his free time, and is a new resident of Placentia since June 2020.
Originally a native of Chicago, Trustee Shkoler has lived in Placentia for 26 wonderful years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in business from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Always an avid reader, he became good friends with the neighborhood librarian. He plowed through all of the children's/young adult books of interest and with her help started working his way through the adult collection - while in seventh grade. His first regular job was as a stacker in the library. Living in Placentia was an eye-opening experience for Trustee Shkoler. With a young son in the school system, (he and wife, Gloria, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren), he became very active in the community: first as an assistant scout master, then coaching/managing soccer teams and Little League and band. He was president of VIP (Valencia Instrumental Parents) and chaired the Valencia High School Band's first field show tournament. Trustee Shkoler joined the Chamber of Commerce twenty years ago and served as president for two terms. He is a long time Rotarian and served as president in 1997-98. Trustee Shkoler is also a former Placentia Citizen of the Year. He has been on the library board for almost fourteen years, the last seven as president. Trustee Shkoler is very proud of the Placentia Library and its accomplishments. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.
You may contact Al Shkoler at: AShkoler@placentialibrary.org