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.

Board meeting dates for 2020.

Gayle Carline


Library Board President 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.

President Carline is married and has one son. When President 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.

President 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:

Al Shkoler


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:

Richard DeVecchio, Ed.D.


Trustee DeVecchio's background is in education and teaching. He has a bachelor's degree in the social sciences; graduate degrees in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Illinois; and a doctorate in counseling-psychology and higher education from the University of Virginia.

For forty years he worked in education as a teacher and counselor. In 1999 he retired from Fullerton College, where he was Vice President of Student Services.

Trustee DeVecchio is involved with several community organizations. For over 25 years he has worked with a local Foundation dedicated to raising scholarship funds for students, and he is currently a docent at an historical location.

Trustee DeVecchio has a particular interest in the American Civil War, having visited most of the major battlefields. He also has a special fondness for gardening and growing of all sort of flowers.

Trustee DeVecchio and his wife, Phyllis, have three grown sons.

You may contact Richard DeVecchio, Ed.D. at:

Jo-Anne W. Martin


Trustee 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. Secretary 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. Trustee 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, Trustee 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. Trustee 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:

Elizabeth D. Minter


Trustee Minter was born and grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River. She received her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and spent her junior year abroad at Glasgow University in Scotland. Trustee Minter holds a Master of Library Science from University of Pittsburgh and also participated in the graduate program in business at University of Iowa and the Fundraising Management program at the University of California, Irvine.

For over 40 years, Trustee Minter has worked in the field of library science. In 1972, she became the Library Director for Huntingdon County Library, Pennsylvania. In 1975, Trustee Minter moved to Iowa where she worked as a Library Development Consultant and Administrator for the East Central Regional Library in Cedar Rapids. From 1980-1988, she served as the Library Director for the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa. Trustee Minter came to California in 1988, where she served as the City Librarian for Monterey Park until 1991 when she became the Library Director for the Placentia Library District where she worked until 2008. Currently, Trustee Minter is a Catalog Librarian for Fieldstead and Company.

Trustee Minter has been an active member of the Rotary club in both Iowa and California, serving as president of the Monterey Park chapter from 1990-91 and president of the Placentia chapter from 2003-04. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and participated as the Rotary team leader to Korea in 1999. Trustee Minter is also a volunteer at the Bradford House in Placentia and a member of the Placentia Round Table Women’s Club.

Trustee Minter has been married since October 1982. She and her husband have two dogs, a Westie, named Dasher, and a Scottie, named Blitzen. She enjoys being Mrs. Claus to her husband’s Santa Fred.

You may contact Elizabeth D. Minter at: