Board of Trustees
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is governed by Colorado Library Law (Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 24, Article 90, Section 108) and organized as a component unit of Jefferson County Government.
The Library is supported primarily through property taxes collected by the County. In 1986, Jefferson County voters approved a dedicated library mill levy of up to 3.5 mills. In 2015, they voted to increase the Library’s mill levy to a maximum of 4.5 mills, thereby securing the future of the Library for years to come. Annually, the Library Board of Trustees develops the budget and mill levy required to deliver Library services and an elected Board of County Commissioners appropriates the Library’s budget and sets the Library tax levy to be collected.
JCPL Trustees are appointed by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners. The seven-member Library Board of Trustees uses the Carver and Charney Policy Governance Model as the framework to guide its decision-making. Under policy governance, the Library Board of Trustees sets Library policy, defines long-term expectations for Library service, has fiscal and legal responsibility for JCPL, and hires and provides direction to the executive director.
On behalf of Jefferson County residents, this governing Board:
- Has the authority to make policy. The Library Board uses the Carver and Charney Policy Governance Model as the framework to guide its decision making.
- Has fiscal and legal responsibility for control and management of the Library to:
- Develop and approve an annual operating budget.
- Employ the Executive Director and provide direction to her/him for the organizational goals to be achieved.
- Enter into contracts and other agreements for the management of the Library.
- Hold, acquire and own property, and accept and determine use of gifts (monetary and otherwise) to the Library.
Trustees are required to:
- Reside in Jefferson County.
- Determine and recommend library governing policies.
- Become familiar with state and federal laws governing libraries, public meetings, availability of public records and First Amendment rights.
- Prepare for, attend and participate in all Board meetings/study sessions, retreats, conferences and workshops.
- Secure adequate funding and practice responsible fiscal management of the public money.
- Plan for the future of the Library.
- Promote library services and advocate for the Library in the community.
- Serve without pay. Expenses related to participation in library activities may be reimbursed.
Meet the Board
Kim Johnson, Chair
Term: September 30, 2019 through September 30, 2022
Kim is the Director of Finance & Operations for St. Elizabeth’s School, an intentionally inclusive, independent K-8 school in Denver, CO. Her professional background also includes more than a decade as a commercial property manager with several firms in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California. She entered real estate management following a career in retail management, providing for her entrepreneurial outlook in evaluating issues.
Kim is an active community volunteer whose work reflects over 15 years of volunteering with Jefferson County School District, classrooms, local PTA units, school booster groups, and family support groups. She has served on the JCPL Board of Trustees since 2016.
Kim received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a cooperative bachelor’s degree in law and society from the University of California at Riverside. She has been a Jefferson County, Colorado resident since 2003 and resides in Arvada with her husband and two children.
Pam Anderson, Vice Chair
Term: through September 30, 2023
Pam is owner of Consilium Colorado, LLC., a consulting firm that specializes in public/private leadership, program management specializing in elections administration, and political affairs. Pam Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, a non-profit professional association which represents the 64 elected and appointed county Clerk and Recorders in the state of Colorado. The Clerk & Recorders are responsible for several functions including administration of coordinated, state and federal elections, recording of all land records and marriage licensing, motor vehicle titling and registration, and Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners. She has also successfully contracted with diverse organizations at the national, county and municipal level to evaluate and improve civic engagement, elections or services to citizens.
Pam was elected the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. Previously she served as the elected City Clerk for the City of Wheat Ridge. Jefferson County, Colorado is located west of Denver with approximately 422,000 registered voters and is politically diverse She has a B.A. in History, Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a CERA-certified elections professional.
Pam is on the Board of the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research, and has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver and an advisory member of the Pew Center Performance Index of Elections Advisory group. She is Past- President of the Colorado County Clerks Association.
Pam is married to Jay Anderson and they have two children; Sylas, is a sophomore at the University of San Diego, and Kate who is in her senior year at Wheat Ridge High School. Pam enjoys sports of all sorts, travel, loves the outdoors, cooking, and reading mysteries and thrillers in her downtime.
Jill Fellman, Secretary
Term: through September 30, 2022
Jill Fellman has always been involved in the Jefferson County school system. She grew up in Lakewood and attended Jefferson County schools. Professionally, she was an educator in the Jefferson County public schools for over 30 years.
Jill’s extensive career began as a secondary school math teacher. For 18 years she worked to help her students discover themselves as a classroom teacher. From there she became an Assessment Resource Specialist, interpreting standardized test data to better the school system and improve student achievement results, before working as the Math Curriculum Coordinator for the district. Subsequently, Jill became a Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Jeffco Schools. In addition to supporting curriculum development in several course areas, Jill oversaw the Secondary Instructional Coaches – striving to ensure all students have meaningful educational experiences. After retiring from the school district, Jill served as a site professor for University of Colorado at Denver’s Teacher Preparation program and a supervisor of student teachers for Colorado State University.
After retiring from her career as an educator, Jill served as an elected member of the Jefferson County School Board of Education from November 2011 to November 2015. In her Board service she served two years as Board’s secretary, two years as treasurer. Shehas also served on the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), advocating public education issues with legislators, and serving on CASB’s Executive Committee and Federal Relations Network. She also attended the Colorado School Finance Project meetings, and served on the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance.
Reading has always been a passion – Jill is currently in 3 book clubs! She is married to her wonderful husband Ken, they have 2 grown children, and 3 precious grandchildren.
Term: through September 28, 2024
Jeanne Lomba has been involved with the Jefferson County Library System for many years - as a volunteer at Columbine Library, a member of the Library Speakers Bureau, a Human Resources Generalist in the library’s Employee Relations Department, and an avid patron.
A native of Washington DC, Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in (Adult) Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, and has used her knack for training/teaching in her career as a Human Resources professional and technical trainer in many industries, working for such local companies as Interactive Software, JD Edwards/Oracle, Rose Medical Center, Opportunity in Living, TestAmerica, South Metro Fire & Rescue, and Natural Grocers.
Jeanne has lived in Jefferson County since 1982 and has been married for 30 years. She is an avid gamer – playing bridge, scrabble, cribbage, and mahjongg regularly – and also enjoys crafting, cooking, theatre arts, and reading.
Her love of volunteering originated years ago when she was active in the Colorado Human Resources Association, as well as elementary and high school PTAs, serving as an office holder throughout her son’s education in Jeffco. He is now a Jeffco teacher, and a positive influence and role model for her current career.
Jeanne is a substitute teacher in Jefferson and Denver counties, where she takes weekly impromptu and scheduled teaching positions for grades 3-12. She also teaches Faith Formation at Light of the World Church and participates in their Vacation Bible Camp.
Term: through September 30, 2022
Germán Zárate-Bohórquez is the Founder and Executive Director of Balón USA, a nonprofit dedicated offering high-quality, low-cost soccer programming for youths in under-resourced communities. Balón USA provides initial soccer experiences to youths who otherwise would not have these opportunities. The program focuses on youth development, recreation, and health and collaborates with schools, parents, and other community organizations as vital partners. He was honored by Channel 7 as an Everyday Hero for this work.
Zárate-Bohórquez has been working since 2006 in the nonprofit sector. He has built a career in community outreach and engagement, research, fostering collaboration, and program management and enhancement. In his work with nonprofits, community organizations, and schools, he is known for his warmth and passion in connecting underserved communities to vital resources. He uses his Spanish language skills and cultural awareness to engage families and communities. He has been featured on EducaRadio, La Voz del Pueblo, Univision Colorado and Telemundo for his community service. He was a founding member of the Latino Commission for Habitat for Humanity, St. Vrain Valley, Longmont.
Zárate-Bohórquez is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University (2012) and a law degree from Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Mexico (1993). He has lived in Jefferson County since 2004. He currently lives in Lakewood with his wife, Amanda, and his two teenage daughters. He enjoys sports and being active outdoors.
Term: through September 30, 2023
Charles is the CEO of CiviCore, a software company serving nonprofit and public sector organizations. His professional and academic work focus on the development of information systems that build capacity within the social sector. His work utilizes information to promote sense making and bridge the digital divide.
Charles' community commitments include being appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Disability Funding Committee. Currently, he is chairing the CDFC's subcommittee on License Plate Auctioning. He is beginning his fourth year as a member of Jefferson County Public Schools Leadership Committee. Charles serves on the Bergens Leadership Council and also volunteers for Anchor Center for Blind Children.
Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, Master’s degree from Harvard University in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington.
Charles is a Colorado native and lives in Evergreen with his wife and two young daughters.
Term: through September 28, 2024
Cassie's love of reading began at a very young age and the library has always been one of her refuges. While some parents may have to cajole their children into reading, Cassie's mom was busy taking away flashlights in the middle of the night when she would discover Cassie under the covers with her new "favorite" book. Now Cassie enjoys passing the love of reading on to her 4-year-old son who loves to read about animals, robots and space.
Cassie Tanner is currently the Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations at AAA Colorado. At AAA Cassie serves as the deputy spokesperson, advocates for traffic safety, and helps lead community engagement. Previously, she served as the Executive Director at SpayToday Healthy Pet Center, a nonprofit in Lakewood dedicated to providing low-cost veterinary services to Jefferson County and beyond. Cassie is the Board President on the West Metro Fire Rescue Board of Directors until her elected term expires in May 2022. She is also a member of the Friends of Foothills Animal Shelter Board of Directors.
Cassie graduated from Leadership Jefferson County in 2010 and has served on the LJC Steering Committee and State Day Committee for ten years. She is the Vice Chair of the LJC Class of 2021-22 and will Chair the Class of 2022-23. Cassie is actively engaged in the West Metro Chamber and will join the chamber board in late 2021.