Learn about the Pierce County Library Foundation

Our Work

The Pierce County Library Foundation inspires support of the Pierce County Library System by funding enhancements and innovations, advocating for the library, and building partnerships.

We have a vision to strengthen literacy for everyone in Pierce County to build an equitable, knowledgeable, engaged, and empowered community.

Foundation Board of Directors

The Pierce County Library Foundation Board of Directors serves as the governing body for the organization, ensuring the advancement of the Foundation’s mission. Members are responsible for steering the Foundation towards achieving its financial goals and commitments; focusing on high-level strategy, oversight and accountability.


Wendy Colebank, President – HomeStreet Bank

Mary Moser, Vice President – Clover Park High School

Teena Ward Hyde, Past President – Community Volunteer

Esmeralda Switzer, Secretary – Neighborcare Health

Thalia Soliman, Treasurer – Caliber Home Loans


Liz Lufkin –  Community Volunteer

Travis Mahugh – Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Kathy Whepley – Cedarcrest Middle School

Seeking New Board Members

The Pierce County Library Foundation is seeking new board members to represent our diverse communities and partner with us to achieve our goals in support of the Pierce County Library System. 

Learn more about becoming a Pierce County Foundation Board Member here.

If you have a deep passion for libraries and believe access to the information and knowledge your library provides is a gateway to a better life, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Dean Carrell, Foundation Director at 253-548-3456 to learn more.

Foundation Staff 

Foundation Director
Dean Carrell

Grant Writer & Prospect Research Associate
Lauren Angelo

Foundation Officer for Operations & Engagement
Christina Greene

Development Assistant
Katie Jay 

Annual Giving & Donor Engagement Associate
Alana Nodell


Our Values

We are guided by our values:

  • Integrity
  • Partnerships/Relationships
  • Equitable access to library resources and services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Innovation – Curiosity fuels connection
  • Gratitude
  • Freedom of expression
  • Community-centered