Meet the Board of Trustees
Kelly Benavidez – Chair
Ms. Benavidez is the liaison to Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly. Her community involvement has included work for the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, Hispanics in Politics and the Latina Network. Ms. Benavidez is a fan of Chicano writers, and her favorite book is Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor. She was reappointed by the Las Vegas City Council and her term expires in March 2015.
Ron Kirsh – Vice Chair
Mr. Kirsh is the president of Kirsh Media Group, a full service advertising agency and media buying firm. He has “voiced” more than 1,000 radio and television commercials and is a popular on-air radio personality. He was appointed by the City of Las Vegas and his term expires in April 2017. Mr. Kirsh loves biographies of all kinds, and novels by John Grisham.
Keiba Crear – Secretary
Ms. Crear is a Manager of the Environmental Monitoring and Management Division for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). She has been working with SNWA for 12 years and manages a team of biologists responsible for native restoration and biological monitoring in the Las Vegas Wash. She also oversees SNWA’s Sustainability and Climate Change initiatives. Appointed by the Clark County Board of Commissioners, her term expires March 2017. She enjoys reading about history, as well as other nonfiction and fiction.
Michael Saunders – Treasurer
Mr. Saunders is a Senior Deputy Attorney General with the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. He earned both his law degree and Master of Business Administration degree from UNLV. His experience with the library began in the 1990s when he worked as a page, a circulation assistant and as an intern in the public relations department. Mr. Saunders was appointed by the Clark County Board of Commissioners and his term expires in March 2017. He enjoys reading books that foster personal growth.
Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod was appointed by the Clark County Commission to serve the remainder of the term of Liz Carrasco. She brings to the Board a passion for education and a commitment to service to others. She loves to learn about different time periods by reading Historical Fiction, and Jane Austen is one of her favorite authors. Her term will run through March 1, 2013.
Marilyn Francis Drake
Mrs. Drake has served 30 years as an academic school librarian in Las Vegas. She was born and raised in Iowa and has lived in Las Vegas for 32 years. Her favorite books growing up were Wuthering Heights and The Count of Monte Cristo, and she enjoys young adult series as well as humor by authors like Fanny Flagg. Pictures books are her weakness, as they combine her love of art (she began as an art teacher) and literature. Her terms ends in 2017.
Mr. Ence was appointed by the Clark County Board of Commissioners and his term will expire in March 2015. He is a retired 30-year educator and school administrator, as well as a retired Brigadier General with 32 years of service in the Utah National Guard. He enjoys reading biographies and military history, and his favorite author is Tom Clancy.
Sheila Moulton was appointed to the Library District's Board of Trustees by the Clark County Commission. She previously served as a trustee on the Clark County School District Board. Ms. Moulton loves to share books that she enjoys with friends and family. Some of her favorite types of books include autobiographies, biographies and historical novels. Her term will run through August 8, 2015.
Ms. Wadley-Munier was appointed by the City of Las Vegas to fill the unexpired term of M. Frances Barron. The liaison to Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, Ms. Wadley-Munier is a lifelong library user and is passionate about books and reading. She enjoys biographies of American history-makers, and her favorite author is John Grisham. Her term will run through April 2017.
Ms. Yturralde was appointed by the City of Las Vegas and her term expires in April 2015. She is the liaison to Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow, and is very active in the community. She particularly enjoys reading novels, although she also loves gardening and plant-related books. John Grisham is one of her favorite authors.
Jeanne Goodrich – Executive Director
Prior to joining the Library District in June 2009, Ms. Goodrich worked for ten years as an independent library management consultant. Earlier positions include Deputy Director of the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon and Director of the South San Francisco Public Library and Idaho Falls Public Library. She enjoys reading mysteries, thrillers, biographies and history.