Board Directors

Access Humboldt's goal is to be accountable and to maintain the high ethical standards for governance. Individual and organizational members vote on the election of Board Members.

Our Board is designed to represent the broad base of community interests as reflected in the variety of nonprofit organizations and institutions serving Humboldt County, as well as access producers and persons with knowledge and expertise related to the mission of Access Humboldt. The By-Laws state that six Directors are elected by the membership, two Directors are Appointed Directors chosen by the majority of the Board, and seven are Designated Directors representing the Humboldt County Office of Education, Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods, the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County, Northern California Association of Nonprofits, the Mayors’ Select Committee (representing the Cities of Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Blue Lake, Ferndale and Rio Dell), Eureka City Schools, and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. We are honored to have a 100% giving board.

Elected board members serve 3-year terms (2 terms max). Designated members serve up to 6 1-year terms.

Photo of Libby Maynard

Libby Maynard - Chair (Elected)

Libby Maynard is the executive director and co-founder of The Ink People Center for the Arts. As well as being a professional artist, she has over 40 years of nonprofit administrative experience. She received her BA and MA in art from Humboldt State University, and is a consultant in nonprofit management and program development. She created the Ink People’s DreamMaker program, which has fostered over 300 community-initiated projects in the past 28 years, and currently manages over 90 self-directing projects. She has served on the Access Humboldt Board of Directors from 2006-2013 and 2014-present, serving as Board President from 2007-09, and on the Finance Committee 2009-present. She was also the director of Ink People’s Community Access Television from 1996-2006, and Arcata Community Access Television's President from 1990-91, and Treasurer, 1991-93.

Ryan Keller- (Humboldt County Office of Education)

Ryan Keller is a library media specialist for the Humboldt County Office of Education. Previously she taught mathematics, English, information literacy and technology at the high school level. She oversees the library program at the Humboldt Educational Resource Center (HERC) and develops professional learning opportunities for teachers and school librarians around the county. She is excited about inquiry-based learning, developing students’ information and media literacies, and nurturing them to be thoughtful, creative and engaged citizens of the world.

Jane Callahan - Secretary (Appointed)

Jane Callahan has worked in the nonprofit sector for her entire career. Areas of expertise include nonprofit development and management, community building initiatives, fundraising and strategic planning. She has a background in international media development, public health, evaluation and public policy. She is a graduate of HSU and lives in Eureka, CA.

Cyril Oberlander - (Humboldt State University)

Cyril Oberlander is the University Library Dean at Humboldt State University since July 2014. Previously, he served as the Director of Milne Library at the State University of New York at Geneseo since 2011, and as the Principal Investigator of the Open SUNY Textbook Project, a multi-institution grant and libraries funded open textbook publishing initiative. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and as an internal consultant to the IDS Project, a 75 library cooperative in New York, since 2008. He also served as the Director of Interlibrary Services at the University of Virginia Library from 2005-2008, the Head of Interlibrary Loan at Portland State University from 1996-2005, as well as various roles in Access Services at Portland State University since 1987.

Dr. Keith Flamer - (College of the Redwoods)

Dr. Keith Flamer was named President/Superintendent of College of the Redwoods effective April 11, 2017. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Jay Tilgman (elected)

Jay Tilghman, Film and Digital Media Mentor for the MARZ Project, a core youth-centric program of the Ink People Center for the Arts. Acting director of the Eureka-Kamisu Sister City Association since 2013.

Rev. Molly Cate - Co- Chair (League of Women Voters)

is a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters Humboldt County, a humanitarian educator and the spiritual leader of Unity Church of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. She has a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies in Santa Rosa, one in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, and several certificates in Cross-Cultural Competence. She is passionate about bridging the barriers between people holding clashing belief systems.

Rob Standish - (Eureka City Schools)

Rob Standish is the Assistant Principal at Eureka High School. Previously, he was a Social Science teacher at South Fork High School in Miranda California. While there, he taught a Media Production class that aired a live weekly radio show for KMUD in Garberville. Rob served in the US Army from 1988-1991 as a Public Affairs Specialist and is a Gulf War veteran.

Gregg Foster - Treasurer (Elected)

Gregg Foster is a Humboldt County native and is currently the executive director of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC). Gregg served on the Board of Conveners for Access Humboldt during the development of the cable franchise agreement that led to its creation. RREDC has also been involved in the development of broadband infrastructure in Humboldt County, providing advocacy and leadership since 2000. It was a key leader in the development of Humboldt County’s second fiber optic line, completed in 2011.

Talvi Fried (Elected)

Talvi Fried is a producer at one of Humboldt County's oldest radio stations, Power 96.3FM. Her passions for radio extends to Ham Operations (km6tna), and she is well versed in film/media. Her background is in biochemistry and computer sciences. She sits on the board for the Humboldt Homebrewers (a dreammaker project of The Ink People).

Chris Cooper (Humboldt County )

Chris Cooper is the Director of Library Services for the County of Humboldt since November 2020. Chris got his first library job as a page with the Newport Beach Public Library when he was 16. He started with HCL as Branch Manager of the Fortuna Library in 2001, earned a Master in Library Science from San Jose State in 2006 and served as Supervising Librarian for the Fortuna, Garberville and Rio Dell Libraries, from 2011-2015. In 2015, he moved to Idaho to serve as the Director of the newly constructed, Nampa Public Library. In 2017, Chris and his wife Susan decided to return to Humboldt County to be closer to family. Before assuming his new role at HCL, he served as an Associate Faculty Librarian at College of the Redwoods, and as Assistant Director of Library Services for the Humboldt County Library.

Not pictured:

Pam Powell

Michele Fell

Former Board Members (As of January 2021)

Dr. Armeda Reitzel

Helen Andrews

Rob Arkley

Jason Beaver

Elizabeth Blessing

Jenny Bowen

Barbara Bryant

Jim Carlson

Vanessa Christman

Patrick Cleary

Kathleen Cloney-Gardiner

Paul DeMark

Cathy Dickerson

Seth Frankel

Margaret ‘Peg’ Gardner

Barbara Groom

Rick Gustafson

Nick Wilczek

Charlie Heinberg

Jim Hoff

Harold Horne

Michele Hutchins

Lynn Hubbard

Rick Jordan

Simona Keat

Shawn Kohrman

Richard Leonard

Chag Lowry

John McBrearty

Eileen McGee

Steve McHaney

Shelley Mitchell

Cheryl Nicholson

Amy Nilsen

Elaine Weinred

Stacey Young

Heidi Terbrack

Joseph Pawlick

Leigh Pierre-Oetker

Sean Quincey

Paul Rodrigues

Rollin Richmond

Monica Rivera

Phil Smith-Hanes

Don Smullin

Bob Steffen

Steve Stratton

Michael Twombly

Jessemyn Tunnell (Reid)

Marcel van Dissell

Amanda Windsor

Mary Beth Wolford

Victor Zazueta

Maura Eastman

Jan Kraepelien

Janet Luzzi

Board Documents

Board Member Job Description

AH Board Member Job Description.docx

Letter to Applicants

AH Board Letter to Applicants.docx

Board Member Application

AH Board Application 2014-15.docx

Bylaws of Access Humboldt updated 04-2020

Copy of Copy of AH By Laws proposed revisions 4-22-2020.docx

Board Meeting Minutes