Officers and Committees

2020-2021 Officers

 

President: Nathaniel Ramos, Jr.

From Commerce City, Colorado, Nathaniel Ramos, Jr. is a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar, Daniels Fund Scholar, Latin American Education Foundation Scholar, Denver Public Library Fellow, and alumnus of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities program. He earned his MLIS from the University of Denver in 2012 and earned his PhD. from Florida State University in August 2019. At FSU he mapped thousands of libraries serving diverse communities using census data and the programs offered at those libraries. He also researched smartwatch use and their impact within the running community. Since returning to Colorado, Nathaniel has been involved in REFORMA and is currently the chair of the Technology Committee for the 2020 REFORMA Conference.

Vice President: Carolina Saldivar

Carolina Saldivar is a bilingual librarian at the Hadley Branch of the Denver Public Library, and is originally from Mexico City. She attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution. She worked for an electrical distributor for a couple of years, then moved to Texas after starting a family. During this time Carolina volunteered at El Paso Public Library: Sergio Troncoso Branch and fell in love with the library profession. She started taking online classes from Texas Woman’s University and received her MLS in 2015. She served two terms as Secretary for the REFORMA Colorado chapter, from 2017-2019, and has also been a member of the conference planning committee.

Past President: Monica Lozano

Monica is a librarian at the Denver Public Library. She graduated in May of 2016, from the University of Texas in Austin with a Master’s of Art in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Master’s of Science in Information Studies. Her master’s thesis applied an interdisciplinary approach to cultural communities and storytelling through oral histories that centers on the creation of the Biblioteca Latinoamericana a branch of the San José Public Library located in San José, California. She has a passion for working with immigrant and Spanish speaking populations. She makes her way to Denver from the Austin Public Library system where she worked as a bilingual Youth Services Librarian prior to leaving.

Secretary/Historian: Alyria Salazar

Alyria Salazar is a Library Professional for the Aurora Public Library: Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch. As a first-generation US citizen, born to Panamanian immigrants, Alyria is aware of the value libraries provide to the Latino population. Alyria has had the pleasure of volunteering for immigrant-focused organizations such as Casa de Paz and is committed to her role as the only bilingual staff member at MLK, where she has garnered a positive reputation among their Spanish-speaking patrons. Alyria holds an AAS in Library Services and a Library Technician Certificate from Pueblo Community College. Alyria is continuing her education through the online program at University of Maine—Augusta towards a Bachelor’s in Information and Library Science.

Treasurer: Orlando Archibeque

Lando received his BA in Sociology/Social Science from Hastings College (1976), his Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (1980), and his MA in Librarianship & Information Management from the University of Denver (1981). He has worked in both academic and public libraries in Colorado his entire professional career. In 1990 he joined the library faculty at the Auraria Library; his position has morphed several times over the years and he is currently serving as Social Science Collection Development Librarian. Lando has long been associated at both national and state levels with REFORMA, an organization which has provided him with many networking, professional development, and leadership opportunities, not to mention long-lasting friendships. His fifteen minutes of fame came in 1998 with the publication of Serving Latino Communities: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, a book he co-authored with his friend and mentor, Dr. Camila Alire.

Webmaster: K.D. Hubbard

K.D. Hubbard has been a librarian at the Denver Public Library for four years, where she currently works as the Read Aloud Coordinator. Before coming to Denver, she worked at the Phoenix Public Library and the Sojourner Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Art Studies, with a minor in Psychology, and her MLIS from the University of Arizona. K.D. has been a REFORMA member for the last four years, as well as chair of the 2019 REFORMA CO Conference. She has been head of the website committee for 2 years, during which time she migrated the website from WordPress to our new host, the Colorado State Library.

REFORMA Colorado Committees

These are standing committees comprised of one or more Reformistas. Committees are an excellent way to get involved in REFORMA Colorado.

Website committee- This committee works on all website issues by web mastering, making changes based on member suggestions and updating the material. Current head of the website committee is K.D. Hubbard.

Conference Planning Committee- This committee plans and carries out everything to do with the annual REFORMA CO Conference. The Vice President is always the conference chair. To contact the committee, please email conference@reformacolorado.org

Translation committee– People on this committee must be bilingual and fully literate in English and Spanish, as they will be called upon to translate all sorts of materials for libraries and occasionally other community organizations. Current heads of the translation committee are Viviana Casillas and Nicanor Diaz.

Listserv committee– This group maintains the listserv membership. Current head of the listserv committee is Orlando Archibeque.

Nominations committee– This committee, headed by the past president, is in charge of soliciting nominations for the coming year’s officer elections as well as facilitating the election itself. Current head of the nominations committee is Mary Dodge.

To contact any of the committees, please email president@reformacolorado.org

Previous Officers:

2019-2020 Officers

Monica Lozano (President), Nathaniel Ramos and Sylmari Burgos (Vice President), Candy Markle (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Nick Demetriades (Secretary)

2018-2019 Officers

Candy Markle (President), Monica Lozano (Vice President), Viviana Casillas (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Carolina Saldivar (Secretary)

2017-2018 Officers

Viviana Casillas (President), Candy Markle (Vice President), Mary Dodge (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Carolina Saldivar (Secretary)

2016-2017 Officers

Mary Dodge (President), Viviana Casillas (Vice President), Nicanor Diaz (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Candy Markle (Secretary)

2015-2016 Officers

Nicanor Diaz (President), Mary Dodge (Vice President), Camila Alire (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Gloria Chavira (Secretary)

New officers are elected each year and serve for 1 year from July 1 – June 30.

All members are encouraged to run for office.