Meet Us

The Lavender Library is managed entirely by a volunteer staff. We are very grateful and proud of the continued community involvement in our organization.

Here we introduce just a few of our volunteers and board members…

 

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ALAN T. WATTERS
Circulation Volunteer & Cataloger

Name pronunciation: AL-an WATT-erz
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Grew up in Sacto. B.A. in English and Psychology. With LLACE since 2000.  Likes reading, books, theater, films.

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BUCKET MANYWEATHER
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: Bu-kit Ma-nee-we-thur
Pronouns: Neutral

Carson> Hayward> Berkeley > Sacramento. Bucket has a passion for organized education, so naturally they have a Masters degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from University of San Francisco. As a student at CSU East Bay, they served as president of the first Lavender Graduation committee and provoked the first Queer Conference as a space where queer leaders can network, present, and feel community within an academic environment. In their free time, they like to Tango on Thursdays, Netflix and purr with their cat Comrade, and write prose.

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CATHY HARDIN
Circulation Volunteer and Head Cataloger
Name Pronunciation: KATH-ee HAHR-din
Pronouns: She/Her

Cathy is a third-generation Californian who has lived in Sacramento for fifteen years and holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington Information School. Her academic interests include data curation, academic and special libraries, and finding the best ways to connect people to information through reference and information literacy support. In her free time, she stays involved in the local theater community and fosters her library school-approved hobbies of knitting, cooking, and cat lady-ing.

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CHRISTOPHER KENT
Volunteer Coordinator, Board Member

Name pronunciation: KRIS-tuh-fer KENT
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Chris Kent grew up in Fresno, CA, and has been living in Sacramento since August 2010. He received his B.A. and M.A. in History from Sacramento State. Chris currently serves as Coordinator of First Year Experience at Sacramento State, and previously served as Coordinator of the PRIDE Center and Women’s Resource Center at Sacramento State. He joined the LLACE board in Summer 2015, and became board president in January 2016. At the core of his values are social justice theories and practices, intersectional frameworks, and queer politics. His moral compass is the legacy of Sylvia Rivera’s service to trans, homeless, people of color youth.

Contact Chris at volunteer@lavenderlibrary.com

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CINDY BAUDOIN
Treasurer

Born and raised in Lafayette, LA Cindy’s family migrated to San Francisco in 1963. Cindy moved to Sacramento in 1987 and became involved with the LGBT community shortly thereafter. Cindy became aware of the efforts to collect and preserve our history through a friendship with Gayle Lange one of the founding members of LLACE. Cindy joined the Board in February 2012 and was given the position of Treasurer. Cindy has 47 years of accounting experience.

Contact Cindy at treasurer@lavenderlibrary.com

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CLARA MARTINEZ
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: KlAA-raa Maar-tEE-nes
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

A Southern California native, Clara got her first library card at age 4 and was volunteering at her local library by age 11. She has a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and works as an agricultural chemist. In her spare time, Clara enjoys spontaneous day-trips, volunteering at community gardens, disc golf (frolf), geocaching, anime, reading, and watercoloring.

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ELENA MARIA CARRILLO
President

Name pronunciation: eh-LEH-nuh mar-ee’-ah kah-ree-yo
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elena Maria Carrillo grew up in Southern California and moved to Sacramento from Riverside, CA in 2014. She brings with her experience in grassroots feminist organizing and working in a latino-centered public library. She is currently working to receive her Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies at Sacramento State. She joined the Lavender Library in February of 2016 and since has become a board member and volunteer coordinator. In her free time she enjoys qwoc rants, crafting, cooking and thrifting.

Contact Elena at president@lavenderlibrary.com

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ELISE
Circulation Volunteer

Name pronunciation: i-LEES
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

A Sacramento native, Elise joined LLACE as a volunteer in the summer of 2016 as a way to connect more with her local Queer community. She is a CSUS Social Work graduate who currently works in the special education field. Outside of work, passions include music, vintage fashion/movies, cooking, and taking care of cats (both feral and domesticated).

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ERICA PORTER
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: AIR-ick-uh POUR-tur
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I like cats, Spock, reading, and eating all the ice cream. I am the Community Outreach Chair for the Capitol LGBTQ Association (ask me about it!).

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JEFF ADAMS
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: Jay-f Add-ums
Pronouns: He/His/Him

Jeff is an author of romance and young adult books with characters on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. He’s also co-host, alongside his husband, of the weekly “Big Gay Fiction Podcast.” He’s an avid reader, loves musicals and hockey and watches way too much TV.

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KAY TEMPLE KIRK
Board Member

Name Pronunciation: Keh Tem-pull Kirk
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kay Temple Kirk is the Program Manager for Danelle’s Place Respite Space at Gender Health Center, and serves on LLACE’s Board of Directors. She is a former member of the Respite Partnership Collaborative, an innovative public/private entity overseeing innovation-funded programs in Sacramento County from 2010-2016. She is the lead organizer for NorCal LadyFest Campout and the Sacramento Transgender Arts Coalition, and serves on the planning committees for Sacramento Ladyfest and Gender Bender Ball. In her spare time she plans fundraisers, creates queer propaganda dance music as Temple K. Kirk, and hosts the Sacramento Queer community’s most popular podcast, Tentpole The Bard’s Podcast of Maximum Novelty.

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LEONARD KEYES
Volunteer

Name pronunciation: LEN-ard KEES
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Handles online and by mail membership renewal notices.

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MELISSA CARDENAS-DOW
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: mehLIHsuh kahrDEHnahs DOW
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Melissa is a Social Sciences Librarian at Sacramento State University. Her subject area responsibilities are psychology, ethnic studies, women’s studies, and family and consumer sciences. She has worked in libraries since 2007. Though she has worked in public and corporate library settings, most of her library work experience has been reference and library instruction in colleges and universities.

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MICHELLE REYNOLDS
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: mih-SHELL REH-nuhldz
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Michelle is originally from Denver, Colorado and spent 10 years working as a chef in fine dining restaurants Her hobbies include disc golf, hiking, exploring new cities, serving her community, as well as brewing and drinking craft beer.

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MONICA
Circulation Volunteer
Name Pronunciation: Mawn-ick-uh
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs/She/Her/Hers

Hi, I’m Monica! I’m an Xicanx artist-activist living and working in Sacramento. I love art, and believe it empowers and amplifies marginalized voices. I also believe in the power of community spaces and libraries as sources for knowledge and social change. I am a fan of art, books, comics, good coffee, and music. I’m a punkera; I enjoy going to shows and getting in the front row. An ideal day is getting coffee, exploring the local record/book shops, getting pupusas and going to the park. I graduated in Sacramento State with a Bachelors in Studio Art and now I am attending San Jose State University for my Masters in Library Information Science. My partner is Jaron, and I really love (him) and camping.

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NANCY McKERNAN
Vice President

A California native who has been an officer & board member since 2012. Works the circulation desk on Fridays and has a passion to serve the GLBT community. Moved to Sacramento in 1988 from San Jose and has a 33 year career in Telecommunications.

Contact Nancy at vicepresident@lavenderlibrary.com.

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TREV NEELEY
Secretary

Name pronunciation: Trehv Knee-Lee
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Trev is a queer, fat, yt, millennial historian from the Great Central Valley of California. They have been volunteering at the Lav since January 2016. Trev also serves as the Secretary of the Board at the LLACE. They love cats, Twitter, and rap music. In their spare time, Trev likes to write, paint, play tennis, frisbee, Act Up to piss off the twigs, DJ, and play Pokemon Go.

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Yozantli Lagunas Guerrero
Circulation Desk Volunteer
Name pronunciation: YOH-sahnt-lee luh-GOO-nis ge-RE-roh
Pronouns: They/Them
I am a queer trans Xicana fat femme who is currently working on a B.A. in History and Political Science with a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies at Sacramento State. I am a first generation college student, proud child of immigrants, and a passionate loving individual that strives to live in my authenticity everyday. I have worked at the PRIDE Center creating programs for LGBTQ students I am now working in the Multi-Cultural Center. I am on the National TRUTH council and co-lead the CA TRUTH Council with trans youth. TRUTH is a campaign that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for transgender and gender non-conforming youth through social media and storytelling of personal narratives through GSA Network and the Transgender Law Center.

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In memory of…

 

BRENDA HERNANDEZ
Circulation Volunteer & Cataloger

Name pronunciation: br-EH-n-DUH
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Brenda grew up in Wilmington, California. She was a proud Chicana who received her MA in History from UC Davis. She had a cat named Buffy and ate lots of tacos and Doritos.

Brenda volunteered in the space throughout much of 2016-2017. Her memory and legacy lives on within the walls of the Lavender Library and in the hearts of the volunteers who were privileged to serve the community by her side.