ABOUT US

Established in 2010, our mission is “supporting literacy and a love of learning throughout Pioneer Library System communities.” When you teach someone to read, you are helping them succeed in school, work, and life. In a society where one out of five Oklahomans struggle to read the newspaper, our donors provide transformational learning experiences that encourage literacy. We help fund programs that inspire children to explore their imaginations and empower adults with the confidence to succeed. Together, we can educate Oklahomans, strengthen families, and break cycles of poverty within our community..

Board of Directors 

The Pioneer Library System Foundation Board of Directors currently has 14 members representing each of the three counties in the Pioneer Library System service area:

  • Cleveland County
  • McClain County
  • Pottawatomie County

Friends of the Library groups are represented by at least one board member.

Current Board Members

The 14 board members are organized into four committees and one sub-committee:

  • Executive
  • Development
  • Events
  • Finance
  • Governance

Cleveland County

  • Mary Blankenship-Pointer – Oklahoma City
  • Jim Bowers, President – Oklahoma City
  • Kelly Dexter – Norman
  • Jeff Miles – Moore
  • Andy Paden – Norman
  • Robin Parker, Vice-President – Noble
  • Brent Sykes – Moore, Norman
  • Kelly Wells – Norman
  • Aleta Wheelbarger – South Oklahoma City

McClain County

  • Troy Avant, Treasurer – Blanchard
  • Sally Maynard – Purcell
  • Carolie Rozell – Purcell

Pottawatomie County

  • Cynthia Cooper – Shawnee
  • Anne Hammond, Secretary – Shawnee

Ex-officio

  • Lisa Wells, Executive Director – Pioneer Library System
  • Amber Cole, Assistant Secretary – Development Officer – Pioneer Library System

Former Board of Directors

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Cleveland County

  • Mary Blankenship-Pointer – Oklahoma City
  • Jim Bowers, Vice President – Oklahoma City
  • James Chappel, Treasurer – Norman
  • Kelly Dexter – Norman
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus – Norman
  • Jeff Miles, President – Moore
  • Robin Parker – Noble
  • Kelly Wells – Norman

McClain County

  • Troy Avant – Blanchard
  • Carolie Rozell – Purcell

Pottawatomie County

  • Cynthia Cooper – Shawnee
  • Anne Hammond, Secretary – Shawnee

Ex-officio

  • Lisa Wells, Executive Director – Pioneer Library System
  • Amber Cole, Assistant Secretary – Development Officer – Pioneer Library System

 

Cleveland County

  • Mary Blankenship-Pointer – Oklahoma City
  • Jim Bowers, Treasurer – Oklahoma City
  • James Chappel – Norman
  • Kelly Dexter – Norman
  • Steve Eddy – Moore
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus – Norman
  • Jeff Miles, President – Moore
  • Kelly Wells – Oklahoma City

McClain County

  • Barbara Lawson, Vice President – Wayne

Pottawatomie County

  • Cynthia Cooper – Shawnee
  • Anne Hammond, Secretary – Shawnee
  • Karen Marasco – Shawnee
  • John Winterringer – Shawnee

Ex-officio

  • Amber Cole, Assistant Secretary – Development Officer
  • Susan Grossman, Assistant Secretary – Development Officer
  • Anne Masters – Director, Pioneer Library System

Cleveland County

  • Jim Bowers, Treasurer – Oklahoma City
  • James Chappel – Norman
  • Kelly Dexter – Norman
  • Steve Eddy – Moore
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus – Norman
  • Jeff Miles, President – Moore
  • Kelly Wells – Oklahoma City

McClain County

  • Barbara Lawson, Vice President – Wayne

Pottawatomie County

  • Cynthia Cooper – Shawnee
  • Anne Hammond, Secretary – Shawnee
  • Karen Marasco – Shawnee
  • John Winterringer – Shawnee

Ex-officio

  • Susan Grossman, Assistant Secretary – Development Officer
  • Anne Masters – Director, Pioneer Library System
Cleveland County

  • Jim Bowers – Oklahoma City
  • James Chappel – Norman
  • Cathy Estes, Vice President – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus – Norman
  • Jeff Miles, Treasurer – Moore
  • Mike Pullin, President – Norman
  • Kelly Wells – Oklahoma City

McClain County

  • Barbara Lawson – Wayne

Pottawatomie County

  • Cynthia Cooper – Shawnee
  • Anne Hammond, Secretary – Shawnee
  • Karen Marasco – Shawnee
  • Kathy Walker – McLoud

Ex-officio

  • Doug Buck, Assistant Secretary – Finance Manager, Pioneer Library System
  • Susan Grossman – Development Officer
  • Anne Masters – Director, Pioneer Library System
Cleveland County

  • Jim Bowers – Oklahoma City
  • James Chappel, President – Norman
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus – Norman
  • Mike Marshall – Norman
  • Jeff Miles – Moore
  • El Juana Pollock, Treasurer – Noble
  • Mike Pullin, Vice President – Norman

McClain County

  • Barbara Lawson, Secretary – Wayne
  • Bill Moakley – Purcell

Pottawatomie County

  • Cynthia Cooper – Shawnee
  • Anne Hammond – Shawnee
  • Karen Marasco – Shawnee
  • Kathy Walker – McLoud

Ex-officio

  • Doug Buck, Assistant Secretary – Finance Manager, Pioneer Library System
  • Susan Grossman – Development Officer
  • Anne Masters – Director, Pioneer Library System
Cleveland County

  • Jim Bowers – Oklahoma City
  • James Chappel, President – Norman
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus – Norman
  • Mike Marshall – Norman
  • Jeff Miles – Moore
  • El Juana Pollack, Treasurer – Noble
  • Mike Pullin, Vice President – Norman

McClain County

  • Barbara Lawson, Secretary – Wayne
  • Bill Moakley – Purcell

Pottawatomie County

  • Anne Hammond – Shawnee
  • Karen Marasco – Shawnee
  • Kathy Walker – McLoud

Ex-officio

  • Doug Buck, Assistant Secretary – Finance Manager, Pioneer Library System
  • Susan Grossman – Development Officer
  • Anne Masters – Director, Pioneer Library System
Cleveland County

  • James Chappel, Treasurer – Norman
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus, Vice President – Norman
  • Mike Marshall – Norman
  • El Juana Pollack, Assistant Secretary – Noble
  • Renee Porter, Secretary – Norman
  • Mike Pullin – Norman

McClain County

  • Barbara Lawson – Wayne

Pottawatomie County

  • Anne Hammond – Shawnee
  • Kathy Walker, President – McLoud

Ex-officio

  • Susan Grossman – Development Officer
  • Anne Masters – Director, Pioneer Library System
Cleveland County

  • James Chappel – Norman
  • Diedre Ebrey – Moore
  • Cathy Estes – Oklahoma City
  • Kevin Hargus, Vice President – Norman
  • Mike Marshall – Norman
  • El Juana Pollack, Assistant Secretary – Noble
  • Renee Porter, Secretary – Norman
  • Mike Pullin – Norman

McClain County

  • Mark Alfonso – Purcell
  • Barbara Lawson – Wayne
  • Kelly Nemecek, Treasurer – Purcell

Pottawatomie County

  • Kathy Walker, President – McLoud

Ex-officio

  • Anne Masters – Executive Director, Pioneer Library System

Administrative Staff 

Amber Cole

Amber Cole

Development Officer
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Amber Cole has loved literacy from an early age, growing up reading books at Pioneer libraries. Now she is excited to serve the community as the new Development Officer effective October 2016. Amber graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and has worked in philanthropy since 2004. Her career includes raising more than $11 million for organizations including Norman Regional Health Foundation and Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City. As a Certified Fundraising Executive, she possesses expertise in all aspects of development and enjoys helping nonprofits exceed their goals.