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Porterville, CA 93257
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Boards, Commissions, and Standing Committees


The Library and Literacy Commission consists of seven (7) members who are residents of the city of Porterville.  The commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council, and are appointed by the City Council.

Name and Title:  Catherine May, Commissioner

Appointed:  10/2009

Term Expires:  10/2021

Occupation:  Second grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary

Community Involvement:  Porterville Celebrates Reading; Porterville Library and Literacy Commission; Porterville Leadership Graduate 2011.

Additional Information:  Loves her family, loves books and reading, and loves technology (when it works).  Goals:  to travel to parts unknown, to learn some crafting skills, and to assist in creating a vibrant, vital library for our community.



Name and Title: Esther Figueroa, Commissioner

Appointed:  10/2012

Term Expires:  10/2021

Occupation: Tulare County Employee

Community Involvement:  Member of Zonta Service Club;         Former member of PUSD; District Advisory Committee; Porterville Chamber of Commerce Director; and Porterville College Building Committee.





Name and Title: Edith LaVonne, Chair

Appointed:  10/2012

Term Expires:  10/2022

Occupation: Retired Employment & Training Counselor, Supervisor

Community Involvement: Reader for the blind for 28+ years; Leadership Porterville Graduate Class of 2003; Chamber Ambassador, Cook and Board Recording Secretary for Helping Hands of Porterville; Friends of the Library life member; Active with the Barn Theater and Grandma's Taxi.




Name and Title: Patience Christenson, Vice Chair

Appointed: 11/2014

Term Expires: 10/2021


Name and Title: Leslie Pelon, Commissioner

Appointed: 11/2019

Term Expires: 10/2021

Occupation:  Adjunct Professor of History at Porterville College and Substitute Teacher for P.U.S.D.

Community Involvement:  Porterville College Social Science Division, Porterville High Choir supporter, Porterville Panther Band supporter, Barn Theatre, and Library and Literacy Commission.

Additional Information:  Pelon is pronounced like "peel-on a banana." Porterville High Graduate (2007), mother of two, audiobook enthusiast, lover of history, and swim/dance mom.  Supporting high school and college students is her passion and teaching is her calling.


Name and Title: Susan Uptain, Commissioner

Appointed: 10/2019

Term Expires: 10/2022


Name and Title: Kim Baumgardner, Commissioner

Appointed: 10/2019

Term Expires: 10/2022

Occupation:  Former Psych Tech, PDC - 13 years; retired School Teacher, PUSD - 19 years (mostly sixth grade, mostly Belleview Elementary School).

Community Involvement:  Avid library supporter, Library and Literacy Commission, Barn Theatre volunteer, Music Director, Barn Theater Junior Company.



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