Who We Are
YCLF Board of Directors
Sharon Hallberg currently serves as chair for the Yolo Country Library Advisory Board and has represented the City of Davis on the Advisory Board since 1986. Sharon was an English and journalism teacher and a teacher/librarian for Davis Senior High from 1970- 2006.
She is a graduate of University of California, Davis (’68) plus credential (’69) and earned a M.L.S. from the University of Denver (’80).
Ben Cadranel is an attorney and philanthropist helping entrepreneurs and nonprofits achieve their fundraising needs through private placements, public/private strategic partnerships, grant writing, and philanthropy case plans.
Ben currently works for Young, Cohen, Durrett, LLP in Sacramento, serving the needs of the Sacramento and California business community.
Ben has also worked for Woodland Community College, U.C. Davis, and Cascade Corporate Management.
University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law
Doctor of Law in International Law and Legal Studies
Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University
Master's Degree in Accounting and Finance
University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature
Camille was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Davis in 1972.
Camille graduated from University of California, Berkeley with B.S. in business and later M.S./M.I.S. from Sacramento State University. She worked for 20 years in the Information Technology field and 10 years in Human Resources. She is retired and serves on various community boards.
Chris worked for the Yolo County for 38 years, retiring in December 2017. At the County Library, she worked as a financial manager, Assistant County Librarian, and Interim Library Administrator. During her tenure with the Library she was part of the team managing building projects for new libraries in Winters and West Sacramento, as well as the remodel of the Davis Library.
Chris has been a member of the Yolo County Library Foundation since inception, and resides in Woodland.
Mary Stephens DeWall is a native of Yolo County. She was raised on a ranch in Hungry Hollow, north of Esparto.
Mary served as Yolo County Librarian from 1969 – 2006.
Randy has lived on a ranch west of Esparto since 1978. He served two terms on the board of Friends of the Esparto Regional Library (FERL). He is currently on the board of New Season Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit devoted to the economic growth of Esparto and the Capay Valley.
He graduated from Yale University with a BA and a graduate degree from UC Berkeley. He was the founder of a Microsoft Solution Provider company and then worked directly for Microsoft as a program manager on the Microsoft Outlook team.
Randy believes that libraries are a critical element in the health of our communities. He looks forward to helping the Foundation grow the programs and services provided by our libraries.
Joy Sakai is a native Californian, who from an early age, was a lover of books, libraries and reading. Joy and her husband are graduates of UCSF College of Pharmacy. Early in her career as a clinical pharmacist, Joy and her young family relocated to Visalia, California, where she became a volunteer librarian in her children’s school.
In 1989, with four friends, Joy founded Read for Life, a family based literacy program that continues to serve families in Tulare County. Joy remains dedicated to promoting reading, singing, and talking to babies beginning at birth, as the best way to ensure that children are ready for school.
Joy has served as a member of the Visalia Unified School District Board of Trustees, Visalia Education Foundation Board, Visalia County Center Rotary Board, and served as President and board member of Read for Life. She developed the pharmacy technician training program at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and has published two textbooks for pharmacy technicians. Since moving to Yolo County in 2016, she served as a CASA for Yolo County and is a Yolo County Master Gardener.
Lisa A. Baker is both a consultant, and a housing and community development professional, helping state/local governments and nonprofit entities create access to affordable housing, improved economic opportunity and more equitable outcomes for constituents.
Lisa currently works as a consultant, both for CP HR Consulting, as well as for the firm of Lisa A. Baker Consulting and serves as a contract trainer for local agencies through the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). She is the former CEO for the Housing Authority of the County of Yolo, where she served for 14 years.
She is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and completed both her B.A. and M.A. at UCD.
Lisa believes that early emphasis on literacy and on a good, well rounded, education are the building blocks for future success in life and that libraries are a foundational key to achieving this.
David O’Brien has served as Vice Chancellor for Government Relations for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office since April of 2020. In this role, he oversees a division responsible for formulating and advancing the legislative agenda of the California Community Colleges and represents the Chancellor’s Office before the Legislature and executive branch of the state and federal governments.
Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office in April 2020, O’Brien served as director of government affairs for the California Student Aid Commission since October 2016, a role that placed him as the commission’s primary liaison to the state Legislature, the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Finance and other agencies on matters related to financial aid and college affordability. That made him a critical figure in the commission’s efforts to reform and expand California’s financial aid programs. Prior to joining the Student Aid Commission, O’Brien worked for nearly five years as a legislative manager for the California Department of State Hospitals, a legislative analyst for the state Department of Mental Health and as a legislative assistant for the California Environmental Protection Agency. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from California State University, Sacramento, and lives in West Sacramento with his wife, a public school teacher.
Mark has lived in Northern California for over 20 years. He was appointed Yolo County Librarian and Chief Archivist in 2017. Mark has also worked in management and executive roles for libraries in Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano Counties.
Mark earned a B.S. from Willamette University, M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University, M.P.A. from Golden Gate University, and J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.
The Yolo County Library Foundation was established in December 2016 with an anonymous donation. A fund was established with the Yolo Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
A founding Board of Directors was established in 2017 and YCLF became a nonprofit organization that obtained tax exempt status from both the IRS and the California State Franchise Tax Board in 2018.