Board

The Board oversees the operation of our organization, including our quarterly Book Sales, the Lobby Shop, and other fundraising efforts. Our Board is made up of volunteers from throughout the community who care about supporting the Library. Learn more about the Board and how to join us.

Officers

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Marika Sykora

President

Marika is a long-time Mountain View resident, parent and dedicated Library supporter. She joined the Friends Board in 2022 and has volunteered at Book Sales and in the Lobby Shop, where her expertise as a high tech sales enablement executive is put to good use. In addition to volunteering, Marika enjoys spending time outside with her family, reading and baking. She’s famous for her créme brûlée – move over, Le Cirque!

Vijay Raman

Vice President

Vijay joined the Friends Board in 2022 and is a long-time patron of the library. In addition to his role as vice president, he oversees membership for the Friends. He is a resident of Mountain View along with his wife and two daughters, who both attend schools in the district. Vijay is an avid reader and enjoys running and hiking.

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Pat Kassner

Treasurer

Pat serves as treasurer for the Friends. In addition to keeping the finances in order, Pat helps with book sales, online sales and membership. When Pat’s not volunteering — she also supports another Bay Area nonprofit — she loves to read, travel and knit.

Karin Bricker volunteering in the Lobby Shop, holding a monkey puppet

Karin Bricker

Secretary

Karin retired from MVPL in 2018, giving her more time to help the Friends. She volunteers in the shop and at book sales and trains Lobby Shop volunteers. Karin reads voraciously, so ask her for book recommendations. She also gardens, knits and is active with the Los Altos Mountain View League of Women Voters.

Directors at Large

Anthony Baxter

Anthony Baxter

Anthony is a Washington State native who has called Mountain View home for 20 years. He is a finance professional for a tech company and spends his free time hiking, biking and visiting the Library with his wife and son. Anthony joined the Board in 2023 and oversees Book Sales.

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Bobbi Haskins

Bobbi Haskins is a long time Mountain View resident and avid reader who joined the Friends Board two years ago. A retired software engineer and project manager in the high tech and defense industries, she loves working with teams and making her community better in any small way she can. Bobbi currently leads the Friends’ Sorting Room, and you will often find her volunteering at Book Sales where she enjoys meeting new friends.

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Carrie Laaker

Carrie is a former product manager who joined the Friends after many years of volunteering at her kids’ elementary school library. She loves spending time at the library and appreciates how programs at the Mountain View Public Library help community members connect with one another. In her free time, Carrie enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, and going on adventures with her husband and two sons.

Leslie Mackenzie

Leslie has volunteered with Friends since 2019, keeping the lobby shop stocked with books. When she’s not sorting materials or restocking the bookshelves, you’ll find her cycling, hiking or trail running and volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Maggie Rogers

In addition to her role on the Board, Maggie is the person to thank for all the cool stuff you see in the Friends Lobby Shop. A long-time buyer and manager for major retail brands, Maggie has spent the last 10 years overseeing merchandising for the Lobby Shop. Outside of the Friends, you may also find Maggie volunteering as a docent at Filoli Historic Trust Preservation.

Rakhee Kaushik

Rakhee Kaushik joined the Board in 2024 and is responsible for promoting all the great work the Friends do for the Library. Passionate about community development and communication, she enjoys connecting with people and driving impactful initiatives in both corporate and nonprofit sectors. She lives in Mountain View with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, Rakhee loves reading, decluttering, and exploring the beautiful trails in the Bay Area.

Sarah Donahue

Sarah is a Mountain View public school librarian and a long-time Friends of the Library volunteer. A former Board president, she currently manages the Lobby Shop and enjoys meeting all the new people who visit the shop. When Sarah’s not busy helping out in our community, you can find her cooking up something amazing in her kitchen or enjoying one of the many outdoor adventures the Bay Area has to offer.

Functional Leads

  • Book Sales – Anthony Baxter
  • Lobby Shop – Maggie Rogers and Sarah Donahue
  • Marketing – Rakhee Kaushik
  • Membership – Vijay Raman
  • Online Sales – Carrie Laaker
  • Sorting Team – Bobbi Haskins
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Cathy Moore