Meet the Friends of the Library Board


Sarah Donahue


Sarah is a Mountain View public school librarian and a long-time Friends of the Library volunteer. 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.

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

Karin Bricker


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.

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Pat Kassner


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.

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Marika Sykora

Vice President

Marika is a long-time Mountain View resident, parent and dedicated Library supporter. She joined the Friends Board 2022 and is a regular volunteer 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!

Directors at Large

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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.

Shalu Attri

Shalu is a Mountain View resident, and can often be found checking out 50-60+ books at a time for two enthusiastic readers in her household. Shalu is a global payments executive with more than 17 years of work experience spanning across Payments, Financial Services and eCommerce. Shalu was awarded the Most Influential Women in Payments Honor by American Banker in 2023. Outside of work, and library visits, Shalu paints in watercolor and is an enthusiast runner.

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Janice Dabney

Janice has been volunteering with the Friends since 2019 following a nearly three decade career at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. After initially volunteering in the Lobby Shop, Janice now leads volunteer coordination. When she’s not helping the Friends, Janice enjoys reading and writing poetry.

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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.

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Bill Lowes

Bill is a past president of the Board and has been volunteering with the Friends for more than 20 years. He has served in numerous volunteer roles — from working in the Lobby Shop to helping with Book Sales. A retired engineer, Bill spends his free time reading, visiting family and traveling by RV with his wife, Donna, who is also on the Friends Board.

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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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Tayla Klein

Tayla is a marketer and mom of two enthusiastic readers. She recently discovered the Friends after spending several years volunteering in her kids’ school library. A former journalist and veteran tech marketer, Tayla helps the Friends promote all the good work they do for the Library. When she’s not busy chasing her kids or volunteering, Tayla loves to cook (and eat).

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Donna Lowes

Donna is a retired children’s librarian who has been volunteering for the Friends for nearly 30 years. She enjoys working in the Lobby Shop and helping with Book Sales. When she’s not volunteering, you can find Donna working in her garden, cheering on the Giants, or doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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.

Vijay Raman

Vijay joined the Friends Board in 2022 and is a long-time patron of the library. 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.

Functional Leads

  • Book Sales – Open
  • Lobby Shop – Maggie Rogers and Sarah Donahue
  • Marketing – Tayla Klein
  • Membership – Vijay Raman
  • Online Sales – Open
  • Sorting Team – Bobbi Haskins
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Janice Dabney