President: Candy Markle
Candy has been serving in libraries for eleven years, and worked in bookstores for an additional five years. She grew up in San Diego, CA, and loves the west, mountains, and snow, which brought her to Colorado in 2016. She has a background in social justice and believes that libraries can play a critical role in the advancement of historically oppressed populations. She is featured in the book, This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, out May 2017.
Vice President: Monica Lozano
Monica is an Adult and Technology Librarian at the Anythink Commerce City Library. She graduated in May of 2016, from the University of Texas in Austin with a Master’s of Art in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Master’s of Science in Information Studies. Her master’s thesis applied an interdisciplinary approach to cultural communities and storytelling through oral histories that centers on the creation of the Biblioteca Latinoamericana a branch of the San José Public Library located in San José, California. She has a passion for working with immigrant and Spanish speaking populations. She makes her way to Denver from the Austin Public Library system where she worked as a bilingual Youth Services Librarian prior to leaving.
Secretary/Historian: Carolina Saldivar
Carolina is a bilingual librarian at Ross-Barnum Branch Library of the Denver Public Library. She is originally from Mexico City. Carolina graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution. Worked for an electrical distributor for a couple of years and move to Texas after starting a family. Carolina volunteered at the Ysleta (Sergio Troncoso) Branch library in El Paso, and fell in love with the library profession. She started taking classes online from Texas Woman’s University and received her MLS in 2015. She is currently involve in the Community Engagement Initiative Team at Denver Public Library where she takes notes during community conversations held at various library branches. Carolina’s family enjoys wrestling and super heroes.
Treasurer: Orlando Archibeque
Lando received his BA in Sociology/Social Science from Hastings College (1976), his Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (1980), and his MA in Librarianship & Information Management from the University of Denver (1981). He has worked in both academic and public libraries in Colorado his entire professional career. In 1990 he joined the library faculty at the Auraria Library; his position has morphed several times over the years and he is currently serving as Social Science Collection Development Librarian. Lando has long been associated at both national and state levels with REFORMA, an organization which has provided him with many networking, professional development, and leadership opportunities, not to mention long-lasting friendships. His fifteen minutes of fame came in 1998 with the publication of Serving Latino Communities: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, a book he co-authored with his friend and mentor, Dr. Camila Alire.
2018-2019 Chapter Representative for the Central Region;
2015-2016 Past President: Nicanor Diaz
Nicanor has been involved with libraries for almost 10 years and a REFORMA member for 6 years. Most of his work has been developing services for undeserved populations including Spanish speakers and new immigrants. He received his bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Northern Colorado and his MLS from University of Denver. Nicanor was lucky to have the opportunity to work for the National Library in Argentina for 6 months. On the weekends he enjoys playing with his two adorable (really!) basset hounds, Watson and Sherlock.
REFORMA Colorado Committees
These are standing committees comprised of one or more Reformistas. Committees are an excellent way to get involved in REFORMA Colorado.
Website committee- This committee works on all website issues by web mastering, making changes based on member suggestions and updating the material. Current head of the website committee is K.D Hubbard.
Translation committee– People on this committee must be bilingual and fully literate in English and Spanish, as they will be called upon to translate all sorts of materials for libraries and occasionally other community organizations. Current heads of the translation committee are Viviana Casillas and Nicanor Diaz.
Listserv committee– This group maintains the listserv membership. Current head of the listserv committee is Orlando Archibeque.
Nominations committee– This committee, headed by the past president, is in charge of soliciting nominations for the coming year’s officer elections as well as facilitating the election itself. Current head of the nominations committee is Mary Dodge.
To contact any of the committees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017-2018 Past President: Viviana Casillas
Viviana has been involved with libraries in Colorado since 1996 and has worked at various capacities but is currently a Library Program Associate with the Denver Public Library where she spearheads the Career Online High School, a strategic initiative of the Denver Public Library designed to meet the needs of adults over 19. She is deeply passionate about services to new immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, among others. She also recently completed her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in 2016.
2016-2017 Past President: Mary K. Dodge
Mary K. Dodge is a Research & Instruction Specialist at the Auraria Library. She has worked for 36 years on campus and loves working with diverse students. By participating in meetings/events/student graduations/research consultations, she is able to get to know students and encourage them in their studies. When the students know someone in the Library, they aren’t shy about coming in to start their research.
Mary is a proud member of the Menominee Nation in central Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After Mary graduated, she realized how many “relatives” it took to get her through school. It is now her turn to be a relative to new students coming to CU Denver.
She have been a strong supporter of REFORMA Colorado since its inception. Mary was one of the first officers in the Colorado Chapter of REFORMA. She has served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Colorado chapter twice!
Mary Dodge (President), Viviana Casillas (Vice President), Nicanor Diaz (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Candy Markle (Secretary)
Nicanor Diaz (President), Mary Dodge (Vice President), Camila Alire (Past President), Orlando Archibeque (Treasurer), Gloria Chavira (Secretary)
New officers are elected each year and serve for 1 year from July 1 – June 30.
All members are encouraged to run for office.