Sally Swanson, Executive Director   Sally joined the Foundation in 2016 and is establishing effective business processes and diversified fundraising practices in collaboration with an engaged board of directors. Sally has been a nonprofit development director for over fifteen years and has conducted multi-million dollar campaigns. Sally spearheads the Foundation’s strategic planning efforts and is out in the community matching donors to library programs.  Sally received a BA in Communication from the University of Houston, and her post-baccalaureate studies have focused on statistical analysis, which have led to developing campaign analytics and outcome methodologies. Sally has served on nonprofit boards since 2001. 

Sally Swanson, Executive Director

Sally joined the Foundation in 2016 and is establishing effective business processes and diversified fundraising practices in collaboration with an engaged board of directors. Sally has been a nonprofit development director for over fifteen years and has conducted multi-million dollar campaigns. Sally spearheads the Foundation’s strategic planning efforts and is out in the community matching donors to library programs.

Sally received a BA in Communication from the University of Houston, and her post-baccalaureate studies have focused on statistical analysis, which have led to developing campaign analytics and outcome methodologies. Sally has served on nonprofit boards since 2001. 

  Avis McCray, Development Manager   Avis McCray joined the Foundation in  2017 and hit the ground running in preparation for our inaugural Beyond the Page Luncheon. Avis has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit work, including Raiser’s Edge. Avis’s goal is to connect us to donors that match our mission. Through donor prospecting, research and streamlining our systems, Avis will grow and steward our donor base and work with our Executive Director to develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan that will allow the Foundation to meet its goals and Houston Public Library's programmatic goals.  Avis attended the University of Phoenix where she studied Human Services Management, and she is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership.  

Avis McCray, Development Manager

Avis McCray joined the Foundation in  2017 and hit the ground running in preparation for our inaugural Beyond the Page Luncheon. Avis has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit work, including Raiser’s Edge. Avis’s goal is to connect us to donors that match our mission. Through donor prospecting, research and streamlining our systems, Avis will grow and steward our donor base and work with our Executive Director to develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan that will allow the Foundation to meet its goals and Houston Public Library's programmatic goals.

Avis attended the University of Phoenix where she studied Human Services Management, and she is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership.  

  Robyn Hardeway, Marketing & Events Manager   Robyn Hardeway is a marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in event production and promotion. Robyn's goals are to increase brand awareness for the foundation and grow community involvement.  Robyn attended the University of Houston where she studied Marketing and Business Administration. She is also an avid photographer and art lover. 

Robyn Hardeway, Marketing & Events Manager

Robyn Hardeway is a marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in event production and promotion. Robyn's goals are to increase brand awareness for the foundation and grow community involvement.

Robyn attended the University of Houston where she studied Marketing and Business Administration. She is also an avid photographer and art lover. 

  Anthony Barilla, Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator   Anthony Barilla is a musician, writer, and performance artist. He has decades of nonprofit experience, including helping to lead Infernal Bridegroom Productions, a nationally respected theater company, and providing administrative support for the Mitrovica Rock School, a music school for youth in Kosovo.  He has written music for bands and theaters around the U.S. and regularly creates compositions for the national radio program  This American Life . As an avid reader and supporter of libraries everywhere, he is very happy to be contributing to the Foundation’s mission. everywhere, he is very happy to be contributing to the Foundation’s mission.

Anthony Barilla, Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator

Anthony Barilla is a musician, writer, and performance artist. He has decades of nonprofit experience, including helping to lead Infernal Bridegroom Productions, a nationally respected theater company, and providing administrative support for the Mitrovica Rock School, a music school for youth in Kosovo.

He has written music for bands and theaters around the U.S. and regularly creates compositions for the national radio program This American Life. As an avid reader and supporter of libraries everywhere, he is very happy to be contributing to the Foundation’s mission. everywhere, he is very happy to be contributing to the Foundation’s mission.

 
  Bryan Cardenas, Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator   Bryan Cardenas joined the Foundation in the summer of 2017 and has supported the Friends of HPL book processing program. Bryan is a member of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program at the University of Houston where he is completing his BA in Education. Bryan was a long-time Friends volunteer through the MVP program before joining the team.  Bryan plans on teaching English in Middle School and has begun his student teaching. One of Bryan’s favorite books is  Charlotte’s Web  and he enjoys spending time with his family when he is not studying, volunteering or at work.

Bryan Cardenas, Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator

Bryan Cardenas joined the Foundation in the summer of 2017 and has supported the Friends of HPL book processing program. Bryan is a member of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program at the University of Houston where he is completing his BA in Education. Bryan was a long-time Friends volunteer through the MVP program before joining the team.

Bryan plans on teaching English in Middle School and has begun his student teaching. One of Bryan’s favorite books is Charlotte’s Web and he enjoys spending time with his family when he is not studying, volunteering or at work.

  Crystal Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant    Crystal Rodriguez has been a life-long lover of books, beginning from her childhood days imprinted by Houston Public Library’s own Moody Branch. Instilled with a love for reading and writing, Crystal’s advocacy for literacy has supported the Houston community by teaching ESL to refugees and AP English to High School students. Alongside of  Frankenstein , one of Crystal’s all-time favorite books is  The Diary of Anne Frank . Inspired to be a writer, she also plans to explore her personal passion for creative writing.  Crystal is very excited to have joined the Foundation in 2018 and plans to continue to serve the city through embodying the backbone of the Foundation who supports the imperative initiatives of the HPL with an emphasis on community programs and neighborhood libraries.

Crystal Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant 

Crystal Rodriguez has been a life-long lover of books, beginning from her childhood days imprinted by Houston Public Library’s own Moody Branch. Instilled with a love for reading and writing, Crystal’s advocacy for literacy has supported the Houston community by teaching ESL to refugees and AP English to High School students. Alongside of Frankenstein, one of Crystal’s all-time favorite books is The Diary of Anne Frank. Inspired to be a writer, she also plans to explore her personal passion for creative writing.

Crystal is very excited to have joined the Foundation in 2018 and plans to continue to serve the city through embodying the backbone of the Foundation who supports the imperative initiatives of the HPL with an emphasis on community programs and neighborhood libraries.