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State Council on Libraries & Literacy

The State Council on Libraries and Literacy advises and assists the State Library, Archives and Public Records with its statewide library and literacy responsibilities. Membership, as outlined by NRS 380A.041, consists of citizens appointed by the Governor to reflect the diversity of the State as well as ex-officio representatives of state government agencies that share in the advancement of library and literacy goals. 

David Ortlipp

David Ortlipp, Chair
Library Trustees
Term expires: 06/30/2023

Adrienne Santiago
Literacy Organizations
Term expires: 06/30/25

Felipe Ortiz
Dept. of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation

Mike Strom, Secretary
Administrator, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records

Special Libraries

Maggie Farrell, Vice Chair
Academic Libraries
Term expires: 06/30/23

Deanne Mattera
Labor Organizations​
Term expires: 03/30/25

Karissa Loper
Dept. of Health & Human Services

Designation pending
Deptartment of Education


Persons with Disabilities

Lisa Foley
Member of the Public
Term expires: 03/30/25

Forrest Lewis
Public Libraries
Term expires: 06/30/23

Kim Petersen

Kim Petersen
Dept. of Corrections

Designation pending
Department of Administration


Bryan Allison
Private Sector Employers
Term expires: 06/30/24

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Holly Kuhlmann
School Libraries
Term expires: 06/30/23

Karsten Heise

Karsten Heise
​Governor's Office of Economic Development

​Classroom Reading Teacher


The Governor believes that all citizens should have direct access to their government and have the right to help shape public policy. The Governor has the privilege and authority to confirm or appoint members to numerous boards and commissions. Most boards and commissions are created by federal law, state legislation, or executive order of the Governor. Each state board has a different role and membership requirements. The membership is outlined in the enabling document and is usually narrowly defined, often including requirements for political or geographic diversity. 

For more information on the process, please visit the Boards and Commissions for the State of Nevada website.