REFORMA LA Officer Nominations
VICE-president / president elect
Yago S. Cura is a Bilingual Outreach Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. He is a former N.Y.C. Teaching Fellow and A.L.A. Spectrum Scholar who also happens to publish the poetry, fiction, and prose of authors from las Américas in Hinchas de Poesía (www.hinchasdepoesia.com) with Jim Heavily and Jennifer Therieau.
Amalia holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, a master’s in history from Cal State LA and is currently an UCLA MLIS student. Her interests lie at the intersection of Los Angeles history, academic librarianship and information literacy instruction. As an aspiring special collections librarian, she is interested in initiatives that develop information literacy sources for students of color in higher education. She feels happy to be part of an association like REFORMA, and as a potential board member looks forward to working with those equally passionate about outreach and fostering diversity in the profession.
Sonia Bautista, is currently the Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of Reforma and is interested in running for the position once more. She has been involved in Reforma for the past 11 years as a member, a chapter president and chapter representative. She currently works at the Senior Librarian for the City of Commerce, as an Adjunct Librarian for East Los Angeles Colleges and is a KCET Board Member.
Public information officer
As of 2017 Ziba Perez Zehdar-Gazdecki is the Young Adult Librarian at the Baldwin Hills Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library. Ziba is a former Senior Librarian at the Main Library of the Long Beach Public Library system working with the maker space, book bike, social media & zine library, 2015-2017. Ziba attended graduate school at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, receiving a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, 2012. In graduate school, Ziba received a certificate of specialization in archives and special collections while interning at the American Film Institute's Louis B. Mayer Library Special Collections and the University of California in Irvine's Special Collections & Archives. Ziba is a current co-organizer of Long Beach Zine Fest 2018 & has been on the organizing team for Long Beach Zine Fest 2017 & 2016 working with social media, workshops, panels & exhibitor selection. http://lbzinefest.com
public information officer
Patricia Valdovinos was born and raised in Riverside, CA. She received her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies in 2014 and her MLIS in 2016 from UCLA. She recently accepted a position with the Los Angeles Public Library as their Outreach Librarian for Young Adult Services. Her prior experience is with Yolo County Library as their Programming and Outreach Librarian, where she primarily focused on developing programming for the local Migrant Center in Davis, CA. As a librarian, her focus is on programming and outreach to Spanish speaking and underrepresented communities. She is a recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship Program and is currently the Member-At-Large Representative for REFORMA National.
Chris Ortega is an online MLIS student at the University of Alabama focused on digital technology and serving Hispanic communities. He is currently a Messenger Clerk at the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system, as well as a Library Assistant at the Libros Schmibros Lending Library.