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Naol Debele joins Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees


Naol Debele

Naol Debele is the newest member of the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.

Debele is a student at Edmonds Community College (EdCC) where he serves as a student trustee on the college Board of Trustees. He works as a teacher’s assistant for mathematics in the college’s Learning Support Center, is a member of the college Strategic Council committee, volunteers with the college foundation and participated on the winning team in the college Ethics Challenge.

Debele expects to graduate from EdCC in 2018 with an Associate in Arts transfer degree. He has participated in several physics-related projects at the University of Washington and intends to transfer to a university and study physics.

“We’re very pleased to have Naol join the library district’s Board of Trustees,” Board Vice President Martin Munguia said at the board’s Jan. 22, 2018 regular meeting. “His life experience and perspective will be valuable additions to board discussions and decision making.”

Prior to attending EdCC, Debele attended the Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Miss. Before that, he attended the Andinet International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“I believe I will bring a different perspective to the board,” Debele said in his application. “I have been using Sno-Isle Libraries for the past two years and understand what great impact it has had on me and my education.”

Debele said that his parents were both national politicians in Ethiopia.

“Sno-Isle Libraries’ mission aligns with my beliefs and values in which I was raised and advocate for; to ensure equality, equity and affordable education in our community,” Debele said. “I am dedicated and passionate to be on the board that oversees the organization.”

Debele was appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners to finish the term of Sue Cohn, who resigned in 2017. The term ends on Dec. 31, 2019, and Debele would then be eligible for reappointment to a full seven-year term.

Sno-Isle Libraries is directed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. Trustees are volunteers who may submit applications and are then appointed when positions are available by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners to represent residents throughout the library district.

Debele joins board members Marti Anamosa, President; Martin Munguia, Vice President; Susan Kostick, Secretary; and members Kelli Smith, Rico Tessandore and Rose Olson. The executive director is Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org


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