Board of Trustees


    The Library is governed by an independent Board of Library Trustees. Five people are appointed to the Board by the Yakima County Commissioners for staggered terms of five years each.

    The Board of Trustees hires the Director who administers the operation of the Library within the policies, goals and objectives approved by the Board.

    The Board of Trustees usually meets monthly on the fourth Monday at the Yakima Central Library.

    Board meetings are open to the public.

    Next Meeting:
    Regular Board Zoom Meeting will be held Monday, December 13, 2021 at 1:00pm

    Agenda will be posted Friday before the next Board meeting.

    2021 Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar Adopted December 14, 2020

    Washington State Proclamation 20-28 Open Public Meetings Act

    Refer to RCW.27.12

    Bylaws August 26, 2008 Adopted

    There is an upcoming vacancy for the Library District’s Board of Trustees. The position begins in January 2022 and applications will be accepted by the Yakima County Commissioners until December 10, 2021.

    Trustees are unpaid volunteers appointed by the Yakima County Commissioners, and may serve up to two consecutive, five-year terms.

    How to Apply:

    1. Click here to fill out the Yakima County Commissioners’ Application for Appointment to Yakima County Boards & Commissions.
    2. Completed applications may be submitted to the Yakima County Commissioners via email OR by mailing the application to:
      Board of Yakima County Commissioners
      128 N. 2nd St, Room 232
      Yakima, WA 98901

    Questions about the application process and/or the duties of the Library’s Board of Trustees may be directed to the Yakima County Commissioners’ office by email or by calling (509) 574-1500.

    Visit the Yakima County Commissioner’s website for more information about:

    For more information about the library board, please email the trustees at

    Board Members

    Del Rankin has been a resident of the Yakima Valley since the early 1950s and a patron of YVRL for nearly 60 years. A graduate of Eisenhower HS & Whitman College (BA-History), his first full time job was at Yakima Valley Libraries as archivist for the Relander collection. An avid golfer, Del worked for several years as a golf professional before joining the family tire business where he worked for more than 20 years. After retiring from “tires”, he returned to the golf profession as a teacher. For the past 8 years he has been deeply involved in the formation, leadership, and implementation of The First Tee of Yakima, a “youth character development program based on the game of golf”. A longtime Rotarian in both Sunnyside and Yakima, Del has served on multiple boards and was deeply involved in Rotary Youth Exchange for more than 25 years. He looks forward to coming “full circle” by returning to Yakima Valley Libraries as a Board member. His second term will expire on December 31, 2022.

    Glenn is from Selah – he graduated from YVCC and finished his BA in Political Science at WSU and completed his Master’s in Organizational Development from Central. He has worked with the Boy Scouts, the Yakima County Development Association, the Yakima County Boundary Review Board, the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance, the YVCC Foundation, and the Washington City-County Manager Association. He has special training in organizational development, is a retired Colonel in the USAF, and spent 30 years as an appointed public official – Assistant Yakima City Manager. Glenn is serving his second term on the Board. His term expires December 31, 2023.

    Dan Seifert was born and raised in Yakima, graduating in 1966 from Marquette High School, then spent next two years at Yakima Valley Community College. Dan then moved to Pullman to finish a BA degree and work at Washington State University, managing the Systems Programming team of the WSU Computing Services Center. That computing system provided all administrative and academic computing to the University and also offered computer education via remote access to a dozen other colleges in four NW states and Alaska. In 1984, Dan accepted a position as a field systems engineer with IBM to support current and expanding IBM technology at the Richland DOE Hanford site. That role expanded into sales technical assistance to IBM marketing teams plus on-site work with Federal agencies across the U.S. Dan provided technical support to agency data center management and staff to explain and help implement new hardware and software capabilities for large, multi-site computer data centers. Prior to retiring in 2015, Dan’s primary field accounts were DOE (Hanford,and PNNL-Battelle, Idaho Falls, Savannah River, Germantown), NASA/Johnson space center, TVA, US Veteran’s Administration, Dept of Interior, USDA (NFC and NITC). Farm Credit Services, and the US Postal Service.

    Dan’s term expires December 31, 2021.

    Mary MacKintosh has been appointed to the YVL Board of Trustees.  Her grandmother, Jessie Ballard, was the first trained librarian to work in the Yakima Library, and later served on the Library Board as Jessie MacKintosh. Mary grew up in Yakima, graduating from Eisenhower High School.  She moved back seven years ago.  She earned her Masters in Library Science at the University of Washington and a MA and MFA in English Literature at Chapman University.    Mary worked as a college and university reference librarian for twenty plus years and served as the library director for an aerospace company as well as for three different campuses of DeVry University. She is a dedicated reader, and one of her earliest memories is getting her own YVL library card at the age of five, and how exciting that was. She is appointed by the Yakima County Commissioners to serve on the YVL Board until her term expires December 31, 2022.

    Darline Charbonneau was raised in the lower Yakima Valley and graduated from Grandview High School. She and her husband Marc lived in Northern California for five years, where both their sons were born, before moving back to Washington to work in the family business at Rainbow Beach Resort on Twin Lakes, Washington. She became an EMT and volunteered for ten years while continuing to work at the resort. She and her family moved back to the Yakima Valley where Darline eventually earned her national certification in Professional Human Resources in 1999, then earned her advanced Senior Professional Human Resources in 2015. She was the Human Resources Director at Yakima Valley Libraries for nearly 11 years, retiring in 2019. She is a current member of the Yakima Symphony Chorus. She and her husband Marc, married 46 years, have lived in Terrace Heights for 18 years, and have 4 grandchildren. Darline was appointed by the Yakima County Commissioners to serve on the YVL Board of Trustees until her term expires December 31, 2024.

    The Executive Director is responsible for overall administration, planning, budgeting, public service, and community relations for the Library District. In compliance with RCW 27.12.210(3) the Executive Director is the only employee hired by the Board of Trustees and reports directly to them for the operations of the Library District. Kim Hixson became the Interim Director in July 2008 and was appointed Executive Director in July 2011. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Washington State University. She has worked in public libraries since 1996. Prior to work in public libraries, she spent time working in the accounting field for governmental and not-for-profit organizations. She believes that libraries are integral entities providing open access to information and ideas for the entire community. Her vision for Yakima Valley Libraries is to build a sustainable library district that will be flexible and relevant meeting the information seeking needs of the local population.