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Officers



President, Liz Price Patel (Redwood Day School)
lpricepatel@rdschool.org

Liz Price Patel is enjoying her seventh year as Head Librarian and Middle School Dean at Redwood Day in Oakland, CA. For the past 27 years, she has worked in and around school, public, and university libraries, including her high school and college alma maters: Ursuline Academy in St. Louis and the University of Chicago. When she's not hard at work, she can also be found happily exploring Bay Area nature and traveling farther afield when she can. 

 



President-Elect, Danielle Farinacci (Lick Wilmerding High School)

dfarinacci@lwhs.org

Danielle is the Head Librarian at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. Prior to her appointment there two years ago she worked at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep for 9 years. Danielle has been an active BAISL member, recently serving on the planning team for the joint POCIS-BAISL roundtable in January. Over the past 5 years, Danielle has generously presented at various meeting covering everything from increasing database usage and efficiency to AASL standards. One of her favorite books is All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. As a librarian, she loves the opportunity to open new worlds to students and teachers. Outside the library, Danielle is an avid cyclist and loves to write children's stories for fun.


Treasurer, Patrick Vallez-Kelley (Junipero Serra High School)

pvallezkelly@serrahs.com 

Patrick is the librarian at Junipero Serra High School where he has worked since 2011 and been the librarian since 2013. A relatively new and active BAISL member, Pat most recently presented at our Fall meeting. One of Patrick’s favorite authors is George Saunders.  When asked about his favorite aspect of librarianship, Patrick had this to say: “What I love about being a librarian are the broad horizons in the field -- in the possibilities for instruction and programming with students, in the universal content, in what I still have to learn and in the future of the profession.  I'm never bored with this work.” In his free time, Patrick parents a teen and a foster son, cooks and bakes pie, researches family genealogy, plays piano and guitar, and goes to the movies.


Secretary, Susanne DeRisi (Synergy School)
susanne@synergyschool.org

Susanne is the librarian for grades Young K - 8th at Synergy School in San Francisco. After getting her library degree in the early days of the internet explosion, she worked as a web producer and then in online scholarly publishing. Before becoming Librarian at Synergy, Susanne was a parent volunteer and had the good fortune to be mentored by Librarian Carolyn Karis.
Communications Director, Jessica Simons (Moreau Catholic High School)
jsimons@moreaucatholic.org

Jessica has been the head librarian at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward for 8 years. Previously she was the library assistant at The Athenian School. She has been an active member of BAISL for several years, sharing her maker space expertise at meetings, hosting a meeting, as well as serving on the Overdrive Committee. Neil Gaiman is one of Jessica’s favorite authors. In the library she loves helping students find whatever resources they need, whether it's a book, a database article, or a tool in the Moreau Maker Lab. In her freetime she enjoys designing and making earrings on her 3D printer and laser cutter.


   

Member Libraries


All Saints’ Episcopal Day School
Archbishop Mitty High School
Archbishop Riordan High School
Athenian School
Aurora School
The Bay School
Bellarmine College Preparatory
Bentley School
Bishop O'Dowd High School
Blue Oak School
Bowman International School
Brandeis Marin
The Branson School
California Crosspoint High School
Capital Christian School
Carey School
Carondelet High School
Castilleja School
Cathedral School for Boys
Central Catholic High School
Charles Armstrong School
Children's Day School
Chinese American International
College Preparatory School
Convent & Stuart Hall
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Crystal Springs Uplands
De LaSalle High School
De Marillac Academy
Drew School
Emerson Elementary School
French American International
Girls Middle School
The Hamlin School
The Harker School
Head-Royce School
Holy Names High School

Jesuit High School
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Junipero Serra High School
Katherine Delmar Burke School
Keys School
The King's Academy
Lick-Wilmerding High School
Live Oak School
Los Altos Christian
Marin Academy
Marin Catholic High School
Marin Country Day School
Marin Primary & Middle School
Marin School
Mark Day School
Menlo School
Mercy High School
Mercy High School Burlingame
Moreau Catholic High School
Mt. Tamalpais School
Notre Dame des Victoires
Notre Dame High School/Belmont
Notre Dame High School/San Jose
Nueva School
Oakland Hebrew Day School
Phillips Brooks School
Presentation High School
Presidio Hill School
Prospect Sierra
Quarry Lane School
Redwood Day School
The Renaissance School
Ripon Christian High School
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School

Sacramento Country Day School
Sacramento Waldorf School
Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep
Sacred Heart Schools
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School
Saint Mary's College High School
Salesian High School
San Domenico School
San Francisco Day School
San Francisco Friends School
San Francisco University High School
San Francisco Waldorf Grades School
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Santa Catalina School
Seven Hills School
Sonoma Academy
Sonoma Country Day School
St. Francis High School / Mountain View
St. Francis High School / Sacramento
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Ignatius College Preparatory
St. Mary's High School
St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School
St. Paul's Episcopal School
Stevenson Upper School
Synergy School
Tehiyah Day School
Town School for Boys
Trinity School
Turlock Christian School
Urban School of San Francisco
Valley Christian School
Woodside Priory School
York School



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