Board of Directors

Nan Fowler - President
Nan is a 45 year resident of the South County community and the owner of Nan's Pre-Owned Books in Grover Beach for 30 years. She is a founding Member and President of the Grover Beach Community Library. She is also President of the Clark Center for Performing Arts Association; active with Arroyo Grande Public Art, Grover City Grange, Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, Democrat Political Party, and City of Arroyo Grande Police Advisory Board.​ She was Cuesta College Woman of the Year in 2002, Citizen of the Year in 2006 awarded by the Arroyo Grande Chamber and Grand Marshall for the Grover Beach Holiday Parade in 2016.

Jessica Inglis - Vice President
Jessica is a Morro Bay High School graduate and has a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal Poly. She has worked for Edward Jones for over 15 years and is currently the Senior Branch Office Administrator. She is a founding member and Vice President of the library Board. Jessica says that she enjoys reaching out and helping the community and sharing her passion for reading. She is glad to be on the great and extremely important board that is so active and has such a ‘go-getter’ attitude.

Carol Roberts - Secretary
Carol has an Associate of Arts Degree in Biology/Chemistry; she was a Founding Member and Secretary of the Exploration Station and currently a Founding Member and Secretary of the Grover Beach Community Library and a volunteer librarian. She is a local juried water color artist, and member of the Flaming Ukuleles band. She is known for her community volunteer work receiving the Grover Beach Citizen of the Year Award in 2003. Married to Richard Roberts in 1954; four children, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Fran Strauser - Treasurer
​A ‘Jane of all trades’, Fran worked as a car hop, waitress, finance company employee, bank loan/note department employee, manager of a medical office, and worked as a custodian for her self-employed husband. Fran is now "retired"; she does volunteer work and likes to read. Fran is currently the library Treasurer.

Megan Barnhard
Megan Barnhard fell in love with the Central Coast as a child, when her family would come north from LA to camp, explore, and relax on the beach. In 2012, Megan moved to Grover Beach from San Jose with her husband, who opened a gardening business in San Luis Obispo. Since then, she has come to feel right at home in this warm and welcoming town. In addition to offering private writing coaching through her company, Write with Megan, she also teaches classes for Parks and Recreation and 4-H, helping youngsters discover the joy of writing. Committed to making community connections, Megan is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Network of San Luis Obispo County. Megan began volunteering at Grover Beach Community Library in 2014 and loves being able to support literacy and community engagement as a librarian and facilitator of the monthly Senior Book Break, where she uses her background in philosophy and Socratic seminar to foster fun and thoughtful discussion on a wide range of topics. For Megan, GBCL represents the best aspects of community: It is a place where all are welcome, where old friends discover new ideas, and where young people feel part of the larger world. She is honored to serve on the library’s board of directors, where she hopes to help continue the library’s growth and outreach, bringing programs and opportunities into the lives of even more community members.

Jim Coleman
Jim was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts; attended the University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration; work career in sales and sales management. He worked for Worthington Corp., AMF-Cuno Engineering, Purolater Corp., and Sweetland Engineering. Jim enjoys volunteer work and currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer and book librarian for the Five Cities Retired Active Men’s organization.

Ruth Doermann
Ruth and family moved to the Central Coast 25 years ago from the Pasadena area. With two pre-teen daughters it seemed like a good time to make the change! She continued her teaching career, working for Lucia Mar Unified School District as a primary teacher. In 2012 she retired and now she and husband Bernie travel often, visiting their daughters and their growing families or trying to check off some of their travel bucket list destinations! When home in Arroyo Grande, she happily fills the days pursuing her passion for watercolor painting.

Sindy Fligiel
Sindy was born and raised in Grenada, Mississippi, and her first job was a telephone operator. She moved with her family to Van Nuys, CA, married and raised two sons in Canoga Park. She moved to Grover Beach in 2001 after 22 years in Food Service, retired from the Los Angeles School District. Sindy saw a sign on a vacant lot near the e Station that said, “Future Home of the Grover Beach Library”, she made an inquiry and became a Founding Board Member. She is currently a trained Librarian and is the library Volunteer Coordinator. Sindy says, “My love of books and the library is my dream come true”.

Claire Gates
Claire, at a very early age, moved from Nebraska where she was born to San Bernardino, CA, where she graduated from High School, attended San Bernardino Valley College earning a degree in Business. Her husband, Gene, a Service Manager for the local Ford agency, took a job in Coalinga, CA as an automotive technology instructor for the West Hills Community College. The college hired Claire as the Director of the Learning Resource Center and worked there until they moved to Grover Beach in 1984. She worked eleven years as the bookkeeper for the South County Sanitary Company. She has always willingly volunteered for community organizations, became a founding member and Treasurer for the library and is currently the Chief Librarian. In 2005, she and her husband received the Grover Beach Chamber Citizen of the Year Award.

Corki Clark-Henderson
Corki was born in 1956 in Burbank, CA, to Clifford and Mary Lee Clark; moved to Grover City in 1958 and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1974. She attended college at San Diego State and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut; became a Paralegal and worked for the Grover City Municipal Court. She joined the Cliff Clark Law Office in 1986 and became a licensed Professional Fiduciary in 2012. Les Henderson is her husband of 30 years; two daughters, Cherice and Charnelle.

Emily Myhre
After graduation from South Panola High School, in Como, MS, she moved to Isla Vista, CA; moved to Half Moon Bay where she began a 44 year banking career with Wells Fargo Bank in July of 1969. She moved several more times, settled in Grover City and continued her banking career with Mid-State Bank. She retired in November of 2013 and became a Professional Volunteer working for several local non-profit organizations. Emily said, “I observed that the library board worked well together, they all liked each other and when I was asked to become a member, I gladly said yes.”

Norma Newdoll
Norma arrived in Grover City in 1959 and enrolled her five daughters in St Patrick’s Church School and immediately became involved in fund raising activities. She was very active in fund raising for the Clark Center for Performing Arts. She owned an upscale boutique for elegant wear, Clancy’s in SLO and served as a fashion model. She is a founding member of the library and a trained volunteer librarian. In 2000, she received the Grover Beach Chamber Citizen of the Year Award.

Barbara Nicolls
Barbara was born and raised in Wisconsin, moved to California in 1959. She married Marine husband, Bill, in 1961. They moved from Los Angeles to Oakland and then to Grover Beach in 2000. She loves the Central Coast life styles and has volunteered with City of Grover Beach Parks & Recreation and Police Department. She is currently a member of the Grover Beach City Council. Barbara is Director of the Friends of the Library, a trained librarian and in charge of the Youth Summer Reading and the Reading to Rover programs. Barbara says, “Grover Beach Community Library is my haven and for ‘me’ time”.

Richard Roberts, Ex Officio
Richard and wife, Carol, moved to Grover Beach from San Bernardino in 1988, retired from the county as the Director of Environmental Health Services. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. He is a founding member of the Grover Beach Community Library; Community Volunteer and active in other local non-profit organizations including the Clark Center Association, e Station, Rotary Club of Grover Beach and Retired Active Men’s organization. He received the Grover Beach Citizen of the Year Award in 1994 for his volunteer work. He served 8 years on the Grover Beach Planning Commission and served 16 years on the SLO County Local Agency Formation Commission. He currently serves on the CenCal Health Authority Board of Directors; he is a Flaming Ukuleles band member.

Mariam Shah
Mariam Shah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to the Central Coast in 2008 after a honeymoon trip up Highway 1 convinced her and her husband that this was the perfect and most beautiful place to raise a family. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and Georgetown University Law Center in 2001. Mariam worked as a corporate litigator in New York City, Cleveland and Akron, OH until her move to the Central Coast. Since that time she has stayed home with her two children, frequenting many story hours and library activities around San Luis Obispo County. When selecting a home in Grover Beach, it was very important to her that a library existed within walking distance of her home as her trips to the library as a child were some of her fondest memories. In 2014, she was elected to the Grover Beach City Council, and in 2017 she became the Mayor Pro Tem of Grover Beach. She joined the library board in 2016 and much of her work focuses on children's programs.


GBCL Board of Directors
Left to right: Jim Coleman, Fran Strauser, Claire Gates, Barbara Nicolls, Nan Fowler, Jessica Inglis, Sindy Fligiel, Ruth Doermann, Carol Roberts, Mariam Shah, Corki Henderson
Not pictured: Megan Barnhard, Emily Myhre, Norma Newdoll, Richard Roberts