Board of Trustees

A total of 5 individuals serving rotating volunteer five-year terms comprise the library’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees focuses on setting library policy and meets with the library director on a monthly basis, usually at 3 pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the library’s meeting room.

Current Trustees:


Mark Madsen
Mark Madsen earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and a Masters in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is finishing a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He currently serves the community through the San Juan Library District, the board of Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO), San Juan County Economic Development Council, the Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and is a board member, past president and treasurer of Seattle Arts and Lectures. Mark is a software engineer, data scientist, and entrepreneur, having worked for Microsoft, RealNetworks, and co-founded Network Clarity and
Barry Jacobson
Vice President
Board member since 2010, Barry moved to San Juan Island with his wife, Robin, and the youngest of his four children in 1998. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University. He spent most of his professional life with Kaiser Permanente and in private clinical practice as a child, couple, and family therapist.
Karen Vedder
Karen Vedder has had a San Juan Island Library card since 1974. Since arriving on the island she has worked as a biologist, newspaper reporter and attorney. She spent over a decade in the prosecutor’s office where she helped county departments accomplish their missions of serving the citizens of San Juan County. She hopes to use that experience in being part of a team of trustees whose goal it is to provide an exemplary library to everyone on San Juan Island.
Fred Henley
After a 30 year career in the U.S. Forest Service where he managed programs in landscape design, recreation, and cultural resources, Fred and his wife, Judy, retired to San Juan Island. In 1987 he volunteered at the Library in circulation. After serving as president of the Friends of the Library he was appointed a trustee in 2007. He brings to the board experience in preparing large budgets, personnel supervision, EED counseling and public agency experience.
Barbara Sharp
As a new trustee as of January 2020, I am delighted to be part of our outstanding library. I have lived on the island since 2002. I am a retired attorney with a BA degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a JD degree from BYU Law School. I have worked as a judicial clerk for an appellate court judge; staff attorney with the Workers' Compensation Fund of Utah; and an attorney in the Bellingham Regional office of the Washington Attorney General. After I retired, I spent five years on the Friends of the Library board and later served as a Commissioner on the Public Hospital District #1 from 2016-2018. Currently I am active in Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and the League of Women Voters board.