Board of Directors
Katy Reed Preston, Executive Director
Katy has spent the past two decades working with struggling readers. She attended Ithaca College in New York, earning a degree in Speech and Language Disorders. Having grown up in Oregon, she returned to her hometown to acquire a Masters in Education degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
She worked for ten years as a Teacher of the Deaf for Northwest Regional Education Service District. The majority of her work was focused on deaf and hard-of-hearing children between the ages of 3-5. She is the author of Metaphor Magic, written to help children understand and analyze metaphors, and is the co-author for a very popular storybook-based curriculum, Happily Ever After: Using Storybooks in Preschool Settings.
After leaving the workforce to raise her family, she began volunteering in the public school her two daughters attended. Working on a daily basis with struggling readers, she volunteered hundreds of hours to help these children achieve literacy skills. This experience led her to the development of The Clackamas Bookshelf, with the hope of bridging the learning gap she saw between children who had access to books at home, and those who did not. Her goal is to increase book ownership throughout the entire county.
One of her favorite books is The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, because it illustrates how each person has a gift to offer the world, and that one just needs figure out what the gift is.
Katie Liebert is an Engineering Manager at NW Natural, with responsibility for management of work orders, GIS and compliance data. Her staff includes Engineers and union employees responsible for operations and working with public agencies for permitting. She was the lead board member of the NW Naturals Women’s Network and has served as the Vice President of the Southwest Washington’s Contractor Association. She also has served as a troop leader for Girl Scouts for over 10 years.
Katie received a bachelor of science in Construction Management from California State University at Chico. She lives in Gladstone, Oregon. When not working, Katie enjoys many home improvement projects and gardening. She loves the book Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
In the educational system for over twenty years, Kristy has endeavored to open up the world to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children through the love of books. She began her teaching career in Lodi, CA where she established a high school DHH program, teaching grades 9-12. She returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon when she had children of her own, and taught middle school and upper elementary grades.
She then earned a Literacy Endorsement with the hope of unlocking the key to reading achievement for struggling readers. In 2010, she earned her Educational Administration License, and now has the pleasure of supporting school age Deaf and Hard of Hearing special focus classrooms. Her work currently involves mentoring, coaching, professional development, instruction, assessment, and literacy development.
She holds a Master's of Education degree in Deaf Education, a Bachelor's of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and an Educational Administrative License.
Kristy is thrilled to be a part of The Clackamas Bookshelf and looks forward to supporting the goal of sharing books with children across Clackamas County. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" from Dr. Seuss' I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, is one of Kristy's favorite quotes.
Erika has been a partner and graphic designer at Creative Abandon for nearly 20 years. She has worked with clients in many industries including high tech, food manufacturing, employee benefits, and financial services.
Before having a family, Erika spent several years volunteering for non-profits in the local sailing community. When her children started elementary school, she focused her efforts on supporting their education by helping in the classroom, chairing fundraising events, and serving on the parent organization board in a variety of capacities.
She loves books and was thrilled when her boys started reading on their own for pleasure for the first time. When they were small, one of her favorites to read was Are You My Mother?
Ben is the Loan Program Manager for Mercy Corps Northwest, a non profit organization supporting local entrepreneurs through classes and access to capital. Since graduating from Oregon State University with Bachelor's degrees in Finance, Management and International Business, Ben found a passion for supporting small businesses and has spent his career in financial services.
After previously serving as a Board Member for Ncompass, a non profit who supports an orphanage in Haiti, he has now turned his volunteer efforts locally. In addition to supporting the Clackamas Bookshelf, Ben sits on the Parks and Recreation Committee for the city of Gladstone. He grew up in Gladstone and lives there with his wife and son.
In 2015, Ben set a New Years Resolution of reading one book a month and rediscovered his love for reading. He is proud to have held to that goal since then, and his list of books to read keeps growing larger and larger. His son, Noah, loves books and has inspired his love of reading even more. Outside of work and volunteering, Ben is an avid Trail Blazers fan and loves to barbecue, read, and get outdoors. One of his favorite children's books is T-Veg, the Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur by Smriti Prasadam-Halls.
Michael Milch retired in 2008 from a career as a consulting pension actuary to devote time to his twin grandchildren (now teenagers) and a more active civic life. A former Gladstone City Councilor, Michael is committed to strengthening the “social infrastructure” of his community through support of public schools, libraries, and parks. He serves on the Gladstone Library Advisory Board and chairs the Gladstone School District Budget Committee.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Claremont School of Theology and spent fifteen years as a church educator and church business administrator. He has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California in San Diego.
Michael and his three younger sisters grew up on a steady literary diet of the “Beginner Book” series (by Dr. Seuss and others), but today he and his wife, Kat, love engaging their youngest grandchildren in the serious silliness of the works of Sandra Boynton (But Not the Hippopotamus).