Reforma Educational Foundation

Board of Trustees



  Cesar Caballero  

Cesar Caballero

Foundation President (REFORMA Past President, 1980-82)

After graduating from the University of Texas (1974) with an MLIS, Cesar became the first president of the REFORMA Chapter in El Paso, Texas.   He was elected to serve a two-year term as President of REFORMA National (1980-82). He also had the honor of serving as President of the Board of Directors of the El Paso Public Library (1978-80). After serving on the ALA Council, he was elected to serve as a member of the Executive Board of the ALA (1992-96).

Professionally, Caballero has served as an academic librarian in various leadership roles in Texas and California.  He currently serves as Dean and University Librarian at California State University, San Bernardino, and is a consultant in the area of Strategic Planning.

  Sol Lopez  

Sol M.Lopez

Foundation Treasurer

When Sol Maria Lopez received an invitation to join the REF board of Directors, she gladly accepted.  As past recipient of the REFORMA scholarship, she felt this was this was an excellent opportunity to give of her time and energy to the organization that helped her obtain her LIS degree. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2010 and has been a Cataloging Librarian for the University of Texas at El Paso since 2011. She currently serves in the Texas Library Association's Tejas Star Reading Task Force that selects and awards quality bilingual/multicultural children's books.

Additionally, she has chaired TLA's District 6 from 2015-2016. She is passionate about serving users especially when it comes to being able to read the catalog; but also about motivating and encouraging librarians and library staff about professional development; she has led an initiative incorporating a digital badging system at UTEP to promote professional development and looks forward to publishing more on this topic

Maria Kramer

(REFORMA National President 2011-2012)

Maria Kramer has been an active lifetime member of REFORMA for several years. She is the current REFORMA President, 2011-2012.   In 2007-2009, she was Chapter Representative on the REFORMA National Executive Committee. In 1994-1995, she was president of Bibliotecas Para La Gente (BPLG), a California Chapter of REFORMA.  Under her leadership, BPLG organized the 1st Conference “Empowering the Latino Community through our Libraries”.

Maria Kramer is a Division Manager of the Redwood City Public Library in Redwood City, California.  She oversees a Downtown Library and three Neighborhood Libraries where she has been directly responsible for the building of two neighborhood branches and the remodeling of another one.  She also directs the management of collection development, youth and adult services, information technology, marketing and facilities.  


Denice Adkins

(REFORMA President)

Denice Adkins comes from a bicultural home in Arizona.   She served as REFORMA Chapter President (2003-05).  Prior to working in LIS education, she was employed as a public librarian at the Denver Public Library and the Las Vegas Clark County Library District.  In 2008 she became a Fulbright Scholar to Honduras.  She teaches library services and does research in Latino library and information use as an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri

  Edward Benitez  

Edward Benitez

Edward Benitez is a trade book publishing professional with over 20 years in the business—for the past three years, he has been the Director of Spanish Language Sales at Penguin Random House, based in their NYC office.  He has also worked at Parragon Books (Director of Latin American and the Caribbean Sales), Publishers Group West (Regional Director of Sales, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East) and Simon & Schuster (Regional Sales Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean.

Edward has a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida.


Isabel Espinal

(REFORMA Past - President)


Beatriz Guevara

(REFORMA - President Elect)

Beatriz is a Library Manager at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library where she has received many awards and recognitions within her library system.  In 2012 she was one of 10 librarians selected for the national ALA/NY Times/Carnegie Corporation "I Love My Library" award. This recognition was made possible by the nomination from a young lady who attended one of her college information workshops.  She was also one of only 40 librarians selected from a highly competitive national pool to participate in ALA's 2013 "Leading to the Future," an immersive leadership development program for future leaders.   Additionally, she has been nominated to serve in the American Library Association Council for 2015.  

Beatriz holds a Masters of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an Associate in Arts form the Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC.  She is of Mexican descent and has lived in North Carolina for over 16 years.


Betty Turock

(ALA Past President, 1995-96)

Dr. Betty J. Turock, Past President of the American Library Association, is Professor and Dean Emerita at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information.

As President she traveled over 300,000 miles and testified before the Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to focus on Equity on the Information Highway, just and equitable access to electronic information for all people of our nation. Among her proudest accomplishments is working with Association leaders, members and staff to create the Spectrum Scholarship Program, which to date has educated over 750 Emerging Majority students as library and information science professionals at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Turock received the ALA Equality Award in 1998, the ALA Lippincott Award in 2006, and Honorary Membership, the highest honor the Association confers at the Opening General session during the 2012 annual conference


Teresa Mlawer


Teresa Mlawer began her career in publishing in 1963. Ms. Mlawer was at the helm of operations at Lectorum Publications from 1976 until her retirement in 2012. Among her many functions at Lectorum, she served as Editorial Director, where she oversaw the acquisition, selection, and editorial development of Spanish-language books for children and young adults.

A pioneer in Spanish-language publishing in the United States, Teresa has translated over 300 children’s books from English to Spanish.
She has dedicated her life to the cause of literacy, especially among Hispanic children in the US and Latin America. As a well-known specialist in children’s literature in Spanish, she works with publishers, educators and librarians to bring the best authentic literature to children. She is a strong and vocal advocate for Latino authors and illustrators in the United States.

In 2012, she was selected by the Federation of Spanish Publishers from Argentina as one of the 50 most influential people in the Spanish publishing world. 

For the last three years she has been a member of the Board of Directors of CONTEXTOS, an international non-profit organization that works with under-resourced schools in El Salvador.

Teresa is also an Executive Board Member of REFORMA NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION.



Luis Chaparro

Executive Director (REFORMA Past President, 2008-09)

Luis Chaparro, Director of Technical Services at El Paso Community College, has held numerous leadership positions in REFORMA.  He was a founding member of El Paso Chapter and a founding co-editor of the Amoxcalli Newsletter, the predecessor of our current REFORMA Newsletter.   For many years, he served as chair of the REFORMA Scholarship Committee, and served as president of our organization in 2008-09.

During his presidential term he promoted the creation of a long-range and permanent initiative to raise funds for our organization.  This idea was presented to 18 former presidents of REFORMA, the “Reformistas Exitosos”, in a meeting in Anaheim in 2008. Endorsed by this group the idea was further discussed in RNC3 in El Paso in 2008. During Midwinter in Denver in January 2009, he and Cesar Caballero, current REF President proposed a plan of action to the REFORMA Executive Board.   And today, exactly 4 years from the initial meeting in Anaheim, we are celebrating the founding of the REFORMA Educational Foundation, again in Anaheim.



Past Board Members




(ALA Past President, 1991-92)

Patricia Glass Schuman — librarian, publisher, businesswoman and activist — was President and co-founder of Neal-Schuman Publishers, the largest independent publisher of professional materials for library and information professionals in the world, until it was sold to the American Library Association this past December.

The first woman ever to be elected Treasurer of the American Library Association, Pat Schuman was the 1991-92 elected President of the American Library Association (ALA).   As President she galvanized the ALA to launch a nationwide media campaign to focus public attention on threats to the public's Right to Know -- including library funding cuts, censorship, restricted access to government
information -- and the need to support libraries and librarians.  She has appeared in over 70 radio and television shows including “Larry King,” and was also featured on “Washington Week in Review.”  Pat developed the Library Advocacy NOW! and @ your library campaigns.  She has served on numerous boards and committees, and is President of the METRO Board.

Pat received the ALA Equality Award in 1993 and the ALA Lippincott Award in 2002.  ALA President Molly Raphael recently appointed Pat to the ALA Working Group on Libraries and Digital Content.




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