Elizabeth’s Library International is a registered 501(c)(3) incorporated in October 2013 in the State of California, and led by a team of Christian professionals with backgrounds in international development, business, finance and education. Elizabeth’s Library partners with local national leaders or organizations to establish community libraries serving as a venue for educational and learning opportunities for both children and adults.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontus Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Meet the Board
Lana's career as a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Nursing from the University of New York - Albany focused on Emergency Care and Nursing Education and Management. Her extensive healthcare background and an M. A. in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies led to a wide range of overseas assignments in the humanitarian assistance profession with the American Refugee Committee, the International Medical Corps and Doctors Without Borders. Lana has served on the Board of Directors of several non- profits with overseas projects and is now the Chair of the Elizabeth's Library Board.
Alicia has enjoyed serving on the ELI Board since 2017. She and her late husband, Pastor Ted Glauser made a trip to Zimbabwe in 2012, establishing a close relationship with Heart of Mercy School, (now under the care of ELI) and Pastor Reuben Zivagwe the ELI Director in Zimbabwe. Alicia returned to Zimbabwe in 2015 for the dedication of Heart of Mercy School and the newly established Elizabeth’s Library in Zimbabwe. Alicia enjoys public speaking, and working with the ELI writing team, writing articles for ELI mailings and social media.
Emily Tsai Brownfield
Emily's broad base of experience in the field of education for over 20 years as both a teacher and administrator has given her firsthand experience in transforming educational possibilities for students. Recognized for her unique skills in building instructional capacities for teachers and principals, she has served as Director of 21st Century Learning and Innovation for the North Monterey County Unified School District since 2013. Emily has conducted workshops in both educational and faith-based conferences and is also involved in several church and community outreaches. She has a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Educational Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills and has done graduate level coursework in International Development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Emily’s deep passion for expanding vision and opportunities for under-served communities stems from her desire to see God’s love and Kingdom reflected in nations around the world. She is a founding Board member and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Elizabeth’s Library International.
Kathleen Ageton is a librarian specializing in children's services. She has worked in public libraries for nearly 30 years and has built a reputation for lively and engaging storytimes with toddlers and preschoolers. These storytimes help children build pre-reading skills, develop social skills, and learn that reading is fun. For older children, she seeks to connect them with books that are "just right" for each individual. She strategizes and promotes outreach, collection development and special programs. She has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds and is excited to extend her reach all the way to the other side of the globe. She believes that libraries change lives, but even more so, that the love of Christ changes lives.
Co founder of ELI, and husband to Lana Lynn. Larry has faithfully served the Lord in children’s and young adult ministries with a passion for the Word of God. He holds degrees in psychology, nursing, and electronics; serving as a senior service representative throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for the past 35 years. Larry has visited all of the ELI libraries in Africa, offering much expertise and encouragement.
Sandy Kathey is married to her favorite person Scott, and is the mother of three. She has served and walked with the Lord in a variety of ministry positions for the past twenty-six years, including small group Bible study facilitator, youth camp counselor, and children's ministry teacher. She is passionate about missions, and two of her children have been overseas. Sandy currently serves on the Mission Board of her church.
During the years of homeschooling her children, she began a parent support group to assist several families with curriculum, social activities and navigating requirements. She says that it was very important to her that her children learn to read well, and their regular trips to the library established that desire for learning. Even now as adults, her children credit their childhood library visits with their continued love of reading. Sandy recognizes the importance that reading and education have in providing opportunities that change lives. As an ELI volunteer, Sandy has been working to organize and inventory the amazing book donations that ELI receives, and has also taken on several administrative responsibilities. She is excited to serve on the ELI Board of Directors with a special interest in the development of ELI's resource collection and distribution policies to meet the needs of our expanding library programs. Sandy also has a background with animal care, and has provided valuable guidance for our goat milk project in Zambia.
THE INSPIRATION: Elizabeth's Story
Trusting in Jesus at an early age, Elizabeth lived a life of impact even though she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor when very young. A lifelong member of the Monterey Peninsula community on California’s Central Coast, Elizabeth’s jubilant and indomitable spirit inspired all who knew her.
Over the years, Elizabeth endured numerous surgeries, hospitals stays and long stretches of pain. Yet her uncomplaining, vibrant spirit outshined such struggle. She always sought to encourage others and share with them her cheerful smile, a Word from Scripture, a prayer or one of her special handmade cards. She had no fear of sharing her love of Jesus; she truly loved others and wanted them to have the faith that she had been given.
A voracious reader from a young age, Elizabeth developed a love of children, books, learning, and teaching. She mastered sign language so she could effectively serve as an interpreter for the deaf. Elizabeth realized what a privilege learning is. She felt strongly called to someday become a teacher and start a school somewhere in Africa, where her father had spent time as a young man.
In spite of so many physical challenges, Elizabeth kept working toward her college degree and also joined a support group for Hope Home Mission, an indigenous ministry located in Lilongwe, Malawi. Elizabeth enthusiastically supported Hope Home Mission's outreach to orphans and widows and dreamed of a future visit to serve as a teacher in the orphan school.
The Hope Home Mission support group sent hundreds of books to Malawi and planned to raise funds to upgrade one of the campus buildings to use as a needed community library. Elizabeth was so excited about this project, but before she could see its realization, Jesus took her home.
The Director of Hope Home Mission decided to name the future library in her honor. At the wish of Elizabeth’s parents, her memorial gifts funded the construction. In July 2012, Elizabeth’s Library in Lilongwe, Malawi was officially dedicated with local community leaders and citizens plus American friends in attendance.
Elizabeth’s Library is the only library available to hundreds of people in that area of Lilongwe. The impact of this incredible resource on the lives of so many became the inspiration to establish community libraries and resource centers in other underserved areas around the world.
In July 2013, Elizabeth’s Library International became a registered nonprofit in the State of California.