Our Team

Board of Directors


Seena Hawley

Executive Director & board secretary

Seena raised two children and taught elementary school in San Jose before returning to her hometown of Berkeley in 2007. There, she substituted in Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) middle school classrooms and as a school bus driver before taking a full time driver position in 2008. She had planned to teach Language Arts in middle school after earning her Single Subject Credential, but events, research, interests and a drive to improve early literacy changed her path. She formed The BBBP in 2012, gained 501(c)(3) status in 2013 and launched its Imagination Library Program in 2015.

 Fomenting comity among life forms of all sorts Peoria, IL 2016

Fomenting comity among life forms of all sorts Peoria, IL 2016

Miriam Hawley

Founding board member, first president, and generous supporter

                 In Memoriam  1928-2018

Miriam's history of civic engagement in and around Berkeley will be remembered by all who knew her, and the impacts of her insightful work created impacts that will continue to affect countless East Bay residents, including children receiving books thru The BBBP. Without her support of all sorts, The BBBP would not have come to be. She is sorely missed. She was a remarkable and wise woman who knew when to crack the whip, when to nudge and nurture, and, a not flashy but a bedrock-shaping skill, knew how to create budgets aimed to foster a better future for all of us. She was known in City politics for being a consensus builder, for bridging divides between beings with seemingly intractable differences. Even intergalactic ones, apparently. There is an obituary in Berkeleyside.


Sarah Davis


Raised in Berkeley, Sarah is a Research Project Manager at the Primate Research Center at UC Davis. She and her husband live in Davis where they have raised two sons. Sarah has a long history of civic engagement and work in her communities, in Davis and in Berkeley. She also works with Camp Unalayee, a nonprofit summer camp for youth.


Lois Brubeck


Lois is an advocate for youth services and justice in Alameda County. She serves on the Alameda County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission. She lives in Berkeley. We are glad she chose to join our Board to share her insights, experience, and guidance as we grow.


Tom Buoye


Tom adopted Berkeley as his hometown when he attended UCB. After studying Engineering, he spent his career at UCB and Autodesk. Since the 1970s he has worked with Camp Unalayee as a Vehicle, Site and Facilities Manager and serves on their Board of Directors. He is active in Berkeley's bicycling community.



Jessica Wheelis

children's activity director

Jessica is a former Oakland Public Schools K-1 teacher. She is enthusiastic about promoting and encouraging early and pre-literacy on all fronts: directly with children, creating and running engaging, language-rich activities at our PlayBook Groups, as well as through Parent education and training.  She does outreach for The BBBP to organizations that pursue and support young parents in efforts to foster early literacy. She holds a Masters in Science in Education as well as a California Teacher's Credential, and for many years was involved in leadership positions with Rosa Parks Elementary school's large and active PTA. We are very fortunate she's joined us: Besides the experience she brings to the Board and our program partners, she is masterful at making Baby Book Club meetings  fun and enriching events.