CALS Administration

Central Arkansas Library System
Administrative Offices
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

To contact a member of the executive team below, please send an email to or call 501-918-3033. Please include your name, contact information and the best time during the business day to reach you. A detailed description of your inquiry, comment or concern will help us direct your call or email to the appropriate department(s). Thank you.



Nate Coulter – Executive Director

Nate oversees the entire CALS organization and reports to the Board of Directors. His work primarily focuses on identifying and implementing the library’s goals by: advocating for the library in the community, fostering partnerships with other organizations with common or similar missions, and securing the resources necessary for CALS staff to do their critically important work.


Jo Spencer – Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Operations

Jo is responsible for overseeing and managing the finance department, including managing the System budget, management and administration of the CALS staff retirement plans, as well as the finances for the Foundation.


Pam Bandy – Regional Manager

Pam is available to provide information on branch assistance and any questions or concerns regarding the following branches: Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, John Gould Fletcher Library, Maumelle Library, Max Milam Library, Esther Dewitt Nixon Library, Oley E. Rooker Library, Adolphine Fletcher Terry Library, and Roosevelt Thompson Library.


Eliza Borné – Director of Development

Eliza’s team connects donors to funding opportunities at the library. They develop grant proposals, seek sponsorships for events and programs, and lead fundraising campaigns. The development staff also oversee the library’s vibrant volunteer program and the popular CALS Used Book Sale, and they are the primary staff liaisons to the CALS Foundation board of directors. Eliza will be happy to assist any patrons interested in making a memorial or special gift to the library (large or small).


Mark Christ – Head of Adult Programming

Mark oversees adult programming for the system and facilitates programming at the branch level, including identifying people and organizations that can provide turn-key programs at the branches. Mark oversees any system-wide adult programs and works with the branch programmers to ensure their participation.


Joe Hudak – Regional Manager/Head of Main Library

Joe oversees the following locations: Main Library, Millie Brooks MicroLibrary, Dee Brown Library, McMath Library, Rooker Library, and Williams Library; he also assists with system circulation services, the Safety Department, and the Rock It! Lab.


Tameka Lee – Director of Communications

Tameka works on the communications plan for the system, which includes the development of CALS messaging and branding, event/program promotion, and coordinating special events. She is the primary contact for all media inquiries


Kate Matthews – Director of Public Service

Kate oversees and coordinates all aspects of public services within our library system. She plays a critical role in shaping the library’s strategic direction, enhancing user experiences, and fostering community engagement.


Amanda Orgel – Youth Services Coordinator

Amanda oversees system-wide youth programming, advises on policy and best practices related to our youth patrons, supervises the Count Up math tutoring programming, and communicates with and coordinates outreach to our community partners.


Ellen Samples – Director of Programming

Ellen leads our programming team, overseeing the wide range of events and special projects that engage our diverse community both inside the libraries and through partnerships and outreach outside our walls.