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.

Lisa Donovan – Deputy Executive Director of Library Operations/Director of Literacy and Learning

Lisa is responsible for anything that has to do with public service and programming. She also works on special projects and other duties as assigned.


Ellen Samples – Youth Services Coordinator

Ellen oversees training and system support for youth and teen programs as well as all things Summer@CALS. She also oversees system programs that serve youth, including Be Mighty and Count Up.


Pam Bandy – Branch Services Coordinator

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 Fletcher Library, Maumelle Library, Max Milam Library, Esther Dewitt Nixon Library, Oley E. Rooker Library, Adolphine Fletcher Terry Library, and Roosevelt Thompson Library.


Joe Hudak – Head of Main Library/Branch Services Coordinator

Joe is the Head of the Main Library and oversees the following departments at Main: Information Services, Patron Services, Youth Services/Level 4, the system-level holds, AV managers, and the Rock It! Lab coordinator. He can provide information about the Main Library, the Rock It! Lab, the Branch Services Coordinators, public service, staff manuals, notaries public, and elections.


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 programs and works with the branch programmers to ensure their participation.


Jo Spencer – Deputy Executive Director of Finance

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.


Lancy Ivy – Director of Facilities and Operations

Lance works closely with the following department across the system: Maintenance, Housekeeping, Landscaping, and Security in order to ensure that the facilities and buildings are in good working order and presentable for patrons and guests. He is currently overseeing the renovation projects at Main Library and Sue Cowan Williams Library.


Eliza Borné – Development Director

Eliza is responsible for working with grant proposals, major gifts, sponsorships, and fundraising campaigns. She also works with the CALS Foundation and Friends of CALS boards. Eliza will be happy to assist any patrons interested in making a memorial or special gift to the library (large or small).


Tameka Lee – Communications Director

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