Board of Trustee Biographies…

Sally Van Riper Eller, President: Board member since 2006. Sally has been a resident of Ovid and Romulus all her life, although she lived, raised a family, and worked in Maryland for 30 years. She’s enjoyed her years on the Board of the Ford Library very much and look forward to the exciting growth of the library. She presently lives on the west shore of Cayuga lake, not far from where she grew up.

Mary Lou Schwartzberg, Vice President:  Board member since 2013. Mary Lou Seeley Schwartzberg has been a resident of Romulus since 2003.  She is a Registered Nurse, retired from the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester NY, currently working very part time at the Gannett Health Center at Cornell University.  Mary Lou has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She enjoys reading, knitting, traveling, spending time with her 6 children and their families.  Mary Lou looks forward to being involved with the library and it’s many offerings.”

Mark Jauquet, Treasurer: Board member since 2006. Resident of Romulus. Mark brings to the library a special interest in technology. He has been a lecturer at Cornell University’s Center for Learning and Teaching since 2002. He teaches in the Mathematics Department, and his interests include assisting under-represented minority students and students from low-income families in adapting to and excelling in the University setting.

Jean Currie, Secretary : Board member since 2011. Until she retired in 2008, Jean was the Executive Director of the South Central Regional Library Council, a multi-type library consortium serving libraries in a fourteen county area of upstate New York. From 2009-2010 Jean acted as the Interim Director of The History Center in Tompkins County. She grew up and was educated in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Jean Lived in Newfield from 1979 to 1992 and since then in the Kidders area of the Town of Ovid. She worked at both Cornell and the South Central Regional Library Council. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand and a Diploma of Library Science from the NZ Library School.

Barbara Gerlach: Board member from ____ to  ____ and since 2014.

Honorine Rock: Board member since 2007. Retired from the Accounting Department of Eastman Kodak and lives in the Chamberlain family home in the Town of Romulus. Honorine is a past District Deputy or the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of DAR, 20th Century Club, and Ovid and Romulus Historical Societies. She enjoys reading, baking, knitting, and spending time with her loved ones. She worked in a small village library in her early teens, was a volunteer in the Hector Reading Center, and will work very hard to help promote our beautiful library in every way.

Kathleen Roisen: Board member since 2015. Born in raised in Pittsford NY, Katie has a degree in Fashion Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and has translated her passion for design and marketing in the fashion world to design and marketing in the Finger Lakes wine industry. She currently works as the marketing director for Hosmer Winery in Ovid, NY. After moving to the area 5 years ago with her husband whom also works in the local wine industry, Katie joined the board of trustees hoping to get more involved in and give back to her new community.

Chris Willson: Board member since 2013. Christine (Chris) grew up in Ovid and graduated from Ovid Central School. After attending Freeman Business School in Geneva, Chris married Bill Willson and has two sons and two grandsons. She returned to Ovid in May 2012 and lives on Cayuga Lake with Bill. Chris has extensive experience as a board member of non-profit organizations where she headed many fundraising activities. She currently works for Xerox State Healthcare as an IT Procurement Manager, and she is busy on Thursday afternoons as a volunteer at the Library’s LIFT program.