Board Member Profiles
|William Porter||James Axtell||Sally Andrews||Pamela Franz|
|Letizia Gambrell-Boone||Vickie Herrick||Wilford Kale||Barry Marten|
|Natalie Miller-Moore||Jason Purse||Jorge Rivas|
James Axtell, Vice-Chair joined the Board of Trustees in September of 2011. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, as well as being a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He then taught History for 42 1/2 years at five different colleges, including 30 years at the College of William & Mary, where he was Kenan Professor of Humanities. Commenting on his appointment to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Axtell remarked, "When I was asked to stand for the Library Board, I was eager to repay the Williamsburg Regional Library for its services, pleasures, and acknowledged excellence as one of the very best in the state."
Sally Andrews, Secretary joined the Board of Trustees in August of 2014. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in History and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary. She was the first female associate in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods Law Firm. Following her marriage to a law school classmate, she joined the Hampton City Attorney's Office, concentrating in land use and school law. She has a son, who is a licensed CPA, but now is a Commercial Realtor in Hampton and also a daughter who is currently serving as a law clerk for a Judge on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Kentucky. Professionally, Ms. Andrews served on the Virginia State Bar Council and was a past president of the Virginia Council of School Attorney's, the Hampton Bar Association, and the Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association. While living in Hampton she served on numerous non-profit boards. Recently, she concluded her service on the W & M Law School Alumni Board and has consistently served on the Reunion Committees for both the College and the Law School, several times serving as co-chair. Since moving to Williamsburg, her husband and her have been frequent visitors to the Library and have been impressed with the collections, the services, and the employees. Ms. Andrews writes, "The quality of a community's library is a reflection of that community, and I will be dedicated to maintaining that excellence."
Pamela Franz joined the Board of Trustees in November of 2013 as the first York County board representative. Born in old Bell Hospital in Williamsburg, Ms. Franz is a native who never sought to leave. She attended the College of William & Mary while being employed with Colonial Williamsburg for many years. In 1986, she began her 30 year career with State Farm Insurance working in the injury claims department. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport College in Political Science. In 1994, she became an independent small business owner opening her own State Farm Insurance agency in the Tabb area of York County. Remembering the “little white house” across from The Powder Magazine on Francis street that used to be Williamsburg’s only library, she has always had a love of learning, reading and understands that libraries open unimaginable doors for people of all ages. Ms. Franz loves volunteering at her son’s high school and various community events associated with her business. She wanted to be a part of the library as her way of giving back for the dreams ignited by what was originally bestowed upon her as a young girl.
Vickie Herrick joined the Board of Trustees in July of 2010. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Christopher Newport University. Vickie has been employed with the City of Williamsburg for 13 years and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Finance. She is a native of Williamsburg and has been a patron of Williamsburg Regional Library since early childhood. She writes, “I strongly believe both personally and professionally that the Library is an essential public service. I enjoy the privilege and opportunity of gaining a fuller and more complete understanding of all facets and services of the Library.”
Wilford Kale joined the Board of Trustees in October of 2013. He is an alumnus of the College of William & Mary and holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Park University. In 2012, he received a Master of Philosophy Degree in History from the University of Leicester, Leicester England. Mr. Kale is a retired newspaperman, having worked for more than 25 years with the Richmond Times-Dispatch as a bureau chief and senior writer. In 2007 he also retired from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, a state agency with headquarters in Newport News after working with them for 13 years. He has lived in the area for approximitly 50 years. This is his fourth board or commission appointment related to James City County, he has previously served: as a charter member of the County Historical Commission (1985-1987), County Planning Commission (1998-2006), and eight months in 2012 as an interim member of the County Board of Supervisors.
Barry Marten joined the Board of Trustees in July 2016. He earned BSed. and MSed. degrees in Chemistry from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Mr. Marten retired from Siemens Automotive Corporation in Newport News, Virginia, where he held various management-level positions in the fields of advanced product development, materials and process technology, and environmental affairs. He completed his second term as a member of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation Board of Directors on June 30, 2016, and was Board President from 2013-2016. He is currently a member of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. He previously served as President of the James River Association Board of Directors and was Vice-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board. Mr. Marten stated, “I consider it an honor to be appointed to the library’s Board of Trustees. The WRL has become an outstanding, award-winning library that has served the area for over a century, and I have always been impressed with the broad base of services it offers. However, the library cannot afford to rest on its laurels, and I look forward to working with the other members of the Board and library staff to explore opportunities for continual improvement of library’s programs and services to meet the ever-expanding needs and expectations of its users in the community and region.”
Natalie Miller-Moore joined the Board of Trustees in February of 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She currently runs her own business as a health communications consultant, offing publicity, marketing, and research services to clients in the health care field. Together with two partners, she is a founder of Work Nimbly, the first creative co-working location in Williamsburg. She is a regular patron of the library with her family, which includes her husband Dan and three sons. Having worked at libraries in high school and college, she appreciates the hard work that takes place behind the scenes to make the community and information aspects of the library work for citizens. Ms. Miller-Moore is pleased to serve on the board to continue to raise awareness of the changing nature of libraries, particularly their role as information commons and community exchanges, not just buildings with books. She plans on bringing the perspective of young families and people using the library for research for their work.
Jorge Rivas joined the Board of Trustees in August of 2014. He completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration-Technology Management from Saint Leo University and finished a Master's Degree in Business Administration majoring in Health Care Management, also from Saint Leo University. He is bilingual and this has afforded him the opportunity to help others bridge their language communication gap. That combined with his experience in the medical field as a Medical Technician afforded him the opportunity to help people in North and Central America over the last 20 years. He continues using these skills today as the Administrator for the Community and Medical Interpreter Services at Child Development Resources. In working to complete his educational goals, the library was always his first resource for research. Prior to attaining these goals he had the privilege of completing 21 years of military service. He wished to join the board as a way to give back to the community and learn about the processes that make the community forge forward. He views the library as a great resource in the community, helping people of all ages with access to information. He writes, "The Library is a tremendous tool that is within the reach of everyone in the community. I am interested in seeing how advances in technology reshape the way in which information is exchanged and used by everyone at the Libraries."