WRLF Board Member Profiles
Current Board Member Profiles (as of July 1, 2014)
Barry L. Marten joined the Foundation board in July, 2010. He earned his BSed and MSed in chemistry from Western Illinois University. Barry retired from Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation’s Fuel Components Division in Newport News, Virginia after a 27 year tenure. During his career, Barry held various management-level positions in the fields of advanced product development, materials and process technology and environmental affairs. He has served on the board of the James River Association and is a former member of the Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board and former Chair of the Board of Directors of CHROME (Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering). He and his wife have two adult children.
W. Samuel Sadler joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2012. Mr. Sadler received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary. He spent his forty-year career shepherding William and Mary students either as a Dean or Vice President at the College. Mr. Sadler has presented nationally and published extensively on student affairs. He has been recognized on all levels for his skills and commitment to higher education. During his career, he remained active in the community serving on PTAs, as a church leader, and with United Way. He has been associated with many local, regional and national organizations, as well. Thinking about WRL he writes, “a library instructs, inspires and introduces us to new ideas and new ways of thinking.” It is the “need to ensure that our library has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission that compels me to serve on the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation Board.”
Tom Phelps joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2012. He earned a BFA and an MFA from Utah State University. He earned his MLS from the University of Oregon. Early in his career, Mr. Phelps served as Deputy Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library. He joined the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1980, working there until summer 2011. He retired as Director of the Division of Public Programs. Mr. Phelps was awarded the American Library Association’s (ALA) Joseph W. Lippencott Award for outstanding participation in activities on behalf of the profession. In addition to publishing poetry and short stories, he has written and produced plays and documentaries and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland. A tremendous supporter of public libraries, Mr. Phelps helped to launch the ALA’s nationally popular “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion program.
Raymond A. Adams, Jr. joined the Foundation board in July, 2009. From 1953 to 1955, Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Army in South Korea. He holds degrees from the Smithdeal Massey Business College, Richmond, Virginia and a business degree from the University of Richmond. Mr. Adams was the Director of Finance for the City of Williamsburg for more than 25 years, retiring in February 2001. Among his many affiliations, he has been active in the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club since 1969 and is primarily responsible for establishing the Kiwanis Club Foundation. About joining the Library Foundation board Ray has said, "I am delighted to be able to do this and believe in giving back to the community."
Alex G Andrews, Jr. joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2012. Mr. Andrews grew up primarily in California with extended stays in Mexico, France, and Guam. He earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and joined the Central Intelligence Agency. During his career with the CIA, he served around the world including Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Ottawa, Brussels, Congo and Gabon. In Hong Kong, Mr. Andrews became a private pilot and has enjoyed flying since. He and his wife have three grown children. They retired to Williamsburg in 1993. Mr. Andrews enjoys reading, travel, flying, and tennis. Since coming to Williamsburg, Mr. Andrews has served on several groups and boards of local interest.
Susan H. Axtell joined the Foundation board in July, 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Wellesley College and attended the University of London. In 2009 Susan retired as Teacher-Director of the Williamsburg Parent Co-operative Preschool, after more than thirty years in that position. She and her husband have two adult sons. Reflecting on the Williamsburg Regional Library, Susan noted that "Being allowed to walk to the downtown library was the first perfect freedom of my young childhood, and the library remains high on my list of favorite destinations…. WRL has been an invaluable resource for me as parent, teacher, family advocate, and human being. Its continued good health is close to my heart."
Polly Bartlett joined the Library Foundation Board in April, 2013. Mrs. Bartlett received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary. Mrs. Bartlett worked as a Reading recovery teacher-leader for Williamsburg-James City County Schools. She is a former member of the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and has served on the Board of Directors at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. She and her family have lived in Williamsburg since 1966. The Bartletts have one son and four grandsons. They have been tremendous supporters of the Williamsburg community for many years. About the library Mrs. Bartlett noted it “has been a special, friendly place for as long as I’ve lived here - 50+ years. From the tiny house by the lodge to the present facility it has provided me hours of pure pleasure from reading to programs and special arrangements for teachers.”
Tonya Boone joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2014. Dr. Boone holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler School of Business, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Kansas. She has been a professor at the Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary since 2000. Professor Boone has taught courses in Operations Strategy, Sustainable Business Operations, Quality Management, Systems Analysis, and Technology Management. She is involved in the College Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) program. She has served on the City of Williamsburg Economic Development Authority Board of Directors. Dr. Boone and her family are frequently in the library, browsing new books and participating in library programs.
Lucinda N. Dudley joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2014. She is a life-time volunteer having been active in Planned Parenthood, a church nursery school, trustee at a country day school, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, and Hospice Support Care. Besides her dedication to her family, Mrs. Dudley enjoys reading, needlepoint, music, theatre, and opera. Mrs. Dudley came from a family of readers and thinking about the Williamsburg Regional Library she noted, “I love libraries. Arriving in Williamsburg in 1978 from a city where budget crunching meant the local libraries were open two afternoons a week, I thought I'd died and gone straight to heaven!”
Michael J. Fox joined the Foundation board in July, 2009. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Michael joined the College of William and Mary staff in 1997 and currently serves there as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, and Secretary to the Board of Visitors. Active in the community, he is a past chair of the Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees. In 2009 he served on the boards of Walsingham Academy, the Williamsburg Community Foundation, and Old Point National Bank. About the library, Michael has expressed his interest maintaining and enhancing best library of its size in Virginia.
Dr. Elizabeth C. Foxx joined the Foundation board in July, 2009. A native of Newport News, Elizabeth earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. She did her residency in anesthesiology and moved to Williamsburg in 1996. Her husband is also a medical doctor. Considering the library foundation, Elizabeth noted "We value the library as a tremendous asset to our community and I look forward to helping it continue its service."
Dorothy "Dottie" Gabig joined the Foundation board in July 2010. A graduate of the the College of William and Mary, Dottie taught elementary school for several years before starting a family. Over the years, she has maintained strong ties to William and Mary having served on numerous College boards and committees including the Earl Gregg Swem Library Board, William and Mary Alumni Association Board, Fund for William and Mary Committee, the Lord Botetourt Auction for the Athletic Educational Fund and the Class of 1961 35th Reunion Committee. Dottie and her husband live in Williamsburg and have two adult children and six grandchildren. She hopes "to encourage the community to realize and use the wonderful facility that our library is."
N. Susan Gordon joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2014. She is a native of Illinois and a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College. Susan is a Client Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management and has earned the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist. In the community she has served on the board of the Williamsburg Symphonia. She has been a member of the Middlesex Rotary Club, the Oyster Point Rotary Club and the Peninsula Women's Network. She also enjoys gardening and horses. Her life long relationship with the Library began as a small child attending story hour. A self described "abibliophobic," Susan has utilized the library for many years for personal reading enjoyment as well as for research.
Tatia D. Granger joined the Library Foundation Board in April, 2013. Mrs. Granger received her undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as the College of William and Mary University Ombudsperson, a position she has held since 2008. Previously she worked at Bennett College for Women, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia. Mrs. Granger and her family have lived in Williamsburg for eight years. Regarding her election to the Library Foundation board, Mrs. Granger stated “I look forward to learning more about my community through service on the WRLF Board.”
Peter Mellette joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2012. Mr. Mellette earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. A practicing attorney for 25 years, he is principal of Mellette, PC and has expertise in health care providers. He has served as chair of Virginia State Bar Client Protection Fund Board and been a member of the Virginia Law Foundation Committee on Continuing Legal Education. In Williamsburg Mr. Mellette has been chair of the Literacy for Life and Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg boards. He and his wife have two daughters. Mr. Mellette has been a regular supporter of the Williamsburg Regional Library and the services that it offers the community since moving to the Williamsburg area in 1987.
Richard D. T. Overy joined the Library Foundation Board in July, 2014. Mr. Overy received his BBA from the College of William and Mary. Mr. Overy began his career working in the White House and then at William and Mary. He joined Legg Mason in 1997 and moved with Legg Mason’s financial advisors to Smith Barney in 2006. In 2009, he helped establish the investment firm Compass Wealth Strategies. Active in Williamsburg, he has served on Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Board of Directors, the William and Mary President’s Council, and the Walsingham Academy Board of Trustees. About his election to the Library Foundation board, he noted “I am honored to be a part of the Board for this community resource. I am looking forward to helping in whatever way is useful.”
Louis B. Weeks joined the Foundation board in July, 2009. Mr. Weeks was President of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, VA and Charlotte NC from 1994 until his retirement in June 2007. During his career he also served as a stated supply pastor, a missionary in the Presbyterian Church in Congo (Zaire) and as a professor and dean at Louisville Seminary. He has written broadly in church history, ethics, development, administration, Bible, patroral care, and ministry. He and his wife Carol have two adult children, and several grandchildren. He writes that throughout his career he has always valued "the books and other resources illuminating many perspectives, religions, and cultures in the library."
Wilhelmina Z. White joined the Library Foundation Board in November, 2014. Mrs. White received her BS from Hampton University and earned her Masters degree from Temple University. A native of Williamsburg, she returned to the area after a successful career in teaching in several positions in the Philadelphia area. She has many years of involvement her church, her neighborhood, and her community. When considering her involvement with the library she noted "I am honored to be a member of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundaion Board and expect to support the continued growth of this excellent establishment."