Friends Board Member Profiles

 

Jim Bowers Mike Caplice Joan Costello
Marie Haynes Ethell Hill Jean Johnston
Carl Lounsbury Marilyn Riddle Sandra Stephan
Matt Webster Michael Westfall  

Jim Bowers joined the Friends board in January 2012 and has been a Friends member since 2002.  Mr. Bowers holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Rutgers University and an MBA from Fairleigh Rickenson University.  Mr. Bowers worked at Bell Laboratories before retiring and is the immediate past president of the Christopher Wren Association. About the library’s role in the community, Mr. Bowers commented that “The library is a place of information sharing. It is a resource for citizens regardless of their means.” Mr. Bowers’ interests include volunteering, reading, travel, and music, and as a member of the Friends’ Board of Directors, he is particularly interested in the changing role of technology in the library.

Mike Caplice joined the Friends board in January 2012.  Mr. Caplice holds a BSBA from John Carrol University and MBA from Western Reserve University.  He served for 13 years in the US Army, both active and reserve and was a long-time resident of Simsburg, CT.  Mr. Caplice retired from IBM, and during his retirement in Williamsburg, he has served on the Christopher Wren Association and the Weavers of the Word Board.  Most notably, Mr. Caplice served on the WRL Foundation Board for six years, five of which he spent as Treasurer.  His interests include history, travel, and storytelling.

Joan Costello joined the Friends board in June 2010. Ms. Costello has been an enthusiastic volunteer since 2008.  She holds a B.S. in education and a master's degree in education from Kean University.  She taught elementary education for twenty-five years and moved to Virginia seven years ago.  Prior to volunteering at WRL, Joan also worked as a library assistant, processing new books, shelving, and delivering storytimes.  She enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading.

Marie Haynes joined the Friends’ Board in January 2014 as the publicity chairperson and then became a Book Nook volunteer.  Ms. Haynes is a graduate of East Carolina University with an undergraduate degree in English and Science and a MA in English and Education; she also earned a guidance certification at Western Maryland College (now McDonald College).  Her husband is a retired Army officer, and although they lived in a number of places, she still managed to teach high school English for 38 years, most notably as a teacher of writing.  At Menchville High School in Newport News, she was the writing coordinator and also served as Lead Teacher for Fine Arts. She finished her career there as a teacher of Advanced Placement English Language and Composition.  When she lived in Geneva, she worked part-time in two capacities: as a copy editor for Business International and as a teacher for elementary school choral music for one year at the international school College Du Leman.  Her hobbies are playing duplicate bridge with her husband, gardening, playing golf, reading, playing the piano, sewing, and traveling.  She sings soprano in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Choir.  Incidentally, her brother-in-law, Donald R. Haynes, was Virginia State Librarian from 1972-1988.  

Ethell Hill - coming soon

Jean Johnston joined the Friends Board in January 2015.  Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina and a M.S. in Library Science from Catholic University.  Ms. Johnston worked for the Fairfax County Public Library for nearly 22 years including positions as Regional Children’s Department Manager, Assistant Regional Manager, Community Branch Manager, and finally Regional Branch Manager.  She is a P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) member and a Master Gardener with the JCC/W Master Gardeners and is currently completing a course in arboriculture.  She and her husband, Steve, happily moved to Williamsburg in 2011 and can’t imagine living anywhere else.  Ms. Johnston values the Williamsburg Regional Library as the educational, cultural, and informational center of the Williamsburg community with the Friends providing support for that critical mission.  

Carl Lounsbury joined the Friends board in January 2014.  Mr.Lounsbury is the Senior Architectural Historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has been responsible for major research and writing projects over the past thirty-three years. He has recently worked on the design of the market house and Douglass Theater in the historic area and has published widely on early American architectural subjects including books on Bruton Church and Virginia courthouses. Along with The Chesapeake House, he contributed these to the WRL for the local authors program. He is married to Susan Kern, the director of the Historic Campus at William and Mary and they have two children who read their way through most of the chapter books and young adult series at the library a few years ago. Dr. Lounsbury serves on the state architectural review board, Historic Christ Church, and Friends of Bruton Church. He has been a member of the FWRL for a number of years as a way of supporting the library as a community center and its centrality in promoting reading as a life-long source of pleasure.

Marilyn Riddle joined the Friends board in January 2014, after six years of service to the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation board.  Ms. Riddle has always found public libraries, especially Williamsburg Regional Library, to be a most vital part of community life.  She received her Bachelors' Degree in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi.  She is a retired high school math teacher.  Ms. Riddle is actively involved in the volunteer community as a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, former Start President in DKG (a teacher honor society), American Association of University Women Southeast District Representative, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Local Chapter President, JCC-W Master Gardeners State Representative and Local Chapter, and Philanthropic Educational Organization Newsletter Editor. 

Sandra Stephan joined the Friends board in June 2010.  Dr. Stephan is a retired professor of English, who taught at Youngstown State University.  Dr. Stephan earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in eighteenth-century British Literature from Tulane University.  A native of Philadelphia, she has lived in many places, both at home and abroad as the wife of a career U.S. Naval officer.  She retired to Williamsburg in 2006.  In addition to serving on the Friends of WRL Board, Dr. Stephan has also volunteered with the Occasion for the Arts and First Night for several years.  She has served as an instructor for WALT and the Christopher Wren Association, as well as acting as a volunteer interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg.  Her interests include literature, history, art, music, gardening, and travel.  Reflecting on the Williamsburg Regional Library, Dr. Stephan writes that “WRL is one of the best libraries I’ve encountered…I am so appreciative of the resources offered by public libraries, and particularly WRL, that I joined the Friends of the Library at the first opportunity. I am delighted to be able to contribute in my small way to the WRL by working in the nook and serving on the Board of Directors.”

Matt Webster joined the Friends board in January 2014.  He was born and raised in West Virginia, meeting his wife Rene during his career as a white water raft guide from 1987 to 1997.  He graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2000 with a Degree in Preservation.  Since that time he has served as a Director of Restoration at Kenmore in Fredericksburg, Director of Preservation at Dayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, and now Director of Architectural Preservation for Colonial Williamsburg.  He serves on several boards and advisory committees for museums, including several in Virginia and a Foundation in Jamaica.  He and his wife moved to Williamsburg in 2009, and since then have added twin sons, Harley and Finley in 2012 and a daughter, Helen in 2014 to their family.  He is happy to call Williamsburg home and is honored to serve on the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Board. 

Michael Westfall joined the Friends board in January 2014.  He has a unique back ground in historic preservation, project/property management, and archaeology.  He has degrees in Applied Arts and Historic Preservation.  Prior to retirement in 2012, he was employed by Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 39 years as the construction projects manager.  He has also done special projects for the Indiana State Library and Historical Commission, the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Museum and ARCH, a historic preservation association.  Prior professional achievements include; Co-Chairman of the APVA Jamestown Planning Committee (1997-2001), President and Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Historical Society (1993-2003), President of the Lincoln Library and Museum Board (2006-2012), and President of WFWA PBS Channel 39 (2007-2010.)