Current Board Member Profiles (as of April 1, 2013)
|Berna Heyman||Barry Marten||Thomas Phelps||Raymond Adams|
|Alex Andrews||Susan Axtell||Polly Bartlett||Sherrie Chappell|
|Michael Fox||Elizabeth Foxx||Dottie Gabig||Tatia Granger|
|Vivian Hamilton||Peter Mellette||Sam Sadler|
|Elaine Themo||Mary Lou Walten||Louis Weeks|
Berna Heyman joined the Foundation board in July, 2008. Prior to her retirement, she served as the Associate Dean of Libraries, Earl Gregg Swem Library, at the College of William and Mary. A Chicago native, Mrs. Heyman earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and her MLS from Simmons College (Boston, MA). Her husband is retired from NASA. Considering her appointment to the WRLF, Mrs. Heyman explained, "I love libraries and everything they represent. That's why I became a librarian more than 40 years ago.... I am eagerly looking forward to this opportunity to work with the Williamsburg Regional Library."
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.
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 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 two grandchildren. They have been tremendous supporters of the Williamsburg community for many years.
Sherrie Chappell joined the Library Foundation board in July, 2011. A native of Decatur, Georgia, is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Prior to moving to Williamsburg in 1983, Sherrie worked for many years at the University of Georgia Library, doing everything from cataloging to managing personnel. She now works part-time at Mermaid Books, an independent book seller on Prince George Street. She is a member of The Williamsburg Garden Club, and has served on its Executive Board as an officer and member of the Board of Directors for many years. She and her husband, Gordon, are members of the Kingspoint Couples Book Club. A regular patron of the Williamsburg Regional Library, she has long been a member of the Friends of WRL.
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."
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 servcine on the WRL F Board.”
Vivian E. Hamilton joined the Foundation board in July, 2010. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Vivian currently is an Associate Professor of Law at the William and Mary School of Law, teaching family law, constitution and family, and civil procedure. She taught previously at American University’s Washington College of Law and at the West Virginia University College of Law. Vivian serves on the board of the Virginia ACLU and is an active member of its Legal Committee. She also serves on numerous other committees and boards, including the Association of American Law Schools Section on Family and Juvenile Law, the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, and the Black Student Fund. Vivian has two children. Thinking about the Williamsburg Regional Library she comments, "We’ve derived much benefit and pleasure from the library, and it’s evident every time we visit that many other city residents do as well. I would be truly pleased to work with those of you who help ensure that the library continues to thrive as an invaluable community resource."
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.
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.”
Elaine Themo joined the Library Foundation board in July, 2011. A life long learner, Dr. Themo earned her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from American University, School of International Service. An emeriti sociology professor from the College of William and Mary, she has expertise in both sociology and anthropology. Dr. Themo has volunteered with several boards, including the Christopher Wren Association, League of Women Voters, Williamsburg Area, and the WHRO Community Advisory Committee. Thinking about the libraries, she noted an overarching goal is always “to expand the opportunities for, range of, [and] audience for reading…” and to “introduce more and more children to reading and introduce adults to [an] expanded scope in subject matter.”
Mary Lou Walten joined the Foundation board in July, 2008. She received her B.S. in mathematics from William Paterson College (New Jersey). Mrs. Walten is a former school teacher and has volunteered in the medical field, a historical society, for the girl scouts, and with garden clubs at various times. She has served as volunteer coordinator for the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Considering her appointment to the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation board Mrs. Walten wrote, "I feel so proud to be on the WRLF board and so happy to live in a community with probably the finest public library I have ever been privileged to have in my town or city. I look forward to helping in any way possible as a new board member."
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."