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Current Board of Trustees
I love living in Randolph. Besides the beautiful forest scenery, the people are the reason I’ve been living here for the past forty years. The citizens are avant garde regarding the fortunes of the town. After retiring from a nursing career, my goal was to switch gears and do things for Denise e.g. golfing, learning to play the piano, travel, and read books! The opportunity to serve the town (supervisor of voter list and alternate trustee- for the library) peaked my interest and gave me an opportunity to serve my community. Since 1990 I have served in both of these. My favorite pastime is reading, especially non-fiction historical events and biographies. One of my favorite authors is Eric Larson. I’m always interested in learning new things, and serving on diverse committees is always a learning experience, positive or negative.
Chairman of the Board
I am a visual artist and art educator who retired as the Pillsbury Professor of Art at Maryville University of Saint Louis in 2015. Two years ago, I became a full-time resident of Randolph and, prior to that, I was a summer resident for almost forty years. I was recently elected to a three-year term as Chair of the Board, having served as an alternate trustee for one year. My creative work includes drawings, mixed media pieces, sculpture, collections of found materials, and site-specific installations, many of which are included in numerous public, corporate, and private collections. Locally, I’ve shown my work in annual Randolph town art shows, at the Gorham Family Resource Center, and at WREN in both Berlin and Bethlehem. My favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I enjoy spending my time working in the studio, taking walks in the woods, reading, and traveling abroad.
Originally from Ireland, I have been in the US for 24 years, living in Randolph for 23 of them and working at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin as a Physical Therapist. My husband is a general contractor and fly fishing guide and we have one daughter, Danielle, who is graduating from high school in June 2018. My hobbies include hiking, snowshoeing, travelling and reading. I was an alternate library trustee for one year and was voted in for a 3 year term in 2016. My favorite book is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, a wonderful story about a terrorist takeover of the birthday party for a Japanese dignitary in South America and the relationships that are forged between captors and captives. Another favorite is Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, a story of heroism and healing by a housemaid in 1666 England during the time of the plague.
My husband and I bought property in Randolph when we began planning our retirement several years ago, and are very thankful we did! We both love the outdoors, and because my husband has been hiking the Presidential range for over 40 years, it was an easy decision to make. We have wonderful neighbors and appreciate the peaceful pace of living in a small town. After retiring from a nursing career and enjoying lots of free time to visit grandchildren and pursue hobbies, I felt it was time to become more involved in the community. My first opportunity to serve was as a checklist supervisor, which has since lead to another term. This is my first term as library trustee, and I am eagerly learning all I can about the library and its many programs. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful resource right here in town! My reading preference runs to mysteries and memoirs, but I also enjoy books on travel and the outdoors. We have just ordered “Leave Only Footprints” by Conor Knighton recounting his travels to each of the national parks in only one year.
In 1992 I volunteered to establish a children’s story time at the Randolph Library, realized my passion for children’s literature and reading to children, and went back to school and earned a BS in Library Science through UNH’s College for Lifelong Learning, as well as NH certification as a School library Media Specialist. I became librarian in Randolph from 1996-2013 and also worked in the Berlin Public Schools for 20 years. After leaving my full time job in Berlin, the position opened up in Randolph and I jumped at the opportunity to return. I enjoy connecting with all our library patrons, planning programs, and trying to find just the right books for everyone. When I am not at the library, you will find me on the trails, in the garden, or at my sewing machine, or home working on the homestead with my husband Larry. I have three adorable miniature donkeys and a Corgi/Sheltie mix named Opal. Something else that I am very proud to be is Grannie to my granddaughters Annie and Josephine. There aren’t many books that I don't love, but children's books will always be my favorites.