Fall 2010

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Welcome New Board Member

Fall 2010 issue of Trustee

During the business meeting at the 2010 Trustee Institute on Long Island, the LTA board elected Patricia “Tish” Fontanella to her first three-year term with Library Trustees Association of New York.


Currently, Tish is in her 10th year as a member of the Westchester Library System Board of Trustees having just completed two one year terms as President of the Board.  During the term of her Presidency, the board searched for and hired a new director, planned and executed a county wide 50th anniversary celebration and trustees became much more involved with the local library boards that each trustee represents. Each of these events brought the board in greater contact with the citizens of our county and county administration. The events also made trustees aware of the advocacy necessary to keep libraries a much needed and valuable community service.


Prior to her Westchester involvement, Tish was a member of the Library Board of Trustees for the North Castle Public Library, in Armonk, NY for 14 years completing her last term in December 2009.  She held the office of President twice, once for two years and then again for another three years.


Tish is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and was a high school teacher in White Plains before starting her family. She presently is Executive Administrator and Sales Coordinator for McMichael Yacht Brokers Ltd in Mamaroneck, NY. Tish oversees the handling of contracts, works with yacht brokers, coordinates the building of clients’ yachts with manufacturers and finalizes the transfers of ownership.


Tish and her husband are very involved with many outdoor activities. They enjoy sailing, skiing, cycling and spend a much time in the great outdoors. Tish also enjoys reading, running and time with their grandkids.  


After her first board meeting in September, Tish stated, “For the past 15 years I have had many wonderful experiences service libraries. I have dealt with exciting times, disappointments, successes and challenges, but most of all I have enjoyed working with dedicated committed individuals who find serving the needs of their library community brings much satisfaction. I look forward to working with the Library Trustees Association and helping to implement the many programs and services that are being planned.”


Welcome, Tish!


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