Trustee

Fall 2011

The Trustee communicates issues affecting libraries and library services. Once a library and systems join LTA, all their trustees automatically receive this quarterly publication published by LTA. To learn more about membership in LTA, Click Here.

Meet LTA's Four Newest Board Members

Fall 2011 issue of Trustee

Patricia “Tish” Fontanella is a Trustee on the Board of the Westchester Library System, and served two terms as its President. She is a former Trustee of the North Castle Public Library, and also served twice as its President. Tish is a SUNY Cortland graduate, and works as a Sales Coordinator for McMichael Yacht Brokers, Ltd. where she oversees seven yacht brokers, and works with manufacturers to build boats for their clients. Tish and her husband enjoy sailing, skiing, cycling and the great outdoors. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

Jim Britell represents the Clinton, Essex, Franklin Library System where he is a Trustee and is also a Trustee of the Wead Public Library in Malone, NY. Jim received his BA degree from Utica College and is an Energy Manager for residential, commercial and multifamily buildings. He currently leads a local study group researching William A. Wheeler of Malone, NY who was Vice President under President Rutherford B. Hayes. The group is trying to locate Wheeler’s personal papers in an effort to get the first biography about him published. Jim managed a grassroots environmental organization in Oregon that stopped hundreds of ancient forest timber sales of West Coast forests. He is a writer on grassroots organizing and his manual on community organizing is used worldwide. Jim enjoys classical music; writing and construction. He and his wife, Martha, have three children and two grandchildren.

Kimberly Garrett represents the Southern Adirondack Library System and is a Trustee on the Stillwater Free Library Board and serves as its Secretary. She is an Agency Services Representative for the NYS Racing and Wagering Board. Kim is President of the Board of Directors of the Stillwater Area Community Center, President of CSEA Executive Local 659, is on the CSEA Statewide Labor Management Board and is member of the CSEA Political Action Committee. Kim enjoys people, sharing great conversations, laughing, and being a Mom to daughter Lindsey and son Cody.

John Eberhardt represents the Suffolk County Library System and is a Trustee on the South Huntington Public Library Board where he presides as President. John received his BA degree from SUNY Buffalo and is pursuing his MLS at Queens College. He is on the Board of Hofstra University’s alumni theatre group Gray Wig and a member of Friends of OHEKA Castle. Additionally, he is a member of Sons of the Desert film club, Township Theater of Huntington, Hofstra USA, and Star Playhouse in Commack. John is a retired shop steward, organizer and con- tract negotiator for the International Association of Machinists (IAM). Among his many accom- plishments, John is an Emergency Disaster Technician for the American Red Cross and worked in that capacity at Ground Zero.


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