Kitsap Regional Library's five-member Board of Trustees:
Dan Gottlieb, Board President, Bainbridge Island
I love libraries! I grew up surrounded by books. My family had thousands of them at home: classical literature, modern fiction, poetry, art, music, history, even cookbooks (my mother’s 2,000 volumes are now the nucleus of a culinary research collection at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College). What wasn’t available at home could be found at the local library, which I frequented. Needless to say, I started reading at an early age. I read constantly, which helped me earn my B.A. from Columbia University and my J.D. from Harvard Law School. I still read voraciously, both for business and for pleasure.
I am a lawyer with Hillis Clark Martin and Peterson, P.S. in Seattle. I have been in private practice for over 30 years. My practice focuses on public finance and municipal law, but I have a long-standing specific interest in Washington state and federal library law. This has permitted me to develop a statewide library law practice, and I have significant experience in advising many Washington public library districts, including KRL. I hope this professional experience working with other libraries around the state will bring a valuable perspective to the Board.
My family and I have lived on Bainbridge Island since 1989. My wife, Marilynn, is an artist. We have two daughters: Gwendolyn, who is a Pediatric resident at Seattle Children's Hospital, and Rebecca, who recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Science. All of us are longtime patrons of KRL’s Bainbridge Island branch, which is one of the crown jewels of our community.
I heartily support KRL’s mission to serve the community as a center for lifelong learning and a steward of access to stories, information and knowledge. But it is the role of KRL’s libraries as central informational hubs in their communities that excites me most. In addition to serving as gateways for access to information and ideas, public libraries are the foundation of our democratic society, providing neutral forums for the presentation and discussion of important community issues.
Term ends Dec. 31, 2016
Bev Cheney, Board Vice President, South Kitsap
My fondness for reading and the influence libraries had on me as a child has resulted in my passion for public libraries. Public libraries are the great equalizer, providing equal access for all. Libraries helped a kid like me realize her dreams and be the first in her family to graduate from college.
When I was young, going to the library was like a treasure hunt. I would just wander among the book shelves trailing my fingers across the book spines until I found a title that captured my imagination. Then the librarian became my treasure guide, helping me find more books I would like and encouraging me to branch out and discovering new areas of interest.
In my case, reading sparked my imagination and led me on a journey that has lasted a lifetime.
As an elementary teacher, I loved teaching students to read. However, I could only give them the skills they needed. Books actually instill the love of reading, and what better place to explore the land of books than in the public library?
My personal journey resulted in a doctoral degree and a superintendent’s credential, which then brought me to Port Orchard as the Superintendent of the South Kitsap School District.
In the seven years I spent as superintendent, I not only used the Port Orchard library as a patron but also saw our district partner with Kitsap Regional Library on projects that helped our students learn to access and use the library to fuel their love of reading.
I retired from the district in 2008, and have served as a trustee for Olympic College. I interrupted my retirement to serve as the interim SK School Superintendent for the 2012-13 school year.
KRL’s mission is strongly aligned with my beliefs and values, and I'm proud to be a member of the library system's Board.
Term ends Dec. 31, 2017
Jeff Bauman, North Kitsap
My personal relationship to libraries was influenced during my senior year of high school. Having completed all required courses for graduation, the school librarian consented to sponsor me for independent study. I read and discussed with him a wonderful selection of books – and got school credit for doing so!
After high school, I spent considerable time in libraries at Stanford (where I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology) and the University of Washington (where I earned master’s degrees in marine ecology and in public administration). This launched me on a career in environmentally related programs with local governments in Washington and Oregon.
For more than 25 years, my life has been enriched by participating in book groups in Seattle, Portland, and now Poulsbo. I’ve also enjoyed serving as a member of the Board of Directors for two other organizations: The Oregon Mediation Association, and Young Musicians and Artists (a summer residential program at Willamette University).
My involvement with Kitsap Regional Library began not only as a patron, but also in my capacity as Public Works Director for the City of Poulsbo. I was actively involved in facility maintenance and budget for the Poulsbo Library. I later served on the Poulsbo City Council and was the City’s official liaison to the Poulsbo Library.
KRL is more than just a conduit to the “information age.” Kitsap Regional Library branches are quietly vibrant places. People of all ages are engaged in many different ways. Such engagement is not confined within the walls of the library buildings. KRL is a way to experience and sustain community.
Term ends Dec. 31, 2018
Teresa McDermott, Central Kitsap
I have called Kitsap County home since moving here in 1978 with my husband. We have three children; our youngest will graduate from high school this year.
As an Educational Administrator at Olympic College, I oversee the Cooperative Education and Internship Program, whose mission is to assist students with "connecting education to work"? by participating in work-based learning experiences related to their major for academic credit. I have more than 20 years of marketing and project management experience. Over the years, I have enjoyed collaborating and establishing partnerships with businesses, schools and organizations to promote education and employment opportunities. To this end, I have co-published a community newspaper, the Kitsap Chronicle.
Originally, from Cleveland, Ohio, my first recollection of going to a library is one of great excitement. I would walk to the library with my sister and cousins instead of taking the city bus, saving our pocket money to buy a treat on the way home. We loved to read about far away places and used our imaginations to take adventures that were not in the family budget.
Libraries have always been, and continue to provide us all with a wealth of information and resources. I believe in the mission of Kitsap Regional Library, and value the contributions libraries make in the areas of education and literacy. More specifically, I am extremely impressed and excited about the literacy efforts the library is working on with the school districts.
I encourage you to explore the Research Databases available at today's modern library. It is easier than ever to use library resources, thanks to online access. For those without access to a computer, the Library has them for you.
Term ends Dec. 31, 2014
Katie Walters, Bremerton/Central Kitsap
I am passionate about public libraries! Libraries are a vital community resource for all ages and all income levels. Modern libraries offer engaging programming and continuing education, provide access to technology, inspire creativity and imagination, and are a safe haven for youth. The library is the center of community.
From a young age, my mom shared her love for libraries and reading with me with weekly trips to our local library and participation in wonderful children’s programs. I am a long-time resident of Kitsap County; my husband was born and raised here. We make our home in Chico. Getting your own library card was a big day in our family. We told our three boys as soon as they could write their own name they could get a library card. Today it is still their ticket to unlimited books, academic journals, movies, and even video games.
I am the Development and Community Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. I have more than 20 years of experience in communications and eight years as an adjunct professor of Communication Studies at Olympic College. I have a master’s degree in Communications from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Gonzaga University.
Since 2012, I have worked to share a vision of a modern, accessible library for Central Kitsap that would enhance the lives of its citizens. I am thrilled about the selection of the Clear Creek Trail site, the potential for educational programming and the momentum of community support behind this important project.
I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as a Library Trustee and embrace Kitsap Regional Library’s mission: “Inspiring our community to dream more, learn more, do more, and be more.”
Term ends Dec. 31, 2015