Kitsap Regional Library's five-member Board of Trustees:
John Lyall, Board President, Bremerton
I was raised on a large orange grove in Southern California where my family always made sure I had plenty of reading material. I have always been interested in libraries, and as an undergraduate at the University of California, Humboldt, I became a student assistant at the University Library. Libraries have always intrigued me, my experience there allowed me to help people and exposed me to areas I hadn’t considered before; it really broadened my learning experience.
I went on to earn a M.A. in English from California Western University, and a M.A. in Public Administration at the University of Puget Sound in 1976. I count myself very lucky to have spent 20 years as the personnel director at Seattle Public Library. It was an immensely rewarding experience and reinforced my view that libraries are exciting places to be.
I have been a Kitsap County resident for the past 18 years. I wanted to serve on the Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees because of my lifelong interest in libraries. I truly believe that libraries are committed to preserve and promote free access to information.
We need to let the general public know what libraries are, what they do, and all the services they provide. Libraries are amazing! They are so much more than books. Libraries are a portal to the world so much knowledge is at your fingertips with the amazing Research Databases available. And it's available to everyone free of charge.
Highly Recommended Library Services: The e-resources that Kitsap Regional Library provides. E-information is the way to the future, and KRL is taking the lead in offering electronic services to Kitsap County. We are serving our communities today, and creating libraries for future generations.
Term ends Dec. 31, 2015
Teresa McDermott, Board Vice President, 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.
Highly Recommended Library Services: I encourage others 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
Jackie Aitchison, North Kitsap
I was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington. I am married, the mother of Chad and Kelly, and Grandma to Lexie, Bryce, Nicholas and Bradley. I served on the Poulsbo Planning Commission for three years and then on the City Council for twelve years. I serve on the Liberty Bay Foundation Board, the NK Fishline Board and am a Master Gardener. I am the Market Manager for the Poulsbo Farmers Market and the Program Director for the BI/NK YWCA A.L.I.V.E. program. I served for nine years on the City of Poulsbo Finance committee and bring my knowledge and experience in that area to the KRL Board of Trustees. As a Councilmember I was very involved in the formation of the Library Capital Facilities District that financed the renovation and expansion of the Poulsbo Library.
I believe Libraries are the heart of a community. Our Kitsap Regional Library system is top notch. Our libraries offer a wealth of information greater than books alone. I am grateful to be able to serve our community as a Board Trustee and to help ensure the Library system remains an integral part of our community.
As a child growing up in Bremerton my Dad would bring my sisters and me to the library on Monday evenings. Afterwards we would go to Dairy Queen. I have fond memories of our Monday evenings. My Dad fostered a love for books early on in my life.
One Holiday season, my children and I wanted to celebrate Hanukah as well as Christmas. We went to the library to acquire information about Hanukah. We found many books that included everything we could possibly want to know. The books included recipes, songs, games, the history of Hanukah, etc. It was great and enabled us to celebrate this Holiday.
Highly Recommended Library Services: The KRL website is fantastic. You can get a library card online. There are connections to local governments. You can access some great genealogy sites. You can also access the Department of Health for information about birth certificates and so much more. Check it out!
Term ends Dec. 31, 2013
Bev Cheney, 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 collect.
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
Dan Gottlieb, 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 Gottlieb Fisher PLLC 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 attends UW Medical School, and Rebecca, who is a student at Western Washington University. 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