Board of Trustees

Caitie Hilverman, President

Julia Black, Vice President

Dani French, Reporting Secretary

Michael Grisham, Treasurer

Trustees: Jessica Almeleh-Frazer, Elizabeth Dickey, Kimberly Erwin, Linda Friedner, Richard Garmise, Crystal Jeffs, Ryan Kelly, Mark Orton, Carol Pledger, Madeleine Raffel-Meehan, Gary Sheffer, Bill Stenehjem, Kris Weiss, and Charlie Whittingham

The Library Board meets the third Thursday of the month at 6pm at the Library.

 

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More about the Trustees

Julia Black

Julia Black

Australian born, Julia landed in the US over eight years ago and runs developer events for multiple tech companies. When she’s not doing the events shuffle, she’s cooking AND eating all the food or refining her dog whispering skills.

Favorite book – And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


 

Elizabeth Dickey

Elizabeth Dickey

Elizabeth Dickey is a writer, educator, and community advocate originally from Long Island. She received her MFA in fiction from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Before moving to Hudson in 2018, she was a volunteer crisis counselor for NYC Anti-Violence Project, a teaching assistant with Art Start, and a member of the University of Michigan’s Collective Against White Supremacy. She currently serves on Mayor Johnson’s Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission.

Favorite book – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


Kimberly Erwin

Kimberly Erwin

Author/Educator/Entrepreneur, Ms. Erwin returned to hometown of Hudson, NY, after twenty+ years exploring the world and the U.S. Due to her love of books and people from all over the globe, Ms. Erwin majored in English and French (at Spelman College) and in Education, specializing in Intercultural Communication (from UPENN). Currently, Ms. Erwin spends time on RACE TALKS (WGXC-90.7FM) when she isn’t leading her businesses, educating the youth, and writing (books & blogs).

 

Favorite book – “There’s Only 1-RACE, the Human One,” says Me! A Children’s Book: Ending Racism! by Kimberly Erwin


Dani French

Dani French

Dani French is a writer, mom, and ramen enthusiast who has lived in Hudson for almost a decade. She works as a content strategist for an e-commerce company and was the co-founder of the long-running Volume Reading Series. Dani enjoys roller skating with her kids, reading three books at once, and strolling through the Hudson Cemetery.

Favorite book – A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor


Linda Friedner

Linda Friedner

Linda Friedner is currently SVP Associate General Counsel and Employment Counsel for Penguin Random House LLC. Her first job at 14 was as a page at the Public Library in Great Neck NY (Long Island). She has been a part-time resident of Hudson since 2016, and moved here full-time in June 2020. Linda served on Mayor Kamal Johnson’s Police Advisory and Reconciliation Commission, and volunteers with other community organizations in Hudson. Ms. Friedner also has an MFA in non-fiction from The New School in Manhattan.

Favorite book – White Teeth by Zadie Smith


Michael Grisham

Michael Grisham

PhD in experimental psychology turned computer nerd. Developed ways for people to use computers, at Bell Laboratories, Burnett Group, and Art Science Code. Now consulting. Member of Greenport Planning Board and chair of Greenport Democratic Party.

Favorite book – Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llosa


Caitie Hilverman

Caitie Hilverman
Born and raised in Hudson, Caitie is a longtime lover of the Hudson Area Library. She has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is now a data scientist manager at a mental health startup. She is also passionate about putting her research and data science skills to use for projects in her local community. She spends her free time hiking, biking, and reading with her partner, children, and dogs.

Favorite book – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


Crystal Jeffs

Crystal Jeffs

Crystal is a business design consultant, living and raising a family in gorgeous Hudson, New York. Her background is in strategic and innovative initiatives across design, technology, communications and human resources. Her strength lies in leading hybrid teams, thinking vision to execution, stitching end to end experiences from strategy to execution — to create meaningful experiences and/or products. While she grew up without a library in her hometown, she is gravitated to it now as she sees how much it can offer in terms of growth and unlocking human potential in a community. She hails from Greece, is always working on a renovation project, gives back as a mentor and coach and would love to build a maker community space in Hudson one day

 

Favorite book – TBD by TBD


Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Ryan is happy to recently call Hudson a permanent home after living in Brooklyn and prior to that San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston. Ryan has led brand growth, strategy, sales and business development for consumer products and publishing brands, and currently is the Managing Director of local Hudson lighting company Workstead. Personal free time includes reading, films, travel, design, hiking, biking, and managing the daily calendars of a dog & cat.

Favorite book – The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon by Tom Spanbauer


Mark Orton

Mark Orton

Mark has been on the Board of Trustees for many years following his move with his wife Karen Davis to Hudson from Cambridge, MA, in 2009. He has an extensive background in manufacturing having worked as a machinist, engineer, and multiple management positions over 30 years. Mark remains involved in the business world working for a local software company. Mark and his wife are the proprietors of the Davis Orton Gallery on Warren St. Playing tennis as frequently as possible is always on his mind.

Favorite book – Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay


Carol Pledger

Carol Pledger

Carol is the Chief Administration Officer at Blue Meridian Partners, a pioneering philanthropic model for finding and funding scalable solutions to problems that limit economic mobility and trap America’s young people and families in poverty. Previously Carol was a managing director and Global Head of Talent at Goldman Sachs and UBS, and she began her career as a management consultant with Accenture. Carol and her husband Paul have lived in the Hudson area for over 10 years.

Favorite book – Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith


Gary Sheffer

Gary Sheffer

Gary is the Sandra R. Frazier Professor of Public Relations at Boston University and previously led communications globally for GE. He is a graduate of Hudson High School and Siena College.

Favorite book – Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo


Bill Stenehjem

Bill Stenehjem

Bill worked for many years at the New York City Board of Education as a SPARK High School based Intervention Counselor. He later became the Brooklyn SPARK Borough Supervisor where he was responsible for the hiring, training and supervision of sixty high school counselors. After leaving the Board of Education, Bill owned and operated the award-winning Stonehome Wine Bar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Favorite book – I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb


Kris Mae Weiss

Kris Mae Weiss

Kris Mae Weiss is a mother of two book- loving toddlers and a Hudson, NY resident for four years. She was adopted and raised in Maine by a school Librarian and spent countless hours in local libraries throughout her life. A photographer and designer for over two decades, Kris brings her expertise to the HAL board including the 2022 HAL calendar and bumper sticker designs. She looks forward to many more projects in 2022 and beyond.

Favorite books- Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, BOY by Roald Dahl, and everything by Ray Bradbury.


Charlie Whittingham

Charlie Whittingham

After a 40-year career in media sales, digital marketing and internet start ups with companies as diverse as Time, Inc, Wired Magazine, About.com and BrightRoll, Charlie relocated to Hudson to reinvent, recreate and reinvigorate. Today he consults established companies and start-ups in digital transformation and angel investing. He also mentors young entrepreneurs. Charlie has a passion for all forms of communication be it literature, art, music, dance, theatre or film. At the core of that passion is a life long love of libraries and he believes it is a privilege and a delight to serve as a Trustee on the Board of the Hudson Area Library.

Favorite book – Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy


 

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