This seven-member board governs policy for the Library and ensures taxpayer dollars are being spent judiciously. Trustees are appointed by the Centerville City Schools' Board of Education and serve seven-year terms. Trustees volunteer their service and are paid no monetary stipend. All Trustees are residents of Centerville or Washington Township.

Current Board of Trustees and Library Director
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Randell P. Bowling
Richard Carr
Vice President
Robert Hanseman
Fiscal Officer
Barbara Denison
Board Member
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Carol Herrick
Board Member
Dr. Bonnie Mathies
Board Member
Ram Nunna
Board Member
Kim Senft-Paras
Library Director

For information on applying for the Board of Trustees, or to contact the Board with a question or comment, email the Library Administration at:

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Board Meetings

Regular Board Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in the Centerville Library Conference Room unless otherwise noted and are open to the public. Special Board Meetings may be called periodically throughout the year and are posted when called. If you wish to speak at a regular meeting, complete this request form and return it to the Centerville Library 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Board Meeting Minutes
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
August 13, 2014, Special Meeting
July 2014
June 30, 2014, Special Meeting
June 2014
May 2014
April 9, 2014, Special Meeting
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
February 6, 2014 Special Meeting
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013

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Get to Know the Library Board of Trustees

Randell Bowling, President

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Appointed: March 2008
Term Expires: 2016
   Long-Range Facilities Planning

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Randell Bowling was appointed to the Library Board in March 2008. He, his wife and children reside in Washington Township.

As a long-time member of the United States Air Force, Randy has had the opportunity to hone his leadership, project management and budgeting skills. This expertise is well-suited to his work as Fiscal Officer on the Library Board of Trustees. In addition to his military service, Randy holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.

Randy is excited to be working with the Library Board on long range planning and forecasting. He hopes his contributions will ensure the Libraryís financial health for years to come.

Richard Carr, Jr., Vice President

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Appointed: January 2005
Term Expires: 2018
   Long-Range Facilities Planning
   Trustee Interview

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Richard Carr was appointed to the Library Board in January 2005. He is a long-time resident of Centerville and a Centerville High School graduate. Heís a life-long user of libraries and has taken great pride in using the Washington-Centerville Library and watching it grow over the years.

A business attorney with the firm of Dunlevey, Mahan and Furry, Richard holds degrees from Michigan State University and Boston College Law School. His experience in analyzing business situations, including contracting, construction, labor issues and service contracts is an asset to the Board.

Richard is an active member of the community and has helped formulate and oversee policy for numerous community committees and boards including, the Centerville-Washington Foundation, Centerville Education Foundation and Create the Vision.

And while Richard "has never met a library I didnít like", he considers Washington-Centerville Library his home library and is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Barbara Denison

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Appointed: November 2014
Term Expires: 2015
   Committees TBD

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Barbara Denison was appointed to the Library Board in October 2014. She is a long-time resident of Centerville and has used the Library through all cycles of her life, from taking her son to pre-school story time, to rushing a high school student to the Library for last minute school research, to enjoying the Library as an avid leisure reader.

As a Wright State University emeritus professor of Management Information Systems, Barbara understands the critical role technology plays in todayís organizations. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate students how to design and manage information systems, she has served on many volunteer boards, including four years as President of the Friends of the Library for Wright State University. Her mix of business, technology and education skills will be an asset to the Library Board of Trustees. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics from Denison University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a Masters in Computer Science from Wright State University.

Barbara is thrilled to be working with the Library Board during this exciting time planning for the expansion of Woodbourne Library. She is personally looking forward to not turning left onto Route 48 as she exits the Woodbourne Library parking lot!

Robert Hanseman, Fiscal Officer

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Appointed: January 2011
Term Expires: 2017
   Trustee Interview

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Bob Hanseman joined the Library Board in January 2011. Prior to his appointment, he counseled the library on fiscal matters as part of the financial advisory committee. He and his wife live in Washington Township with their three daughters.

Bob is a partner at the law firm of Sebaly Shillito & Dyer. As a seasoned litigator and former Air Force officer, Bob has had the opportunity to hone his leadership, business and communication skills. This expertise is well-suited to his work as a Library Trustee, in which he participates in long range planning, policy making and reviewing/approving contracts. Bob holds a Bachelor of Political Science and a Bachelor of Journalism from The Ohio State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from George Washington University, National Law Center.

Bob believes that a strong library system is vital for the community and that transferring knowledge to the next generation depends on helping our children develop a love of books.

Carol Herrick

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Appointed: January 2013
Term Expires: 2019
   Trustee Interview

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Carol Herrick was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees in January 2013. She is a long-time Centerville resident and ardent library supporter.

Carol brings a wealth of business management and financial expertise to the Library. In addition to being an Instructor of Economics at Wright State University and a small business owner that helps small to medium sized businesses improve their operations and profitability, Carol has served on the Library's Financial Advisory Board. She is already very familiar with the Library's financial stewardship and is eager to learn more about the business side of the Library and contribute her knowledge to guiding the future of the organization.

Carol holds a Masters of Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University. She feels fortunate to live in a community with a library system that ranks among the best in the nation and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the organizationís ongoing success.

Dr. Bonnie Mathies

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Appointed: January 1994
Term Expires: 2014

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Bonnie Mathies was appointed to the Library Board in January, 1994. She is a long-time resident of the community and a dedicated advocate for libraries and the role they play in the life-long learning of our citizens.

A retired full Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State University and now Interim Dean of the WSU Lake Campus, she has spent her career in public education. As a classroom teacher in public schools systems and later as a college professor and administrator, she has witnessed first-hand the value of libraries. Her education, background and work in libraries and instructional technology, brings a unique and valued perspective to the board.

Bonnie holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in curriculum and instruction, technology, and administration. She has served on the Ohio Public Information Network (OPLIN) Board of Trustees since 2004 and is a past president of the Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA) representing Ohio K-12 library media specialists. She has served on and participated in a large number of boards and committees locally, state-wide, regionally and nationally.

Bonnie feels keenly that strong public libraries contribute to a healthy and viable democratic society and she is honored to serve the community as a member of the Washington-Centerville Public Library.

Ram Nunna

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Appointed: January 2014
Term Expires: 2021
   Long-Range Facilities Planning

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Ram Nunna joined the Library Board in January 2014. In addition to his appointment, Ram is a very busy community volunteer, serving in both the Centerville Rotary and the Miami Valley Teluga Association. He and his wife live in Centerville with their daughter.

Ram is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in managing transportation and highway projects. His professional experience combined with his strong volunteer background serve him well in his work as a Library Trustee, in which he participates in long range facilities planning, strategic planning for the future and policy making. Ram holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Osmania University (India) and the University of Connecticut respectively.

Ram, and his family, are regular library visitors and feels the library is an important part of raising their daughter.

Kim Senft-Paras, Library Director

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Kim Paras joined Washington-Centerville Public Library as Director in 2009. Kim began her library career over 20 years ago as a Reference Librarian at the Burton Public Library (Burton, OH), and still enjoys assisting patrons to this day.

Prior to joining Washington-Centerville Public Library, Kim spent 18 years at Lakewood Public Library, first as the Manager of the Madison Branch and later as Deputy Director. In those roles, she was integrally involved in long-range and strategic planning, fundraising, and staff supervision, and was instrumental in the planning and execution of several library renovation projects. Kim truly believes libraries should be a key resource for the communities in which they are located and has spent her career forming collaborations and partnerships with other agencies to ensure libraries remain relevant to the needs of todayís users.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University. She is also a Certified Public Librarian.

Kim feels privileged to work in such a fine library system, located in a warm and welcoming community.

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Financial Advisory Committee

The Financial Advisory Committee is responsible for making specific financial policy recommendations to the Library Board including the annual budget, investments, capital improvement expenditures, and future projections for revenue and expenditures. The Financial Advisory Committee is appointed by the Library Board of Trustees and has seven members with financial expertise that serve 4 year terms. Members meet 2-3 times a year and serve without compensation.

Current Members:

Bill Abrams Term Expires: 2017
Jeff Daniel Term Expires: 2018
Bob Jackson Term Expires: 2017
Jon KreuschTerm Expires: 2015
Steve MillardTerm Expires: 2018
David Ryan Term Expires: 2015
Bob YeckTerm Expires: 2017

Personnel Appeals Board

The Personnel Appeals Board provides an objective appeals process for library employees. The Personnel Appeals Board is available to employees who have completed a provisionary period and who have been suspended for more than three days, received a demotion in position or compensation, or have been discharged. The Personnel Appeals Board is appointed by the Library Board of Trustees and consists of three members who serve 3 year terms. Members serve without compensation.

Current Members:

Susan BrownTerm Expires: 2016
Judi BudiTerm Expires: 2015
Norman PlairTerm Expires: 2017

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