Lyn Maslow, a
retired elementary school teacher, loves serving on the board of
FHL because she can help create and support the fabulous programs FHL
and HPL staff offer, especially the youth programs. For her, it's an
honor to support our library, the heart and soul of our community where
every patron is welcome, regardless of background, and where literacy
and lifelong learning is the common denominator. She currently serves
as vice president.
Dave Berry is
the director of Homer Public Library. He has worked in a wide variety
of libraries in different states and considers Homer Public Library to
be the cream of the crop. He is right.
Judy Gonsalves, a
retired Elementary Educator and Speech Language Pathologist, is
currently Board Secretary. She has always been a lover of books and
libraries, making it a point to check out the public libraries in towns
she visits during travels. She happens to think that HPL is one of the
crown jewels of Homer.
Marylou Burton has
been a proud library card holder for over 60 years, in far flung places
from Spokane, Washington to Suva, Fiji to Juneau, Fairbanks, and now –
Homer, Alaska. She joined the FHL because she believes that libraries
are one of the cornerstones of a democratic society. She currently
serves as the FHL treasurer.
Dylan Weiser is a small business owner and neighbor to the Homer Public Library. He enjoys seeing how accessible the library is to the community. From books, to technology and classes to outdoor spaces and the book mobile the library provides endless opportunities for all.
Sara Reinert loves
books and the written word, and always thought being a librarian would
be a cool job. Joining the FHL Board allows her to help promote literacy
and at the same time hobnob with awesome library folks.
Joy Steward is
retired from a 32-year career working in Homer's vibrant nonprofit
sector. Her memories of the Homer Public Library from the early 80's
include coming in the front door of the old Pioneer Avenue library and
having to step around a circle of youngsters participating in the weekly
preschool story hour. Fast forward to today where we have the most
awesome state-of-the art library with incredible staff, and where the
children have their very own space, large enough to host a myriad of
programs to inspire, engage and entertain young readers. Joy loves this
library, and she loves the community’s commitment to supporting the
library. She sees the Friends of the Homer Public Library as an
essential partner in ensuring the best possible library experience for
all, and is very excited to join the board and work with this amazing
group of committed volunteers.
Ann Dixon moved to Homer in 2011 because of the Homer Public Library. When she first walked into HPL for a job interview, she knew immediately that she wanted to work there and live in a community that envisioned and supported such a wonderful library. She is happy to rejoin the board after retiring in 2019 from serving as director of HPL. A lifelong reader, library nerd, and writer, she especially enjoys volunteering with the bookmobile, reading and writing with kids, and fostering opportunities for lifelong learning.
Lin Hampson received one of the most thrilling phone calls when she was invited to serve on the FHL board.
She is interested in assisting with established activities like the biannual book and plant sale and helping to start new activities for her favorite target audience--teenagers. After working with high school students for thirty plus years, she has lots of ideas for this age group.
Sarah Brewer is a recent transplant to Homer, but has bounced around Alaska most of her life. Some of her most magical memories from childhood are walking through the stacks of the libraries, endless worlds and friends at her fingertips. She believes public libraries are at the very core and essence of intellectual freedom, necessary for a thriving democracy. She holds an M.Ed in Elementary Education, and is passionate about Shakespeare and Dickens and Paddington. Her children believe her to be the real Mary Poppins, but before you think that's all roses, read the book.
Cody Lightsey moved to Homer from Colorado in 2016. He holds bachelor's degrees in sociology and accounting. In addition to reading, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and good food. Cody is a dedicated fan of English Premier League soccer - go Arsenal! He is a father of two toddlers and hopes to instill his love of reading in his children.