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Hudson -- Qualified Hudson Library and Historical Society members can choose three representatives from nine candidates to sit on the Board of Directors at the library's annual meeting Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Flood Family Meeting Room.
The nine candidates include three members of the Board whose terms expire in February -- Deborah Currin, Jill McCauslin and Nancy G. Rufus -- and six more -- Denise D. Gibson, Kelly S. Jones, Stuart J. MacDonnell, Amit Mittal, Dean E. Rolland and Karl R. Wetzel, according to Rafael McLaughlin, chairman of the library's nominating committee.
Management of the Hudson Library and Historical Society is overseen by a nine-member Board of Directors, each serving three-year terms. The Board meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m.
Candidates and voters are required to be Hudson residents, at least 18 years old, and have a valid CLEVNET library card. All candidates must attend the Feb. 24 meeting to be eligible for election to the board, and voters must be present to cast a ballot.
Every attendee can vote for three candidates, McLaughlin said. The three candidates with the most votes are appointed to the Board.
Board members are responsible for library funding and development, and for planning the short and long-term goals of the library, he said.
Members can choose up to three candidates from the following nine:
Deborah E. Currin is currently a Board member. She spent five years as a kindergarten teacher in Maple Heights, is the author of three books of original designs and has been a freelance artist for The American Greeting Company. She graduated from Otterbein University with a bachelor's degree in education.
"I have enjoyed my past three years on the Board and wish to continue," Currin said. "I believe when you are blessed to live in a community like Hudson it is important to give back with your time and talents."
Denise D. Gibson has 25 years of experience working in medical education, most recently as assistant dean for academic support at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a master's degree in social work and has a doctorate degree from Kent State University in education.
"As a resident of Hudson since 1986 and a recent retiree, I am looking for ways to contribute to my community and to the library," Gibson said.
Kelly S. Jones is a consultant with a health insurance business. He graduated from Miami University with a degree in English and political science.
"My mother was a librarian and was my mentor during her lifetime," Jones said. "She taught me the love of reading and research in a library and used to take me to the Library of Congress."
Stuart J. MacDonnell is a retired director of internal audit and ethics officer of PolyOne Corp. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Canada with a bachelor's degree in math, has a CPA certificate and has an master's degree in business from Case Western Reserve University.
He would like to provide effective oversight of financial resources, MacDonnel said.
Amit Mittal is a management consultant working for 17 years focusing on financial services. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering and received his master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.
He would like to support the library management with his business consulting and advisory experience along with giving back to the community in the spirit of volunteerism, Mittal said.
Dean Rolland works in business management with a focus on sales. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering.
"I strongly value intellectual freedom and have an appreciation for the historical context of our city, region and country," Rolland said. "The opportunity to be a director allows for me to apply my strengths and passion to serve my community."
Nancy G. Rufus is currently a board member. She is on the faculty at Our Lady of the Elms. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree and has taken graduate classes at Notre Dame College.
"I would like to continue my work on the board as it helps to guide the Hudson library in fulfilling it's role as a leading source of learning and research for the Hudson Community," Rufus said.
Karl R. Wetzel is an attorney. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in political science, and received his juris doctorate from John Marshall College of Law.
"I would like the opportunity to help the Library/Historical Society continue to flourish and be a central part of the community of Hudson," Wetzel said.
Jill McCauslin is currently on the board. She works as a technical writer and instructional designer. She graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor's degree in English.
"The library is my favorite part of Hudson, and I want to be of service to my community," McCauslin said.
For more information, visit www.hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658.