SUSAN D. BLODGETT
Member at large of the library board, Sue served as the In School Restriction and Project PASS teacher at John Jay Senior High School for 23 years. In June of 2001 Sue was named Educator of the Year by the Dutchess County Youth Board. She currently serves on the Dutchess County Mental Health Board and the Architectural Review Board in the Town of East Fishkill. Sue has resided in Hopewell Junction since 1965.
JOHN E. MERLINO
John Merlino worked in the education field for 26 years, serving as assistant principal at John Jay High School,department head for Science in the Wappingers School District and finally district coordinator for science and technology, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in biology at Marist College, Master of Arts in health education at Russell Sage College and his certificate of advanced study at SUNY New Paltz. Now retired from teaching, he is the treasurer of Phi Delta Kappa, New Paltz, Scholarship Director of the Putnam County Italian American Club and constultant for Putnam/Weststchester Boces Science 21 program. John has lived in Dutchess County for 45 years, the last 14 of them in Hopewell. He joined the library board after years of volunteering at library events. John lives with his wife, Marisa and they have two children in college.
Chris was a marketing executive for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, for twenty years before moving here in 2000, when she formed a marketing consultancy specializing in strategic business planning. Currently she is Vice President of External Affairs for Pattern for Progress, the policy and planning not-for-profit serving the economic development needs of the Hudson Valley region. She has served as head of the library board’s Development Committee and Campaign Chair for the capital campaign that produced $550,000 toward the library’s capital expansion. Chris lives with her husband Marty Sennett and son Brian in Covered Bridge Farm.
Seth has been a resident of Hopewell Junction since 2002. He is currently employed at Hartan Brokerage as an Assistant Vice President and is responsible for new business and renewal production. Prior to joining Hartan Seth was AIG’s New York Region Assistant Vice President. Seth holds a BS from University of Hartford, and an MBA from Pace University. Seth recently volunteered as an assistant coach for the East Fishkill Soccer League, and when not at work enjoys spending time with his wife Jeanne and their four children.
A trustee since 2005 and current Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Rocco is senior vice president for Guideposts, the publisher of inspirational books and magazines founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, which is headquartered in Carmel, NY. Involved in many community organizations over time, he is currently on the Development Board of the Province of Saint Mary’s in Manhattan, NY. Rocco lives in Hopewell Junction with his wife,Maria, and their three children.
Currently President of the Board of Trustees, Pat Moore counts EFCL among many civic and professional organizations to which he contributes his considerable energies. His insurance agency, Antalek & Moore, has been selected as a “Best Practices Agency”, one of just six in New York State, by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. He and his wife Linda live in Hopewell Junction and are parents of three children.
The Board’s longest serving trustee with more than thirty years of service, Sam was also on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board for ten years and has just ended nine years on the Board of the Library Trustees Association of New York State, which included editor for their newsletter, the TRUSTEE, for seven years. He is retired from IBM, and is a former Town of East Fishkill supervisor. Sam was also a member of the Wappingers School Board and serves on the board of the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess Empire Development Zone. Sam and his wife Stephanie, a realtor, live in Taconic Estates. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Judi Smith has been a Trustee since 1995 and was president of the Board for six years. She served as a Dutchess County Legislator from 1987 to 1995 and Chairman of the Legislature in 1993. She was then appointed director of operations for the NY State Division of Child Support Enforcement where she served as special assistant to Governor Pataki until her retirement in 2003. She lives with her husband, Russ, in an 18th century home on Route 52 that has been in her family for many generations where she has rejuvenated many stunning old garden beds and continues to experiment with shade perennials.
A trustee since 1987, Barbara has volunteered one day a week at the library, checking out books and helping patrons, since her retirement from teaching in 1991; she had taught at Gayhead Elementary for 25 years. Barbara’s husband is Bernhard Zawadzinsky, known to longtime residents as a local butcher who ran Bernie’s Deli and Meat Market in Stormville.