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348 Route 376
Hopewell Junction NY 12533
Seth has been a resident of Hopewell Junction since 2002. He is currently employed at RT Specialty as an Assistant Vice President and is responsible for new business and renewal production. Prior to joining RT Specialty, 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. Seth has taken on the job of Treasurer.
A trustee since 2005 and current Vice-president 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 Danbury, CT. 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.
Robert N. Melnyk
Bob has lived in and been very active in the East Fishkill community for 39 years. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for over 40 years, and have two sons, both of whom graduated from John Jay High School and are now out and on their own.
During the past 39 years, Bob has served the community in many areas. He was a member of the East Fishkill Republican Town Committee for over 25 years, was a member of the WCSD Board of Education from 1996-1999, coached baseball, basketball, and football teams in the area for years, and served on the committee for developing the new library when it was moved to its current location.Bob retired from IBM in June of 2011 after a 38 year career. He and his wife now both enjoy playing tennis, and are avid readers who make extensive use of the library.
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 and is now the immediate past President. John lives with his wife, Marisa and they have two children in college.
Beginning his career as a copywriter, Michael has worked for Scholastic, Doubleday Direct, and March of Dimes and most recently at Citigroup specializing in email marketing. Although teenagers now, Michael’s children were once regulars in Ms. Cathy’s story time and craft programs and Michael guesses that they are still on of the top borrowers in town – maybe in the entire library system. Michael is currently serving as the secretary of the Board. Michael and his family are also bee keepers!
Judi H. Smith
Judi Smith has been a Trustee since 1995 and was president of the Board for six years. She is currently serving as President. 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.
Traci is happy to serve as one of the Library’s newer Trustees giving back to the facility that has given her family so much. For ten years, she has actively volunteered with the PTA at both Gayhead Elementary School and Van Wyck Middle School, serving Executive Board roles as Secretary and Vice President of Fundraising. She’s also a Girl Scout troop co-leader, and a member of the East Fishkill Historical Society. Traci owns WordScapes, a small business providing writing, editing, and marketing services. She, her husband Matt, and two children have been residents of Hopewell Junction since 2001.
Dr. Roberta Wiener, Associate Professor of Education, currently serves as the Chair for Undergraduate and Graduate Education at Pace University, Pleasantville campus. Dr. Wiener holds a Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her areas of expertise include special education and leadership. Roberta has been a resident of Hopewell since 1999, is an avid life-long library user and is thrilled to be able to give back to the community.
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. With the recent retirement of Sam Patton, Barbara is now the longest serving member of the board.
Sam Patton – Trustee Emeritus
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 contributed 9 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 has served 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. Sam resigned from the library board in 2016 and was voted Trustee Emeritus by a grateful board.