The Library Foundation has announced its officers for 2011. They include Steve Page, chair, J. Patrick Brazil, vice chair, and Jeff Wietharn, treasurer. Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield was elected to a second three-year term. Marianna Nothern , Jeanne Slusher, and Roger L. Underwood were elected to their first three-year terms.
- Marianna Nothern is a retired school teacher who has served with both USD 501 and USD 450. During her teaching years, she was awarded a group Fulbright grant for study in Ghana, West Africa. She is the recipient of the Instructional Improvement Career Award presented to her by USD 501. Her volunteer activities include service with the Mulvane Women’s Board and Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Currently, she serves as the director/curator of the Cloister Art Gallery.
- Jeanne Slusher is employed with Security Benefit Corporation as a 2nd vice president and director of audit. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of the internal audit function for the corporation and its subsidiaries. She is active with the Topeka Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Her volunteer service includes leadership positions with Ronald McDonald Charities of Northeast Kansas, the Family Service and Guidance Center, and the Washburn Women’s Alliance.
- Roger Underwood is a Senior Vice President with Community Bank. He previously served as a library foundation trustee and was its chair when the library was rededicated in 2002. His volunteer service includes top leadership positions with the Topeka South Rotary Club, the Greater Topeka United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, and the First United Methodist Church.
Other trustees serving in 2011 include Mary S. Allen, Jeff Chanay, Glenda DuBoise, Dr. Robert D. Parman, and Dr. Patty Pressman.
The Library Foundation’s purpose is to help secure resources that support the collections, programs, services, technology and physical facilities of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The Foundation pursues this purpose by seeking philanthropic support, by providing conscientious stewardship of the assets in its care, by encouraging appropriate community partnerships, and by advocating on behalf of the library’s mission in our community.