She represents the library and the library profession regularly, advocating for literacy and libraries. Nationally she is recognized within the American Library Association, the Kettering Foundation and National Endowment of the Arts as a leader, spokesperson, and presenter. She currently serves on two Public Library Association committees focused on family engagement and strategic planning and partnership. Marie enjoys being actively involved in Topeka and communicating the essential role of the library with community leaders. She serves on the United Way On-Grade Achievement Impact Council, Smart City- Momentum 2022 and is the current president of the Rotary Club of Topeka.
Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in human development psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit and a master’s degree of library science from Emporia State University.
Thad began his career as a shelving assistant at the library in 1993. He has worked in a variety of positions at the library, including most recently as Community and Strategic Services Manager. He has lead numerous projects throughout his career including the implementation of the Library @ Work program, Smartlockers, and the community center computer labs. He has also been the co-host of Hush, the library’s podcast, for the last several years. Two of the major initiatives that Thad is currently focused on is the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan and Community Impact Goals.
As a lifelong Topekan Thad developed his love of reading at a young age by going to the library and checking out Choose Your Own Adventure books, sports biographies, and books about bigfoot. Thad’s proudest moments at the library include being a member of the 2016 Library of the Year, being named an American Library Association Emerging Leader in 2006, and once managing the library softball team to a 1-11 record.