Meet Our Friends

MICHELE STOVEKEN

SUE SHAPIRO

With her diverse background and keen community awareness, Michele is aptly suited for a position on the library board. For over four decades, since 1983, she has been part of the Minisink community. In that time, she has met and worked with many, many neighbors, local business members, and countless others whom are interested in the welfare of our town and surrounding area.

Michele earned a Bachelor of Science from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters in Education from Mount St. Mary College. She attended French Dressmaking School in Manhattan. After finishing her education, Michele began working for the accounting firm Steinhauer and Glickman on in Manhattan, and afterward served as a realtor in Orange County, NY and Sussex County, NJ with a local office in Westtown, NY.

Additionally, she has played an active role on the Unionville Community Center committee by organizing the annual Artisan Craft sales, while also creating and leading the first Unionville Knitting Group. As a member of the Greenville Resource Center, Michele organized and taught knitting classes for 4H and local Girl Scouts.

For the last 25 years she has been, and is presently, a MVSD K-12 tutor with a Mathematics and Science concentration. She has dedicated much time and energy to educating our local students and helping them achieve success.

ANNE FRIEDLE

Sue has lived in Orange County for over 40 years and built a home in the Town of Greenville in 1989. She worked as a mild tester, started, and operated a dog grooming business for twenty years, and in 2012 became a nurse.

 

The past 8 years, she has been involved with Hospice, and became a certified end of life Doula. Back 2001, her frustration started with our lack of library services. Out of that frustration, she became part of a group that formed The Greenville Resource Center in 2004 and remained on the Board. She also served on the Greenville Parkland Committee, and helped the park grow with a playground, ball fields, and trails.

 

She helped establish the nonprofit, Friends of the Minisink Valley Public Initiative, and would be honored to be on the Board of Trustees for the new Minisink Valley Public Library.

Anne has lived in the Minisink area for the past 23 years and currently works for the Minisink Valley School District. She has owns a home in the town of Mt. Hope along with her husband and youngest daugther.

 

Over the past 23 years she has been involved in many community organizations including PTO member, reglious teacher, girl scout leader, and volunteer at the Greenville Rescource Center. She believes library in Minisink would have a positive impact on the local community.   

Ruth holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College and a Certificate of Advanced Study – School Business Leadership from SUNY New Paltz.  She is professionally certificated as a School District Business Leader by NYSED.

Ruth has thirty years of public sector service; twenty in education and ten in governmental operations with a focus on finance management.  Financial responsibilities have included budgeting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, State and Federal Grants management, procurement and auditing.

As a retired Asst. Supt for Finance, she has been responsible for State Aid receipt and reconciliation, Tuition receipt and reconciliation, financial investments, ST3 Reporting, Property Tax Cap Reporting, Tax Warrant Development and levying of taxes.  Ruth has experience with Tax Certioraris and PILOT Programs.

Her knowledge base and skill set includes:

  • General Municipal Law;

  • School Law;

  • Proficient in the accrual basis of accounting and uniform code of accounts for public institutions;

  • Proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office Programs, Oracle, WinCap and Finance Manager/nVision;

  • Human Resources experience in vetting candidates, benefits management, bargaining unit negotiations, Civil Service Law and union representation;

  • Contract development and management;

  • Supervision of Buildings and Grounds, Food Service and Transportation.

She currently owns and operates a Professional Auditing Services LLC.  The business has contracts with two public school districts in New York State performing the audit of Accounts Payable and Payroll Claims Warrants to ensure prudent fiscal activities.

Ruth is very excited about the future MVPL and would very much like to be a part of it.

RUTH LUIS