Meet The Board Candidates

MICHELE STOVEKEN

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

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.   

LORRAINE FITZGERALD

Lorraine has lived and worked in the community for 50 years. She is currently employed as a substitute nurse for Minisink Valley Schools  She believes the community would benefit greatly from the services of a library. The library is a place for people of all ages from young children to seniors. It can offer  many services our rural community currently is without. She looks forward to working to reach the community and educate them on the many benefits of a library.  

BRYAN WELSH

Bryan is a lifelong resident of the Minisink Valley School District. He grew up in Westtown and now lives with his wife and two kids in Mount Hope. He received a bachelor's degree in English from SUNY Cortland and a master's degree in Public Administration from the College of New Rochelle. He has worked in the non-profit and public sectors throughout his career. An avid reader and lover of learning, he hopes to assist in bringing a library to our area. 

SUE SHAPIRO

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 milk 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.

SUZANNE JONES

Suzanne Jones, her husband Steve, and their five children have resided in the Minisink Valley since August 2017.  A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Suzanne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with concentrations in both writing and literature, from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Following an externship in the public relations department of a rehabilitation medicine facility, Suzanne honed her writing, editing, and graphic design skills in the home office of a major Northeastern PA insurance company while attending graduate school at the University of Scranton. She relocated to the Philadelphia, PA, area a few years later where she worked for a medical communications company as a medical writer and medical editor. 

 

While raising her children in Saranac Lake, NY, Byram Township, NJ, and currently in the Minisink area, Suzanne has done extensive freelance work over the years, providing editorial expertise for works published by both individuals and corporate clients.  She is a member of Holy Cross Church and is a third-grade catechist.  Suzanne credits the Saranac Lake Free Library and the E. Louise Childs Memorial Branch Library in Sussex County, NJ, for instilling an early love of reading in her children and providing them with opportunities to forge new friendships and participate in a variety of educational activities.  She is excited for the possibility of a library opening in the Minisink area so that families can have similar opportunities in our community.

KAREN KUPERUS

Karen grew up in Northern New Jersey and has lived in Orange Co for over 40 years. She moved to Westtown, NY, in 2000 with her husband and four daughters. She worked in the Medical Field as an X-ray technician for 18 years and is currently the manager and bookkeeper for two of her family’s businesses.

Upon moving to the Minisink Valley district, she was immediately disappointed at the lack of library services. A library had been instrumental in her children's lives growing up and was also necessary for providing the materials needed to further their education. She also believes that a library is beneficial to all community members, as it offers many services and programs that are currently unavailable in a rural community.

She has been a volunteer at the GRC since 2015 and invests most of her free time in her church, local community, and family. She especially loves encouraging her eight grandchildren in their love of reading.