Board Members

Wayne Onkst, President [term expires 12/31/2021]

Wayne Onkst is a native of London, KY where his first job was at the Laurel County Public Library. He received a BA in History and a MA in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. Upon receiving his MA, he worked for the Kenton County Public Library in a number of positions, becoming Director in 1999. He was appointed Kentucky’s State Librarian and Commissioner of the Kentucky Dept. for Libraries and Archives in 2006, and served until 2015. He enjoyed working closely with Friends groups throughout his career. In addition to being a lifetime member of the Friends of Kentucky Libraries, he serves on the board of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Jesse Stuart Foundation, and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. He lives in Erlanger with his wife, Deborah.

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Jim is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College (B.A.), University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.), Georgetown Law Center (LL.M.), The Judge Advocate General’s School, Army, Graduate Course (LL.M. equivalent), and The Army’s Command & General Staff College. He is a retired Army lawyer, President of the Board for Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, President of the Friends of the Hardin County Public Library, Board Member of the Hardin County History Museum, GOP Commissioner on the Hardin County Board of Elections, Past President of the Elizabethtown Lions Club, Past President of the Fort Knox Leadership Association, Past Chairman of the Hardin County Republican Party, Past 2d District GOP Chairman, Past President of the Hardin County Historical Society, Past Moderator of Living Faith Baptist Fellowship, Past President of the Elizabethtown High School Academic Boosters, Registration Coordinator for 2017-2018 Room In the Inn, Elizabethtown, a member of the Garden Club of Elizabethtown, a Kentucky Colonel, and an Honorary Kentucky Admiral. Jim is married to the former Deborah Downs Blythe. They have two children and seven grandchildren.
  Eunice Murphy, Secretary [term expires 12/31/2019]

Eunice is a paralegal at O’Bryan & O’Bryan, Attorneys at Law, in Louisville Kentucky, specializing in Bankruptcy.  She attended UPike in Pikeville, Kentucky, her hometown, before moving to Louisville, KY.  She is presently treasurer of the Shively Chapter of the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Libraries, and a volunteer and advocate for public funding and branch relations for the LFPL Council of Friends. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, theater, and her pets.

   Susie Lawrence, Treasurer [term expires 12/31/2021]

Susie’s library career began as Librarian for the Department of Mental Health. She became the director of the Jessamine County Public Library in 1992. In 2007 Susie “retired” and went to work at the Lexington Public Library for ten years. Susie received her AA from Virginia Intermont College, BA and MLIS from the University of Kentucky. She has been active in the Kentucky Public Library Association serving as chair of the legislative committee for ten years. She received the KPLA Outstanding Public Service Librarian in 2002. Susie is married to Nick Lawrence, who had the radio show Curtains@8! on WUKY for twenty-four years. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Betty Ellison [term expires 12/31/2019]

A journalist turned historian, Betty Boles Ellison is the author of six, soon to be seven, books, documentary scripts and has done research for CBS Television, David Grubin’s PBS production about Mary and Abraham Lincoln, the Texas Historic Commission and Kentucky’s former historian laurate Thomas C. Clark.
Her seventh book, a biography of Rachel Jackson, the wife of Andrew Jackson, will be published next year by McFarland.During graduate school at the University of Kentucky, Mrs. Ellison worked on The Kentucky Encyclopedia as both a fact-checker and the author of a numerous entries in both the printed and electronic editions.Mrs. Ellison’s books have been featured in events at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, The Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, where she gave a televised lecture on Mary Todd Lincoln.
Her biography, The True Mary Todd Lincoln, has been praised for its superb research and presentation. One reviewer suggested forgetting what one knows about the wife of the sixteenth president and examining her life through the new revelations in Mrs. Ellison’s book.An advocate of retaining Kentucky’s rich architectural heritage, Mrs. Ellison worked with former Kentucky first lady Beula Nunn in the restoration of Cassius Marcellus Clay’s ancestral home, White Hall, near Richmond, and the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington.
paula franklin (2) Paula Franklin [term expires 12/31/2021]

Paula Franklin received her BS and MS degrees from Murray State University. She taught high school chemistry and physics for 33.5 years in the same school system in Southern Illinois. After retiring, Paula worked for three years at the Challenger Learning Center on the campus of WKCTC in Paducah. With more free time, she was able to become more active in the local Friends of McCracken County Public Library. Paula served on the Friends BOD before serving as Vice-President/President Elect. She is currently finishing her term as the Friends BOD President.
  Linda Hitchcock [term expires 12/31/2019]

Linda is a freelance writer, book reviewer, and retired real estate broker residing on a small farm in east Barren County with her beloved husband John and two endearing yet annoying cats.  She is an active lifetime member of the Warren County Friends (Bowling Green) and a former FOL President and former Library Board trustee of the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library (Glasgow).  She is a graduate of Georgetown University (DC) who also studied at Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany.  Linda serves as a board member, programs co-chair and publicist and is a former three-term president of Glasgow Musicale, a past Regent of Edmond Rogers Chapter, NSDAR,  National Society of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, the Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a long-time Plaza Theatre volunteer and member of National Book Critic’s Circle as well as an avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, cook and baker and is involved with other community organizations.
Jennifer K Jennifer Kaminski [term expires 12/31/2021]

Jennifer is a native of Bardstown, Ky. She tells the tale that she was born in the library! (When Flaget Memorial built a new hospital, the Nelson County Public Library moved into the former hospital). Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky. She has worked for four newspapers, including the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Ky. After several years at the M-I, she switched to health care marketing for River Valley Behavioral Health and Owensboro Medical Practice. She has been a Communications Specialist/Graphic Designer for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., since 2005.

Jennifer has been secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library for 10 years. In 2018, she was awarded the national Friend of the Library grant from United for Libraries which paid for her attendance at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans. She has also been on the board of the international Communicators for Women Religious (2014-16). She is vice chair of the Daviess County Democratic Woman’s Club and a member of the Daviess County Democratic Party communications committee. She volunteers for other organizations such as Hospice and Nonviolent Owensboro.

Jennifer and her husband, Chris, have two grown children. Their daughter is a CPA in Lexington, Ky., and their son is a software developer in Seattle.

Janet Meyer Janet Meyer [term expires 12/31/2019]

Janet Meyer is a member of Friends of Paul Sawyier Public Library, Franklin County.
Lois Schultz, Past-President [term expires 12/31/2021]

Lois Schultz is the Associate Dean for Collections at Northern Kentucky University.  Before coming to NKU in 1978, she was at Xavier University in Cincinnati. OH and Thomas More College in Edgewood, KY. Schultz taught school in Jefferson County, KY for three years.  Service to public libraries includes Board of Trustees, Kenton County Public Library for ten years (1999-2010) and president (2007-2010), Kenton County Public Library Foundation Board (2011-2014), secretary Kentucky Library Trustee Round Table (2008-2010,) and Friends of Kenton County Public Library. Schultz teaches collection management for the American Library Association and serves on the Board of the Kenton County Extension Service.

Christine Robinson Christie Robinson [term expires 12/31/2021]

Early in Christie Robinson’s work life/career , she taught elementary school, migrating to Montessori teaching when she obtained a Directress Degree from the Michigan Montessori Center. Raising 3 children subsequently became her focus, and, as her children grew , she began working at UK libraries, pursuing a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science, and then worked several years in library conversion projects for the community colleges.

She has served in a variety of library positions  with Kentucky’s independent colleges, the University of Kentucky, and Sullivan University. The final part of her career she had the privilege of serving Kentucky’s libraries as Director of Administrative Services/Deputy Commissioner for 15 years,  retiring in 2009. With energy remaining that needed to be channeled , she went back to school, received a Real Estate license, and practiced Real Estate in Georgetown for 4 1/2 years. Since 2014 she has served her community through organization and board work.

Elaine Wilson [term expires 12/31/2021]

Elaine is the Director of Cultural Diversity for the Somerset Community College in Somerset, KY. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She served on the Pulaski County Public Library Board for several years. She is also the immediate past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Currently, she serves as a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries, the Somerset Independent Schools Board of Education, Secretary of the Kentucky Humanities Council Board, the Board of the Hospice of Lake Cumberland, and the University of Kentucky College of Social Work Advisory Board.

Ex-Officio Members
Terry Manuel, State Librarian and Commissioner

Terry Manuel is a native of Kentucky, with a brief stint spent working at the Wyoming State Library. He earned his B.S. degrees at Pikeville College (before it became the University of Pikeville) and his Master of Library Science at University of Kentucky. Additionally, he earned a Master of Law from Champlain College. He began his library work while in high school and has seen most sides of the industry: he’s repotted all the plants in the library, served as a bookmobile librarian, reference librarian, clerk, library branch head, cataloger, library director, and is now the State Librarian and Commissioner. Terry has taught most library subjects at one time or another. He lives in Anderson County with his wife, three cats, two beagles, and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.