2021 Friends of KY Libraries Board Members
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.
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.
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. She has worked for four newspapers and in health care marketing. She has been a Communications Specialist/Graphic Designer for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., since 2005.
Jennifer is on the board of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library (she was secretary for over 10 years). In 2018, she was awarded the national Friend of the Library grant from United for Libraries which paid for her to attend an American Library Association conference in New Orleans. She has also been on the board of the international Communicators for Women Religious. She is a member of the Daviess County Democratic Party communications committee and volunteers for other organizations such as 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.
PAT THOMAS, TREASURER, First Term expires 12/31/2024
Friends of the Paul Sawyier Public Library
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.
Louise Canter grew up in Central New York and moved to Northern Kentucky over thirty years. She received her BS and MLS at the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Louise was a Middle School librarian for several years. Moving with her husband for his career, cut short her days in the school library, but not her love for libraries! Living in Palo Alto, CA, Cincinnati, OH, Fresno, CA, Tacoma, WA and Memphis, TN, Louise always found the local branch of the public library and was an avid user. While in Tacoma, Washington, Louise served on the Board of Trustees of the Pierce County Library System. Arriving in Kenton County Kentucky several years later, Louise once again got involved with her local library. She served on the Kenton County Public Library Foundation Board for several years and then eight years on the Kenton County Board of Trustees. Louise also served a term as a member of the Kentucky State Board of Certification for Public Libraries. She has been a lifelong friend of libraries…..growing up three doors from her hometown library! She is a proud member of the Kenton County Public Library Friends and the Friends of Kentucky Libraries. Louise and her husband, Eric, live in Erlanger, Kentucky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rose Booth [First term expires 12/31/2021]
Eunice is a paralegal at O’Bryan & O’Bryan, Attorneys at Law, in Louisville Kentucky, specializing in Bankruptcy. She attended Pikeville College 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 former member of the LFPL Council of Friends.
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.