Meet the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees candidates

There are seven seats available on the Fulton Public Library’s Board of Trustees and nine candidates running.

They are:

Kelly NickersonKelly Nickerson
Years resided in the Fulton school district: 26
Work experience: Stay-at-home mom. “As a college student at SUNY Oswego I worked at campus catering, was a resident hall assistant and the campus movie theater manager. During my junior year I was a sales intern with Syracuse.com. After college I worked as a sales associate at Walmart, Oswego Cinema Assistant Manager and Front Desk Manager at the Econo Lodge Riverfront hotel in Oswego.”
Community service/board experience: While attending SUNY Oswego I served four years on the Student Association Programming Board.
Why I want to be on the library board: “I am a stay-at-home mom of two boys ages 7 and 4. During the last few years I’ve found the library so essential to myself and so many others in the community. The library is a big part of my children’s lives and my own and full of so many great resources. I would love to be on the library board so that I can be a part of helping the library programs continue to be sustainable.”

Tom BrownThomas Brown
Years resided in the Fulton school district: 68
Work experience: Teacher in the Fulton school district – retired
Previous Fulton Public Library Board Trustee experience: 1 year, vice president
Community service/board experience: president of the A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, member of the Fulton Kiwanis, chairman of the trustees – First United Methodist Church
Why I want to be on the library board: “It’s a way of giving back to my community that I have been a part of for so many years. The library is a historical building and a very important part of the Fulton community.”

Nicole BaldwinNicole Baldwin
Years resided in the Fulton school district: 30
Work experience: Direct service provider with ARISE
Why I want to be on the library board: “The Fulton Public Library is quite simply one of the most wonderful and historical assets still existing in Fulton today. Being an avid reader all of my life some of my earliest memories originate from this library. I’d like to become a member of the library board because I want to help continue and strengthen its utilization within the community, to see it grow and prosper to its fullest potential. I feel having a younger perspective active on the board will help bring new ideas to fruition and generate more active interest as a whole so the Fulton Public Library can continue to do what it does best — enriching the community.”

Carolyn House MosierCarolyn Mosier
Years resided in the Fulton school district: 28
Work experience: Part-time art adjunct professor at Cayuga Community College-Fulton
Education: Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in education.
Previous Fulton Public Library Board Trustee experience: 3 months
Community service/board experience: past president of the Fulton Art Association, Church, recently read the NYS Reading Council Charlotte Book Award Nominees to students in grades K-4 in both Volney and Lanigan Schools, community art activities
Why I want to be on the library board: “In continuing to serve as a trustee of the library, I am interested in making the library a more visible focus for the Fulton community and the surrounding areas. Offering free and low-cost services to the public through longer hours of operation and providing accessible programs for people of all ages and walks of life are my primary goals in serving constituents who elect (me) to this important civic post.”

Bob VaynerRobert Vayner
Years resided in the Fulton school district: 71
Work experience: The Morrill Press/Engraph/Sonoco Flexible Packaging, managed Vayner-Colonie Liquors, Nestlé
Education: Bachelor’s in business administration – major in accounting – Syracuse University
Previous Fulton Public Library Board Trustee experience: 4 years, treasurer
Community service/board experience: Fulton Polish Home – financial secretary, Fulton Kiwanis, international management council – treasurer and various chairmanships, Fulton Jaycees
Why I want to be on the library board: “The Fulton Public Library is an important part of our community. I will do what is asked of me to see that it remains so.”

Pat KushPatricia Kush
Years resided in the Fulton school district: Life resident
Work experience: Retired social studies teacher; worked more than 30 at G. Ray Bodley High School
Why I want to be on the library board: “The library is very important to the Fulton community and the surrounding area and needs to continue. Many community members use it for such things as leisurely reading, job searching and research. Many who cannot afford computers and Internet service are able to have access to these by using the public library. I would like to be part of the process to help set policy and to make sure the financial resources are used most efficiently. The library also symbolizes the value a community puts on education; and its role in improving a community. Over 100 years ago, captain of industry Andrew Carnegie knew the importance of libraries. (The Fulton Library was a gift from Carnegie.)”

Ellen HimesEllen Himes
Years resided in the Fulton school district: “I have resided in the Fulton City School District most of my life. As a child I came to the Fulton area with my parents, went through Fulton schools, and decided to raise my own family here. I currently live in Volney.”
Work experience: Fifth-grade english language arts teacher at Granby Elementary School; 21 years as a teacher
Education: Undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Oswego in elementary education and literacy
Community service/board experience: Fulton Youth Soccer, ABC Preschool, school community activities
Why I want to be on the library board: “As a board member I hope to help keep the valuable resource of our library open to all. I understand that a community library is a valuable resource. Not just for people like myself who love reading, and my students who need resource materials for projects, but also for the adults who have reference questions, doing genealogy research, and have the need to use computer.”

LaVerne DeLandLaVerne DeLand
Years resided in the Fulton City School District: 41
Work experience: Davis Standard, LLC (Black Clawson) – recently retired after 30+ years.
Education: Black Hills State College (Spearfish, S.D.) with a major in education and minor in business and music; graduated from Spearfish High School in Spearfish, S.D.
Previous Fulton Public Library Board Trustee experience: 1 year, secretary — Previous positions: president, membership chair, foundation chair
Community service/board experience: Co-Chair of Kiddies games for Cracker Barrel Fair – 1978, Fulton Rotary Club – 1991-1995, served on Board of Directors 1994-1995, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club – Charter member since 1999, Current Secretary on the Board of Directors
Why I want to be on the library board: “Reading has been and always will be an important part of my life and the lives of my family. I want to be a part of giving everyone in our community the opportunity for learning, and to give them the tools to help. I believe that being informed will make us stronger individuals, therefore, making us a stronger community. I feel our library has the tools to help in our education and I hope to support the Fulton Public Library and our community by being a board trustee.”

Dennis CaseyDennis Casey
Years resided in the Fulton school district: 28
Work experience: “I have over 40 years of senior healthcare management experience, including 25 years as chief executive officer of A L. Lee Memorial Hospital. Most recently I was administrator of Mercy Healthcare Center and Samaritan Summit Village (skilled nursing facilities) in Watertown, N.Y., prior to retiring in October of 2013.”
Community service/board experience: Fulton Chamber of Commerce – board member and chairman, Oswego County Opportunities – board member, Hospitals’ Home Health Care – board member, Fulton Academic Boosters’ Club – member and first chairman, Fulton Rotary Club – Paul Harris Award Recipient, member of several local, state and national healthcare organizations
Why I want to be on the library board: “I believe the library is an essential part of the greater Fulton community and is a necessary and very valuable resource to the citizens of this area. I would like to work with other board members and the staff to promote and expand the library’s services and further increase its value to the community.”

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