Board Members

Carol Schuyler, President 2018 - 2020

I am thrilled after a lifetime professionally working in libraries to be able to give again in volunteer position.  I got my Master's Degree in Librarianship from the University of Washington.  My husband and I with our two young children moved to the Island in 1976.  I began my career as a part-time children's librarian with Kitsap Regional Library at Bainbridge Island two years later.  I retired from the library two years ago as Director of Support Services.  It was wonderful to work and grow with the system and it even allowed me to actively volunteer for the Washington Library Association, culminating as its President.  I served for two years as the President of the Friends of the Library and facilitate one of the library's book groups.  I am an active reader, gardener and quilter.  My husband and I are travelers.  When not on adventures, we are surrounded by six grandchildren (all readers or read to) and two personable Ocicats, Joshua and Jericho.

Kathy Bolles, Vice-President

In 2016 Kathy Bolles retired after a 26-year career as a municipal attorney and educator.  She returned to the Pacific Northwest to be near her sister who lives on the Island and mother who lives in Poulsbo.  For the last several years, Kathy has been active in the Friends of the Library and is currently on their Board.  Having to say "farewell” to her longtime volunteer positions upon her relocation, Kathy thoroughly enjoys the time she spends working with the Friends as they are all very interesting and engaged people with a dedication to the community and a love of reading.  She is looking forward to working with other members of the Bainbridge Public Library Board to support this most important community institution.

Eric Weissman, Treasurer

Eric Weissman graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in history and went on to pursue his Masters and Ph.D. in the same subject at the University of Washington.  Eric’s work career spans many corporate positions in marketing and management.  In 1999 he left corporate life to pursue independent business ventures.  For 11 years he owned and operated Kirshner Trailer Sales, Woodinville.  In 2010 he sold the business and he and his wife, Barbara, retired as planned to Bainbridge Island.  Eric was active for many years in the Corvallis School District where he served on numerous committees and the board of directors.  Eric and his wife have been active participants and supporters of the Bainbridge Public Library’s Library U program.

Charles Browne

Charles Browne, Secretary

After 35 years as an expatriate business executive, primarily in emerging Latin American and Asian markets, Charlie retired to Bainbridge. He has been active in the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library, serving on their Board in the past as Treasurer and later as President. Prior to retirement, his last posting was as Chairman and President of DuPont in China. During the years in Shanghai, he was active in the American Chamber of Commerce, and was elected to serve a term as Chairman. In 2004 he was conferred the Magnolia Award for contributions to Shanghai's development by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. He and his wife are amateur gardeners.

Bernie Baker, Director

Bernie has been practicing architecture for over forty years first in Pennsylvania and then in Washington State as a project/design architect at several architectural firms including Westinghouse corporate Design Center and The Callison Partnership. He moved to Seattle in 1980 and after looking for the perfect place to live he moved to Bainbridge Island in 1983. He opened his architectural practice on the island in 1985 focusing on regional custom residential projects. His work has been widely published and awarded. In the nineties he also was a part time instructor at The Art institute of Seattle in their Interior Design and Industrial Design programs. The last decade he has served the community as a director, president and volunteer at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.

Kip Bankart, Director

Kip graduated from the University of Denver 1970 with a BS in Psychology, and afterwards moved up to the mountains to ski. He married Diane in 1976, and they’re still walking side by side! Kip entered the fast-growing field of telecommunications, and spent the next 23 years working in a variety of technical hands-on, administrative, analytical, sales and customer support positions. On Bainbridge he set up his own landscaping and handyman business and began working for BPL as the grounds keeper and maintenance and repair guy for the Ihland Way buildings.  He became the Facilities Manager for the KRL system, a position he held until he retired. Kip has been on the BPL Facilities Committee for twelve years and has continued into the present as a volunteer who discovered the magic of our library and can’t stay away! 

Rachelle Castleberry, Director

Rachelle Castleberry graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in English and Anthropology. She moved to Bainbridge Island 15 years ago and has been involved in various volunteer projects at Helpline House, West Sound Wildlife Shelter and Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers. Rachelle currently leads the Enterprise Vendor Management Program at Zillow Group in Seattle and has worked in Business and Finance at other Northwest companies, such as Nordstrom and Russell Investments. In her free time, Rachelle loves to travel, read, garden and cook. Being in love with books her whole life, one of her happiest memories is watching her twin daughters proudly receive their first library cards. She has a strong devotion to libraries and the educational resources and refuge they provide all members of our community.

Elizabeth Cromwell, Director

Elizabeth Cromwell has worked in the book publishing industry for twenty-six years. Her company, Books in Flight, provides project management and consulting for more than thirty trade and academic book publishers. The first day Elizabeth moved to Bainbridge Island in 2006 with her husband and daughter, she signed up for a BPL library card and has spent many happy hours at the library since. She is proud to be able to be a part of helping our library continue to be a source of community, discovery, refuge, resources, and delight for all. Other community service contributions include volunteering with Bainbridge Island School District, Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest, Bainbridge Performing Arts, SEAL, Grace Church, and Delta Society Therapy Animal Program. Besides reading, Elizabeth enjoys travel, theater, music, and long walks with good friends.

Caryl Grosch, Director

Caryl moved to Bainbridge Island in 1995 from Marblehead, MA. She grew up in a small community in New York, attended college in Longmeadow, MA and has enjoyed moving from coast to coast as an adult - CT to CA to MA to WA. After about 10 years of managing volunteers at IslandWood, she recently retired from that role. Since it's a very difficult place to completely sever ties from, she still works a few hours a week from home on HR projects for them as well as leading the occasional site tour. Prior to that she owned her own personalized stationery business, starting it in Marblehead and bringing it with her to Bainbridge Island. She enjoyed over 20 years working in office management with various organizations, one of which was the consulting firm that raised funds to build and endow the Orange Country Performing Arts Center in CA. She's very active with her church, volunteers on several committees throughout the community, and looks forward to re-joining the BPL board.

Denton Kiehle, Director

Lynn McIntyre, Director

I moved to Bainbridge Island with my husband and child in 1986 to raise my family. I have a degree in Microbiology and worked in forensic science for 35 years. I was the Commander of the WSP Crime Laboratory Division at the time of my retirement in 2012. I have been a volunteer involved in BEST, community planning, and fundraisers for the library, over the years; I have been a Master Gardener since 2015; but I have been a passionate gardener since I gardened with my father as a child. I have had the honor of being the BPL Facilities Committee’s Garden Liaison since May of 2018. This has given me the opportunity to work with the amazing garden leads and their incredible staff of volunteers. My other hobby is, of course, a love of reading. I welcome the opportunity to serve and support the library and our community in any way I can.

Bruce White, Director

Bruce retired to Bainbridge after a 37 year career in high performance computing, primarily as a senior executive and consultant. His formal education includes degrees in Math, Computer Science and Sociology. Since moving to the Island in 2008, Bruce has volunteered for numerous environmental and community-focused activities including serving on the Board of One Call for All. When not focusing his energies on community enrichment, Bruce broadens his horizons through reading both fiction and non-fiction, traveling, supporting numerous projects at his townhouse community, and attempting to keep up-to-date on advances in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Then again, you might find him kayaking on Eagle Harbor…

Trese Williamson, Director

Walt Yund, Director

A Bainbridge Island resident since 1985, Walt retired from private law practice in 2016. He spent 6 years on active duty with the US Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and continued to serve in the Navy Reserve for an additional 22 years, retiring as a Captain in 2002. Walt’s volunteer activities on Bainbridge Island have included scouting (Scoutmaster, troop 1565), board service with Bainbridge Performing Arts, and Treasurer of Grace Episcopal Church. He currently acts as a tax counselor under the VITA program administered by the Internal Revenue Service. He has 4 children and stepchildren. He and his wife, Terry, enjoy golf, hiking, and travel among their many activities.

Mission

The mission of the Bainbridge Public Library is to ensure a vibrant public library on Bainbridge Island.

All Volunteer

The Board of the Bainbridge Public Library is an all-volunteer group. There are no paid staff. This form of organization has managed the island's community library for more than 100 years. The Bainbridge Public Library was built "by the island people for the community".

Since 1961, the Bainbridge Public Library has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501(c)3 public charity.