Board Members

Carol Schuyler, President 2018 - 2019

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 BainbridgeIsland 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.

Zach Anderson, Director

Zach has lived on Bainbridge for the last 17 years and is currently employed at IslandWood as IT Specialist. Prior to accepting a position at IslandWood, he volunteered at a variety of places: Helpline, BI Land Trust, Non-Motorized Transportation Committee, and the Friday Tidies at the library. He knows the importance of community spirit and is grateful to be able to help out when he can. In Zach's words: "What I wish to highlight is that, as both a recipient and a contributor to nonprofits and volunteering efforts, I understand their value and the importance of these community resources. I am looking for new ways to give back."

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.

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.

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.

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…

Hilda Wiens, Director

Hilda is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Information Science from San Jose State University.  After a career teaching high school English and French, Hilda began a second career as a librarian and served in that capacity at all levels of education including the State Center Community College system.  In 1996 Hilda was named California’s School Library Media Teacher of the Year. Hilda came to Bainbridge four years ago and has embraced her new community with passion. She is an active member of the Unitarian Church, an avid beginning knitter, and a library volunteer. She looks forward to working with the Bainbridge Library Board.   She and her husband John live in a multi-generational home with her daughter, her son in law and two grandsons. You might see her at a soccer or basketball game on the island!

Trese Williamson, Director

I spent most of my youth in Seattle until my parents bought the old Poulsbo golf course in 1969. I’d graduated from high school in Seattle that year and started college at the University of Washington. Then I was off to Japan where I attended Sophia University in Tokyo for two years. After returning home I went to work for United Airlines based in New Jersey. My husband and I moved to Bainbridge Island in 1978 and raised our three children here. After my children were in school I returned to UW and got my degree in 1993. I’ve served my volunteer time in sports organizations, on PTO boards, co-chaired the Woodward Grand Opening Celebration, served on the Bainbridge Historical Museum board and volunteered in many capacities for numerous community groups especially the Bainbridge Public Library. This is my second stint on the BPL board as I was the Campaign Coordinator for the 1995 Bainbridge Public Library Building Campaign. I also worked as the Community Liaison for Kitsap Regional Library. Recently I’ve been on BPL’s A Lasting Legacy Committee. I continue to be amazed at the generosity of volunteers and the myriad ways to be involved in our community.

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.