Board Members

Carol Schuyler, President 2018

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.

Claudia Anderson, Vice President

Born in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington, Claudia then lived away for the next 40 years including 7 years in Frankfurt, Germany, and 22 years in Toronto, Canada. During those years she held numerous professional positions including Chief of Public Affairs and a member of the Executive Committee at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, working for a major advertising agency in Minneapolis, writing a weekly newspaper column in Lake Oswego, OR, and serving as editor of a faculty/staff newsletter for York University in Toronto. After moving back to the USA and settling on Bainbridge, Claudia has volunteered with the Executive Service Corps and most recently as president of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council.

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.

Stephanie Hillier, Secretary

I’ve lived on Bainbridge Island for nearly forty years.  My husband I raised two daughters here and were very active in their school and extracurricular activities, as well as our own interests.  I believe that the vibrant library community on the island has greatly added to the quality of life our family enjoys here.  A Bainbridge Island School Teacher for nineteen years, I also served as Title I/Learning Assistance Program Director, BISD; Bainbridge Island Park District Coordinator of Volunteers; and Founder/Director of the Bainbridge Big Kids Program.  I’ve also enjoyed many other volunteer activities including Park District Foundation Board, Historical Museum docent, Housing Resources Board volunteer, BCC Board member and numerous others.

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.

Kathy Bolles, Director

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.

Charles Browne

Charles Browne, Treasurer

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.

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.

Mary Hall, Director

Mary has lived on Bainbridge Island most of her life.  She graduated from Bainbridge High School and then the University of Washington with a B.A. in English.  Her working career started in the transportation industry and then in 1994 she and her husband purchased Winslow Hardware.  They owned and operated the store until it closed in 2005.  They opened Winslow Paint Company and owned and operated it until retirement in 2012.  Mary has served on the Boards of the Island Volunteer Caregivers and the Bainbridge Island Historical Society.  She likes to read, walk, garden, play bridge, music and Sudoku, not necessarily in that order.  First would be to play with her kitty, Emmy.

Judith Tingley, Director

Judith Tingley graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSN in Nursing and then pursued her MSN at the University of Washington. Her formal education ended with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Arizona State University.  She has worked as a therapist, executive coach, and consultant to corporations on topics of organizational development and communication.  Judy is a published author of four books as well as many magazine articles, who spends many "writing hours” at the library; her home away from home. She has served as Treasurer of the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, a coordinator of The Salon series at the library, a new member of the COBI Ethics Board, and an active member of Zero Waste.

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.


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.