About the Library

Board Documents

Trustees

Martina Thompson (2013-2017)

President

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A resident of Henrietta for almost forty years, Martina “Tina” Thompson has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Henrietta Public Library since 1983. She currently co-chairs the Minerva Campbell Literary Contest.

She was a Director of the New York State Association of Library Boards (now called the Library Trustees Association) for nine years, where she served as secretary and first vice president.

“My husband began his career in education as an English teacher and I was a history major. Our house could never hold all the books we wanted to read. The public library has been a wonderful resource for my family and me.”

In recognition for her volunteer work on behalf of libraries, Tina received the Service Beyond Measure Award from the Monroe County Library System in 1995 and a special award from the Town of Henrietta in 1998. In 2007 she was named Henrietta Woman of the Year by the Antoinette Brown Blackwell Society. The following year she received the Distinguished Library Service Award from the New York State Association of Library Boards.

Tina’s additional volunteer work includes serving on the Monroe County Board of Trustees, chairing the Scholarship Committee of the Antoinette Brown Blackwell Society, and serving as first vice-president of the Women’s Fellowship of the Henrietta United Church of Christ.

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David McNitt (2017-2021)

Vice-President

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  • Wife: Rose Mary McNitt, Registered Nurse; retired.
  • Children: Scott, Sharon, Sandra, and Susan, all graduates of Rush-Henrietta Schools
  • Moved to Henrietta in 1967
  • Retired from teaching mathematics at Monroe Community College for 32 years in 1999
  • Past member Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance
  • Past member Henrietta Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Currently: Coordinator of Reach Out and Read Program at Jordan Health Center
  • Member: The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester
  • Tutor, part time, Damon City Campus of MCC
  • Member: Faith United Methodist Church, Henrietta

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Brigid Ryan (2014-2018)

Secretary

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Doug Roesch (2016-2020)

Treasurer

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Doug Roesch is a native of West Irondequoit, graduating from Bishop Kearney High School in 1982. He went on to get a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York College at Oswego. Doug currently works for Xerox where for over twenty years he designed, implemented, and maintained numerous billing, reporting, order, and finance applications.

An avid reader, Doug credits his mother Mary Ann Roesch of Irondequoit for his lifelong love of books. "As far back as I can remember, my mother would always bring home books from our local library and encourage us to read. When we couldn't pick out books personally, she would pick out books she thought we might be interested in. More often than not, she hit the nail on the head. She remains a voracious reader to this day. We often suggest books to each other and I've even turned her on to the milder Stephen King books in recent years."

Doug currently lives in West Henrietta with his wife Rhonda and their twin boys Alex, a freshman at RIT, and Ben, a freshman at Syracuse University. His interests include genealogy, games, movies, and his beloved (but frustrating) Buffalo Bills.

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Sharon McCullough (2017-2021)

Board Member

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Sharon grew up in various towns southwest of Rochester, including Wheatland, Caledonia and LeRoy. She fondly remembers visiting her local libraries and the Henrietta Public Library as a child. Some of her childhood favorites include the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones, and the Emily of New Moon series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Sharon started working in Henrietta in 1994 and eventually moved to Henrietta in 2003. She now works at the University of Rochester as an administrator in higher education.

Sharon’s hobbies include learning, reading, gardening, reading about gardening, her dog, reading about dogs, Buddhist psychology, reading Buddhist psychology, listening to audio books, managing her goodreads account, and hanging out at the library with her fellow trustees.

Sharon received her Associates Degree from Genesee Community College, her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport, and her Master of Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. She is currently working towards her Doctor of Education at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

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Laura Osterhout (2017-2021)

Board Member

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Laura grew up in the Finger Lakes and has lived in NYS her whole life. She has lived and worked in many places in upstate NY, including: Albany, Brockport, Buffalo, Elmira, Rochester, and Seneca Falls. She moved to West Henrietta in 2011 with her husband, Jay and son, Trace.

Laura is the Member Services Librarian at the Rochester Regional Library Council in Fairport, a non-profit membership organization serving the needs of all types of libraries. She manages all office IT, helps members complete digitization projects, schedules continuing education and training classes for library staff, and works collaboratively with colleagues across the state on a variety of projects. Before moving to Henrietta, Laura and her family lived in Buffalo for seven years. Laura received her Master of Library Science from the University at Buffalo in 2005, and has held various positions in libraries over the years.

Laura began reading at the age of 4, and her earliest and fondest memories are of her parents reading to her. Her favorite book as a young child was "Chicken Little," and she loved to run around saying "the sky is falling!" At the age of 8, Laura's parents made a deal with her - she could take out any book from the library that she wanted, as long as she could read and understand the words. So began a long reading affair with R.L. Stine, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. She struck the same deal with her son, Trace, who also shares a love of spooky stories.

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Linda Szczesniak (2017-2019)

Board Member

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Linda Szczesniak has been a resident of Henrietta for over 30 years. She and her husband, Peter, are the parents of Tyler, Amanda, and Austin, all Rush-Henrietta graduates.

Linda received an Associate's Degree from Alfred State and a Bachelor's Degree from RIT and has worked for Stantec Consulting Services for twenty-seven years.

Generously sharing her time and skills, Linda volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House within Strong Hospital and as a cuddler in Strong's NICU. She also is an usher for the Rochester Broadway Theater League.  

An avid reader, Linda is an active participant in a neighborhood book club. She loves to discover new authors, but does not have a favorite author, and loves to read anything and everything. 

 

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Janet Zinck

Town Board Liaison to the Library

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Janet Zinck grew up in Henrietta, graduated from the Rush-Henrietta School District, and chose Henrietta as the place that she and her husband Bob would live and raise their four daughters, Leslie, Allison, Meagan, and Rebecca. Henrietta has been good to them, and they have lived by the philosophy that part of living in a great community involves being active in that community. “You can’t just take without giving something back.”

Janet has been a Councilwoman on the Town Board of Henrietta since 2002. In addition, she teaches in the Department of Hospitality at Monroe Community College. “What is so special about these career paths is that they all involve helping people. It is so important to love what you do, and to feel that what you do makes a difference.”

Janet is excited to continue as liaison to the Library Board. She is quick to add that “this is one of the most dedicated group of individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I have always felt that the Henrietta Library does an exceptional job. I hold them up as an example of exceptional customer service in my sales classes at the college. I look forward to continuing to work with this exceptional Board as we work together to continue to make this a library to be proud of.”

Janet received her Associates Degree from Monroe Community College, her Bachelor’s Degree from Nazareth College, and her Master’s Degree from the State University at Brockport.