About the Library

Board Documents

Trustees

Laura Osterhout (2017-2021)

President

Laura Osterhout

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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David McNitt (2017-2021)

Vice-President

David McNitt

  • 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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Doug Roesch (2016-2020)

Treasurer

Doug Roesch

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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Linda Szczesniak (2020-2024)

Secretary

Linda Szczesniak

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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Shamika Fusco (2020-2023)

Board Member


Shamika Fusco has been a resident of Henrietta since 2016. She and her husband, Leo, are the proud parents of a blended family. Children include Amarianna, Ahshle, Aiyana & Jaida. Amarianna is a new student in the Henrietta School district and attends Burger.

Shamika received a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport in Interdisciplinary Arts and a  Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Buffalo. Shamika is a librarian in the Rochester Public Library System and is a site supervisor at the Lyell Branch. Shamika has worked in the library system for 10 years.

Shamika can often be seen supporting events in and around the Rochester community. She is heavily involved with her sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Shamika is a lifelong learner and is always looking for opportunities to better herself or her community. She enjoys African American literature as well as self-help books. 

 

Sharon McCullough (2017-2021)

Board Member

Sharon McCullough

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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Martina Thompson (2018-2022)

Board Member

Martina Thompson

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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LISA BOLZNER (2020-)

Town Board Liaison

 

Lisa Bolzner is our Town Board Representative.  She has lived in Henrietta most of her life graduating from high school in 1980.  She continued on at College and received her degree in Business Administration.  Lisa has two adult children Ashley and Erik who were raised in the community and 3 granddaughters.  Lisa has been a licensed Realtor in the area for nearly 30 years, and finds great pride in introducing clients, and customers to the town.  She also serves on the Comida Board for Monroe County, and was on the Bicentennial Committee for Henrietta which helped raise funds for the Library. 

Lisa has been a member of Calvary Community Church in Henrietta for over 15 years where she attends and volunteers.

I have always loved the library, growing up you could find me reading multiple books at a time.  I loved the ability to read a book and go on a adventure.  I instilled the love of reading in my children and enjoy watching that continue with my grandchildren.  I really enjoy bringing my grandchildren to the library whether it be storytime, special events or playing and choosing special books to take home.  Many people think a library is just books, but the Henrietta Library is so much more than that, and our amazing staff continues to expand on the resources available.