About the Library

Board Documents

Trustees

Linda Szczesniak (2020-2024)

President

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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Sharon McCullough (2017-2021)

Treasurer

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)

Secretary

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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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. 

 

Nykki Matthews (2021-2025)

Board Member

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Nykki was born in Florida and raised in New York. She has fond memories from her childhood in the early 90’s, of going to the library on Arnett Street in Rochester. She recalls the librarians and staff, and how the library afforded access and opportunity to explore reading and connecting with others living in the 19th Ward the best! Fast-forward to joining the Board of Trustees at the Henrietta Public Library, she calls it an honor to continue providing fond memories and strengthening the awareness of how the library can continue to be the cornerstone of a community and beyond.

After graduating from the RCSD, she went on to pursue post-secondary education ultimately earning a Master's of Science in School Counseling from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, a Bachelor's of Science from Buffalo State College in Sociology and an Associate's Degree from Monroe Community College in Liberal Arts. As an educator, counselor, coach, and mentor, Nykki enjoys listening to individuals and hearing their perspectives on various topics. She considers listening and building relationships her superpowers. She is also the author of a children’s book series that aspires to bring awareness to matters concerning diversity and inclusion while promoting the importance of a positive self-image and self-acceptance.

Nykki lives in Henrietta with her husband, Tori, and their children. She says that she is afforded the best ‘view’ of life and learns daily from her beautiful and kind boys: Myles, Christian, and Wells.

 

Brandon West (2021-2022)

Board Member

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Brandon was a long-time Michigander before moving to New York and establishing his residence in Henrietta in 2015. He moved here to pursue his career as an academic librarian in the SUNY system after earning his Master of Library ScienceBecause of his career, he strongly believes public libraries are essential for connecting people to information, ideas, and the community. 

 

Brandon manages the references services and library instruction program at SUNY Geneseo’s college libraryAside from teaching students research skills, he produces scholarship and presents about it nationallyHe is most proud of the two books he published through the Association of College & Research Libraries. In 2019, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship for his many contributions and accomplishments. He is also an advocate of the LGBTQ+ community and strives to promote acceptance, understanding, and equality; one way he does this is by serving as a Safe Zone facilitator to teach people about LGBTQ+ concepts.  

 

Brandon loves living in Henrietta for many reasons – one being access to all the great local parks for hiking. Other reasons include great neighbors, a wide variety of restaurants, and living five minutes away from Wegman’s! In his free time, Brandon enjoys traveling with his husband, making improvements to home, and watching movies.  

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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.