Board Of Trustees
The Stark County District Library Board of Trustees is a made up of individuals appointed by the Stark County Commissioners and the Court of Common Pleas. They are appointed for seven year terms and hold fiduciary responsibility for the Stark County District Library.
For Stark County District Library Board of Trustees meeting documents, please follow this link to Issuu.com.
2016 meetings and locations - All take place at 5 p.m. in the Board Room of the Main Library at 715 Market Ave, N., Canton, OH 44702
|January 26, 2016
February 16, 2016
March 15, 2016
April 19, 2016
|May 17, 2016
June 21, 2016
July 19, 2016
August (no meeting)
|September 20, 2016
October 18, 2016
November 15, 2016
December 20, 2016
President, Board of Trustees
Stark County District Library
Steve brings smart business strategy to the library board, backed by more than 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, tax strategy, financial accounting and strategic planning.
Joining Bruner Cox LLP in 1978, Steve became a managing partner in 2011. He also leads the firm’s Merger and Acquisition Services Group.
Steve earned a bachelor of science in business administration from University of Akron and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College.
A trustee for the Quest Recovery Services Foundation, Steve is past chairman of Quest Recovery Services, past president of the Jackson Township Rotary Club, board member emeritus and past chairman of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio and past treasurer of The Builders Exchange of East Central Ohio.
Susan’s love of books is rooted in a childhood spent in the stacks of the library searching for the next great read. Her passion for reading led to a career in law, which enables her to provide a smart legal perspective to the board. A partner at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLC, Susan serves as general counsel and as chair of the Employment & Labor Practice Group.
Susan earned a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a bachelor of arts from The Ohio State University. She also studied at the University of Oxford - New College, Oxford, England.
An active member of the community, Susan also currently serves on the GentleBrook board, and is a member of the ninth class of Leadership Stark County.
The library has been a part of Bert’s life since childhood. Growing up in Navarre, a friend’s mother would stand on the corner and watch while Bert and her friend crossed the street on their twice-weekly visits to the library. With those fond memories as a basis, supplemented by a career centered on children, Bert has smart ideas, particularly about family programing and fostering a lifelong love of the library.
A licensed social worker, Bert provides foster, adoptive and kinship parent training for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program through the Institute for Human Services. She is also a substitute teacher for Marlington Local Schools.
Bert lives with her husband and daughter in Marlboro Township.
Library Board Member
Sally feels that her involvement with the Library is a natural next step in her life and that her past experiences have directed her to this challenge. She understands the need for educational and learning opportunities for all members of the community, and feels that the library can meet that need.
Sally retired in June of 2014 from her role as chief magistrate of Stark County Family Court. She served in the court for 21 years following three additional decades of her legal career.
She is active in many organizations, including the Stark State Foundation Board and various arts, social service and educational entities. She was awarded the Victim’s Rights Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the United Way Gold Key award and Woman of the Year by both the YWCA and the Junior League.
Library Board Member
Edmond purposefully lives his life in a way that helps build a smart community and for his efforts, the Canton Repository recently recognized him as one of Stark County’s Top Twenty Under Forty Young Professionals for 2014.
An associate attorney at Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd, Edmond focuses on both prosecuting and defending complex litigation matters. He earned a law degree at the University of Akron School of Law and a bachelor’s of art degree in philosophy and history from Kent State University.
Edmond serves as a councilman for the City of Canton, where he is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he provides pro bono legal service on behalf of public interest groups in Ohio appellate courts as amicus curie; volunteered services for Wills for Heroes Foundation, and served as a member of the Kent State University Stark Chapter Alumni Board.
Library Board Member
Smart diplomacy and problem-solving skills are John’s forte. With a background in politics and labor relations, he brings decades of leadership experience to the board.
John is the former chairman of the seven-member Ohio Elections Commission, one of the state’s most powerful election organizations. He also served as Ward 5 councilman for the City of Canton, and in 2002, he helped guide the city through a financial crisis as the chairman of the finance committee.
John also worked as sub-district director for the United Steelworkers of America and served as president of the USW Golden Lode Local 1123 which represents workers at the Timken Co.
Library Board Member
With smart ties to the community, Shawn O’Brien provides valuable input to the board as a business and community leader, a volunteer and a parent.
Past president of the library board, Shawn has also served as president of the Building Industry Association of Stark County, president of O’Brien Lumber and Construction Co. and as a member of the board of trustees for the Domestic Violence Project.
A graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Shawn earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Xavier University and honed his leadership skills as a member of the second class of Leadership Stark County. He and his wife, Janet, have four children.