Meet the Board

Valerie Catlin, President. Valerie worked for the Mohawk Valley Library System for over 35 years and recently retired. She has worked for the Friends book sales for many years, and was Friends newsletter editor at one time; she served several previous terms on the Friends Board of Directors, and was president for two terms.

Shawn Marie Schultz, 2nd Vice President, Head of On Line Books, Associate Director at Whitney Book Corner in charge of special events, book sale volunteer;  council member of Rotterdam Conservation Advisory Council and member of Friends of the Aquifer. Favorite things: riding motorcycles , computer games and shopping with my granddaughters.

Nancy Virkler – Treasurer, book sorter, book sale volunteer. Retired in 2008 after 35 years in banking industry. Fun facts/favorite things – I have an extraordinary interest in Michelangelo ever since seeing the Pieta in 1964. Love crafts and hiking – I’m an Adirondack Mt. 46er!

Patricia Stearns
– Board Director, book sorter, clerk at Whitney Book Corner. I have lived in the Rotterdam/Schenectady area since 1950 and retired from the Golub Corporation in 2009 after 36 years of service. I am a Red Hatter and active in our church organization. I like gardening, reading, and shopping.

Charlene Roman
, Manager of the Whitney Book Corner. Retired from retail management after 30+ years, including Bradlees, Barnes and Noble and Waldenbooks; substitute elementary school teacher. Favorite things: my granddaughter, who has Angelman Syndrome, working with the FAST organization to raise money for research and reading and music.

Madelyn Thorne,
Board Director, Secretary, RFID volunteer, Whitney Book Corner Volunteer and Book Sale Cashier and Clean-Up Drudge. Also on the Upper Union Street BID, Boards for The Umbrella of the Capital District and Habitat for Humanity. Member of the Tuesday night book club. Favorite things: reading, crossword puzzles and music.


Chris Witkowski,  Publicity Chair, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster. Retired New York State space planner and project manager. Fun facts/favorite things – grew up in a household that received five newspapers a day-no wonder I love words! Favorite thing -spending time with my adorable granddaughter, Imojean.


Geri Mulligan. Board director, coordinator of Noon Programs (2017-2018), volunteer at the Whitney Book Corner, Book sale committee, book sorter, literacy tutor. A fun fact: recently became a fan of the roll playing game Mice and Mystics.



Bob Symons, Board Director, Book Sale Committee; semi-retired building contractor; past president/teacher at Adirondack Bible College; ordained elder in the Evangelical Wesleyan Church. Favorite things: books, gardening, hunting/fishing, woodworking, grandchildren.



Donna Fairlee, Board Director.  Donna is a native to Schenectady. She worked for the Schenectady County Public Library, the NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles and retired from the Schenectady City School District. For over 10 years Donna was organist at Stanford United Methodist Church and Trinity Methodist Church. Donna and Bill both enjoy working the Friends book sales and she has volunteered at the Whitney Book Corner for the past 2 years.

Chris Makofski, Board Director Chris has lived in the Schenectady area for most of her life. Retired now, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and volunteering at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, the Zion Lutheran Church, the Central Park Rose Garden, Birthday Buddies, and at the Whitney Book Corner as a regular and a sub.

Norrine Thompson, Board Director. Retired from Albany Medical College after a 31 year tenure in the Microbiology Deptartment. She works at the Whitney Book Corner, chairs the Friends Membership Committee, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, tutors basic computer skills at the Schenectady Library and volunteers at her church as a Liturgical Minister.


Bobbi Richardson, Board Director. A native of Michigan, I moved to Boston and then Schenectady.  I volunteer with the Master Gardeners, AAUW and the Whitney Book Corner.  As a retired teacher, I enjoy reading, gardening, photography and travel.  I love photographing the world.  Favorite activity:  sharing books with my grandchildren.

Linda Ward, Board Director.  Linda has lived in the Schenectady area for over 50 years.  Retired from private practice and the Free Health clinic as a psychologist, she enjoys time volunteering at the library as a sorter, as a cashier for the book sales, and at the Whitney book store, Home Furnishings, the SICM Food Pantry, AAUW, and the Center for Community Justice, where she is also a board member. Linda is also the liason for the Niskayuna branch library.