Meet the Board

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; organizer of the Junior Friends of SCPL and, along with Charlene Roman, creator of the Harry Potter Day; member of Friends of the Aquifer. Favorite things: riding motorcycles , computer games and shopping with my granddaughters


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


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,  1st Vice President, manager of the Whitney Book Corner, online books, Book Sale committee, co-founder, along with Shawn Schultz, of Harry Potter Day.  Retired from retail management after 30+ years, relocated to Schenectady from Connecticut. Favorite things: my granddaughter, who has Angelman Syndrome, , going places with the Red Hats, reading and listening to music.

Val Catlin, Board Director, Past President. Valerie 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 as president. She worked for the Mohawk Valley Library System for over 35 years.

Chris Witkowski,  Board Director, 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.

Dick Shave, Board Secretary.  Works as a Scanner on Shawn’s on-line team.  A Schenectadian since 1986, he retired from a wide variety of short careers to establish himself as a dilettante and man-about-town.  Does projects for League of Women Voters, sits on the Community Police Review Board, and is active as a Social Engineer

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.

Janice Walz, Winter Concert Series Coordinator.Janice is a retired teacher who loves music of all types.  She sings with the Octavo Singers, participates in musical theater productions when possible, and is a member the local German American Club. Other hobbies include crewing for hot air balloons, knitting, traveling, and doing social ministry work at her church.   As coordinator for the Beat the Snow Concert Series, it is Janice’s responsibility to contact local musicians and schedule concerts every Sunday from January through March.  She tries to balance favorites with new acts each year.  A big thank-you to all the participating musicians.

Charlie Richardson, Treasurer. Charlie deposits monies, writes checks for Friends sponsored programs, prepares financial statements for the Friends Board, pays sales taxes to New York State, and balances the books.  Charlie recently retired from Schenectady County Community College as VP of Administration and Treasurer.   His favorite pastime is reading history.