Directors

 

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President - Joanne Masten

Joanne Masten was born and raised in Smyrna and graduated from John Bassett Moore High in 1966. She is married with one son, four grandchildren, three great grandson and a pooch, Muffin. Joanne worked for 41 years for Hercules Incorporated in Wilmington, DE and traveled extensively throughout the world as Manager of Customer Care. Joanne retired September 30, 2010. Joanne’s hobbies include traveling and boating. She is active in the community, including serving as a Kent County Levy Court Commissioner for District ! for a term of four years. Joanne also served two years as a Smyrna Town Councilperson and two terms as Mayor of the Town of Smyrna. Joanne is a charter member of Smyrna High School Alumni Assoc., Secretary of Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association and is a board member of Belmont Hall, Kent Economic Partnership, and Lillian Smith Senior Center and a member of Duck Creek Historical Society. Due to her love for her community she also finds the time to lead Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library.

 

 

 

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Vice President - Pat Musto

Pat is a native Delawarean and has spent most of her life in her hometown of Smyrna. After graduating from Smyrna High School she attended Delaware Beauty College and started her own business, Talk of the Town Hair Stylists in 1973. She has two children, Kevin and Amy, who also work in the Smyrna area. Amy is a Math Specialist at Clayton Elementary School and Kevin owns Atlantic Apothecary pharmacy in Smyrna.

 

 

 

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SECRETARY - Nancy Swift

Nancy is a native of Delaware. She moved from Wilmington to Clayton 12 years ago to be near her daughter and grandchildren. She graduated from Goldey-Beacom with a business degree. She retired from Flight Safety International.   Nancy has been a volunteer for many years. She volunteered at the Newark Senior Center, blood bank Bay Health and Read A Loud. Nancy enjoys reading and is fully committed to building a new library.

 

 

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Treasurer - Dana Wattay

Dana Wattay is a native of Delmarva, and resident of Smyrna. He graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Accounting and thereafter pursued his C.P.A. license. Dana currently owns his own Certified Public Accounting firm, Wattay Accounting and Financial Strategies, located in Smyrna, DE. He is a member of the Delaware Society of Public Accountants, as well as the AICPA. Dana currently serves on the board of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, is a member of Smyrna-Clayton Rotary and the Dover chapter of BNI. Outside of his professional career, Dana has a great love of music and has played in the Praise Band and Asbury United Methodist Church for 12 years now. Dana and his wife Molly have 4 children, 3 in college, all of whom graduated from Smyrna High School, and the youngest at Smyrna Elementary School

 

 

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Director - Regina Brown

Regina has resided in Smyrna since 1987 when she married the late Col. Kenneth P. Brown. She has 2 sons, 3 daughters, and 4 grandchildren. After graduating from St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington in 1959, she was employed by E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co. as a benefits analyst and an executive secretary. Upon her voluntary early retirement in 1992, she enrolled at Delaware State University where she graduated with honors in 1997 with a degree in accounting. She was recruited by J. P. Morgan Chase where she worked as a tax assistant, chargeback analyst, and in general ledger reconciliation. She once again retired in 2005.
Regina was Town of Smyrna Vice Mayor from 2012-16 and District 1 Councilwoman from 2010-16 when she chaired the following committees/commissions: Economic Development, Personnel, Design & Construction of Police Building, Charter Review, Ethics, Shade Tree, and Chief of Police Search. She was also a member of the Finance Committee and AFSCME & FOP Unions Negotiating Team as well as being Council Liaison to the Smyrna Public Library. Currently, she is District 1 representative on the Kent County Library Advisory Committee.
Regina is affiliated with the following organizations: Friends of Belmont Hall as co-founder and Vice President, Delaware State Association of Parliamentarians as Treasurer, National Garden Clubs, Inc., Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs as secretary to the Flower Show Judges Council, Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs as former Executive Director, Duck Creek Gardeners as co-founder and former president, and life member of Duck Creek Historical Society. Regina is a member of The Book Club in Smyrna; and she maintains a keen interest in antiques, especially those related to Delaware. She is looking forward to the day when the Duck Creek Regional Library is a reality in Downtown Smyrna.

 

 

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Director - Marion Casella

Marion has lived in Delaware for five years after moving from New Jersey. She leaves behind in Jersey two sons and two granddaughters. Her husband’s business remains in New Jersey. She attended Bergen Community College, Montclair State College and William Paterson College. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for almost thirty-five years. She became involved with the mission to build a new library when she met Ruth Ashby, and worked in the Friends Book store in Dover. She loves reading and gardening.

 

 

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DIRECTOR - Marjorie Chappel

Marjorie Chappel is married to Luke Chappel. They are the parents of four grown children and the grandparents of eight. She graduated from Coleman Elementary School, Wilmington High School, the University of Delaware, and Washington College. She retired in 2006 after 39 years of teaching in Delaware. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
Marjorie is a busy volunteer. She has received many academic and community awards. Lay Servant Marjorie Chappel uses her gifts and talents at Centennial UMC, in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church, and in the community. She is the past delegate to Annual Conference, serves on the CARE Team, helps teach required training workshops to clergy and laity, and volunteers with Code Purple Emergency Shelters. Marjorie Chappel has received the Order of Barnabas Award for service and the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism from the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. She has received evangelism training. Her joy is in outreach and helping others.

 

 

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Director - Ann Henning

Ann is a retired ceramic artist and Registered Dental Assistant. She and her husband of 51 years have one grown son and one grandson. While residing in Glasgow, Delaware, she served on the Perch Creek Maintenance Corporation’s Board of Directors in various offices, including Vice President and Secretary. A Smyrna resident since 2003, Ann has served on the Town of Smyrna Long Range Planning Subcommittee. She is a founding member of the SPLG and served as the first President of the group and currently serves as the SPLG Archivist.

 

 

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Director - Jerry Henning

Jerry served in the Air Force for five years including time in Vietnam. He spent several years as an independent trucker as an owner/operator before becoming an instructor in the trades in the School District of Philadelphia where he worked for 31 years. He retired in 2007 and had also acquired a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University. He as also a Scout Master for a very active troop for approximately seven years. Since moving from Glasgow to Smyrna in 2003, he became a member of the Harmony Lodge #13 and has been active for over ten years.

 

 

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Director - Charlotte Middleton

Charlotte was born in Philadelphia PA and graduated from Bok High School. In 1970 she graduated from Helen Fuld School of Nursing and also has an Associate degree from Camden County College where she was on the Dean’s List. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Thomas Edison University and a Master Degree in Community Health and Nursing Education from West Chester University. She has been employed as a Home Care Nurse Case Manager at Bayada Home Health Care Service and as a Nurse Manager at Regal Height Rehab & Long-Term Care. Charlotte is Board Certified as a Medical Surgical Nurse. She was also an adjunct Professor at Widener University School of Nursing. She has been honored by receiving recognition as Outstanding Clinical Excellence as a Nursing Student in PSY Nursing, Unsung Hero Award by Kent County Republicans, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Community Health Nurse, Certificate of Appreciation for Medical Surgical Nurse. Other appointments include Board Member of Smyrna Clayton Boys and Girls Club, Chairperson of District 28 Republican Committee and has been a candidate for School Board in Black Wood, New Jersey, Kent County Levy Court District 1 Commissioner and DE District 28 House of Representatives. She is a Board Member of Academy of Medical Nurses and serves as Treasurer. She is also Chairperson of the Slum Clearance and Redevelopment Committee for the Town of Smyrna. Charlotte is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and the Delaware Board of Nursing.

 

 

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Director - Beverly Ratty

We moved to Clayton in 2004 from Staten Island, NY and love living in a small town. I am an avid reader and am looking forward to being part of our beautiful new library

 

 

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DIRECTOR - Jane Schneider

Jane is originally from Fairmount, West Virginia where she grew up with four brothers and four sisters. She graduated from Grafton High School in 1959 and moved to Washington, D.C. where she met her husband of 54 years, Roger. They have four children Roger, Sunday, Jeanette, and Sarah, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. They moved to Delaware in 1966 to be closer to her husband’s family. They lived in Claymont, DE for ten years and then moved to Smyrna in 1976. Jane has always been involved with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and their school activities. When her youngest grandson was in kindergarten she became involved with the foster grandparent program and for the past 15 years has been a foster grandmother to many children at North Elementary School. In 2008, she started working at the Smyrna Public Library. In 2013, she was chosen for the Delaware American Mother of Achievement. Everyone knows Jane as “me-mom,” a name given to her by a granddaughter. All the children call her by this name and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Jane is a cancer survivor and participates in the Relay for Life. She is also currently active with Asbury Methodist Church, Blackbird Club and is a strong advocate and board member for the Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library.

 

 

 

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Director - Darlene Sullivan

Darlene Siler Sullivan was born and raised in Troy Alabama. She moved to Smyrna in 1981. Darlene is a Member of Powerhouse Ministries and an Ordained Deacon. Darlene volunteered and volunteers with many charitable organizations.

 

 

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Director - June Wicks

My passion is education and leading others to become as passionate as I am about learning. My other passions are spending time with family and friends, exploring new things, taking classes, flower arranging, and reading.
After 31 years in education for the Smyrna School District, I retired on July 1, 2020. During my time with the Smyrna School District, I took on the following positions: Paraprofessional Elementary Teacher Reading Specialist Supervisor of Reading and Instruction Director of Curriculum and Instruction. I currently hold the following: Bachelor’s Degree of Education Master’s Degree of Reading Instruction Master’s Degree in School Leadership.
I am a wife, mother of two sons and a daughter, mother-in-law to two daughters-in-law and a son-in-law, and grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren.

 

 

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Fundraising Consultant - Kay Wheatley

Kay Wheatley is a native Delawarean, having been born and raised in Rehoboth Beach. Kay is familiar with the fundraising business, as that has been the family business since 1954. She earned her business degree with a marketing concentration from Salisbury State University. Kay worked for the Outlets in Rehoboth Beach and was responsible for their property management, marketing and leasing. For 10 years, she was part owner of a construction company, where she gained valuable knowledge of the construction industry. In 2011, Kay started her own fundraising and development consulting business, Giving in the Spirit. Over the years, Kay has been involved in many non-profits and currently serves as on the Board of Trustees for Rehoboth Beach District Library and is a director on the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Board. Because of work and life experiences, Kay brings a unique perspective to the table and loves working with non-profits in order to help them make their dreams become a reality, especially libraries. Kay is most proud of her daughter, Emily, and the woman she has become. Kay’s wish for Emily is that her life is as rewarding as Kay’s has been.

 

 

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IN MEMORIAM: Mary Turner

November 22, 1948 - August 29, 2016

Mary M. Turner grew up in Smyrna. Every Tuesday and Friday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. would find her at the Smyrna Public Library pursuing her goal of “reading every book on the shelves.” Since leaving Smyrna, she has had a varied career including Costume Designer of more than three hundred Equity and non-Equity productions for a variety of theatres and stars including Jose Ferrer and Melina Kanakaredes. She was also Associate Professor and Technical Design Coordinator for the Fine, Applied and Performing Arts Department of Point Park University; President of Faculty Senate; and the author of America’s Forgotten Leading Ladies (MacFarland) and a number of academic papers. After leaving academia, she was the first Executive Director of the Smyrna Opera House serving for the decade that spanned the grand re-opening to the celebration of the 10th season of entertainments in the historic structure. She was a past president of the Board of the DCRL&CC, a writer and freelance grants consultant.