Directors

 

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President - Lisa Stonesifer

Born and raised in Dover, DE Lisa Stonesifer has had a lifelong obsession with reading. She will read anything she can get her hands on and has fond memories as a child of waiting for her book of the month to arrive, so she could read the latest Nancy Drew Mystery. Lisa truly believes that libraries are the cornerstone of a community and she is excited to be a part of the group responsible for bringing a larger, updated library to the town of Smyrna.
Lisa served in the USAF from 1986 until 1992 as a pharmacy technician and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  During her time in the Air Force she was promoted early, recognized for leadership skills and received numerous awards which include the AF Commendation Medal.
Lisa graduated from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 1995 where she held officer positions in both local and national Pharmacy organizations.
Lisa returned to Delaware in 2000 and served on the Delaware Pharmacists Society Board of Directors for eight years.  She was President of DPS from 2004 to 2006 and also sits on the board of directors for the DE Pharmacists Educational Center.
Since moving to Smyrna in 2006, Lisa has been an active member of the Duck's Unlimited Quack Pack, the Holly's Club of Smyrna, and since 2012, the Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library.
Lisa and her husband Craig own a 25 acre horse farm and they breed and show Reining horses.  Lisa served on the board of the Virginia Reining Horse Association from 2010 to 2012.
Lisa has one sister, Kelly who lives in Smyrna with her husband Chad and their three sons; twins Cole and Chase (14) and Cody (12).

 

 

 

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Vice President - Joanne Masten

Joamme Masten was born and raised in Smyrna and graduated from John Bassett Moore High School in 1966.
Married with one son, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and a pooch, Muffin, Joanne worked 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. 
Active in the community, Joanne is a charter member of Smyrna High School Alumni Assoc., Board Member, Friends of Belmont Hall, Secretary of Smyrna Downtown Renassaince Association, Member Kent Economic Partnership, Vice President of Duck Creek Regional Library, Board Member, Lillian Smith Senior Center, and Member Duck Creek Historical Society.

 

 

 

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SECRETARY - Pat Young

Pat Young has been a member of the Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library for three years and a Board member since 2015. She currently serves as Co-Vice President and Membership chair.
Pat currently manages the resource collection for the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, a position she has held for over eleven years. Prior to that, she worked as a school library media assistant at Middletown High School. Her library career spans over twenty years and has been spent in high school and university libraries in New York state and Delaware.
In addition, Pat is a founding member and current chair of the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT), a statewide organization that works with libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies on emergency and disaster preparedness. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College and a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware where she also completed the certificate program in Museum Studies.
Pat is a lifelong user and supporter of libraries and she looks forward to the new and expanded Duck Creek Regional Library and all that it will bring to our community.

 

 

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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 - Ruth Ashby

Ruth Ashby is currently retired from the Appoquinimink School District and works part-time with Special Needs students. Her career in libraries included eight years with New Castle County Public Libraries and fifteen years in Delaware Public School libraries. She continues to be involved in libraries by serving on the Board of the Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library as the Events Director and, also, on the Board of the Friends of Dover Library, co-managing their Book Shop.
Active in her community, Ruth volunteers as a member of the Friends of Killen’s Pond State Park as their Web Master and in a variety of other activities. She has spent a considerable amount of time since her retirement as a volunteer for Find-a-Grave, an online grave-site memorial database, documenting the final resting places of Delawareans, with a focus in Kent County. She enjoys genealogy, art, museums, travel, good meals, and new experiences and is a staunch supporter of Nature, Wildlife and the Environment.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Ruth has considered herself a Delawarean since she first moved here in 1970. She holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Delaware and is certified by the State of Delaware as a Library Media Specialist. She raised her family here, and three of her four children and their families continue to call Delaware “home.”

 

 

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Director - Marion Casella

Bio coming soon!

 

 

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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 - Katie Gibbs-Polkinghorne

Bio coming soon!

 

 

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Director - Ann Henning

Ann Henning 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, Ann served on the Perch Creek Maintenance Corporation’s Board of Directors in various offices, including Vice President, and Secretary. A Smyrna resident since 2003, Mrs. Henning has served on the Town of Smyrna Long Range Planning Subcommittee. Mrs. Henning 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 - Pat Musto

Pat is a native Delawarean. Spent most of her life in her hometown Smyrna. Graduated from Smyrna high school, 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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Director - Beverly Ratty

Bio coming soon!

 

 

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DIRECTOR - Jane Schneider

Jane Lough Schneider, born on October 24, 1941 in Fairmount, West Virginia to Waitman & Ida Lough. Jane has 4 brothers and 4 sisters. graduated from Grafton High School in 1959 and moved to Washington, D.C. where she met her husband roger of 54 years. They have 4 children Roger, Sunday, Jeanette, and Sarah - 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. They moved to Delaware in 1966 so that they could be closer to her husband's family. They lived in Claymont, DE for 10 years and then moved to Smyrna, DE in 1976.
Jane has always been involved with her children, grandchildren, and great children with school activities.
In 2002, when the youngest grandson got into kindergarten, one of the foster grandparents at Smyrna Elementary approached Jane about getting into the foster grandparent program since she was already volunteering all the time. Jane has been in the foster grandparent program for 15 years working with the children at North Elementary school. in 2008, she started working at the Smyrna Public Library and has been employed with them for 9 years. in 2013, she was chosen for the Delaware American Mother of Achievement.
Jane is a cancer survivor and participates in the relay for life. She is currently active with Asbury Methodist Church, Blackbird Club, and the new Duck Creek Regional Library.
Everyone also knows Jane as “me-mom". She was given this nickname by her granddaughter, who is now 32 years old, when she was just a little girl. All the children call her by this name and she wouldn't have it any other way.

 

 

 

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Director - 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 FlighySafety 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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Fundraising Consultant - Kay Wheatley

Kay Wheatley is a native Delawarean, having lived in Seaford for the past 32 years, and is currently in the process of moving back to her childhood home of Rehoboth Beach. Kay is familiar with the fundraising business, as that was the family business since 1954. She earned her business degree with a marketing concentration from Salisbury State University. Kay worked for the Rehoboth Outlets 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 President of the Seaford 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 young woman she has become. Kay’s wish for Emily, who is a recent graduate of George Washington Law School, 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.