Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees create, the basic policies of the Library being sure to stay within
(1) the appropriation and budgeting of funds
(2) the establishment and maintenance of libraries and library services
(3) the acquisition, improvement, maintenance, insurance, use, and disposition of properties
(4) the hiring, compensation, and responsibilities of, and the personnel practices concerning, librarians and other employees
(5) the selection, collection, lending, and disposition of books and other library material
(6) the acceptance of gifts.
The policies determined by the Board shall remain in effect until changed or rescinded by further action of the Board and shall be administered by the library staff.
Matt Butler (Term expires 2025)
Mr. Butler has worked at Community Counseling Center for nearly fifteen years. He currently supervises Substance Use Disorder Services at that agency. Mr. Butler sits on the Ethics Committee for the National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter.
He also teaches graduate-level courses as an Adjunct Instructor at Case Western Reserve University. Matt is passionate about reading, learning, and the power of collective impact. He lives in Ashtabula with his wife of 21 years and his two dogs.
Misty Eckart (Term expires 2023)
Misty has more than 20 years of experience in Finance and Technology, including external and internal audit, and finance leadership roles with and EY, Deloitte & Touche, and currently with Protiviti. Protiviti is a global consulting firm headquartered in California, with 80 offices in 20 countries across the world that provides consulting solutions in internal audit, risk and compliance, technology, business processes, data analytics and finance.
As a Senior Director of Finance, Misty partners with Protiviti’s Executive Leadership team to establish and execute the strategic direction of the company’s accounting and finance function, and overall alignment of financial direction of the company with short and long term strategic goals.
Over the last 17 years, Misty has played an integral role in building Protiviti from the ground up. She was so proud when Protiviti made it on the first Fortune’s 100 best places to work list 6 years ago and has stayed on it every year since, thanks to the emphasis put on the culture of recognition and employee empowerment. Misty leads her team with Protiviti’s core values of integrity, innovation and inclusion and she tries to bring these ideals and perspectives to the Library Board.
Misty has been a resident of Harpersfield since 2014 after spending 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and 2 years in Chicago. Misty was born and raised on a dairy farm in Trumbull County and holds a BBA in Accounting and Business Pre-Law with a minor in Information Systems from Ohio University.
Misty has been a Board Member with ACDL since 2015, serving most recently as Vice President and chair of the Finance Committee.
Misty is an avid traveler both professionally and personally, which includes checking out public libraries around the country and sharing ideas. In her free time, she can be found cycling on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail with her husband Eddy, and spending time baking, crafting, and reading with their four nieces and nephews.
Susan Avsec (Term expires 2021)
Susan Avsec is currently retired having 35 years of professional experience. She and her husband, Tom, live in Austinburg and have two grown sons who reside in the Chicago area.
Ms. Avsec was a member of the Booz Allen Hamilton Decision Analytics team, specializing in asset accounting and federal property management. She had ten years of experience as an asset manager at a Department of Energy remediation site where she was engaged in Property, Plant, and Equipment valuation and reporting per Department of Energy and U. S Government standards. She most recently was special assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at the NASA Glenn Research Center where she was responsible for program and project management services and integrated project master scheduling. She also has twenty years of experience in project management and program development in academic and corporate environments, including experience in research design, experimentation, statistical analysis, and data evaluation in both scientific and business disciplines. A recognized expert in federal asset management, she was a founding member of ASTM Committee 53 Personal Property Management, which writes property management standards for industry, government and the university sectors.
Education: M.B.A. Cleveland State University, M.S. Purdue University, B.S. Hiram College, Hiram
Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP) PROSCI Change Management
Current Volunteer Work: Chair, Austinburg Township Zoning Board of Appeals Ashtabula County District Library Board
Carmen Hamper (Term expires 2020)
Carmen Hamper is an attorney and Guardian ad Litem.
She is a human rights advocate and volunteers with several anti-trafficking organizations in Northeast Ohio.
She believes in community and spends time volunteering with local organizations and serving as a mentor with Torchlight Youth Alliance.
She believes in libraries and loves reading and learning new things. She lives in Saybrook with her amazing family.
Rev. Christopher McCain (Term expires 2021)
Rev. Christopher McCain was born & raised in Ashtabula a 1991 graduate of Bushnell Christian Academy in Conneaut, Ohio. After High School enrolled in World Harvest Bible Institute in Columbus, OH. where he specialized in Biblical Studies/Biblical Eldership, from there he attended Cuyahoga Community College pursuing an associates degree in English/Philosophy, he later attended Andersonville Theological Seminary doing a dual program in Pastoral Counseling/Specialized Ministries. Rev. Christopher McCain is also a Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Following Pastorates in Youngstown, OH., Madison, OH., & Cleveland, OH. he returned home to Ashtabula,OH. where he currently serves as the Senior Pastor/Teacher at Second Congregational Church in the historic harbor district of Ashtabula. Besides ACDL Board Rev. McCain serves on multiple other county & city boards & committees, while also serving as the President of the Ashtabula Area Ministerial Alliance (AAMA), which is the largest interfaith ministerial alliance in the county.
Rev. McCain is also a proud graduate of the 2004 class of LEADERship Ashtabula County. Outside of his many community services & boards, he enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle & daughter Breanna, & playing golf with the amazing & inspirational fellas in his life.
Irene Skleres (Term expires 2022)
I am very passionate for our beloved Ashtabula County and all of the resources our county can offer. My love for books started very early in life growing up on a farm here in this beautiful county. Just opening a book I could travel to far away islands, foreign countries and magical worlds. Books helped me create who I am and develop a passion for reading and lifelong learning. Irene understands the need for educational and learning opportunities our libraries can bring to everyone. Our libraries are the key of our communities and provide access to materials and valuable resources to all community members. My focus is to help everyone understand that the library remains a valued and important part of our community.
Work: She currently works as a Senior Academic Advisor and Career Advisor for Kent State University at Ashtabula
Education: Irene earned her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Ohio University and a Master’s of Education in Counseling from Youngstown State University
Community: Irene is active volunteer in her community. She currently serves on the Ashtabula County United Way Board, ACCESS Board, and a Ashtabula County LEADERship graduate of 2012
Thomas Westlake (Term expires 2026)
Mr. Westlake was first appointed to the ACDL Board in 2011 and served as president of the Board from 2015 through 2017 during the remodeling and construction at the Geneva and Ashtabula Public Libraries.
He retired from the United States Postal Service with 30 years of service in 2003 after serving as the Postmaster of Ashtabula, Ohio for 11 years.
Prior to this he was the Associate Office Coordinator for the Cleveland Postal District where he assisted the Director of Field Operations in running the 52 post offices in Northeast Ohio with a 440 zip code. He served three years in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972 for a total of 33 years of federal service.
He graduated from Cleveland State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Business Management degree. His volunteer experience includes serving as past board president of the Lake County Chapter of the American Red Cross, five years on the Ashtabula County Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee and numerous church mission trips. He enjoys reading, working on antique and collector cars, attending car shows, and doing DIY home improvement projects. Mr. Westlake is a resident of Austinburg, Ohio.
All board meetings are on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the board area of the Administrative floor at our Ashtabula location unless otherwise indicated below.
Board Meeting dates:
- January 15, 2020
- January 22, 2020 (Special Board Meeting, Meeting Room A)
- Board Retreat (The Lodge, Geneva-on-the-lake) Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:30am-12:00pm
- March 18, 2020 (Geneva Library meeting room)
- April 15, 2020
- May 20, 2020
- June 17, 2020
- July 15, 2020 (Geneva Library meeting room)
- August 19, 2020
- September 16, 2020
- October 21, 2020 (Geneva Library meeting room)
- November 18, 2020
- December 16, 2020