Rockbridge Regional Library Board of Trustees

2017 - 2018

Govering Board

CHAIR Bruce McWilliams (Bath)
TREASURER Nick Charles (Lexington)
VICE CHAIRMAN Doug Horan (Rockbridge)
DEPUTY TREASURER Thomas C. Lominac (Buena Vista)

SECRETARY Beverly Slaydon


Bruce McWilliams

Raised in Vermont, Bruce went on to study at Michigan State University where he graduated from the Agricultural College receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business. In 1981, he moved to Bath County, VA and managed the family business at The Inn at Gristmill Square. He recently sold that business to a local Bath County couple who continues the tradition he and his family carried on for 30 years. Bruce currently serves as a Supervisor on the Bath County Board of Supervisors. Prior to his election, Bruce served as an Officer and Director for the Bath County Chamber of Commerce and has been a past member of several regional Inn keeping Associations. In addition to serving as the current Chairman of the Rockbridge Regional Library Board, Bruce is Vice-Chair of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission Board and the Treasurer of the Warm Springs Cemetery Board. Bruce and his wife, Sarah, reside on 105 beautiful acres with their dog and three cats. In his free me, Bruce can o en be found on his tractor mowing hay or down in the barn tinkering with his trucks. He is also an avid mystery reader and has been known on occasion to read literary c on when recommended by his wife.

Cackie Dowd

Cackie Dowd grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Texas A&M University. Cackie moved to the Lexington area in 2004. She has two daughters and enjoys working in her yard and garden. She has been a life-long library lover and joined the Library board in 2012.

Carl Behrens

Carl M. Behrens is a native of Bath County where he and his wife Lila and their beloved dog make their home on the family farm. Carl studied in Vienna Austria and graduated from Washington College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with a degree in Literature and History. He studied investments in New York while working for EF Hutton and Co. in New York, Palo Alto, CA and Washington, DC. Carl has a background in investments and is a supporter of education in the Allegheny Highlands through involvement in foundations. Working with the Rockbridge Library system is a wonderful extension of this passion for education. Reading has fueled his imagination and opens an ever broadening world. Carl feels Rockbridge Regional Library System is a wonderful asset that continues to inspire the community through its programming and outreach.

Doug Horan

Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He served three years as a Naval Officer on guided missile cruisers during the Vietnam War. Doug retired from Unilever/Best Foods after twenty one years as a senior corporate human resources executive. He moved to Rockbridge County with his wife, Linda, in 1999. Doug served on the Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board for several years and assisted their director on various issues. He has also volunteered services to Rockbridge County on the Sign Committee and Growth Planning Committees. He served as a Roving Reader in Buena Vista for a year after first arriving in Rockbridge and then spent 5 years in the library's elementary school literacy program. Doug first joined the library Board in 2011 and served as Chair for three years (2012-2015). Doug and his wife, Linda, have always been active users of library materials and have long understood the value of a library to the community. As chair, his focus has been on improving the library's reputation in the community via the consistent delivery of high quality services. Doug sees it as particularly important that taxpayers and their jurisdictional representatives understand and appreciate the value of library services. He feels community and taxpayer support should never be taken for granted. It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Library Board.

Gail Heslep

Gail is a native of Rockbridge County. She has degrees from James Madison University, Virginia Tech and Longwood University. Gail retired from Rockbridge County Schools after 39 years of service as a classroom teacher, librarian and gifted coordinator. She also worked summers as a driver and tour guide for Lexington Carriage Company as well as VMI’s admissions office. Gail has daughters and three granddaughters.

Janet Bryan

Janet Bryan, Deputy Clerk/Executive Assistant for Bath County Administration moved to Bath County in 1987. She began a career in Sales at the former Bacova Guild. She transitioned to a Sales, Customer Service and Training position with TDS Telecom where her team was chosen for the Inspiring Excellence Award in 2000. In 2004 she was awarded as the company's top revenue producer. Janet accepted her current position with the County of Bath in 2007. She resides in the Ashwood area of Hot Springs with her husband Jay, a Major with the Bath County Sheriff's office. Together they have two grown children Stephanie who lives in Rockbridge County and Jamie who lives in Bath County. Janet is dedicated to serving her community and is active in community redevelopment serving as grant manager for Department of Housing and Community Development funded projects in the Pinehurst and Thomastown communities of Bath County. She serves as a member of the Safehome Systems Board of Directors, a member of Valley Program for Aging Services Local Council, and a member of Rockbridge Regional Library Board of Trustees. In her spare time she likes to read, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with family.

Marjorie Kasch

Marjorie Kasch is a writer and visual artist who has lived in Lexington since 2005. Marjorie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian and Slavic Studies from Harvard University. Trained in Russian and French literature, she worked as a journalist and opinion columnist before turning to symbolist poetry and collage. Marjorie is an insatiable reader, and believes that the public library is an indispensable resource in our community, particularly for children and others just discovering the joys of reading and the wider cultural world. Her particular reading interests are psychology, poetry, biography, spirituality, art, music, and the novel – but she’ll read just about anything! She’s also particularly interested in architecture, Rockbridge County’s natural beauty, and the local music scene. Her two children, now 13 and 15, have been regulars at the library since they were 3 and 5.

Nick Charles

G.R. "Nick" Charles is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He has resided in Lexington since 2002 after retiring from retail cooperative management. Previously, he was engaged in the sales and marketing management of mining equipment and industrial steel products worldwide while living in Lebanon, Spain, Greece, Belgium, and Singapore. Nick is an avid reader and developed a lifelong appreciation for libraries, while growing up in Baltimore visiting the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as a history major at Washington and Lee, and with the infrequency of available public libraries in many of the countries in which he worked and traveled. Nick was pleased to be appointed to the Rockbridge Regional Library Board in 2012. He has also served on The Lime Kiln Theater Board, and currently serves on the Habitat for Humanity Board. He was recently appointed as Lexington’s representative on the Regional Industrial Development Authority.

Paul Leonhard

Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. He is a native Midwesterner but he has spent the last 40 years in Virginia. Paul is a retired public school teacher and administrator. In November 2015, he and his wife Nancy, a former president of the Friends of the Rockbridge Regional Library, will celebrate 40 years of marriage. Paul and Nancy have three children and five grandchildren. In addition to trying to keep up with the many activities of his grandchildren, Paul enjoys some part-time work for the school system and volunteering at the library and Boxerwood Gardens. His time with the Library Board has been very rewarding as he sees so much activity at the various branches and so much excitement about our new Bookmobile.

Thomas C. Lominac

Thomas C. Lominac was born and educated in North Carolina. He attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His education at UNC culminated with a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1971. His career was in higher education, serving on the Faculties of Davidson College, Concord College, Mars Hill College, and Shaw University before coming to Virginia in 1982 to take a position with the Mathematics Faculty at VMI. He spent the remainder of his career at VMI, rising to the rank of full professor. He served as head of the Department of Mathematics from 1985 to 1990, and was instrumental in the department’s introduction of a major in Computer Science. He retired from VMI in 2010.

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