Board of Trustees

Meet Our Library Board (2018-2019)

Bobbe Nemes Ragouzeos, President, resides in Newfane, with her husband, artist Leonard Ragouzeos since 2004. She has a BS in developmental psychology from Hunter College, an MSW in clinical therapy from the University of Iowa and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from Millersville University of PA. She has worked as a therapist with children, adolescents and families, was a college professor and worked in international adoption. She and Leonard are the parents of two adult children and their spouses, and are proud grandparents of four grandchildren!

Steve Squires, Secretary, has lived in Newfane since 1999, successfully transitioning from a long career in software development to a life somewhere between retired and homesteading. Steve’s board experience started at All Souls Unitarian Universalist, where he has held positions including Treasurer and President. He joined the library board in 2012. Steve enjoys singing in various local choral groups, and is often seen playing a supporting role for his wife Kathy, whose volunteer activities eclipse his by a wide margin.

Marie Tattersall, Treasurer, a retired private accountant and tax preparer, enjoyed a career working on Wall Street, in the ski industry and with a food importer and distributor. After growing up in New York City, Marie has resided in Windham County since 1970. Marie now volunteers as a free income tax preparer with the IRS VITA tax program. Pastimes with her husband Chuck include challenge level Western style square dancing, kayaking, camping, eating delicious home grown produce, reading, cheering on the Boston Celtics and visiting with a large extended family.

Helen Prescott, Trustee, enjoyed teaching secondary mathematics in Montreal and in Connecticut for many years after earning a BA in Russian from Bryn Mawr and an MALS from Wesleyan specializing in Math. She and Blake, her husband for nearly sixty years (July 2016), and a retired physician, moved to Newfane in 2001. In the course of these years, we welcomed four daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandsons, all of whom we treasure. Two special favorites in her list of passions are skiing and gardening, and she has always been an avid reader.

Deborah Lee Luskin, Trustee, is a writer, speaker and educator who first visited Newfane in 1965. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and has been a Visiting Scholar for the Vermont Humanities Council for more than thirty years, delivering literature-based humanities programs to life-long learners, healthcare professionals, new adult readers, parenting teens, educators and prison inmates.

Deborah has been a long-time editorial columnist, radio commentator, and pen-for-hire. She’s the author of Into the Wilderness (2010) a novel commended by The Vermont Library Association for it’s “Sense of Place,” and winner of an Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Regional Fiction. Currently, Luskin blogs at Living in Place where she posts sometimes pointed, sometimes poetic and sometimes irritating essays about the human condition.

Deborah became a full-time Vermont resident in 1984 as the unintended consequence of meeting Tim Shafer, with whom she’s kept bees, hiked mountains and raised daughters. She lives in Williamsville.

James Urbaska, Trustee, graduated from Wabash College in 1982 with a B.A. in history and a minor in art.  He continued with post-graduate studies in art at Montana State University as well as the Vermont Studio Center.  He has been a working artist (landscape painter) for over thirty years and also assists the artists Wolf Kahn and his wife Emily Mason.

James and his wife Diana moved to Newfane in 1996 where they raised their two children, Emma and Alex.  For all of them, the Moore Free Library is and has been a significant part of their lives.  Diana served as a board member for many years and James is now looking forward to serving as one of its newest directors.

David Y. Parker, Trustee,graduated from Middlebury College in 1974 with a BA in American History and also holds an M.Ed from Norwich University (1997).  After spending 16 years working in the local building trades, followed by 23 years of teaching at the NewBrook Elementary School, he retired in 2014 and now spends his days working as a wildlife photographer. His work has been shown in numerous galleries throughout southern Vermont. Having been a Vermont resident since 1970, David lives with his wife, Lee Anne, in Brookline, where he also serves as the Moderator for the annual Town Meeting.

Fiona Chevalier, Trustee.

Strategic Plan for Moore Free Library

May 2014- May 2019

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Moore Free Library and Crowell Gallery is to collect, preserve, and deliver in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner, library materials in print and electronic formats to the informational and life long learning needs of the members of the community. In addition, we seek to provide cultural and environmental enrichment through the appreciation of art and the natural world.

PERSONNEL – Continue to utilize skills and talents of professional librarian and community volunteers.

– The Board of Trustees, or their representatives, will annually review the librarian’s goals and plans for the upcoming year, and evaluate the previous year’s strengths and areas needing growth.

– The Board of Trustees will review having length of terms for its’ members and officers.

GALLERY – Re-evaluate the percentage we receive from sales

  • Heighten awareness of gallery space and shows throughout the larger artist and collector community, and New England
  • Continue to show high quality work in a variety of mediums
  • Use gallery space for community events
  • Maintain art holdings in our collection, and consider additions as they are presented

TECHNOLOGY – Enhanced technology means library utilization no longer requires patrons to be present in the library building.

-Purchase and maintain hardware and software, so that patrons of all ages will feel comfortable using computers and new technology.

-Explore and implement the publishing of a twice-monthly online newsletter to our patrons.

FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT – Review ownership and proposed plans for property given to us on West Street.

  • Make pertinent decisions about land ownership and usage that will best serve the library community for the next 50 years.
  • Make an annual list of priorities for the weatherization, maintenance and updating of the library building.

 PROGRAMS -Explore the need for programs and workshops relating to community need and interests.

-Continue with book group for adults, and explore book clubs for youth.