Ohioana Library Staff Members
Linda R. Hengst - Director,
Ohioana Library Association
Linda has served as the director of the Ohioana Library Association since 1988. Formerly she was the
assistant regional director with CARE USA. Linda earned a B.S. degree in social and behavioral science
from Ohio State University. From the 1980s to the present she has be involved with YWCA of the U.S.A. and
the Council of Ohio YWCAs.
David E. Weaver - Development Director
Before joining Ohioana’s staff in 2005, David held senior development positions with the WOSU Stations and
the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He also served as executive director of Malabar Farm Foundation and
managing director of Columbus Light Opera, which he co-founded. David is the author of Black Diva of the
Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy, published in 2004 by University Press of Mississippi. He attended
Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati, majoring in voice.
Beth Poley – Program Coordinator
Beth earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in the spring of 2006 from the Ohio State University, where she double majored in women’s studies and film studies.
Prior to becoming a full time staff member, Beth was Ohioana’s 2006 Ruth Mount Intern.
Jennifer Johnson – Librarian
Jennifer “Jen” joined the Ohioana staff in the spring of 2011 as our Library Associate and was promoted to Librarian in February 2012. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from
The Ohio State University and holds a MLIS from Kent State University. You will often see Jen taking photos at Ohioana events.