Trustees and Staff

The Ohioana Library is governed by a Board of Trustees and run by a staff of full-time and part-time employees. Find out more about our trustees and staff below.

Board of Trustees

(As of November, 2021)


  • Fran DeWine, Columbus



  • President: John Sullivan, Plain City
  • Vice-President: Katie Brandt, Columbus
  • Secretary: Bryan Loar, Columbus
  • Treasurer: Jay Yurkiw, Columbus
  • Gillian Berchowitz, Athens
  • Daniel M. Best, Columbus
  • Rudine Sims Bishop, Columbus
  • Helen F. Bolte, Columbus
  • Flo Cunningham, Stow
  • Dionne Custer Edwards, Columbus
  • Negesti Kaudo, Columbus
  • Helen Kirk, Maumee
  • Todd Kleismit, Columbus
  • Ellen McDevitt-Stredney, Columbus
  • Louise Musser, Delaware
  • Cynthia Puckett, Columbus
  • Daniel Shuey, Westerville
  • David Siders, Cincinnati
  • Kerry Teeple, Findlay
  • Jacquelyn L. Vaughan, Dublin
  • Rekha Voruganti, Dublin
  • Betty Weibel, Chagrin Falls



  • Carol Garner, Mount Vernon
  • Peter Niehoff, Cincinnati
  • Brian M. Perera, Upper Arlington
  • Tracey S. Monroe-Winbush, Youngstown



  • Francis Ott Allen, Cincinnati
  • Ann Bowers, Bowling Green
  • Christina Butler, Ph.D., Columbus
  • Robert Webner, Columbus


Ohioana Staff

David E. Weaver – Executive DirectorColor photograph (head and shoulders) of David E. Weaver.
David moved into the executive directorship after several years as Ohioana’s 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.

Kathryn Powers – Assistant Director 
Kathryn holds a B.A. in English from Ohio University, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. She became part of the Ohioana team in 2013 as Office Manager, moving to the Assistant Director role in 2021. Kathryn also writes and illustrates and is the Regional Advisor for the Central & Southern Ohio chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

Courtney Brown – Librarian
Courtney has been the librarian since 2017. She reads a lot and enjoys interacting with Ohio readers and writers.

Miriam Nordine – Library Assistant 
Miriam graduated with a B.A. in English from Ohio State University in 2020, with minors in Education and Studio Art. She joined the Ohioana team in 2021 and describes herself as an aspiring artist and writer.