Trustees and Staff

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

Board of Trustees

(As of October 15, 2015)

Ex Officio

  • Karen Waldbillig Kasich


  • Rudine Sims Bishop, President
  • Lisa Evans, Vice President
  • Geoffrey Smith, Secretary
  • L. Bradfield Hughes, Treasurer
  • Gillian Berchowitz
  • Helen F. Bolte
  • Ann M. Bowers
  • Georgeanne Bradford
  • Christopher S. Duckworth
  • John F. Furniss III
  • Bryan Loar
  • Louise S. Musser
  • Claudia Plumley
  • Cynthia Puckett
  • Joan V. Schmutzler
  • Daniel Shuey
  • David Siders
  • Robin Smith
  • John Sullivan
  • Yolanda Danyi Szuch
  • Jacquelyn L. Vaughan


  • Carl J. Denbow, Ph.D.
  • Carol Garner
  • H.C. Buck Niehoff


  • Frances Ott Allen
  • Christina Butler
  • John Gabel
  • James M. Hughes
  • George Knepper
  • Robert Webner


David E. Weaver – Executive DirectorColor photograph (head and shoulders) of David E. Weaver.
David moves 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.

Stephanie Michaels – Librarian & Editor
Stephanie earned her M.L.I.S. in 2013 from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. Her course work focused on archives,  preservation/special collections, and museum studies. Prior to coming to Ohioana, Stephanie worked as an editor for an educational publisher. She also has degrees from Miami University and the University of Illinois. In addition to her duties as  librarian, Stephanie is editor of Ohioana’s online and print publications.

Kathryn Powers – Office Manager 
Kathryn holds a B.A. in English from Ohio University, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. Prior to joining Ohioana, Kathryn worked as  an Administrative Assistant for a Columbus accounting firm, but her first love is literature and writing. She is a board  member and Membership Coordinator of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.