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 January 1, 2019)

Ex Officio

  • First Lady Fran DeWine


  • President – Daniel Shuey, Westerville
  • Vice-President – John Sullivan, Plain City
  • Secretary – Bryan Loar, Columbus
  • Treasurer – Jay Yurkiw, Columbus
  • Gillian Berchowitz, Athens
  • Rudine Sims Bishop, Columbus
  • Helen F. Bolte, Columbus
  • Katie Brandt, Columbus
  • Lisa Evans, Johnstown
  • Ellen McDevitt-Stredney, Columbus
  • Mary Heather Munger, Perrysburg
  • Louise Musser, Delaware
  • Claudia Plumley, Dublin
  • Cynthia Puckett, Columbus
  • David Siders, Cincinnati
  • Geoffrey Smith, Columbus
  • Yolanda Danyi Szuch, Perrysburg
  • Jacquelyn L. Vaughan, Dublin

Appointed by the Governor of Ohio

  • Carl Denbow, Ph.D., Athens
  • Carol Garner, Mount Vernon
  • H.C. “Buck” Niehoff, Cincinnati
  • Brian M. Perera, Upper Arlington

Trustees Emeritus

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

Ohioana Staff

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.

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.

Library Specialist – Courtney Brown

Program Coordinator – Morgan Peters

Editor – Leslie Birdwell Shortlidge