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 October 2022)


  • Fran DeWine, Columbus



President: John Sullivan, Plain City

Vice-President: Katie Brandt, Columbus

Secretary: Bryan Loar, Columbus

Treasurer: L. Bradfield Hughes, Columbus 


Amelia Adams, Logan

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

Cynthia Puckett, Columbus

Daniel Shuey, Westerville

David Siders, Cincinnati

Kerry S. Teeple, Findlay

Deborah Urton, Westerville

Rekha Voruganti, Dublin

Betty Weibel, Chagrin Falls

Jay Yurkiw, Columbus



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 became Executive Director in 2013 after serving as Ohioana’s Development Director since 2005. Before that, 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.