Trustees & 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 2023)

Honorary Chair

Fran Dewine


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

Ashley Bethard, Dayton

Rudine Sims Bishop, Columbus

Helen F. Bolte, Columbus

Dionne Custer Edwards, Columbus

Mary Curran Hackett, Cincinnati

Negesti Kaudo, Columbus

Helen Kirk, Maumee

Todd Kleismit, Columbus

David Siders, Cincinnati

Caroline Stevens, Columbus

Emily J. Taft, Columbus

Kerry S. Teeple, Findlay

Deborah Urton, Westerville

Rekha Voruganti, Dublin

Betty Weibel, Chagrin Falls

Jay Yurkiw, Columbus

Appointed By the Governor of Ohio

Carol Garner, Mount Vernon

Amy McClure, Dublin

Brian M. Perera, Upper Arlington

Tracey S. Monroe-Winbush, Youngstown

Trustees Emeritus

Ann Bowers, Bowling Green

Christina Butler, Ph.D., Columbus

Cynthia Puckett, Columbus

Daniel Shuey, Westerville

Robert Webner, Columbus

Ohioana Staff

David E. Weaver

Executive Director
Color 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

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

Miriam Nordine

Program Coordinator

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 as Library Assistant, moving to the Program Coordinator role in 2023. She is passionate about supporting Ohio's authors and illustrators, and describes herself as an artist and writer. 

Charlotte Houghton

Library Assistant