The Hudson Library & Historical Society Board of Trustees' Nominating Committee has identified 12 Hudson residents who have been certified as qualified candidates for the four open trustee positions. Those four positions will be filled at the Annual Hudson Library Members' Meeting Feb. 19. That meeting, including the election of trustees, will be in the library's Flood Room starting at 1 p.m.

The library's Board of Trustees consists of nine trustees, of which three are elected annually to three-year terms. This year one additional two-year position will be filled, following the resignation of a former trustee.

Three incumbent trustees, Don Germano, Basil Musnuff and Nancy Rufus, are seeking reelection. They are joined by nine newcomers. Any Hudson resident who is 18 years of age and holds a valid Hudson Library card can attend and vote in the February 19 election of trustees.

The candidates are listed below.

Don Germano, a Hudson resident for more than 18 years, is an incumbent trustee. Prior to retirement, Germano was a Technical Service Manager North America for DuPont Performance Polymers. He was elected to the board in 2014. He has a BA from Benedictine College, a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburg and has attained the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst credential. During his time on the Library Board of Trustees, he has worked with the Endowment Committee and served on the Hudson Citizens for a Strong Library PAC. Donis currently the chair of the finance committee and looks forward to continuing his work on key committee andboard initiatives.

Basil Musnuff, a Hudson resident for 7 years, is an incumbent nominee. He was elected to the board in 2014. He has a B.A. from Haverford College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. Basil views the Hudson Library & Historical Society as the heart of our community, and is grateful for the opportunity to give back through his efforts as a member of the board of trustees. Musnuff currently serves as the chair of the Endowment Committee and the Fundraising Committee, and he has chaired both of the fundraising events held by the Board during his tenure. He is eager to continue his work with the Board to capitalize on the experience gained in the past three years.

Nancy Rufus, a Hudson resident for 42 years, is an incumbent nominee. Nancy was elected in 2016 to fill a one-year vacancy. She is a teacher at Our Lady of Elms School. She has a bachelor of science degree from Kent State University and has pursued graduate studies at Notre Dame College. Rufus views the library as an integral part of the community and is committed to continuing her work with the board to help the library maintain its excellence.

Kabir Bhatia is a life-long Hudson resident. Currently, he works as a reporter for WKSU radio. Kabir holds a B.S. and M.A. from Kent State and has completed course work at Case Western Reserve University and training at Second City Improv. He has been a frequent library patron and supporter for decades and would like to be more involved in the Library's future.

Wanda Gulley has lived in Hudson for 2 ° years. Wanda's professional experience consists of 13 years in Development/ Fundraising and a business background in Corporate Accounting and Finance. She has a B.S. in math education from Ohio State University, a M.B.A. from Lehigh University, and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University. She looks forward to becoming more involved in the Hudson Community and believes she would be an asset to the board of trustees because of her professional experience.

Lesley Hoover has lived in Hudson for the past 5 years. She has a background in fundraising and nonprofit management, and currently serves as Capital Campaign Director of Bellefaire JBC. Lesley is a certified fundraising executive and has a B.A. and a masters in nonprofit management and public affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington. Hoover is committed to helping the Hudson Library fulfill its role in our community providing access to information to educate, empower and inspire.

Melanie McGurr has lived in Hudson for 2 ° years. She currently serves as a librarian at an academic institution and was previously an English professor. Melanie has a B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College, an M.A. from Slippery Rock University, a Ph.D. from Kent State and an MLIS from Kent State. She enjoys the Hudson library and would like to become a trustee to give back through her time and skills.

Jeffrey Minar has been a Hudson resident since 1988. Minar has spent most of his career in the information technology field. He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and an M.S. from the University of Arizona Tucson. Minar would like to be on the Board of Trustees so he can serve the library and the Hudson community in a meaningful way. His entire family has benefitted from library services and he looks forward to giving his time and efforts in return.

Melissa Monaco has lived in Hudson for 2 ° years. She is a seasoned communications leader with over 15 years of experience. A Managing Director at Deloitte, Melissa has worked in the U.S., U.K., and Australia in a number of roles including CEO Communications Leader and Chief Communications Officer. Monaco holds a B.A. from John Carroll and a master of business management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. She believes libraries play a critical role in championing and developing our youth, fostering community connections, empowering entrepreneurs and small businesses, enabling and providing technology, and, most importantly, ensuring open and equal access to all.

Jim Pilarcik is a 25-year resident of Hudson. Professionally, Pilarcik is national manager for technology firm, Lexmark International, Inc. He holds a B.S. and B.A. from Bowling Green State University. He considers the Hudson Library & Historical Society to be a prime asset for the community. Pilarcik's active interest in the library is based on ensuring that all constituents in Hudson enjoy the great resources made available by our 5 Star Library. He would like to aid the library in meeting changing technological needs while retaining the historical character of the library.

Neil Thackaberry has been a Hudson resident for 31 years. He has a B.A. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. from the University of New Orleans, and an M.B.A. from Kent State. He has also completed Ph.D. course work at Wayne State University. Thackaberry enjoys the services of the Hudson library and looks forward to assuring that the same opportunities are available to others in the future.

Heidi Walters has been a Hudson resident for 6 years. Currently, Walters works as a marketing consultant for a variety of well-known publications. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in journalism. She is an avid reader and is appreciative of all the Hudson library has to offer. Walters is eager to give back to an institution that gives so much to her and her family.

Immediately following the Members' Annual Meeting, the new Board of Trustees will convene an organizational meeting to elect a Board president and vice president for the 2017/18 year.