HUDSON — Two new trustees and one incumbent trustee were recently elected to the Hudson Library and Historical Society Board.
Newcomers Beverly Dorson and Heather Link were elected to three-year terms, as was incumbent Basil Musnuff, at the annual library members’ meeting on Feb. 23.
The newly elected trustees then took the oath of office, and joined the remaining incumbents, Melissa Lindley, Michelle Marshall, John Rydquist, Robert Swedenborg, Becky Thompson and Carleen Welch.
An organizational meeting of the new Board of Trustees followed the annual meeting. During that session, Musnuff was re-elected to a fourth term as board president, and Thompson was re-elected to a second term as vice president. The new board also confirmed the re-appointment of E. Leslie Polott as the library’s executive director, the reappointment of Molly Pandelli as fiscal officer and Marie Turkovich as deputy fiscal officer and secretary to the board of trustees.
Musnuff has served two three-year terms on the board and is now beginning his third term.
"It has been both a pleasure and an honor to serve on the Board," said Musnuff. "Every day, there is a new reason to be proud to be associated with the Hudson Library & Historical Society and with its dedicated staff. I'm very grateful for this opportunity to contribute to its success."
Musnuff added that volunteering, joining the Friends of the Library group, and making donations to promote the library’s collections and programs are three of the many ways that supporters can contribute to the library’s success.
Musnuff, a Hudson resident for 10 years, is an incumbent nominee and has been on the Board since 2014. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Cornell Law School and is currently independently employed.
Dorson said she was "pleased" to be elected to serve as a board trustee.
"I thought it was my civic duty to serve when libraries are so important to democracy and a thriving community," stated Dorson. "Libraries have been my career and I have over 30 years background working in all levels of public and school libraries."
Dorson added she hopes to make the library and historical society "even better than it already is." One goal, she said, is for the library to again earn the Five-Star Library designation.
Dorson has lived in Hudson for 36 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Hiram College and a master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University as well as numerous hours in post graduate studies related to library sciences. Dorson is a retired librarian who worked in the Portage County Library system as well as the Parma City Schools.
Link credited her early exposure to books to her accomplishments in her studies and her career. She said she would like to use her passion for education, teaching and service to give back to the community.
"I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Hudson Library and Historical Society Board of Trustees," said Link. "I look forward to working with the board and library leadership to advance the library's mission."
Link has lived in Hudson for more than two years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as an MBA and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutics all from The Ohio State University. Link’s professional career has been dedicated to research and higher education and she currently serves as Chief of Staff for Cleveland State University.
The other two trustee candidates were identified by the board’s nominating committee were Melanie Johnson and Melanie McGurr.