The official business of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is conducted by nine residents of the Commonwealth who have been appointed to serve as Commissioners by the governor.
Carol B. Caro of Brookline was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008. She was reappointed to a five-year term in 2013.
Commissioner Caro has extensive experience with libraries, including positions as the Executive Director of the Minuteman Library Network as well as Head of the Library Systems Department and Automation Librarian at Boston College. Her information technology skills have made her an asset to numerous committees and organizations such as the NOTIS Users Group where she served four years as Chair of OPAC Training, and the Boston Library Consortium where she chaired the Information Technology Committee.
She has also served two years as the Secretary of the Massachusetts Library Association in addition to volunteering with the Friends of the Public Library of Brookline. A graduate of Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut, Commissioner Caro has an MLS from Columbia University School of Library Service as well as an MPA from Northeastern University.
Mary Ann Cluggish of Wellesley was reappointed to a five-year term on the Board by Governor Deval Patrick early in 2014. She was first appointed in 2011.
Commissioner Cluggish served as a trustee of the Wellesley Free Library for 12 years and is currently a member of the library's Friends group. She was instrumental in garnering community support for the library building project which resulted in a new $14 million main library. Cluggish administered the construction grant application to the MBLC, in which the community received a $3.2 million grant as part of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. She also actively participated in the building project's capital campaign, raising over $3 million.
As Chairman of the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission, Cluggish negotiated the acquisition of 32 acres of open space. She also served on the Town of Wellesley Advisory Committee, the Wellesley Recreation Commission, the Permanent Building Committee, and has been a Town Meeting Member for over 30 years. Professionally, Ms. Cluggish worked nationally and internationally as a sales and marketing consultant to high technology companies. She has a BA from Indiana University and postgraduate work at Boston College in the Women and Government Program.
George T. Comeau, Esq. was first appointed to the MBLC by Governor Mitt Romney in 2004 and reappointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and again in 2013. He served as Board Chair during FY 2009 and FY 2001.
Commissioner Comeau is the Director of Digital and Interactive Communications at Suffolk University in Boston. He also maintains a private law practice in Canton. He is currently a trustee of the Canton Public Library, a member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Advisory Board, and the Canton Historical Commission, as well as a Vice President of the Canton Historical Society.
Commissioner Comeau has both a BS and a MPA from Suffolk University, as well as his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is also a featured columnist for the Canton Citizen and focuses on Canton's local history.
Mary Kronholm of Blandford was appointed to the Board by Governor Patrick in 2011.
Kronholm brings a wealth of library experience to her role as a commissioner. In her capacity as president of the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association, she has addressed the Legislature Ways and Means Committees as well as gatherings of library advocates from North Adams to Boston on a variety of library issues. She was also selected by the MBLC to serve as a member of the State Advisory Council for Libraries, which reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Board for federal grants to academic, school, special, and public libraries.
Commissioner Kronholm is also an active advocate for libraries. She was a founding member of what is now known as the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates and was an Executive Board Member of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System. She is currently a library trustee at Porter Memorial Library in Blandford and continues writing as a professional journalist.
Francis R. (Frank) Murphy of Arlington was first appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007. He was reappointed by Governor Patrick in February of 2014.
A former information system/network consultant to NATO and MITRE, Frank began volunteering with libraries after retirement. He became a Robbins Library (Arlington) Friends Board member and in 2001 was appointed to the Robbins Board of Trustees, where he served a term as chairman. He has been actively involved with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries and as a member of the State Aid Review Committee. In addition, Murphy has served as a board member of the Massachusetts Library Trustees Association.
A graduate of Holy Cross College, Commissioner Murphy has done graduate program work at Boston College, MIT, and Northeastern University.
Roland Ochsenbein of Bolton was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014.
He has been an advocate for libraries on the local, state, and national levels for many years. As a library trustee, chair of the building planning committee, and co-chair of the construction committee, he played key leadership roles in the successful $7 million expansion and renovation of the Bolton Public Library. Ochsenbein has served the MBLC as a member of the State Advisory Committee on Libraries, as a construction grant reviewer, and as a member of the search committee for the new MBLC Director.
Professionally, he has worked as an executive and consultant in the educational, professional, and reference publishing fields for more than 30 years. He has been involved in the development and launch of several notable projects that are in widespread use in public, school, and academic libraries around the country, among them the first electronic reference product to be awarded the American Library Association's prestigious Dartmouth Medal (Pop Culture Universe, 2009).
Ochsenbein is a graduate of Bucknell University.
N. Janeen Resnick of South Hadley was appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in May 2012.
Resnick's career in libraries spans 40 years and includes extensive work in the areas of automation of library services and resource sharing. She served on the Executive Board of C/W MARS and was instrumental in automating library services in the central and western areas of the state. She also served two terms on the NELINET Board of Directors, and helped to develop MassCat, a regionally funded library catalog of holdings for small libraries (especially school and special libraries).
In her most recent role as Assistant Regional Administrator for WMRLS, Resnick was responsible for a variety of services including Interlibrary Loan, Resource Sharing, Readers' Advisory Service, and Collection Development. Resnick holds a Master of Library Science from Drexel Institute of Technology and continues to be an active member of numerous library and community organizations.
The Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) has honored Commissioner Resnick for her service to libraries; she was inducted to MLA Hall of Fame in 1998.
Gregory Shesko of Needham was reappointed to a five-year term on the Board by Governor Deval Patrick early in 2014. He was first appointed in September 2009.
Shesko has been a library trustee in Needham since 1994 and co-chaired the "Renew Our Library" campaign, which successfully secured $15.7 million to build Needham's new library. In 2005, he was named Outstanding Trustee by the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association.
Shesko was the founding vice president and subsequent president of the Massachusetts Friends of Libraries. He has also served as president of the Friends of Needham Free Public Library where he led two successful override campaigns to increase library funding. Shesko has been a member of the State Advisory Council on Libraries since 2007. He previously served on the MBLC's Planning and Design Review and Construction Review Committees.
A Harvard graduate, Commissioner Shesko retired from Brandeis University where he was Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Provost for Academic Finance and Administration.
Alice M. Welch of Worcester was first appointed to the Board by Governor Deval Patrick in May of 2010. She was reappointed by Governor Patrick in March of 2014.
Welch worked for over twenty years in health libraries including Worcester City Hospital, where she was Director of Health Sciences Libraries, and most recently as the Director of Library Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Throughout her career, she focused on addressing patrons needs including the development of a specialized collection of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) materials for veterans as well as well as materials targeting the needs of patients with disabilities. She also headed a special project for patients with a focus on substance abuse, PTSD, and AIDS.
A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Commissioner Welch earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clark University and went on to attain her Master of Library Science from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently the President of the Massachusetts Friends of Public Libraries, a position she has held since 2006.