Friends of Greenwich Library elect new trustees
The Friends of Greenwich Library elected five new trustees to serve on the Greenwich Library Board at their annual meeting in May. Ernest B. Fleishman, Liz Oestreich, Karen Free Royce, Dan Tapiero and Jere R. Thomson will serve three-year terms.
"We are thrilled to welcome such an extraordinarily talented group of new trustees to the Board. We believe they will make a valuable contribution to the Library's future," said Nancy M. Better, President of the Board of Trustees.
Dan Tapiero, Liz Oestreich, Jere R. Thomson, Karen Free Royce, Ernest B. Fleishman with Library Director Carol A. Mahoney
Ernest B. Fleishman is the former Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools, as well as several districts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He currently works as a Senior Consultant for Scholastic, Inc. He has served on the boards of the Maurice R Robinson Foundation, The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and the National Executive Service Corps. When asked why he chose to serve as a Greenwich Library trustee, Mr. Fleishman said, "When I came to interview in Greenwich in 1976, I was not sure that I wanted to work here. I asked the Board of Education if I could visit the public library because that would tell me much about the values of the community. I was so impressed by what I observed. That was my "tipping point" about accepting the Superintendent of Schools position and I have never looked back."
Liz Oestreich is the Head Librarian and Language Arts Teacher for The Stanwich School. She has served as a volunteer for Greenwich Reads Together, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Yale University Alumni Association. When asked why she chose to serve as a Greenwich Library trustee, Ms. Oestreich said, "For many years, my family and I have enjoyed the extraordinary resources of Greenwich Library and benefitted from the advice of its talented staff. As a librarian, I appreciate how expertly the Library operates. As a Greenwich resident, I appreciate the access it provides me to a world of ideas and information. Greenwich Library has served me so well for so many years; I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve in return."
Karen Free Royce is an active community volunteer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Neighbor to Neighbor and Green Fingers Garden Club, and volunteers her time to Children's Day School and is a Greenwich Juvenile Review Board member. In the past, she has served Junior League of Greenwich, Christ Church Greenwich Vestry, Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes Board of Directors and the United Way of Greenwich. Of Greenwich Library, Ms. Royce said, "The pride people expressed about their library when I first moved to Greenwich 26 years ago really impressed me. I am thrilled to be part of the stewardship of this incredible community resource."
Dan Tapiero is an investor and trader for SAC Capital Advisors, LLC, He has also worked with Duquesne Capital Management, LLC, Steinhardt Capital Investors LLLP and Tiger Management. He currently serves on The Lawrenceville School Board of Trustees and The Rock Ridge Association Board. He is a co-founder of the Agricultural Company of America and Gold Bullion International. Of Greenwich Library, Mr. Tapiero said, "The Library is Greenwich's greatest asset. For anyone with energy, will and ambition, the Library becomes a resource to feed one's dreams and aspirations."
Jere R. Thomson is a partner in Jones Day, a law firm. When asked why he chose to serve as a Greenwich Library trustee, Mr. Thomson said, "For centuries, libraries have been vital elements of community growth and well-being. Present times are changing and challenging, and libraries must change to meet those challenges. Greenwich Library, with its distinctive "public-private" character, is well-positioned to continue at the center of our community's evolution. I look forward to contributing toward that goal."
For more information, please contact Sarah Falvo in the Trustees' Development Office at (203) 622-7989.