Board of Trustees
Linda Hamilton has lived in Salem Township for many years. She and her husband are involved in the family dairy farm which has operated since the 1820s. All three of her children (all being regular library users) were raised in Salem and her daughter worked at the library while attending college. Linda served on the very first Salem-South Lyon District Library Board of Trustees as its president. She oversaw the building of the initial district library building. Linda believes a quality library is integral to any community.
Contact: Linda Hamilton
Joe Salvatore was born and raised in Valley City, the Frog Jumping Capital of Ohio. After many years of intense frog jumping, he attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, and earned a B.A. in creative writing. After growing tired of watching Ohio State lose to Michigan, Joe moved to Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan with an M.A. in higher education administration. Joe lived in Chicago for six years, teaching high school English and creative writing and spending most of his time searching for parking. After two years directing an academic program for gifted students at Northwestern University, Joe moved to South Lyon in 2003 where he now lives with his wife Jennifer, daughter Lucie, son Charlie, and rambunctious lab Bailey. For the past 14 years, Joe has worked at the University of Michigan's Science Learning Center (SLC) where he currently serves as Director and Michigan football obsessionist.
Contact: Joe Salvatore
W. David McNeill has had the pleasure of serving as the Treasurer of Salem-South Lyon District Library since 2005. He has lived with his wife and two children in South Lyon since 1998. He left his position as a bank manager after 15 years with Charter One. He has a lifelong love of reading and has a degree in Literature from Eastern Michigan University. He is always looking for new things to learn and has recently been focused on Special Education Law.
Contact: W. David McNeill
Amy Randall-Ray was born and raised in Illinois. She received her BS in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Illinois and her MS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois. She moved to Michigan in 1996 with her husband and continued her education at the University of Michigan to complete her dietetic internship. Amy has lived in South Lyon since 1999. She has three kids, two of which participate in the library friends club. Amy currently works for Genentech Pharmaceuticals in clinical research. She is an active member of the United Methodist Church. Amy and her family enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. She, of course, loves to read and believes that the library is at the vital core of every community.
Contact: Amy Randall-Ray
Janet, our newest Trustee, has lived in Salem Township since 1995. She met her husband of 35 years, Dwight Shusda, while they both attained MBAs at the University of Michigan. She is a well-known Naturalist in the area, having worked successfully with Michigan's Legislature and surrounding townships to protect the Johnson Creek. Her post-graduate work in start-ups honed her skills in evaluating the cost and implementation of new ideas. She is looking forward to utilizing these skills for the Library's benefit. She loves books and literacy!
Contact: Janet Bernardino
Denise graduated from Michigan State University with a Computer Science Engineering degree. She recently moved to Salem Township with her husband David. They have three children (a doctor, a stage manager, and an engineer) all of which grew up with the library as an important part of their routines. Denise still volunteers at her former library as vice president of their Friends group and local scholarship chair. She has been an avid reader her whole life and is looking forward to this new library adventure.
Contact: Denise Stacer
The Byrnes, Ken, and Nina, have been residents of Salem Township since 2003. Nina earned her BSN from Eastern Michigan University and has worked as a pediatric nurse for her entire career. She is currently employed at Mott Children”s Hospital. Libraries have been a huge part of the lives of her family and are an integral part of our community. All three of their children have very fond memories of going to the library, participating in programs, and are avid readers. Their oldest child became a librarian. Nina enjoys reading, sewing, and cooking. She is passionate about literacy and hopes to foster a love of reading for everyone in our community.
Contact: Nina Byrnes