“I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
American astronomer, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author and Science Communicator
Foundation Board Members
Susan received a BA with special honors in education from the University of Colorado in 1976. After teaching elementary school for five years, Susan enrolled in the Denver University College of Law. She graduated in 1985, receiving the Order of the Coif. Susan joined a medium-sized Denver law firm, becoming a director in 1991. For twenty-three years, Susan was a trial lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the firm’s civil litigation practice, with a special interest in fraud, real estate, and defamation cases. Susan’s husband, John Earl, began encouraging her to retire in 2007, but she could not stop her habit of going to work to see her friends. When John realized that she would never retire if she stayed in Colorado, he cleverly talked her into relocating to Port Townsend. Susan and John moved to Port Townsend in 2008. Since then, Susan has volunteered in various capacities at the Port Townsend Public Library, most recently using her writing skills to help with grant applications and administration on behalf of the Foundation.
Board Vice President
Marketing Committee & Web Wrangler
Mike was born and raised southern California. After a year in basic training for the Army Reserve, Mike enrolled in the University of Southern California’s (USC) Small Business Entrepreneurship program in 1972. He hoped to obtain training and experience to run his family’s commercial travel agency and retail tire businesses. A few years after graduating, Mike’s focus turned to more creative and technical concerns as the family businesses were successfully transitioned to new owners. His next career steps included pursuing a Masters of Business Administration in Management; studying video production, marketing, and advertising. Mike ended the employment part of life as an executive team member of a commercial printing concern in Los Angeles, responsible for employee and customer engagement as the printing and publishing industry transitioned to digital resources. In addition, Mike was on the faculty of Chapman University in Orange, California, working with students in the Business Communication and Communication Arts Departments. Mike is on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Pastor’s Network (a Christian organization providing resources for small churches in the US). He is a certified International Sports Medicine Association Master Athletic Trainer, a licensed Category 3 bicycle racer, a certified AKC amateur dog handler and a Myers-Briggs I.N.F.J. His favorite libraries include the Library of Congress of the United States; the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; and the library in the Hoose Hall of Philosophy at USC.
Jean has had leadership roles in public health for 40 years. Working in settings as varied as international refugee camps, urban high school health clinics, to rural Jefferson County, Washington. She retired as Director of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) in 2016. As Director, she expanded services by listening to people, using long-range planning methods, and reviewing current need and resources, always trying to improve the community’s health. She made structural changes at JCPH, including starting the Water Quality Division for shellfish protection, opening family planning clinics, starting the innovative Nurse Family Partnership to improve lives of families and babies, and community partnership initiatives striving to improve health outcomes for Jefferson county residents. Jean has a BA from Creighton University, a BSN from University of Portland, MSN from Gonzaga University, and is a licensed nurse practitioner (ARNP). Jean, husband Jim, and two small children first sailed to Port Townsend. This place drew them for a number of reasons; one was the resource and magic the library offered their son and daughter–the chess games after school and reading times, so much made it seem this was the right place to work and grow kids.
Richard (Dick) Rogers
Dick comes from a small community in Staten Island, New York. He achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute while working as a technical editor for an engineering magazine. After a brief period as an electronics instructor at RCA Institutes, Dick initially entered the high-tech industry as a sales engineer at Texas Instruments Semiconductor Division, followed by 25 years of various sales, marketing, and operations management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). He earned his Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and retired from Compaq Computer Corporation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During their 11 years in Santa Fe, Dick and his wife became involved with a variety of local educational organizations. He volunteered as a Docent at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and served as chairman of the local chapter of SCORE, a national small business consulting organization. After some refresher math courses, Dick returned to the academic world as an adjunct instructor of mathematics and staff tutor at the Santa Fe Community College. The desire to live once again in a small community near water brought the Rogers to Port Townsend in 2009. Dick’s volunteer activities since arriving in Port Townsend include serving as a docent at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and tutoring math in the AAUW-sponsored ALEKS program at Grant Street Elementary School, algebra at the Blue Heron Middle School, and AP calculus at the Port Townsend High School.
Carol Ann Belanger
Carol Ann’s career started in Human Resources at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1973. In 1976, she relocated to San Francisco where she fell into the role of Expatriate Management Support with Crocker Bank. The sale of the bank necessitated a change and she was then hired in 1987 by Levi Strauss in San Francisco to manage their Oversea Compensation, Relocation and Benefits Program and spent time managing that program from their Northampton England Facility. After five years, Carol Ann joined a former Crocker colleague who had established a Compensation and Benefits Consulting Firm and then subsequently recruited by the West Coast office of Coopers & Lybrand to become part of a newly-established consulting team for a client’s expatriate program support. Within days of joining, in 1997, C&L merged with Price Waterhouse and the support team expanded to accommodate both organizations practices. Expansion never met the magnitude expected and in late 1999 Carol Ann was recruited to join Deloitte & Touche’s London practice for expatriate support and then hired in 2002 by a client to manage their outsourced client support center at Exult in Glasgow, Scotland. Another redundancy after a year led to her repatriation and some independent consulting in San Francisco in 2003. Carol Ann continued this route until May 2007 when she was recruited to manage the expatriate programs by FM Global in Rhode Island where she remained until retirement in late 2009… which started with one year each in Tuscany and France and her eventual 2012 reestablishment of US roots in Port Townsend.
Bonnie was born and raised in Iowa. Graduating from the University of Iowa as an English major, her first job was as a circulation assistant at the Ames Public Library in Ames, Iowa. Moving to Columbus, Ohio, she worked in the Bexley High School library. She met and married Jim Buckley, who promptly moved her into a three-story Victorian that “needed work.” During that time, she earned her MLIS from Kent State University. Working for the Columbus Public Library, she worked as a children’s librarian, then as Branch Manager for the Northside Library. An inner-city library in a neighborhood teetering on gentrification, it became known as the Victorian resource branch. She left that library to go into business with Jim in the Buckley Rumford Co., devoted to reinterpreting the historic fireplace in modern materials. As that stabilized, she worked for the Ohio Humanities Council, organizing book discussion groups throughout Ohio. After an interval with the company again, she served as Executive Director of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. As Buckley Rumford Co. formed a partnership with an Ohio manufacturer, Bonnie and Jim moved west. Because of their interest in historic preservation, they moved to Port Townsend and live in a Victorian that “needs work.”
John L. Mericle
John has practiced law for over 36 years, and in 1981 he and Malcolm Harris founded the firm of Harris, Mericle & Wakayama, which has offices in both Port Townsend and Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (BA in Government 1972; Juris Doctorate 1974). He practices primarily in the field of securities regulation. He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s State Regulation of Securities Committee (1981-present); has served as the Chair of the Washington State Securities Division Advisory Committee, as Special District Counsel to the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board (1990-present), as a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee, Section of Corporation, Business and Banking Law (1993 to present); and from 1992 to 2008 taught Securities Regulation as an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. His wife Barbara is a microbiologist recently retired from the University of Washington.
Mark was raised and almost exclusively educated in San Diego. He graduated from San Diego High, received his B.A. in philosophy from San Diego State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. The exception was the Master of Divinity Degree he received from Princeton Theological Seminary. After doing some teaching at the University of San Diego (that’s right, there’s SDSU, UCSD, and USD), he was a visiting professor for a year at Rice University, and then spent the bulk of his career at Spring Hill College where he was chair of the philosophy department for many years. His areas of expertise are symbolic logic, ancient Greek philosophy, and the history of contemporary analytic philosophy. His favorite library is that of his alma mater, UCSD, an ultra-modern wonder set in the canyons of La Jolla where all the study carrels are on the periphery of the glass structure with sweeping views (worth a Google image search). With his wife Barbara, who had been chair of Fine Arts at Spring Hill College, he retired to Port Townsend in 2011, where he currently very much enjoys playing recorders with his good friends at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Between them, Mark and Barbara have four children and eight grandchildren.
Richard grew up in Bellingham, Washington. In 1961 he received bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and education from WSU, and moved to Port Townsend that fall to teach science at Fort Worden for three years. He then spent a year teaching in Nooksack, Washington, and during the following year studied at Atlanta University on a National Science Foundation scholarship. Afterwards, he accepted a job at Chimacum High School, teaching general science, chemistry, and physics, and eventually logged 24 years at Chimacum. During this time he served as negotiator for the Chimacum teachers union, founded a hiking club, and led many extended hikes and climbs with Chimacum students. Richard has been active in the political life of Jefferson County and Port Townsend for the last 32 years. In 1990 he was elected to the Jefferson County Commission and served three terms, representing the Third District. As County Commissioner, his duties included serving on many boards, such as the health board, United Good Neighbors, Olympic Area.
Emeritus Board Members
Paulette (Polly) Lyle
Paulette (Polly) Lyle
Polly comes from a Utah family, but grew up all over the United States (including Ephrata, Washington) because her father worked for the U.S. Air Force. Polly put herself through college by working as a cardiology special procedures assistant, and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a chemistry major and mathematics minor. Her career took her to the Philadelphia suburbs where she proudly worked for a major pharmaceutical company as a research chemist, then as a clinical research administrator, and, finally, as a medical writer. After visiting her father in Port Angeles and Sequim over the years, she realized that Port Townsend provided wonderful opportunities for an active and caring community life, outdoor activities, and proximity to her West Coast family. She’s thrilled to support education in East Jefferson County through the Port Townsend branch of AAUW, for which she has served as Co-President, Branch and Kitchen Tour Publicity Director, Career Day Co-Chair, 3rd grade mathematics tutor, and kindergarten literacy tutor. She is also a member of the board of directors at Northwind Arts Center, and is a volunteer for the Port Townsend Food Bank. Polly believes that Port Townsend’s Carnegie Library is the heart of this special city, and fully supports its programs for the benefit of the entire spectrum of our community.