About the Stark Library Foundation

The Stark Library Foundation believes the library is a powerful tool – a store of knowledge that transforms lives through the written word and other meaningful resources.

The Stark Library Foundation was founded by a group of passionate volunteers determined to financially support the mission of Stark Library, helping library leadership to grow programming and service offerings.

Since its creation in 2006, the Stark Library Foundation has raised more than $1 million from many generous donors in the community. Although a portion of this money is invested in the Stark Community Foundation to grow for the Library’s future needs, nearly $400,000 has been disbursed to the Library.

These funds have supported a variety of initiatives including the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Summer Reading Program, Young Mother’s Program, e-Reader Project, Maker Space items, the Technology Learning Environment Project, and the Capital Campaign.

The Foundation has grown every year, thanks to its passionate Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers, and generous community support.

About Stark Library Foundation

2024-2025 Library Foundation Board of Trustees


Suzanne Birkbeck, President

Community Volunteer

ANGELA REMBERT, President-Elect

Cafeteria Assistant, Youth Mentor Canton City Schools/Stark County Community Action Agency

Jeanne Freitag, Treasurer

Community Volunteer

La Tarsha Miller, Ph.D., Secretary

Director, Business Affairs & Operations, Kent State University - Stark

Denise Hill, Past-President

Retired Co-Owner, Customer Fireplace Shop

Krista Allison

Education Consultant,
Stark County ESC

Maureen Ater

Chief Executive Officer (CEO),

Janet Baker

Community Volunteer

Kevin Burwell


Mary Calnon

Community Volunteer

Madison Chapaner-robinson

Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths, & Dougherty

Emily Clevenger

Vice President of Marketing & Communications,
Employers Health

Barb Cockroft (EWING)

Educational Consultant,
Stark County ESC,
State Support Team, Region 9

Janet Coon

Associate Director, Government & External Affairs, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Jackie DeGarmo

President and Founder,
Hilliard Jeane LLC

Collyn Floyd

Director of Marketing & Public Relations Stark State College

Jeanne Freitag

Community Volunteer

Willis Gordon

Willis Gordon Enterprises

Maribeth graham

Director of Strategic Accounts


Lora Harley

Professional Assistant Professor of Accounting, Baldwin Wallace University

Dr. Geraldine Humphrey

Retired Counselor and Community Volunteer

Courtney James

Content Marketing Manager,
Login VSI Inc

Mary Kreitz

Training Director,
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Kay Leath

College & Career Prep Advisor

Ellen mcnally

Community Volunteer

Lori Martino

Community Volunteer

La Tarsha Miller

Director, Business Affairs & Operations,
Kent State University at Stark

Todd Ruggles

CPA, Tax  Partner,
415 Group

Sarah Sowers

Walsh University

Claire Stonestreet

Community Volunteer

aleisha stout

Project Manager,
Strengthening Stark

Tom Thompson

Community Volunteer

Nancy Varian

Adjunct Professor,
Malone University

Lauren Zollinger

ABIS Group