New library trustees named

MANCHESTER - The Mark Skinner Library Board of Trustees recently welcomed three new members to its ranks.

"We are delighted that Patrick Bernal, Stephen Drunsic, and Martha Heilemann are bringing their considerable talent and expertise to the library board as we work towards the creation of a new 21st century library for Manchester and the surrounding community," announced MSL President Linda Day McKeever.

Bernal is a partner at the law offices of Witten, Woolmington, Campbell & Bernal, P.C. in Manchester, focusing his practice primarily on litigation and business advice. In January 2012, he moved from New York City to Manchester Village, where he now lives with his wife and two young sons. "I am truly excited to join the Board," said Bernal. "This gives me an opportunity to work with a number of very smart and impressive people, and to give back to the community; I'm excited about both prospects,"

Drunsic is currently employed by Transportation Management Services, which is a railroad management company based out of Manchester with properties in Tennessee.

He has been with the organization since 2005 and presently holds the position of vice president of operations and finance. He relocated to Manchester after a 10-year period in New York where he held various positions in the fields of investment banking and technology. His decision to join the board was driven by his desire to contribute to and be part of a civic establishment that is undergoing a very dynamic and positive transformation. Drunsic also sits on a number of other private boards as well as contributes his time locally to the Manchester Riverwalk board and the Hunter Park marketing committee.

Heilemann is a certified fund raising executive. Currently, Heilemann serves as the director of philanthropy at Long Trail School. Her 26 years in development have included positions at the Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Bennnington Museum, Hildene and United Way of Bennnington County.

Heilemann has been involved with Manchester Conservation Commission and the Board of Civil Authority and has served as a board member for United Counseling Service and Pine Cobble School as well as several other organizations.

"It was an honor to be asked to join this active and compassionate board and support the outstanding staff. They have made an important decision to create a vital space for all community members. I hope to share my fundraising knowledge to help transform this dream into reality," Heilemann said Bernal, Drunsic and Heilemann join board members Pat Bennett, Carol Berry, Tom Deck, Rob Lemonik, Brian Marthage, Rabbi David Novak, Chris Rose and Meg Seff; student representative Abbey Grant; and Executive Director Betsy Bleakie "who have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to plan the building you see rising on the corner of Route 7A and Cemetery Avenue," stated McKeever.

McKeever would also like to remind the Manchester community that Mark Skinner Library board meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm and are open to the public.

Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester. For more information, contact the library at (802) 362-2607.


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