A Board of Trustees has governed the Wood Library Association since its founding. The board meets the fourth Monday of the month at Wood Library at 5 PM. Meetings are open to the public and are listed on the Wood Library Calendar.
2014 Meeting Dates: January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 19, June 23, July 21, August 25, September 22, October 20, November 24, December 22.
Board Activities: Annual Fund Drive, Fundraising, Staff Appreciation Party
Wood Library Trustees:
Paul Bringewatt (Term 2008-2016)
Paul Bringewatt has been on the library board since 2007. He has worked in local government in Canandaigua and Rochester. Paul is retired from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Peggy Kane (Term: 2007-2015)
Peggy Kane was born in Connecticut. She taught school in Brazil, Portugal, SUNY College at Brockport, and was a Professor of Counseling and College Therapist at Genesee Community College for 17 years. Peter and Peggy have lived in Canandaigua since 1995. They have four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They consistently support Wood through the Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, and with lifetime Friends’ memberships. Peggy is active in community organizations: President of Canandaigua Botanical Society; founder and Board member of Ontario/Yates Fund for Women; President of Seeking Common Ground (programs- Herb Haven and Farm to Cafeteria); Thompson Guild lifetime member; and Gleaners’ Community Kitchen Board member.
Jim Terwilliger (Term 2007-2015)
Jim Terwilliger is a fourth-generation Canandaiguan and a 1961 graduate of Canandaigua Academy. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and had a 30-year career as a scientist and research manager in the Kodak Research Laboratories. Following retirement from Kodak, he earned his Certified Financial Planner® credentials. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a personal financial planner at Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Company where he is a vice president and financial planning manager. Jim has served over the past 30 years as a member or officer on a number of local not-for-profit boards. He currently is the treasurer and Finance Committee chair of the Wood Library Board. He is also an elected member of Canandaigua City Council, Council president, and chair of the Finance Committee. Jim is married to Ellen Coyne from Avon, NY, and has two daughters, Catherine and Cheryl, and a granddaughter, Rose.
Peter Blackwood (Term 2012-2014)
Peter Blackwood joined the library board in January 2012. Peter worked as an RN specializing in psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. Since retiring in 2011, Peter has dedicated time to his alternate career in photography by starting his business, Blackwood Photography. He specializes in nature and landscape as well as events and weddings. Peter has taught digital photography classes at the library for several years. He also holds the volunteer position of ‘Exhibit Curator’ at the library, coordinating with local artists to display month-long exhibitions of fine art in the Ewing Community Room. Peter and his family have lived in Canandaigua for the past 14 years. Peter and his wife Tina have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Caroline Gray (Term: 2010-2015)
Caroline Gray has her 14-digit library card number memorized and has occasionally maxed-out her book limit while visiting the library. She made her best friends attending Story Time and is a fervent library supporter. Mrs. Gray graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University. She lives in Canandaigua with her husband and two sons.
Kelly Meath (Term 2012-2014)
Kelly Diver Meath, a life-long resident of Canandaigua, has been a Wood Library cardholder nearly all her life. She remembers visiting the library in what is now the Ontario County Historical Society building. Her love of reading can be traced back to hours spent in the children’s section reading Beatrix Potter books. A Purdue graduate, she joined the Board of Trustees in 2012, bringing experience volunteering with Ontario County ARC, teaching part-time at FLCC, and serving in numerous capacities at the First Congregational Church. She is married to Brian and has two children, Allison and Kyle. She also serves as a puppy raiser for Canine Companions.
Lindsay Pennise (Term 2013-2015)
Lindsay Pennise grew up in Canandaigua. She has a BFA from Rochester Iinstitute of Technology. After working with an architecture firm in Rochester for six years, Lindsay became a real estate agent for Nothnagle Realtors until she decided to stay home to raise her three young children. The Wood Library was an important part of Lindsay’s youth, and it has been fun watching her own children experience the same adventures and curiosity the library gave her. In her free time Lindsay enjoys working on old homes, running, and spending time with her family.
Kathy Rayburn (Term 2012-2014)
Kathy Rayburn was born in Canandaigua and spent her childhood in both New York and Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Wisconsin, followed by a move to Chicago where she worked in sales management for over 25 years. Returning to Canandaigua in 2009, Kathy shares a family commitment to Canandaigua and the vibrancy of its institutions.
Rick (Richard) Richmond (Term 2013-2015)
Rick Richmond has been a Canandaigua resident for seven years. He is a semi-retired specialist in scientific business development. Rick was a co-founder of SiMPore, Diffinity Genomics, STS Biopolymers, Panorama Plastics, Gradient Lens, Microdispersions, Fairfield Cosmetics, and Medisperse. He has a BS from St. Lawrence University and MBA and MS from the University of Rochester. Rick is a member of the advisory board of the University of Buffalo Center for Advanced Technology and Excell Partners investment fund and a founding member of the Rochester Angel Network. He is a past member of the University of Rochester Libraries’ Advisory Council, past Director of the Health Care Industry Association and past President of the Rochester High Technology Business Council. He enjoys kayaking, sailing, skiing, traveling, and especially, reading.
Anne Smith (Term 2012-2014)
A multi-generational native of Canandaigua, Anne Smith graduated from Canandaigua Academy and earned her BS/RN degree from Syracuse University. She and her husband, Rod, lived in Pittsford for 40 years, and it was there that they raised their three sons, Eric (Amy), Dana (Molly), and Jared (Daniela). Anne has been involved with many volunteer organizations and has served on the boards of: Pittsford Central School PTSA, Junior League of Rochester, Pittsford Chamber of Commerce, and the Pittsford Merchants Association. Professionally, she has worked as a school nurse-teacher and as a pediatric office nurse. For 20 years she was owner and buyer of The Toy Soldier specialty toy store, first in Pittsford and later in Fairport. Since moving back to Canandaigua in 2007, Anne has served on the Board of the Salvation Army and has been on committees for Arts at the Gardens and Chairperson for Wood, Wine, and Song for the library. She is enjoying her retirement, which has allowed her more time to spend with her granddaughters, Eloise and Corrina, and her extended family. Anne also enjoys quilting, reading, renewing former friendships and meeting many new friends in Canandaigua.
Craig Ross has lived in Canandaigua since 2004, he is married to Heather and has two children ages 4 and 7. Craig currently works at the College at Brockport as the Associate Director of Residential Life, where is responsible for the $18 million residential campus budget. Craig has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering Technology, a Masters of Business Administration and is finishing up a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo.
Kathi Nevin has been involved in the Canandaigua community for over 20 years. Some of her past experience includes President of Friends of Wood Library, Director of Arts at the Gardens, Director of Canandaigua Business Improvement District, President of Gleaners Community Kitchen Advisory Board and Development Specialist at FF Thompson Foundation. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kathi and husband Phil raised three children – Michelle (Alex), Tim and Christina – and are now enjoying their grandson, Daniel. Wood Library has always played a prominent role in her family and Kathi is very excited to have an opportunity to once more work with an organization that she holds dear.
Jenny joined the staff at Wood Library in 2005 as the Reference and Young Adult Librarian. During her six year in that position, she enhanced teen programming by offering a monthly Teen Nite, a teen baking competition, a recording studio tour, a sandcastle contest, and a summer drama club, to name just a few. She regularly visits the schools and other youth organizations to promote reading. Jenny graduated from the University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies. Her career highlights include bringing the Big Read, a community read program, to Canandaigua for three consecutive years and being promoted to Assistant Director in 2010. Jenny and her husband, Steve, have a baby girl who is already developing a love for reading. Jenny is an avid baker and Buffalo Sabres fan.