Board of Trustees


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. If you have any questions in the interim, please call Executive Director Jenny Goodemote at 585.394.1381.

2017 Meeting Dates:

Annual Meeting: 5:00 PM
Monday January 16

Regular Meetings: 5:00 PM
Jan 23 – Feb 27 – Mar 27 – Apr 24 – May 22 – Jun 26 – Jul 24 – Aug 28 – Sept 25 – Oct 23 – Nov 27 – Dec 18


2017: Minutes: Jan 2017 – Feb 2017 – Mar 2017 – Apr 2017 – May 2017 – Jun 2017 – Jul 2017 – Aug 2017 – Sept 2017 – Oct 2017 – Nov 2017 – Dec 2017

2016 Minutes: Jan 2016 – Feb 2016 – Mar 2016 – Apr 2016 – May 2016 – Jun 2016 – Jul 2016 – Aug 2016 – Sept 2016 – Oct 2016 – Nov 2016 – Dec 2016

2015 Minutes: Jan 2015Feb 2015Mar 2015 – Apr 2015 – May 2015 – Jun 2015 – Jul 2015 – Aug 2015 – Sept 2015 – Oct 2015 – Nov 2015 – Dec 2015

2014 Minutes: Jan 2014Feb 2014Mar 2014Apr 2014May 2014Jun 2014Jul 2014Aug 2014Sept. 2014 – Oct 2014  – Nov 2014Dec 2014


Wood Library Trustees:

Kathi NevinPresident:
Kathi Nevin (Term 2017 – 2019)
Email: [email protected]
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.



Vice President:
John Casey (Term 2015 – 2017)
Email: [email protected]
John Casey was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and has called Canandaigua home since 1991. He is a retired construction executive of more than 30 years who headed up such notable projects as Frontier Field, Canandaigua Post Office building, Canandaigua Fire Department building, Strong Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Caribbean, a $192 million condominium and Art Deco-era hotel restoration in Miami, FL. He has served on and presided over numerous boards, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Rochester Branch, Builders Exchange of Rochester, and Rochester Spinal Association. John lives in Canandaigua with his wife, Christina, and their twins, Marlena and Johnny.


Suzanne O’Connor (Term 2015 – 2017)
Email: [email protected]
Sue has been a Canandaigua resident since 2013. She earned a BS from Clarkson University and began her public accounting career in Rochester, NY. Sue has since served in various accounting and finance managerial positions in organizations as varied as a Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company and an automobile finance company, of which she was one of the four founders, before turning to the not-for-profit sector. She is currently the Managing Director of Finance & Administration for High Tech Rochester. Sue holds a CPA license and is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She enjoys traveling, reading, golfing, and enjoying Canandaigua Lake.


Deb Gregory (Term 2015 – 2017)
Deb Gregory was born in the Finger Lakes area and is a graduate of Marcus Whitman High School. After earning a BA from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in music education, she got a teaching job teaching instrumental music in the Brewster Central School District. Deb continued her educational pursuits by earning an MS in music education from Western Connecticut State University and an administrative degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She was promoted to the administrative ranks in Brewster, where she served as a middle school principal, high school principal, and eventually Assistant Superintendent of schools. During her administrative years, Deb earned her Ed.D. in Supervision and Administration from Fordham University. In 2010, she and her husband, Pete, retired to Canandaigua. Deb currently is employed by Keuka College, where she is the Program Manager/Adjunct Instructor for the Management Division of the Accelerated Programs for Adult Students. She and Pete love traveling and enjoying living on beautiful Canandaigua Lake.

Craig RossTrustee:
Craig Ross (Term 2017 – 2019)
Email: [email protected]
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.

Marty Daniels (Term 2016-2018)
Marty has been a Canandaigua resident for the past ten years. She is retired from Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES where she worked her entire career, first as a special education teacher, then as an administrator. Marty attended SUNY Geneseo and Brockport for her degrees and certificates. She has been an active member of the Friends of Wood for the past four years and treasurer for three. Marty has enjoyed many of Wood Library’s programs, speakers, films and of course, books! She also enjoys gardening, knitting, traveling and staying active to keep up with her five grandkids.
Tammra Schiller (Term 2016-2018)
Email: [email protected]
Tammra is a lifelong resident of Canandaigua. She has a Master of Science degree in Management from Keuka College.  Tammra has been in the finance field for sixteen years and currently works as an Assistant Vice President/Manager at Five Star Bank located in Canandaigua. In addition, she serves in a dual capacity as she works as a licensed Wealth Consultant and Registered Paraplanner for Five Star Investment Services.  Tammra’s community involvement includes the Thompson Hospital Guild board and chairing the annual fashion show, Professional Women of the Finger Lakes, and she is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua.  Tammra has spent many hours at the Wood Library since she was five years old, and now spends time here with her seven year old son, Quinn. In her free time, Tammra enjoys camping, golf, and travel with Quinn and her husband, Mike.
Curtis Hill (Term 2016-2018)
Email: [email protected]
Curtis “Curt” Hill recently joined the alumni relations and development staff of The Aquinas Institute of Rochester. His previous work was as Leadership Giving Officer on SUNY Brockport’s successful $25 million campaign. Prior to that he was Associate Director of Development for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.  Curt also has more than fifteen years’ management experience in municipal and state service and nearly twenty years’ management experience in the private sector. He specializes in creating community and in developing people and their organizations.
Curt holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and has completed graduate studies at SUNY Brockport and the University of Rochester. He made Canandaigua his home in 2011 and loves the area and especially its people.

Kent GilgesTrustee:
Kent Gilges (Term 2017-2019)

Kent Gilges manages a private equity firm called Conservation Forestry based in Exeter, New Hampshire. He resides on North Pearl Street with his wife Liz and five teenagers, and is a graduate of Cornell and Oxford Universities.

John Goodwin
John Goodwin(Term 2017-2019)

John Goodwin is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Canandaigua. He resides on Scotland Road with his wife Jessica and two children, and holds degrees from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, at SUNY Albany.

Laurie Reidman

Laurie Reidman (Term 2017-2019)
Laurie Riedman, founder of Riedman Communications, a marketing communications firm located in Canandaigua, brings her 30+ years’ experience in marketing as well as a passion for helping nonprofits use solid marketing strategies to share their story. Laurie has supported marketing and public relations campaigns for large and small companies internationally yet is known to have quite a soft spot for nonprofits. She currently serves on committees for Light Hill Comfort Care Home, Rochester Community Foundation, and Resolve, a Rochester nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. She has a passion for education and helped create Love Your Schools, a local organization conducting educational advocacy.
Laurie previously served several terms as Vice Chair of The Sonnenberg Board of Trustees and was on the boards of Empowered Girl Alliance, a mentoring program for girls; Woman Within International among others. She and her husband Rich have raised their three daughters in Canandaigua, residing here for 28 years, and during that time have certainly taken full advantage of all the Wood Library has to offer.

Jill Werth

Jill Werth (Term 2017-2019)
Jill werth has resided in Canandaigua for the past ten years. She earned a degree in Aviation Management at the Florida Institute of Technology and is a professional pilot by trade.
Jill, along with her husband, owns and operates the Canandaigua Air Center, an aircraft maintenance facility at the Canandaigua Airport, and the Rochester Air Center, a pilot training center at the Greater Rochester International Airport.
Jill grew up living in an old library and she found that books make every place feel like home. She loves to cook and fancies herself a gardener, even though she doesn’t have much of a green thumb! Jill’s favorite pastime is hanging out with her buddies (her twin boys), Owen and Wyatt.
Executive Director:
Jenny Goodemote
Email: [email protected]
Jenny joined the staff at Wood Library in 2005 as the Reference and Young Adult Librarian. During her six years 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 and to Executive Director in 2012. Jenny and her husband, Steve, have a daughter and a son. Jenny is an avid baker and a Buffalo Sabres fan.