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.

2015 Meeting Dates: 

Annual Meeting: 5:00 PM
Monday January 19th

Regular Meetings: 5:00 PM
Jan 26th – Feb 23rd – Mar 23rd – Apr 27th – May 18th – June 29th – July 27th – Aug 24th – Sept 28th – Oct 26th – Nov 23rd – Dec 21st

Board Activities: Annual Fund Drive, Fundraising, Staff Appreciation Party

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:

Paul Bringewatt (Term 2008-2016)
Email: [email protected]
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.


Kathi Nevin
Vice President:
Kathi Nevin (Term 2014 – 2016)
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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.

Jim Terwilliger (Term 2007-2015)
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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.

Tina Manzer (Term 2014 – 2016)
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A Finger Lakes native, Tina has lived in Canandaigua for 30 years. She grew up loving libraries – the one in her hometown of Waterloo is one of the oldest library buildings in the state that still operates as its original intended use. Her mother was the librarian there after she retired from teaching. Tina works as an editor and writer for Geneva-based Fahy-Williams Publishing, a firm that specializes in trade magazines for niche retail segments including toys, fine art materials and teacher resources. She has two grown sons, Aaron and Jordan, and an ancient husky named Blitz.
Peggy Kane (Term: 2007-2015)
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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.

Caroline Gray (Term: 2010-2015)
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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.

Lindsay Pennise (Term 2013-2015)
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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.

Rick (Richard) Richmond (Term 2013-2015)
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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.

Craig RossTrustee:
Craig Ross (Term 2014 – 2016)
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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.

Quinn Marie Morris (Term 2014 – 2016)
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Quinn Marie Morris, grew up in Canandaigua spending many hours at the Wood Library. Some of her fondest childhood memories include attending Mrs. Ferris’ pajama story-time with her sisters. Due in part to these wonderful memories, she became interested in becoming part of the Board of Trustees, joining in 2014. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and Albany Law School. In 2012, she returned to Canandaigua after living and working in Albany, NY. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.
Donna Cotter (Term 2014 – 2016)
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Donna and her husband Don enjoy living in Canandiagua. They have two grown children.Donna has a bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College.Her professional career includes time spent as a staff accountant, sales representative and salestrainer/recruiter. Most recently, Donna has taken on the role of Literacy Program Coordinatorfor Ontario County at Literacy Volunteers Ontario-Yates. Donna has served the Canandaigua community as a coordinated Childcare Development Program (C.C.D.P.) board member, Granger Homestead volunteer, active parent volunteer at the Canandaigua City School District and C.C.S.D. Board of Education member. Her interests include travel, reading, gardening, hiking, visiting with customers behind the bar at Naked Dove Brewery and community service.


 Deb Gregory (Term 2015 – 2018)
 Email: [email protected]
 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.
 John Casey (Term 2015 – 2018)
 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.
3 Trustee:
 Suzanne O’Connor (Term 2015 – 2018)
 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.
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 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 and to Executive Director in 2012. Jenny and her husband, Steve, have a little girl and a new baby boy. Jenny is an avid baker and a Buffalo Sabres fan.