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Board of Trustees

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The Kent District Library Board of Trustees is composed of eight members representing geographic regions of the KDL Service Area. Trustees must live in the region they represent. Board members are appointed for four-year terms by the Kent County Board of Commissioners based on recommendations from the eight regions. For more information, including an application form, please see the Kent County website.

The KDL Board meets monthly. Major duties include establishing and maintaining a public library for Kent District Library, establishing library policies, employing the Library Director, adopting an annual budget, and approving the expenditure of funds.

Penny Weller

Penny Weller, Chair
Term ends: 12/31/2020
Region 3: City of Walker; Plainfield and Alpine Townships

Shirley Bruursema

Shirley A. Bruursema, Vice Chair
Term ends: 12/31/2019
Region 6: City of Kentwood; Gaines and Caledonia Townships

Andrew Erlewein, Treasurer
Term ends: 12/31/2019
Region 2: City of Rockford; Cannon, Algoma, Courtland and Grattan Townships

Tom Noreen

Tom Noreen, Trustee
Term Ends: 12/31/2018
Region 1: Spencer, Tyrone, Nelson and Oakfield Townships

Allie Idema

Allie Idema, Secretary
Term ends: 12/31/2020
Region 7: Byron Township and City of Grandville

Caitlin Searfoss Oliver

Caitlin “Caitie” Searfoss Oliver, Trustee
Term ends: 12/31/2021
Region 4: Lowell, Vergennes and Bowne Townships

Charles Myers

Charles Myers, Trustee
Term ends: 12/31/2018
Region 5: City of East Grand Rapids; Grand Rapids, Ada and Cascade Townships
 

Sheri Gilreath-Watts

Sheri Gilreath-Watts, Trustee
Term ends: 12/31/2019
Region 8: City of Wyoming