Bob Luttman - President
Bob Luttman received his first library card before starting kindergarten. He grew up in Detroit and has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan. After a career in healthcare, including running his own consulting practice, he became an at-home dad for his two daughters and a professional volunteer in a small Massachusetts town. He has been a soccer coach, room parent, Brownie troop leader, run school fundraisers, served on a senior center building committee, started a farmers’ market, helped preserve a 17th century home, and ran a town-wide email newsletter. He was also elected to four three year terms as a Library Trustee. After summering in York for several years, Bob and his wife Mary became year-round residents in 2013. He serves on the Library’s Program Committee, the York Cliff Walk Committee, and volunteers with the Gundalow Company.
Dave Cohen - Vice President
Dave Cohen is a longtime Seacoast Area resident who grew up and attended public school in Portsmouth NH and received degrees in Mechanical Engineering and English from UNH. Following college he did a year long stint under two chefs at a café in Portsmouth, then journeyed west for 5 years in San Francisco and the Bay Area where he worked for several high tech start-ups. The Seacoast lured him back though, and he’s been living in York since 1999 with his wife and son. He’s currently employed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (the IAPP) and works in the publications department producing educational webinars and programming sessions for their conferences. When not working he enjoys running, gardening, skiing, canoeing, hiking and generally being outdoors as much as possible. And, a good cup of coffee.
Jen Ring - Secretary
Jen grew up in southern Maine, then left to study engineering at the University of Rochester. She worked at Boeing and Pratt and Whitney as a structural analyst and project manager. She and her husband moved to York in 2005. In 2008 she made the leap to full time motherhood. The York library has been a cornerstone of parenting for her. She became a volunteer in the Children’s Room, and has been excited to share some STEM concepts with the littlest patrons. In her free time, Jen bakes, gardens, and runs and dreams of travel.
Rick DiDonato - Treasurer
Native to Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in a small town in central Pennsylvania, I left my hometown to earn a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and then an M.B.A. from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago. Following a couple decades of investment banking experience on Wall Street and now with 30 years of experience in commercial banking, corporate finance and debt capital markets, I am a regional executive for Citizens Bank. Importantly, I am known for my immeasurable energy as well as an ability to deliver ideas and financial strategies that create value for corporate clients.
After living in various locations across the U.S., my wife and I chose York, Maine, as a perfect location for work-life balance. I am the proud father of four children and step-father to four more. Every 3-4 weeks, I visit my children in South Carolina. I am an outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys paddle tennis, CrossFit, and gardening.
Jennifer Hunter - Jennifer Hunter and her husband moved to York in 2003. She has worked in the environmental field for nearly 20 years in the areas of natural resource protection, energy efficiency, and watershed management. Most recently she served as director of a coastal watershed protection program based at UNH until 2010 when she stepped down to be home with her two young sons, dog, and chickens. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University.
Shea Adelson - Shea has been an active member of the community since she and her family moved to York in 2011. She enjoys supporting the public schools' efforts to provide the best education possible for students and worked with a team of citizens to pass the referendum for the York Community Auditorium. She is co-leader with Holly Sargent of the York Chapter for Dining for Women, a group of inter-generational women that gathers regularly to bring awareness and to fundraise both for international non-profits supporting women & girls health and education issues, and for organizations supporting local needs as well as celebrations of humanity, art and music. Professionally, Shea is consultant and executive coach and trainer, developing leaders and teams for higher performance. Her first job ever was being a page at the Public Library in her hometown where she would get lost in the stacks reading. She lives in the woods with her husband, two daughters, well-fed dog and a bunch of chickens.
Rebecca Valentine - Rebecca Valentine began her love affair with the public library at the age of 6, when she got her first library card. She left her hometown. She eventually left her husband. But she has never left the library. And the library has never left her. Rebecca is a professional writer, mom of 4 and stepmom of 4 more, and a former small-business owner for whom the library has played many roles. As a child, the library was her haven from a dysfunctional home informed by addiction and mental illness. Rebecca’s first job was as a library page, and she credits her time there with saving her teenage sanity. As a young adult just trying to figure out life on her own, the library was her second home, where she knew all the staff by name. As a young, new mother who was also a full-time college student, Rebecca found the library to be far more than a repository of information, and she regularly took her children to storytimes, summer reading programs, and anything else that was offered. Her children grew up in a small-town northern Colorado library, where one of them now works as Children’s Outreach Assistant; the library is in their blood. And finally, as an author, Rebecca finds her library an invaluable source not only of information and research, but of support and inspiration. To serve as a Trustee [is] an honor, one that her father also enjoyed and valued some 40 years ago, when libraries were quiet and hushed. Rebecca is not quiet OR hushed. But her experience as a lifelong patron, parent, business administrator, and writer gives her a unique insight into the needs of York’s diverse community and how to creatively fill them.
Barbara Chase - Barbara Landis Chase is a retired educator, who has lived full time in York since 2012. She works part time as a senior consultant for Carney Sandoe and Associates in Boston. In that role she conducts searches for heads of school and advises schools on leadership and governance. Barbara began her career as a teacher in independent schools. She taught at the Lower, Middle and Upper School levels before becoming the Director of Admission at The Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. She went on to become Headmistress at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore for 14 years. In 1994, she became the fourteenth Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. She was the first woman to lead the School, from which she retired in 2012. Among other volunteer commitments, Barbara has served on the Corporation of Brown University as both an elected Alumnae Trustee and a Fellow; as a trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools; the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, MA., and as an overseer of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Barbara received a BA from Brown University, in History, and an M.A.L.S. from Johns Hopkins University. Married to David Chase, Barbara has two daughters and three grandchildren. Barbara has always appreciated the potential of libraries; she fondly remembers as a young person, traveling by bus through rural Lancaster County, where she grew up, to the city, to spend hours in the new Lancaster Public Library. She is a devoted patron of the York Public Library, as well as a member of the Boston Athenaeum. An avid reader in many genres, she has a keen interest in history—especially that of Atlantic Slavery and Nineteenth Century abolitionism in the United States.
Nancy Garrick Nancy Garrick grew up in Southern Connecticut and has lived in York since 2009. She has also lived in Boulder and Flagstaff, CO; Paris, France; Boston MA; and Peterborough, NH. She has a BA from Keene State College in Integrated Curriculum and a M.Ed. from Harvard University. Of the several program director positions Nancy has had in the arts, she is most proud of the Enrichment Program she created and administrated for eight Elementary Schools in Southern NH which brought artists into the schools to work ‘hands-on’ with students; offered workshops using the arts to support literacy; organized field trips; and secured state and federal funding, corporate sponsorships and individual donations. Since moving to York, she has worked as an Ed Tech at Wells High School. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the York Diversity Forum, involved in YDF programming and the Seasonal Workers Program. Recently, Nancy came on board with the YPL Arts Committee. She has two wonderful children, two little grand nuggets and a one year old Labradoodle named Lola. Nancy loves music, art, literature and travel. She remembers the names of her childhood librarians – Miss Johnson and Mr. Davenport!
Britton Ryan Garon Britton Ryan Garon, Esq., LL.M., has spent much of her life working in various libraries. Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, she volunteered her time in the libraries of her elementary and high schools. Her first job during college was at Boston’s Social Law Library, the second-oldest law library in the United States. After college, Britton spent almost ten years as a Research and Technical Services Librarian at the Boston law firms of Foley Hoag and Sullivan & Worcester before moving to York with her husband Patrick, who grew up in town. They have three children: Declan, Noah, and Quinn, all of whom list library as their favorite “special” in school. Britton earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and an LL.M. in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law. She is an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney at the Maine Center for Elder Law. Britton is a member of the Town Board of Appeals, the York Rotary, the Steering Committee for the York Chapter of Dining for Women, and the S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Advisory Board. She is thankful every day that her husband is from such an amazing town and convinced her to move to Maine.
Mary Marshall Mary has always been involved with libraries, frequenting local libraries and working at a large technical library when in college. She, her husband, David and two children came to York in 1992 and spent many hours in both the current and former York Library (now the Congregational Church offices). She grew up in upstate NY and earned an engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She continues to work as an engineer and manager today. Mary is a supporter of public education and libraries, with both of her children being educated in the York schools from K-12. Over the years, Mary volunteered as youth T-ball, softball, soccer, and basketball coach, a Girl Scout leader, and has been on a York school building committee, as well as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board since 1995. In her free time, she enjoys walking/hiking, biking, boating, skating, skiing, snow shoeing, baking, crocheting and most outdoor activities.