The Ossining Public Library is governed by seven Trustees who serve for three-year terms (click name to view biography). The 2017-2018 officers and trustees are:

Matthew Weiss
2nd full term, expires 6/20

Alice Joselow
2nd full term, expires 6/18

Madeline Zachacz
2nd full term, expires 6/19

Peter Capek
4th full term, expires 6/19

Debbie Goddard
2nd full term, expires 6/19

Lucinda Manning
3rd full term, expires 6/20

Matthew Weiss and wife, Vivian, have been Ossining residents for more than 30 years. I am an investment professional and volunteer and fundraiser for numerous non-profits in the Ossining community for the past 25 years.

As Ossining grows and changes, the Ossining Public Library works hard to provide you, our community of patrons, with new programs and resources. The Library staff and Trustees are proud to belong to Westchester County's "Best" Adult Library for two consecutive years and Children's Library this year (Westchester Magazine July 2017).

Being able to maintain and repair the physical building and grounds so we may provide you with a space where you can feel safe and comfortable can be fiscally challenging at times. I have learned in my professional career that budgeting and preventative measures can be cost effective with sufficient planning. This is the approach I use as a Trustee

The OPL Board of Trustees will continue to work hard to support staff development, improve technology, maintain and grow fundraising and enhance both internal and external communications. I hope we can accomplish all of these things while we carefully and intelligently spend your tax dollars.

The OPL is fortunate to have many volunteers who help "behind the scenes" to keep our popular programs running. I encourage you to join the Friends of the Ossining Public Library and share your enthusiasm for the OPL.

The Library celebrates its 125th birthday in 2018. The Library staff, Trustees and volunteers are all working hard to make the celebration of the Quasquicentennial a memorable one.

Thank you for your continued patronage.

Alice Joselow is a wife, mom of three and community advocate. She has lived in Ossining for 24 years. She currently works for the Open Door Family Medical Center where she coordinates and chairs a federally funded (SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grant) coalition called Ossining Communities That Care which is focused on reducing teen substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development in Ossining.

Alice has a BA from Colgate University and a MS from Columbia in Metallurgy/Materials Science. Prior to having her kids, Alice worked for IBM in Materials/Packaging Development. Alice has volunteered in the PTA where she organized many activities including storytelling festivals, afterschool programs, and assemblies and served as president for several years. Alice was elected to the Ossining Board of Education (BOE) in 1999 and served for 12 years on the board. In the course of her BOE service she worked to keep kids first, to narrow the achievement gap and ensure equitable and high academic outcomes for all students, she worked to build up many new community collaborations, to negotiate responsible contracts, to find solutions to the space issues, to bring in responsible budgets and helped to plan and pass several bond issues. Alice also helped to start "A Kid's Place" day care center, and was the managing vice president of the Ossining Food Pantry for many years as well. Alice is a founding member of both the Ossining Communities That Care (OCTC) community coalition and Ossining MATTERS, the local educational foundation.

On a family note, her husband is a mechanical engineer in NYC and he loves to kayak. They have three children who all graduated from OHS. Their daughter was a history major in college, served as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in New Orleans and is attending Rabbinic school. Their middle son just graduated from college majoring in Public Policy and is a TFA corps member in Washington DC. Their youngest son is a sophomore in college balancing studies with his political and entrepreneurial interests and a job. As a family, they love to spend time together on Cape Cod. Alice's guiding principal is the age-old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."

Madeline Zachacz has lived in Ossining all of her life and has spent a vast amount of that time in the Ossining Public Library.

Madeline graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 2008 with a B.A. in Urban and Public Policy Studies and earned her M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis from The New School in 2010. Madeline feels that Ossining already has one of the best and most diverse education programs around and fostering this intellectual growth in our library is an important way of securing Ossining's future.

Madeline currently serves as the Budget Officer and Aide to the Supervisor for the Town of Ossining. She has a very informed view of what strains a budget can live with or without and is comfortable communicating the rationale for every dollar spent and does not hesitate to call attention to where it could be saved.

Lucinda Manning grew up in small rural towns in Kansas and Oklahoma during the 1950s and '60s. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and then moved to the east coast for graduate school. A resident of Ossining since 1988, she previously lived in Boston and Providence before moving from Brooklyn to Ossining with her husband, John Mingle — a commercial appraiser — and their daughter Emily, now an art teacher in Boston.

Lucinda has worked as both a professional archivist and librarian since 1980 in various historical societies, and in college and university libraries, including URI, NYU, Barnard, and Teachers College at Columbia University. For twelve years, she directed the UFT Archives & Records Center for the United Federation of Teachers labor union in NYC. More recently, she has consulted on archives projects, been the Curator of Archives for the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich and was Consulting Archivist for the National Office of the ACLU in NYC.

Her academic background includes an undergraduate degree in journalism / graphic design; graduate study in U.S. history (with an emphasis on 19th and 20th C. social change movements); and an MLS in academic libraries and special collections from the University of Rhode Island. She currently serves on the NYC Archivist Round Table's Advocacy Committee and on the SAA Diversity Committee, as well as participating in many local and community activities.

Previously, Lucinda served one term as OPL Library Trustee from 2007 to 2010. She began a second Trustee term in July, 2012 as an elected replacement for another board member's resignation one year into that term. During Lucinda's first term, she helped to professionalize the OPL Board and in coming years is interested in helping to plan for the increasing library funding challenges; the on-going library technological revolution; and the enormous pressures on public libraries to re-invent themselves as all-purpose community and jobs centers.

Some of her prior accomplishments on the Board include: pushing for pay equity for staff (with other similar libraries' pay scales in Westchester County) (2007); advocating for the development of OPL Board committees, esp. Policy and Finance Committees (2007); pushing for review (and adaptation) of new and older library policies, including adaptation of the ALA's long-standing Intellectual Freedom policies (2007-); pressing for the revitalization of the Library Foundation (2007-); and pushing for the creation of a Friends of the Library group (founded in 2010) so that the Friends group can apply for grants and funding through the national Trustees, Friends and Foundation group -- United for Libraries -- formerly called ALTAFF.

In 2007, Lucinda also advocated for the establishment of an Annual Library Meeting (honoring staff and with a Report to the community) and for an annual Board Planning Retreat (both scheduled for the first time in 2010). In her second term (2012-2013), she was elected to the position of Secretary for the OPL Board of Trustees and this year she serves as the Board's Vice-President for 2013-2014.

Debbie Goddard I am a native of Guyana who has lived in the US for over thirty years. The last seventeen years as a resident in the Town of Ossining and a vital part of the Ossining school community where my kids have attended school.

I was an active member of the PTA and served on the executive board while my kids were in elementary and middle school. I was president of the Ossining SEPTO (special education parent teacher organization) for many years. Advocating for and empowering parents to advocate for their children through making information and resources available to them.

Ossining has appealed to my family because of its diversity and sense of community.

The Ossining Library is an anchor in this community and strives to meet the needs of all its residents.

As a small business owner, my many years of experience includes creating and maintaining budgets, being fiscally responsible, listening to and working collaboratively with others and seeking creative and cost effective solutions to problems.