Board of Trustees

About the Board of Trustees

The Harrison Township Public Library is governed by a publicly elected Board of Trustees.

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Library, 38151 L'Anse Creuse Street, unless otherwise specified. All regular meetings are open to the public and public comment is welcome when the meeting begins, and again when the meeting concludes.

Board Meetings

Dianne Marvaso is the President of the Library Board of Trustees. She has lived in Harrison Township for over 40 years and has taught preschool in L’Anse Creuse for over 30 years. Dianne and her husband Norm have two grown sons and one lovely daughter-in-law! She has been connected with the library from its inception, working on all 3 millages and organizing Cookie Walks, Vendor sales and Appraisal Shows to raise funds for our volunteer library.

"As the president of the first board of the Harrison Township Public library I have been privileged to be a part of a group of people who have continued the mission that so many people worked on for so many years. We now have paid staff who are committed to bringing the citizens of Harrison Township the library services that they voted for and that our community deserves.

So thank you for being supportive and tell your friends to “Check out our library!'"
Vice President
John Da Via is the Vice President of the Harrison Township Library Board. Until his retirement in June, 2014, he had committed his professional life to promote literacy and learning in various capacities as a teacher, coach, and administrator for 41 years, the last 40 serving the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools. His efforts on behalf of the Library Board beginning in November 2014 extend that commitment to the present.

He received his B.A.Ed. and M.A. Ed, from the University of Michigan, and an Ed. Specialist Certificate and Law Degree from Wayne State University. He also volunteers at the library. He, his wife, Anne and their children have lived in Harrison Township for 15 years.
John Gabor is the Treasurer of the Library Board of Trustees.
Diane Nelson is the secretary of the Library Board. She is an English teacher with the L'Anse Creuse Public Schools. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for 27 years. They have two children. Diane has lived in Harrison Township for over 20 years and is proud of the accomplishments of Harrison Township Public Library.

"To see the Harrison Township Public Library become a reality after all of these years warms my heart. The people in Harrison Township have worked tirelessly to make this dream come true. I am proud to serve with and for the people of our community."
Member at Large
Jim Bilen is a Member at Large of the Library Board of Trustees. Jim is a retired insurance claims analyst. He has been married for over 51 years to Mary Lou. They have two sons and enjoy five grandchildren. They have lived in Harrison Township for 45 years and have a real passion for the success of the library.

"I am very proud of the cooperative team spirit, dedication and accomplishments of our board. I look forward to our continued work to serve the Library and its Patrons."
Member at Large
Linda Silvonen is a Member at Large of the Library Board of Trustees.