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 third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Library, 38255 L'Anse Creuse Street, Ste. A, 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.

President
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.
Treasurer
Carole Wolf is the Treasurer of the Library Board of Trustees. She retired in 2010 and has been a library volunteer since that time.

Her business experience has been in general accounting and budget analysis
for auto and health insurance companies. She received her Bachelor of
Accountancy from Walsh College. She has lived in Harrison Township since
1997 and has three sons and eight grandchildren.

I am honored to serve with this dedicated board to support our library and
community.

Secretary
Linda Pillow is the Secretary of the Library Board of Trustees.

Linda, along with her husband, Gary, and two children, moved into Harrison Township 16 years ago. Linda was active in the L’Anse Creuse School district as a volunteer, and Science Olympiad coach both at Middle School South and L’Anse Creuse High. She also coached soccer for AYSO in Harrison Township. Recently retired, Linda has been employed in the field of Social Work for over 35 years, with an emphasis in traumatic brain injury and gerontology. She has volunteered in the local community and on hurricane relief with the Red Cross.

She received her BA from Adams State College in Alamosa Colorado, and a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University.

“I am proud to be a member of the Harrison Township Library Board, and to be working with such dedicated individuals. Our library offers invaluable services to our community and is poised for even greater things”.

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. She worked at DTE Energy for 30 years as a business professional in multiple departments. She received her BS and MBA from Wayne State University. She has lived in Harrison Township with her husband Robert, since 1995. She has been on the library board since November 2014.