Friends Board Member Profiles

Jim Bowers Mike Caplice Joan Costello
Marie Haynes Ethell Hill Carl Lounsbury
Marilyn Riddle Sandra Stephan Pat Walsh
Matt Webster Michael Westfall  

Jim Bowers joined the Friends board in January 2012 and has been a Friends member since 2002.  Mr. Bowers holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Rutgers University and an MBA from Fairleigh Rickenson University.  Mr. Bowers worked at Bell Laboratories before retiring and is the immediate past president of the Christopher Wren Association. About the library’s role in the community, Mr. Bowers commented that “The library is a place of information sharing. It is a resource for citizens regardless of their means.” Mr. Bowers’ interests include volunteering, reading, travel, and music, and as a member of the Friends’ Board of Directors, he is particularly interested in the changing role of technology in the library.

 Mike Caplice joined the Friends board in January 2012.  Mr. Caplice holds a BSBA from John Carrol University and MBA from Western Reserve University.  He served for 13 years in the US Army, both active and reserve and was a long-time resident of Simsburg, CT.  Mr. Caplice retired from IBM, and during his retirement in Williamsburg, he has served on the Christopher Wren Association and the Weavers of the Word Board.  Most notably, Mr. Caplice served on the WRL Foundation Board for six years, five of which he spent as Treasurer.  His interests include history, travel, and storytelling.

Joan Costello joined the Friends board in June 2010 and currently serves as the co-chair of the Williamsburg Library Book Nook committee.  Ms. Costello has been an enthusiastic volunteer since 2008.  She holds a B.S. in education and a master's degree in education from Kean University.  She taught elementary education for twenty-five years and moved to Virginia seven years ago.  Prior to volunteering at WRL, Joan also worked as a library assistant, processing new books, shelving, and delivering storytimes.  She enjoys traveling, gardening, and reading.

Marie Haynes - coming soon

Ethell Hill - coming soon

Carl Lounsbury joined the Friends board in January 2014.  Mr.Lounsbury is the Senior Architectural Historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has been responsible for major research and writing projects over the past thirty-three years. He has recently worked on the design of the market house and Douglass Theater in the historic area and has published widely on early American architectural subjects including books on Bruton Church and Virginia courthouses. Along with The Chesapeake House, he contributed these to the WRL for the local authors program. He is married to Susan Kern, the director of the Historic Campus at William and Mary and they have two children who read their way through most of the chapter books and young adult series at the library a few years ago. Dr. Lounsbury serves on the state architectural review board, Historic Christ Church, and Friends of Bruton Church. He has been a member of the FWRL for a number of years as a way of supporting the library as a community center and its centrality in promoting reading as a life-long source of pleasure.

Marilyn Riddle - coming soon

Sandra Stephan joined the Friends board in June 2010.  Dr. Stephan is a retired professor of English, who taught at Youngstown State University.  Dr. Stephan earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in eighteenth-century British Literature from Tulane University.  A native of Philadelphia, she has lived in many places, both at home and abroad as the wife of a career U.S. Naval officer.  She retired to Williamsburg in 2006.  In addition to serving on the Friends of WRL Board, Dr. Stephan has also volunteered with the Occasion for the Arts and First Night for several years.  She has served as an instructor for WALT and the Christopher Wren Association, as well as acting as a volunteer interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg.  Her interests include literature, history, art, music, gardening, and travel.  Reflecting on the Williamsburg Regional Library, Dr. Stephan writes that “WRL is one of the best libraries I’ve encountered…I am so appreciative of the resources offered by public libraries, and particularly WRL, that I joined the Friends of the Library at the first opportunity. I am delighted to be able to contribute in my small way to the WRL by working in the nook and serving on the Board of Directors.”

Pat Walsh joined the Friends board in January 2011.  Ms. Walsh has chaired the Friends’ Book Sale since the fall of 2010 and enjoys the challenge of coordinating and organizing such a worthwhile endeavor.  She holds a B.S. from the University of Houston and two graduate degrees in education.  Her love of reading and books rests on a solid foundation in her academic experiences.  She has lived in the Middle East, the Far East, and on three coasts in the U.S., finally settling in Williamsburg seven years ago.  Considering the Friends, Ms. Walsh noted that “It is so gratifying to know how much the Friends contribute to the support of our library, in particular to the summer reading program.”

Matt Webster - coming soon

Michael Westfall - coming soon