Meet Our Board
Trustees of York Public Library
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Dan and his wife Anne moved to York in 2017. Having recently retired after 45 years as a trial lawyer, he is now happily spending more time as a playwright, writing for the York Weekly, and playing with his grandchildren. While he enjoys daily swims at Harbor Beach, he is looking forward to post-COVID times so that he can resume playing squash, the sport he took up and quickly became addicted to in his mid-50’s. His love affair with libraries runs deep. In fact, he may be the only person living in York Harbor who obtained a library card even before applying for a coveted beach permit.
In addition to YPLA’s Board, Dan currently serves as vice-chair on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Land Trust, a Massachusetts-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving neighborhoods and preventing homelessness.
Shea Adelson, Vice President
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.
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.
Mary Marshall, Secretary
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.
Barbara Landis Chase
Barbara 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.
Will’s love for books and libraries was first kindled by his grandmother’s library in York Harbor, Maine where he spent summers growing up. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he built a career in publishing and education, eventually becoming CEO of Pearson Education and serving on the board of directors of Pearson, plc, a global media conglomerate based in London, which during Will’s tenure on the board of directors also owned Penguin Books and The Financial Times.
Retiring from Pearson at the end of 2013, he now serves as a board member of three education companies, Apex Learning (Chairman), Finalsite, and Ruffalo Noel Levitz (Chairman). He has previously served on the boards CourseSmart (Chairman), Frontline, Interactive Data Corporation, StudyGroup, and TurnitIn. Active in publishing and education industry issues throughout his career, his industry leadership work includes serving as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
While his career has provided Will the opportunity to travel around the world, his heart has always been in York. He and his wife, Debby, moved to York Harbor full-time in 2014. They are active in the community where Will serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Episcopal Church and Debby serves on the board of the York Land Trust. Strong supporters of the library, they participate as speakers in the library’s Book Talks program and make countless visits to the York Library, often accompanied by their three grandchildren.
Britton Ryan Garon, Esq., LL.M.
Britton 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 Bergen & Parkinson. 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.
Nancy 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!
Bob 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.
Sally is from Nebraska originally and moved around a lot as a child and adult. But, she has lived in New England most of her life, and in Maine the longest, which she now considers her forever home. She and her husband were thrilled to move to Cape Neddick, Maine in 2003 after selling an old house we bought for short money and fixed up themselves in Salem, Massachusetts. She loves the ocean, antiquing, her cats (all cats) and home renovations. She and her husband hike, snow shoe, paddle board and antique all over Maine.
Her love of reading began at a very young age. As a child, Sally and her mother went to the library at least once a week. When she got through the children’s section, her mother handed Sally a list of the ‘100 books everyone should read’ that she had saved from an older brother years earlier. Sally read them all even though she did not understand all of what she read! Going back and rereading most of those classics as an adult made the experience even more rewarding. Sally still loves to read and return to anything British whenever possible.
Sally attended Boston University and then UMass Boston for Journalism/Film and English. She taught for a while and discovered that she enjoyed working with troubled adolescents. She pursued and received her Masters in Applied Sociology and has been in the field of substance use prevention for over twenty five years in Massachusetts and now in Maine at York Hospital as the Director of the Choose To Be Healthy Coalition.
Her work at York Hospital combines her passion of helping youth with her skills in planning and evaluation. She hopes to support the concept that a library not only helps young people feel connected to learning and their community, but also can be a vital protection against poor mental health and substance use problems. Sally looks forward to seeing how her passions and skills can help the YPL.
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.
Books and libraries have been woven into Julie Steedman’s life. At a young age she walked to the public library in Verona, New Jersey, nearly every Saturday, rain or shine. For her, books have been an important link to the wider world throughout her education, first at Montclair High School in New Jersey, then at Connecticut College, where she earned a BA in American History, and, years later, at the University of Michigan, where she obtained a Masters in Social Work.
Over the years she wore many, varied hats: Assistant Librarian at The Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; History teacher at the American School in Manila, Philippines; English teacher in Bamako, Mali and in Fort Lamy, Chad; social worker in the Pain Clinic at the University of Michigan Hospital; and then working with pregnant teens at the Lund Family Center, Burlington Vermont. During her last stay in Africa, she worked as a photographer publicizing the field work of the US Agency for International Development in Senegal. Mixed in with these interesting jobs Julie had her own photography business, focusing on black and white children’s portraits, and a small note-card business called Yarn Images.
Her husband Charles Steedman’s career with the US Government allowed the family to spend eight years in four different countries. They have raised three children and have seven teenage grandchildren. Her first visit to York was in 1960. Julie and her husband retired to live here year-round in 2002. In addition to hobbies such as quilting and knitting, Julie remains an avid reader and still belongs to a book group started 25 years ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has helped run the Library’s popular gingerbread house competition and for several years enjoyed working as a volunteer and mentor in the York Elementary schools. Recently, during COVID, she has been reading with a granddaughter twice a week on Zoom!