Meet Our Staff

Michelle Sampson

Executive Director

Michelle has a BA and MA in English from Millersville University of PA as well as an MLIS from the University of Michigan (and the student loans to prove it all).  While working as an archivist, she began moonlighting as a reference librarian in the Needham (MA) Public Library.  It felt like home and she soon made the leap from archives to full-time librarianship.  She worked as an Assistant Director at the Dover (MA) Public Library for several years before relocating to Milford, NH to become Director of the Wadleigh Memorial Library for the next 11 years.  Having grown up with her sister, landlocked on a 3rd generation dairy farm in Pennsylvania, she didn’t know what she was missing until she saw the ocean for the first time.  It wasn’t long before she made it her mission to one day live by the sea.  She currently lives in Wells where she enjoys taking her German shepherd Henry (named after Thoreau…once an English major…) for walks on the beach.

Sophie Smith

Assistant Director

Sophie joined the library in August 2018, after finally returning to her home state of Maine. A native of Cumberland, Sophie went to Kenyon College in Ohio to get a BA in History and Spanish, and later went on to get her MLS at Simmons College in Boston. She has worked as a library assistant at the Cambridge (MA) Public Library, the Nashua (NH) Public Library as a reference librarian and then supervisor of teen services, and as an assistant branch manager at the San Antonio (TX) Public Library. After missing family, fall, and the ocean, she returned to Maine and couldn’t be happier to now be working in York. Sophie lives with her husband and young son in Kennebunk. She loves to travel, read, and enjoy nature.

Katie Arey

Head of Youth Services

Katie joined the York Public Library in November 2016. She earned a M.A. in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire. She loves working with children and their families, and thoroughly enjoys helping people discover all of the wonderful resources the library has to offer. Her interests include reading picture books, knitting, and transforming her scraggly front yard into a glorious cut flower garden.

Jane Siviski Hoffman

Development & Marketing Coordinator

Jane joined the York Public Library team in 2019 after working for ten years at an animal shelter in Brunswick, Maine. As a lifelong lover of libraries and nonprofits, she’s happy to be part of the YPL team to serve another cause dear to her heart. Jane lives in Eliot with her husband, her large, fluffy gray cat named Muffy, and her seriously large dog, Gus, who is a Great Dane. 

Michele Bertolini

Adult Services Librarian

Michele began working at the library in 2007. She holds a BA in English and enjoys reading, boating, gardening and raising rescue beagles. 

Barb Bourgoine

Assistant Youth Librarian

Barb Bourgoine joined York Public Library in September 2018 after serving youth at Portsmouth Public Library for 9 years and volunteering at YPL for several years. She earned a BS degree at University of Maine at Farmington and had various health education roles before traveling onto the yellow brick road. Off work time, most days are spent with her two active teens and neighborhood friends. Down time includes immersing in young adult fiction, researching genealogy, cheering on the Patriots and stints to NH lakes region.

Sudie Blanchard

Librarian

With an MLS from the University of Michigan, Sudie began her library career at the University of Cincinnati in 1971. When life brought her to New England, she fell in love with public libraries and  served in them in Wellesley, MA, Westwood, MA and Greenwich, CT.  In 2001, Sudie became the Assistant Director at YPL and served in that capacity until 2008. She continued to work part-time until she retired in 2012. After a 4 year hiatus as a hospital chaplain, she has returned as a part-time librarian, proving that you can take the librarian out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the librarian!  Sudie lives in York and loves to sing and sew.

Jeanine Means

Library Assistant

Jeanine joined the library staff in August 2005. She previously worked at Coastal Ridge Elementary School library. Originally from Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University and worked in publishing as a book designer and illustrator. Her family has lived in York since 1995. She enjoys painting, drawing and all outdoor activities.

Bridget Carr

Library Assistant

Bridget joined the library in Spring, 2017. Previously she worked at Rice Public Library for two years and the Portsmouth Public Schools for 10 years. Bridget has a BS in Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Education from University of Massachusetts where she hails from Dorchester.

Stephanie Green

Library Assistant

 

Stephanie has been volunteering in libraries for the past 13 years. Her work experience spans from the classroom to corporate sales for an educational publishing company. A lifelong learner, she holds degrees in Political Science and Early Childhood Education. She looks forward to a time when she can read books for fun as she is a full-time student pursuing her MLIS through Syracuse University. Go Orange! She is the mother of two high school teenagers.  In her spare time, she likes to visit with friends & family and loves to walk the family dog, Sadie, on the beach.

Marlow Stefanik

Library Assistant

 

Marlow joined York Public Library in May, 2021 and will be working on earning an MLIS at Simmons University this year. Born in Wells, Marlow went to school at the University of Maine at Farmington to get a BA in English and later achieved a MA in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Besides her love for writing and baking Marlow enjoys going on walks with her dog, Maggie, a sassy but sweet rat terrier.

Steve Crowell

IT Manager

 

Steve was born and raised in Kingston, MA, which is right next to Plymouth. He enjoys traveling in his RV, reading, and his big family: he’s the oldest of five, and  wife Bunny is the middle of nine! He especially enjoys their four granddaughters, all now twenty-somethings! Time does fly.

Steve and Bunny have lived in York since 1986, and Steve is looking forward to bringing some much-needed technological improvements to the Library, including the phone system. Stay tuned!

Devin Burritt

Reference and Technology Librarian

Another Midwest native who fell in love with the coast, Devin joined the York Public Library in the fall of 2021. He holds an MLIS from Kent State University and an English degree from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a youth services librarian, public library administrator, and an instruction librarian at libraries in Maine and New Hampshire. Outside of work he enjoys exploring new playgrounds and parks with his young children, watching [too much] TV, and all things Star Wars.

Roger Cole

Facilities Manager

rcole@yorkpubliclibrary.org