BY JOE MARVILLI
The Queens Library’s shake-up is continuing into 2015.
Borough President Melinda Katz announced the appointment of two more members to the library’s Board of Trustees. Community Board 12 chair Adrienne Adams and school social worker Dr. Eli Shapiro are now the 16th and 17th members on the board. The same week that the BP made her announcement, it was revealed that five high-level library administrators resigned within the last two months.
Katz made her announcement about the two new trustees on Jan. 13, leaving her with only two more spots to fill before the Board of Trustees is back to full capacity. Katz and Mayor Bill de Blasio have slowly been adding members to the board after removing several trustees in the wake of the financial controversy surrounding former CEO Thomas Galante.
Besides her role as the chair to CB12, Adams is an independent educator and corporate training professional. She has worked for several well-known firms, such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Revlon, Colgate-Palmolive and WinStar Communications.
“The library is a significant educational resource for all Queens residents, especially our children, and I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees on making the library the best it can be,” Adams said.
Shapiro is a school social worker with Nassau County’s Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. Shapiro is also an adjunct professor at Touro College’s graduate school of psychology.
“I look forward to the opportunity to work with my fellow Board members on making sure all of our communities have access to the vital services the Library provides,” he said.”
Adams and Shapiro are residents of Jamaica and Far Rockaway, respectively.
“Queens Library is a dynamic organization. New energy and new ideas help strengthen and enhance the services we provide to the community,” Bridget Quinn-Carey, Interim President and CEO, said. “I look forward to working with Adrienne Adams and Dr. Eli Shapiro and the entire Board of Trustees as we look towards a bright future for the Queens Library.”
Around the same time the two new Trustees were added to the board, several Queens Library administrators resigned. Vice President and General Counsel Darlene Askew-Robinson, VP for Information Technology Lisa Epps, VP for Human Resources Angelica Huynh-Rivera and VP for capital projects Frank Genese all left their posts.
Their resignations came a few weeks after Jennifer Manley, the head of government and community affairs, stepped down from her position.
“Queens Library has entered into a new era. A change in direction often requires a change in administration; this was necessary in order for the library to move forward,” Quinn-Carey said. “2015 will be a year of re-building and team building.”
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