RHPL Board of Trustees

The library is governed by an elected six-member Board of Trustees representing the Rochester Hills community, who together are responsible for the operation of the library, planning its growth, policy-making, budgeting, and obtaining adequate funds. Library service is provided to the City of Rochester and Oakland Township through a service contract. Rochester and Oakland Township are represented by a non-voting liaison at the Library Board meetings.

The Board of Trustees meets monthly on the second Monday at 7 p.m. The May, June, July, August, and September meetings begin at 8 p.m. The Board of Trustees meet at the main library or hold meetings electronically. The public is welcome to attend and public comments are scheduled at the beginning of the agenda.  A monthly information packet is available for review on the library’s website on the Friday before each meeting.  If an electronic meeting is convened, information on how to join the meeting will be included on the agenda. If members of the public wish to attend in-person after 9 p.m. access is available at the entrance east of the drive-up window and loading dock. For further information, call the library director at 248-650-7122.

 

The Library Board of Trustees

Madge Lawson 2014

Madge Lawson -
President

Madge Lawson has been on the Library Board since 1999 and has lived in Rochester Hills since 1983. Madge has spent over 20 years as an executive in the field of hospital public relations. She is an artist, published writer, interior designer, and feng shui teacher and consultant. Madge and Bill have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Anne Kucher 2014

Anne Kucher -
Vice-President

Anne Kucher, a retired teacher, avid reader and library user officially joined the Rochester Hills Library board in January 2010 to fill a vacancy left by Ann Mickens.

Chuck Stouffer 2014

Chuck Stouffer - Secretary

Chuck Stouffer is married with two grown children and two lovely granddaughters. He is a commercial photographer, beginning in 1981 in local newspapers, then magazines, and business and industry. He also opened an antique store in Clawson in 2013. Chuck has been an RHPL Trustee since 1999, serving in all offices on the Board.

Robert Bonam 2014

Robert Bonam - Treasurer

Bob Bonam has filled each position on the Library Board several times since he has served on the Board since 1984. Bob and his wife, Susan, have lived in Rochester Hills for 34 years and have three children and three grandchildren. Bob is a member of the Independent Accountant Association of Michigan and has owned his own accounting/tax practice for 36 years. When Bob’s sons were young, he was involved in coaching RARA basketball, and was also on the Board for the Boy Scouts. Besides being a long-time Library Board member, Bob belongs to the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library.

Melinda Deel - Trustee

Melinda Deel and her husband, Ryan, have lived in Rochester Hills since 2003. They are the proud parents of twin sons. Melinda has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law.  She has been a practicing attorney since 2001 with her own practice in Rochester Hills. Melinda is an avid library patron. She and her family have enjoyed and benefitted from the outstanding programs and services offered by the library. 

Melinda is a member of the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library and Rochester Rotary. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Oakland County Bar Association. Melinda is happy to continue the family tradition of service to Rochester Hills Public Library since her husband served on the Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2017.

Julianne Reyes Headshot

Julianne Reyes - Trustee

Julianne Reyes is a wife and mother of four children. She and her family have lived in the Rochester Hills community for the past 15 years. 

She has an undergraduate degree with a major in Finance and an MBA degree with a concentration in Human Resources, both from Michigan State University. Julianne currently works as a Human Resource professional. Additionally, she has started and led a nonprofit organization and worked with a hybrid homeschool program. Julianne is a volunteer for local charities; a triathlete, and a long-distance swimmer.

Liasons:

  • Oakland Township: Michael Tyler
  • Rochester: Alice Moo

Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees has regular monthly meetings on the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. The May, June, July, August and September meetings begin at 8 p.m. The Board of Trustees meet at the main library or hold the meeting electronically. The public is welcome to attend and public comments are scheduled at the beginning of the agenda. A monthly information packet is available for review on the library’s website or in the library on the Friday before each meeting at the Adult Services' desk on the second floor of the library. If an electronic meeting is convened, information on how to join the meeting will be included on the agenda. If members of the public wish to attend in-person after 9:00 p.m. access is available at the entrance east of the drive-up window and loading dock. For further information, please call the library director at 248-650-7122.

The library will provide necessary, reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities upon one weeks notice to the library by contacting the following:

Outreach Services
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Olde Towne Road Rochester, MI 48307
248-650-7150, TDD 248-650-7153