Five volunteer library trustees are appointed by the County Commissioners. They are appointed for terms of five years each, with no trustee serving more than two consecutive terms. The board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am at the library in Port Hadlock. Board meetings are open to the public.

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Michael Kubec, Chair

Library Board Vice Chair Michael Kubec

Michael and her husband retired to Jefferson County in 2006 from Boulder, Colorado. As a Certified Financial Planner, Michael owned a financial planning and tax prep business for over 20 years. In Boulder, she was both board member and officer with The Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, the Colorado Episcopal Foundation, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and The Guardian Ad Litem Program, which she helped found.

In 2009, Michael and three others founded The Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds to provide end of life services to county residents. As a member of the Port Townsend Branch of AAUW, she was both V.P. of Membership and President.  She also served as President of University Women’s Foundation.

Michael loves to spend time with her family. She reads extensively, plays pickleball, golfs, hikes, participates in two book clubs, plays bridge, and enjoys her Portuguese Water Dog. She has been a member of the JCL board since 2016.

Hal Beattie, Vice Chair

Board Secretary Hal Beattie

Born in California, Hal moved to Oak Harbor, Washington in 1957 and has lived his adult life in Washington State, except for two years spent in Boston. Hal got both his BS and MS degrees from the University of Washington (UW) in Oceanography and Fishery Science, respectively. After graduation, Hal worked for UW, the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and as a consultant in Mexico and Canada, focusing primarily on the breeding and shellfish hatchery techniques of the Pacific Oyster and geoduck clam.

Hal’s interests and hobbies include hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, sailing, travel, cooking and woodworking. His other quirky interests (past and present) include windsurfing, hang gliding and riding an electric unicycle. Hal is in the middle of his third, five-year term on the JCL board (having originally replaced a previous Trustee mid-term).

Joan Chapdelaine, Secretary

Board Secretary Joan Chapdelaine

Dr. Joan Chapdelaine was born and raised in North Providence, Rhode Island. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and went on to the University of Pennsylvania as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellow. Following her post-doctoral fellowship, she worked briefly for Wyeth Labs before joining Calvert Laboratories in Pennsylvania where she became Director of Immunology. After working 31 years, Joan decided to retire in January 2019 and moved to Port Ludlow to be with her Significant Other, Bill.

Libraries have been a big part of Joan’s life. Her mother worked in their local library and Joan often volunteered to help with book sales and children’s programs. While living in Pennsylvania, Joan was on their local library board for 19 years, serving one year as the board president.

In addition to being an avid reader, Joan enjoys knitting, weaving, gardening, yoga, walking with the women in the neighborhood, and playing with Casey, her Bichon Frise. When Joan moved to Jefferson County, she immediately got a library card and became a JCL volunteer. Joan was appointed to the JCL board in August 2020.

Ellen Hargis

Library Board Chairman Ellen Hargis

Ellen was born and raised in Chile. She received BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona. After retiring she completed a BA in Spanish at Idaho State University.

Ellen served as president and chief executive officer of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, where she directed the dramatic growth of one of the most respected volunteer centers in the country. Under her leadership the Center received numerous honors, including the George Romney Volunteer Center Excellence Award from the Points of Light Foundation, and the Hands-on Network Innovation Award.

A noted workshop leader and trainer, Ellen presented frequently to corporate and non-profit audiences. She has spoken at conferences nationwide and has authored articles and op-eds that have been published nationally and locally. Ellen’s honors include the Executive Director of the Year Award from Arizona Organization of Nonprofit Executives, the Greater Tucson Leader Award from Greater Tucson Leadership and Agency Director of the Year from United Way. She joined the JCL board in 2015.

Raj Rakhra

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Raj was born in Malaysia and is of East Indian descent. He came to Jefferson County for the first time in the mid-80s. Captivated by the beauty, the mountains, and the water, he found himself often returning to visit and finally stayed permanently. Books have always been a big part of his lifelong learning, in fact, he met his wife in a bookstore in the 1980s—their home is full of books. 

Raj worked in high tech and taught marketing, strategy, and international business at the University of Washington Foster Business School for 20 years. He has degrees in History, Computer Science, and an MA in Public Administration. He believes the dissemination of knowledge is a vital function of a functional democracy. Education and service to others are tenets he lives by. He enjoys being outdoors, hiking, photography, travel, and movies. Raj is the newest member on the JCL board, appointed in late 2020.