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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Cheri Van Hoover, Chair

Board Member Cheri Van Hoover

Cheri grew up in Bremerton, then moved to San Francisco where she lived for 32 years before returning to the Olympic Peninsula in 2004. She and her husband have a small farm in Port Hadlock where they are privileged to steward the portion of Chimacum Creek that runs through their property. They share the property with a variety of domestic animals and an abundance of wildlife.

As a certified nurse-midwife, Cheri’s career has covered the full gamut of reproductive and sexual health services and included employment with the Midwifery Service of Stanford University and the Faculty OB/GYN Group of the University of California, San Francisco. Following her move to Jefferson County, she continued to work as a midwifery educator, serving as distance faculty for graduate midwifery students at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA until her recent retirement.

Cheri’s love of libraries has been an abiding passion since her earliest memory. Her interests include gardening, social dance, antiques, reading, music, games and puzzles, movies, writing, organizing, and activism. Her greatest joy springs from being of service to her community.

Joan Chapdelaine, Vice-chair

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.

Vickie K. Norris, Secretary

Vickie became a resident of Port Ludlow in 2020. Before that, she was a partner in the law firm of Anderson Hunter in Everett, WA with a civil litigation and employment law practice for 37 years. She also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Snohomish County before starting civil practice.

Vickie has always enjoyed actively engaging in her community. She has served on many boards, including Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, City of Everett Salary Commission, Everett Community College Board of Trustees, Snohomish County Public Defender Association, and City of Everett Library Board of Trustees. She was also active in professional associations serving as a Governor elected from the 2nd Congressional District on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, and President of the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is also a proud member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Vickie is married to J. Robert Leach Washington State Court of Appeals Judge, Div.1 (retired). Their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren live in the Bay area. Vickie, along with J. enjoys the beauty of Port Ludlow, reading, cooking, many outdoor activities, and their neighbors on Anchor Lane. They share their home, with two pampered Manx cats, Bette and Boo.

Library Board Vice Chair Michael Kubec

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 the 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.

George N. Sibley

George Sibley is a just-retired career member of the Senior Foreign Service who is delighted to return “home” to Jefferson County. Most recently he served as the Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic Region (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia). In that role, he helped identify and guide a diverse cross-section of Americans seeking to represent our country by pursuing career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

George’s last overseas assignment was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon. As such, he oversaw operations in an embassy with ten U.S. agencies comprising over 100 American officers and 300 local staff. During the last four months, in the absence of the Ambassador, he stood in as Chargé d’Affaires. Before Burma/Myanmar, he served at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi as the Minister Counselor for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs. Prior to that he directed the Office of Environmental Policy at the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Sibley has also served in Kirkuk as the Senior Advisor for Northern Iraq, in Mosul as the Team Leader of Provincial Reconstruction Team Ninewa, in Antananarivo as Deputy Chief of Mission to Madagascar and the Comoros, and as Consul General in Kolkata, India. Throughout his career he has seen the powerful impact that libraries can play in opening minds and stimulating thoughtful dialogue.

Mr. Sibley received a B.A. in biology and religious philosophy from Oberlin College in 1977. In 2002 he earned a Master of Public Policy, in the field of international relations, following a year as a John L. Weinberg Fellow at Princeton University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served 11 years in the merchant marine, obtaining a Limited Master/Unlimited Chief Mate’s license. He is married to the teacher, singer, and actress Lee-Alison Sibley and has two grown sons, three charming granddaughters, and one infant grandson.