Friends Executive Board

The Friends of Eastern Kentucky University Libraries Executive Board, guided by bylaws, is a dedicated group that exists to raise awareness and support for EKU Libraries.  In addition to attending four meetings annually, members also serve on one of three standing committees: the Membership Committee, the Nominating Committee or the Programs and Events Committee.

The 2013 Friends of EKU Libraries Executive Board consists of:

Dr. Jack Taylor (President)
Dr. Taylor, who serves as President of the Friends of EKU Libraries Board, is member of the Nominating Committee. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University and is a private practice veterinarian in Richmond, Kentucky. Taylor is a member of the Madison County Board of Health, the Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and numerous veterinary medicine associations. Dr. Taylor resides in Richmond with his wife, Amelia. The Taylors have an adult daughter, Kala.

Shirley Dezarn (Vice President/President Elect)
Dezarn, who serves on the Membership Committee, received her Master's degree in Early Childhood & Special Education from EKU. She is a retired teacher from the Madison County School system and was most recently employed by EKU. Dezarn is Chairperson of the Education Committee at College Hill United Methodist Church, a member of Madison County Retired Teachers, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, as well as President of the Alpha Eta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Shirley lives in Waco with her husband, Beverly, where they have restored the one-room school both Beverly and his mother attended. The Dezarns have two adult children, Callie and Josh, and one grandchild.

Laura Steidle (Secretary)
Steidle serves as Secretary of the Friends of EKU Libraries Board as well as chair of the Programs & Events Committee. She received her Master's degree from Northern Kentucky University and proceeded to complete additional graduate work at both University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She is retired from a career as a teacher at West Clermont Local Schools in Ohio as well as a student teacher supervisor at EKU. Steidle serves as a member of the Richmond Area Arts Council Board, Daughters of the American Revolution, the YMCA Board and Pattie A. Clay Association & Foundation Boards. Steidle lives in Richmond with her husband, David. The Steidles have an adult son, James.

Dr. Anne Brooks
Dr. Brooks, a member of the Membership Committee, is a retired Eastern Kentucky University faculty member, having served as Chair of Foreign Languages & Humanities for nearly 30 years.  She also taught English in Nagasaki, Japan and at Virginia Intermont College.  Brooks graduated from Duke University with a Master’s Degree and proceeded to complete her Ph.D. at Florida State University.  She is a member of First United Methodist Church, Girls Raised in the South (G.R.I.T.S.), as well as the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.  She lives in Richmond with her Maltese named Maggie, and loves being God-grandmother to two Chinese-American children.

Martha Davidson
Davidson, a member of the Membership Committee, is a retired educator of elementary, high school and college students.  She graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee and has attended both Eastern Kentucky University and University of Kentucky to complete additional graduate work.  Davidson is actively involved in the community; she is President and Treasurer of the Richmond Garden Club and a longtime member of the Richmond Area Arts Council Board, among other affiliations.  In 2004, she won the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award.  She and her husband, Dr. John Edwin Davidson, live in Richmond.  They have two adult children, Mark and Amy, and one grandson, Hunter.

Dr. Jo Ann Ellingson
Dr. Ellingson is a member of the Programs & Events Committee. She received her Doctorate in Public Policy Analysis from University of Illinois at Chicago after completing a Masters in Education Administration there and a Masters in Library Science at Rosary College (now Dominican University). She is retired from a career as a librarian, most recently serving as Director of University Library at St. Xavier University. Ellingson previously worked on a committee to form a Habitat for Humanity in Apalachicola, Florida; helps in the preparation of her church's monthly newsletter; and is a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary. She has three adult children, Linda, John and Larry as well as six grandchildren, Brittany, Katelyn, Amy, Ben, Ethan and Maggie.

Dr. John Gump
Dr. Gump received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and is an EKU retiree, having served as both a College of Business faculty member and Cooperative Education Coordinator.  Gump is a member of the Samaritan Singers, E.C. Million Park Board, and Madison County Retired Teachers Association Board, among other community organizations.  Dr. Gump resides in Richmond with his wife, Dr. Phyllis Gump.  They have three sons: Dr. William Gump, Dr. Steven Gump, and Philip Gump, as well as two grandchildren.

Doris Lash
Lash is a graduate of Murray State University and Eastern Kentucky University.  She is retired teacher, having worked for Madison County Schools and EKU.   Lash has served as part of the Richmond Area Arts Council, St. Andrew Book Club, and Pattie A. Clay Association, among many other organizations.  She resides in Richmond and has four daughters: Dianne, Thresea, Sharon and Carrie; four sons-in-law and eleven grandchildren.

Judge Jean Chenault Logue
Logue is a member of the Nominating Committee. She is an alumna of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she earned her Degree of Juris Doctor. She is currently the Chief Circuit Judge, General Jurisdiction for the 25th Judicial Court as well as the Vice-Chief Regional Circuit Judge for the Bluegrass Region. Logue is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Madison County Bar Association, the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Judiciary, the Circuit Judges' Education Committee, Court of Justice Technology Committee, C.A.S.A. of Clark and Madison Counties, First Presbyterian Church, Pattie A. Clay Hospital Auxiliary, Richmond Area Arts Council, Society of Boonesborough and Eastern Kentucky University Alumni Association. She resides in Richmond with her husband, Howard and their son, James.

Linda Pack
Pack is a member of the Membership Committee. She is an alumna of Eastern Kentucky University, where she received her Master of Science degree in Education.  She was most recently a children's literatures teacher at Eastern Kentucky University.  Pack is a member of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators, Kentucky Retired Teachers and Rosedale Baptist Church.  She is also an accomplished author, her book, A is for Appalachia! was a competitor for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. Pack lives in Richmond with her husband, Jim.  The Packs have two adult children, Robin and Joshua, and a granddaughter, Elleigh.

Carol Rogow
Rogow, member of the Programs and Events Committee, is an alumna of University of Arkansas, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Education.  She is retired from a career as a Library Media Specialist at Drake Middle School in Auburn, Alabama. Rogow is a member of Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood, Lancaster Pike Homemakers Club and the Richmond Garden Club.  She currently serves as a District Director and State Librarian for the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution and is a former regent of the Boonesborough Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.  Rogow resides in Richmond with her husband, Dr. Robert Rogow.