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Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

Sunday, May 22, 2022  |  1 – 5 pm

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Meet the Staff

Dawn Bussey
Library Director

Dawn Bussey


Maria Tachna
Finance/HR Director

Maria Tachna


Ann Marie Lindsey
Materials Processing Manager

Ann Marie Lindsey


Joe Halter
Information Technology Director

Joe Halter


Dennis McCarthy
Building Engineer

Dennis McCarthy



Maggie Thomann
Adult Department Director

Maggie Thomann

“It is in the process of embracing our imperfections that we find our truest gifts: courage, compassion, and connection.” — Brene Brown

Maggie has devoted her career to working in public libraries, and is happy to be a part of the Glen Ellyn Public Library team after working in several other Chicago suburban libraries. Her specialties include leadership, change management, and collection development. Outside of the library, Maggie spends her time reading domestic thrillers and women’s fiction, binging reality TV, spending time outside, and watching soccer.


Brenna Murphy
Adult Department Assistant Director and Readers Advisory Librarian

Brenna Murphy

“The world was hers for the reading.” — Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Brenna is excited to help you find your next great read! She loves to talk books and would be happy to help you try a new genre, discover ebooks, or get materials for your book club. She reads across all genres, but her favorites are mystery, historical, and literary fiction.


Jeanine Vaughn
Adult Programming Librarian

Jeanine Vaughn

“All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change.” — Octavia Butler

Jeanine (she/they) has many passions including animal advocacy, camping, social justice, storytelling, theater, writing, and reading (psychology, sci fi/fantasy, horror, and memoirs are often among the selections). She believes that everyone has the power to change their world. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are always part of how she creates programs. Jeanine also wants to know about your passions, what you’re reading, and any programming ideas you have.


Beth Clower
Community Information Coordinator and Instruction Librarian

Elizabeth Clower

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

A skilled librarian, Elizabeth has experience working with multiple community entities, including nonprofits, private and public organizations, and governmental entities. Creating working partnerships is her specialty.

Elizabeth believes a library is a portal to a deeper universe and a broader horizon. She loves to read non-fiction as well as murder mysteries and works by authors from countries she’s never visited. She also believes two heads are better than one, and looks at “helping” as collaborating. You bring as much to the interaction as she does. So collaborate with her the next time you have a question!


Joshua O'Shea
Young Adult Librarian

Joshua O'Shea

“Certainly, set goals and strive toward excellence, but to live a life full of joy, you’ll need to embrace whatever you enjoy regardless of your skill level; anything worth being done is worth being done badly.” — Cami Ostman using Gil Chesterton.

Josh sees the library as a place to explore, grow and create. His passion is to provide a high-grade experience for everyone, offering the same services to every person and tailoring to individual needs. He’s especially excited to work with young adults to make the library a safe space for enjoyment and collaboration.


Tanya King
Outreach Librarian

Tanya King

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

Tanya has a wealth of experience promoting, marketing, and handling the communication needs of public, private, and academic libraries. In addition, she is an accomplished library fundraiser. After spending over a decade behind the scenes, Tanya felt called to front-line public service. Her favorite part of being a librarian is helping people navigate information to find exactly what they are looking for. In her limited free time she likes to travel, hike and read.


Carol Waller
Adult Reference Librarian

Carol Waller

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Carol enjoys helping people find the information they need. She loves working with the library’s collection of materials including purchasing books, dvds and periodicals. Her hobbies include reading, quilting, and watching the Lord of the Rings movies over and over again.


Brigitte Bell
Adult Reference Librarian

Brigitte Bell

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” — Neil Gaiman

Brigitte always had a love of books and libraries. Her favorite part of being a librarian is working with the public and being a source of helpfulness and happiness to members of the local community. She enjoys matching people with programs, resources and services which will improve their daily lives.


Chris Swearson
Adult Associate

Chris Swearson

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” — Chinese Proverb

Chris has been an avid reader since before the 1st grade and still enjoys devouring a book a week. She loves fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries and humorous literary fiction, and will happily share favorite titles with library members.


Tyler Hicks
Adult Department Librarian

Tyler Hicks


Denisa Eltigani
Adult Associate

Denisa Eltigani


Rosalind Watkins
Adult Associate

Rosalind Watkins


Rob Benes
Cafe Manager

Rob Benes


Bri Metcalf
Cafe Assistant

Bri Metcalf


Theresa Lang
Library Services Director

Theresa Lang


Liz Scheiner
Library Services Assistant Director

Liz Scheiner


Sara Youngs
Library Services Supervisor and Meeting Room Coordinator

Sara Youngs


Amy Sheneman
Library Services Supervisor

Amy Sheneman


Maryann Vintika
Library Services Clerk

Maryann Vintika


Eli Onufrock
Library Services Clerk

Eli Onufrock


Nicole Pinto
Library Services Clerk

Nicole Pinto


Debra Leakakos
Library Services Clerk

Debra Leakakos


Kathleen McAdams
Library Services Clerk

Kathleen McAdams


Liz Carter
Library Services Clerk

Liz Carter


Megan Supert
Library Services Clerk

Megan Supert


Elena Basiletti
Library Services Clerk

Elena Basileti


Emma Ronne
Library Services Clerk

Emma Ronne


Adrienne Golbeck
Library Services Clerk

Adrienne Golbeck


Monica Guzman
Library Services Clerk

Monica Guzman


Claire Costello
Library Services Clerk

Claire Costelo


Rachael Flewelling
Marketing Manager

Rachael Flewelling


Joey McKenna
Media Production, Social Media, and Email Marketing Associate

Joey McKenna



Christina Keasler
Youth Department Director

Christina Keasler

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” — Roald Dahl, Matilda

As a child, Christina actually played library — not store or house, but library — and becoming a librarian just made sense. When she’s not teaching kids how to do something awesome, she’s learning new technologies or working with the 3D printer. She loves reading and movies, and can even appreciate a bad movie adaptation.


Sophie Kenney
Youth Department Assistant Director

Sophie Kenney

“When there are many worlds, you can choose the one you walk into each day.” — Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

In every stage of life, Sophie has looked to libraries to help her learn, connect with others and explore the world around us. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and loves reading books about and meeting people different than herself. Sophie teaches youth technology classes and plays the ukulele, but hasn’t tried doing both at the same time yet.


Melissa Hilt
Youth Community Engagement Librarian

Melissa Hilt

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” — Walt Disney

Melissa loves the Glen Ellyn Public Library so much that she just keeps coming back! Growing up, she knew she wanted to work with kids and combined this love with her love to read. She enjoyed working at the library as a teen. Her responsibilities include booking outside performers to educate and entertain our young readers and coordinating Summer Reading.


Beth Kirchenberg
Middle School Librarian

Beth Kirchenberg

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Beth joined the Library in May 2022. She manages the graphic novel, video game, and Middle collections and programs. She has worked in libraries since she was fourteen. Other than reading, she enjoys concerts of all kinds and dabbles in all the crafts – from crochet to gouache painting to cross-stitch. If there is time travel featured in a book, she will read it.


Catherine Almendinger
Early Literacy Librarian

Catherine Almendinger

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” — John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Catherine was raised in a family of readers. She became a librarian to share her love of books with others and does so in Book Babies, After School Stories and Glen Ellyn Preschool classrooms. But if you don’t want to talk about books, she’d be happy to talk about the Green Bay Packers, popcorn or her current favorite recipe.


Amy Waters
School Liaison

Amy Waters

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” — Anna Quindlen

Amy Waters has been at GEPL since 2001, when her children were students in Glen Ellyn. She grew up surrounded by books, biking to the library, and later working at a succession of bookstores starting with Kroch’s and Brentano’s. She has 16 bookshelves in her home and is ready to talk about what you’re reading!


Kate Easley
Youth Reference Librarian

Kate Easley

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” — Dr. Seuss

Kate loves reading and working with kids, so being a youth librarian is the perfect fit. Her favorite parts of the job are doing storytimes and working with the homeschooling families. Her favorite books as a kid were Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and The Babysitters Club. Other than reading, she loves dancing, theater and being outside.


Alexa Moffat
Youth Programming Associate

Alexa Moffat

“You can’t pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being a part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing.” — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

As a child, Alexa could often be found curled up in her bed late at night reading a Nancy Drew mystery by flashlight. In 20 years, not much has changed. She began her career as a first-grade teacher and loves sharing good books with children. Alexa is energized by seeing children’s imaginations come alive as they read and explore new topics.


Cathy Mori
Youth Reference Librarian

Cathy Mori

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip….” — Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

The day she learned how to read Cathy excitedly ran home from school, eager to share the joy of reading with her family. She’s been reading ever since and as a child would often have to be told to “put the book down and go outside and play.” When she’s not reading she enjoys digging into her family history and working on the occasional craft project. Cathy also speaks Japanese.


Jacqueline Hyde-Young
Youth Associate

Jacquei Hyde-Young

“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you… until the day you begin to share your stories. And all at once, in the room where no one else is quite like you, the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you.” — Jacqueline Woodson, The Day You Begin

Jacquei has always found herself at home when she walks into a library. There may not always be familiar faces, but the welcoming atmosphere, overabundant number of materials, and other unique offerings give her plenty to enjoy and explore. Aside from reading and taking “field trips” to other libraries whenever she can, Jacquei loves spending time with her children, going to concerts, and cheese. Jacquei is super excited to meet everyone who walks in, so stop in and say “Hi!”

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