Meet the LPCPL team

Fonda Owens

Director

Fonda Owens is the Director at La Porte County Public Library. A native of Virginia, she has made her home in Indiana along with her family. Growing up in rural Appalachia, she brings a thirst for knowledge, discovery, and opportunity to her work and strives to inspire it in others. Baking and kayaking are her current interests but she could find something new and fascinating at any minute.

Susan Bannwart

Community Engagement Manager

Susan is the Community Engagement Manager. She along with the “dream team” of community engagement librarians develop programming, school partnerships, community collaborations, and STEAM initiatives of LPCPL. She and her husband, are lifelong residents of La Porte County, parents of three, and proud Purdue Alumni. Susan loves learning and spends as much free time as she can outdoors riding horses, gardening, or just enjoying nature.

Daphne Bechrakis

Public Services Librarian

Daphne is a Public Services Librarian and Harry Potter enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, adding books to her ever-growing “to-be-read” list, hiking, and watching terrible movies with friends. One of her current life goals is to collect the entirety of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Her bucket list includes seeing the Aurora Borealis and going to Yellowstone National Park. She is the proud owner of a spider-plant named Skullcrusher III, first of its kind, which she has somehow managed not to kill yet. 

Toni Kester Bulger

Public Service Manager

Toni is the Public Services Manager. She has worked as a customer service team member and outreach librarian at LPCPL. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and wearing navy blue. Even though she works at a library, she doesn’t read as much as you might think.

De Burke

Human Resource Professional

De is a Human Resource Professional. She is a member of LPCPL’s Management Team. She enjoys helping her co-workers to be successful. She has a strong love for 90’s hip-hop music. De is a huge fan of good coffee and enjoys reading motivational non-fiction self-help books.

Greg Coulter

Community Engagement Librarian

Greg is Community Engagement Librarian, a seventh-generation Hoosier, a historian, former poutine cook, and a celebrated vampire hunter (have you seen any vampires around here? No. You’re welcome.). He enjoys reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.

Sarah Harrison

Community Engagement Librarian

Sarah is a Community Engagement Librarian focusing on services for youth at LPCPL. Outside of library hours, Sarah loves to dance! She has trained and competed in several styles of dance, including modern, high kick, and ballroom and latin dancing. She is also an avid reader, knitter, and cat person, who has secretly always wanted to be a rock star.

Mary Hedge

Public Services Librarian

Mary is a Public Services Librarian. She enjoys helping people find the information they need, including family and local history searches. Also, she serves as the director of READ La Porte County, Inc., plays the organ for a church, and enjoys traveling.

Dan Hunter

Head of Buildings and Grounds

Dan is the Head of Buildings and Grounds. He likes camping, fishing, off-roading, and living the life of an enchanted princess. Dan is not a doctor, but he does enjoy reality medical television and offering medical advice. In his free time, Dan buys, rehabs, and sells used cars.

Cindy Lane

Administrative Services Manager

Cindy has been with the Library for 35 years hiring in as a bookmobile driver in 1983. She later transferred to Administrative Services and currently serves as the Administrative Services Manager for Finance and HR. Cindy serves on the board of Lakeshore SHRM, La Porte County’s local Human Resources Chapter, and is a member of her church worship team. She enjoys outdoor activities  including fishing, canoeing and camping, 4 wheel trail riding, and spending time running her beagle, Miss Bella.

Aimee Meier

User Experience/Training

Aimee is our UX and Trainer, but not the type that makes you skinny or buff. She has been a trainer for nearly 15 years, with a focus in technology. She is also a coffee-drinker, audiobook addict, mom, and cat collector. Much of her spare time is spent in a gym watching volleyball. She escapes to a beach or pool whenever she can. She is also a soup making champion as she has won the library’s soup-off competition two years in a row!

Jenny Minich

Community Engagement Librarian

Jenny stays up-to-date on the newest tech for kids and teachers, and her favorite days at work are STEAM Camp days. She likes all the stuff your grandma probably likes – genealogy, DIY, and Midwestern resourcefulness. Jenny lives on a farm with her husband,  their 2 teenage children; and an unofficial petting zoo.

Pam Okosun

Community Engagement Librarian

Pam is a Community Engagement Librarian. She teaches library classes, plans programs, and loves to discover what people are curious about. A maker-at-heart, she also helps customers learn new technologies in the library’s Makerspace. Outside the library, you might find her crocheting, playing the piano, or flying with her pilot husband.

Megan Roseberry

Community Engagement Librarian

Megan, Community Engagement Librarian, Unicorn Fanatic, The Most Sparkly Librarian – any of these titles will do. When not bringing the Van Halen to early literacy classes or spreading the joy of reading to youngsters throughout the community, one can find her enjoying copious amounts of carbohydrates, binge-watching random television shows and movies, pretending to be a professional photographer, dancing around and singing when no one is watching (okay, maybe when people are watching, too), and thoroughly enjoying life with a never-ending smile!

Ann Shafer

Accounting Professional

Ann is the Accounting Professional working with the Administrative Services Team. She is driven to be a good steward of the tax payers money. Many a tale has been spoken of her victories over complex vendor issues.

Michael Sheehan

Technical Services Manager

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.

Holly Trott

Collection Management Librarian

Holly is the Collection Management Librarian at LPCPL and contributes to the library’s Social Media presence. She enjoys reading everything from Science Fiction and Fantasy to Historical Nonfiction. When she’s not reading, she also enjoys kayaking, video games, eating pizza, and following politics.

Rebecca Tomerlin

Information Technology Manager

 Rebecca has worked in libraries since 2005 and has been in IT since 2008. She attended Drexel University earning a MIS degree. She oversees the network, hardware, and software management for the library system. She enjoys chasing after her dogs, her son, hiking, cooking, streaming too many television shows, distracting others with bad jokes, and creating spreadsheets.

Kaitlin Weiss

Community Engagement Librarian

 Kaitlin (Kaiti) grew up in Valparaiso and worked as a K-5 Media Specialist at two schools in Hammond for 13 years. She is the newest member of the Community Engagement Team and very excited to be working here! When not reading a book you can find her spending time with her two nephews, traveling to new places, and binge watching TV shows.

Jeanene Wolf

Cataloger

Jeanene is the Cataloger in Technical Services at La Porte County Public Library. Since beginning work at the library in 2016, she has been a customer service specialist in circulation, a materials processor in Technical Services, and is super excited to now be cataloging. In her previous lives, she has been an after-school teacher, a high school English teacher, and an elementary librarian. In her free time (ha, ha! what’s that?!), she likes to read mysteries, watch sci-fi shows on Netflix, and plan her next trip – a Star Trek cruise, perhaps.

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