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.

Jennifer Bissonnette

Communications Manager

Jennifer enjoys reading, writing to-do lists, and giving both of her dogs belly rubs. She has a weak spot for tasty sweets and is on a mission to find Northwest Indiana’s best cinnamon roll. She often over analyzes things but tries to use that to her advantage in her work at the library.  

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. 

Riese Bornell

Public Services Librarian

Riese is a Public Services Librarian. Her undergraduate degree from Indiana University South Bend is in Vocal Performance, and she loves all kinds of music from Alternative music to Showtunes. (Just not Country. Please, no Country). You can almost always find her watching anime or horror movies, reading, or talking about some kind of history topic. She is a proud cat and plant parent. If you want to use ‘they’ to refer to Riese, that’s cool too. They’ll respond to both. 

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.

Kristi Chadderdon

Public Relations

Kristi wants to live in a world filled with sea glass-covered beaches and Great Danes. As a professional with more than 5 years of marketing experience at the library, she’s been put to the test on a regular basis to create innovative and thoughtful marketing materials and campaigns. She is a big proponent for “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”, however, the administration doesn’t seem to be as enthusiastic. 

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.). They enjoy reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.

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.

Laurin Katzmarek

Public Services Librarian

Laurin is a Public Services Librarian and Oxford Comma enthusiast. She strives to provide excellent customer service to those who visit the library and will promote libraries/archives and their resources to anyone who will listen. Laurin enjoys hiking in the Dunes, combing the lakeshore for beach glass and crinoids, DIY crafting, and playing D&D (druids and monks are her favorite classes). If she were not a librarian, Laurin would own a bubble tea shop or be a professional organizer. Her bucket list includes visiting every Disney theme park around the world and touring Hobbiton in New Zealand.

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.

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!

Stacy Moore

Purchasing Agent

Stacy spends her time at work setting up bill payments and shopping online. She enjoys finding the best deals around to bring the coolest products into the hands of the great people of La Porte County. When not at work, Stacy enjoys spending time with her 7 kids, 5 grandkids, wonderful husband and her crazy Pit Bull, Dory. She loves Harleys, power tools and remodeling her home. She secretly thinks her husband takes her on the motorcycle to prevent her from starting more home projects.

Pam Okosun

Community Engagement Librarian

Pam is a Community Engagement Librarian. She teaches library classes, plans programs, helps customers learn new technologies, and loves to discover what people are curious about. Outside the library, you might find her crocheting, playing the piano, or flying with her pilot husband. 

Julie Pittman

Community Engagement Librarian

Bio coming soon!

Megan Roseberry

Public Services Librarian

Megan, Public Services Librarian, Quokka 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 Shaffer

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

Cataloging and Materials 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.

Julie Wadle

Public Services Assistant Manager

Julie is one of the Public Services Librarians. She enjoys building community partnerships and helping others learn new things. When she is not on the sidelines cheering on her family, she enjoys being outside, baking and reading the latest James Patterson. 

Kerstin Vossberg

Community Engagement Librarian

Kerstin is a part of the Community Engagement team for the Makerspace Lab at the Exchange Building. She is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Engineering and enjoys all things STEAM. She likes to spend her time with her dog Taki.

Kaitlin Weiss

Community Engagement Librarian

Kaitlin (Kaiti) worked as a K-5 Media Specialist at two elementary schools in Hammond for 13 years before she became a member of the Community Engagement Team. She enjoys storytimes with the babies, going out into the classroom to teach lessons, and creating fun programs for the community. When not reading a book you can find her spending time with her two nephews, family, and friends, traveling to new places, crafting, and binge watching TV shows.  

Jeanene Wolf

Cataloger

Jeanene is the Cataloger in Cataloging and Materials 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 Cataloging and Materials 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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