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Meet the Batavia Board of Library Trustees

Jul 06, 2017 08:30AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The Board of Library Trustees, from left: Diane Blodgett, Andrew Deitchman, Jo Ann Smith, Michael MacKenzie, Jennifer Culotta, Rich Henders, and Kate Garrett.

There’s a good chance you know one of the seven people elected to oversee your library district. Three trustees live on the west side of town, and four live on the east side.

Together, the seven trustees will make decisions regarding the Library’s direction, services, and upkeep over the next two years. The trustees are volunteers. They ran for office because they care about Batavia and its Library. If you want to share your hopes, concerns, and ideas regarding the Library, you can find trustee contact information on the Library website. The Board of Library Trustees meetings are held on the third Tuesday every month, at 7pm, at the Library. Meetings are open to the public. You also can watch recordings of the meetings on BATV (Public Access Channel 17).

Andrew Deitchman, president: Deitchman is a project manager for Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc. He was first elected to the board in 2015 and has lived in Batavia for 15 years. Deitchman and his wife Holly (who is executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce) have a son in grade school and a son in middle school. Deitchman is also an active volunteer in Boy Scouts of America.

Diane Blodgett, vice president: Blodgett is a retired school psychologist. She and her husband Art have lived in Batavia for 28 years, and they have three grown children and six grandchildren. Blodgett was elected to the board in 2013 and re-elected in April. Blodgett also volunteers at her church and the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center.

Jo Ann Smith, secretary: Smith is a retired technology consultant in higher education and computer science professor. She was re-elected to the board in April after being appointed in 2016 to fill a vacancy. She is a past president of the Friends of the Batavia Public Library, and she volunteers at the Library, teaching computer coding to young students. Smith and her husband Ray have lived in Batavia for 17 years. They have a grown son and a teenage grandson.

Jennifer Culotta, treasurer: Cutlotta was elected to a four-year term in April. She is a CPA partner at Plante Moran, specializing in the not-for-profit industry. She and her husband Joe have lived in Batavia for 11 years, and they have a son entering middle school and a son at H. C. Storm Elementary School, where Culotta also volunteers.

Kate Garrett, trustee: Garrett was elected to a two-year term in April. She is a heritage interpreter at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, a school volunteer, and a precinct committeeman for the Kane County Democrats. Garrett and her husband Brett have lived in Batavia for three years. They have three young children.

Rich Henders, trustee: Henders, previously a Library trustee from 2003 to 2009, was again elected to a four-year term in 2015. Henders is retired after a 40-year career in IT and data processing. He and his wife Rosemary are active members of the Friends of the Batavia Public Library. Henders also volunteers at Batavia Depot Museum. The Henders have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Michael MacKenzie, trustee: MacKenzie was elected to a four-year term in April. He is a communications professional with the Kellogg Company. He also volunteers for Junior Achievement, Batavia Youth Baseball, and his church. MacKenzie and his wife Kelly have lived in Batavia for 13 years and have four young children.