Library Board

Contact the Board
Letters may be left for the Library Board at the Reference Desk, or you may email them directly at

Meeting Schedule
The Library Board of Trustees meets every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Anyone wishing to speak at a meeting must sign up ahead of time at the Reference Desk. The Agenda for the next Library Board meeting can be found here: Board Meeting Agenda.

The minutes from previous board meetings are available to download in PDF format at the Library Board Meeting Minutes Archive.


Library Board Members

Collene Burns
President (Term Expires: 12/31/21)

Collene Burns is a native of Irondequoit and returned home in 2012 with her husband, McLean Bulmer, and son, Jackson. In the interim, Collene and her family lived in Seattle, WA where she was began her career at Microsoft. Upon reestablishing in Irondequoit, Collene was thrilled to introduce her husband and son to the abundance of local resources, including our town’s amazing library.

Currently, Collene is employed at the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS), a not-for-profit startup transforming Medicaid delivery in a 13 county region. She holds a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is a recent graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.

Michelle Beechey
Vice President (Term Expires: 12/31/19)

Michelle Beechey, along with her husband Mike, have lived in Irondequoit since 1998. They have three wonderful children who attend West Irondequoit schools. After wearing many hats in different fields including education, customer service, quality improvement, PTSA, and stay-at-home mom, Michelle returned to school to pursue her dream job as a librarian.

She became an advocate for our new Irondequoit Library building while working at the Evans branch and attending graduate school online. She was proud to be a part of the staff during the grand opening in September 2015 and is currently a librarian at Monroe Community College. Michelle is committed to advancing library connections within Irondequoit and the Rochester area, and she looks forward to supporting the library’s efforts to continue to provide outstanding service and programming to our community.

Tyler Kwolek
Secretary (Term Expires: 12/31/17)

My wife, Karrie, and I moved to Irondequoit in September of 2013, after living in the Rochester area since the fall of 2003. We purchased our house in the Summerville neighborhood. I attended RIT from 2003-2007, and graduated with a dual BS in Computer Science and Economics. I am currently employed at Harris Corporation, which I have been working at from 2006 to present day. I am enthusiastic about technology and knowledge, which has brought a logical usage and involvement to the modern library. I look forward to helping connect people to this vital resource.

Susan Kramarsky
Treasurer (Term Expires: 12/31/21)

I am a “new” resident of Irondequoit, having moved here in 2012 after spending 25 years in Brighton. I am married with two grown daughters. Professionally I spent 13 years as the elected Town Clerk in the Town of Brighton after a career in not for profit administration. My very first “adult” job was in my college library – and began a lifelong love of all that libraries have to offer. Libraries are the key to education – they provide for life long learning opportunities – now open for business around the clock and around the world.

Cicely Strickland-Ruiz
Trustee-At-Large (Term Expires: 12/31/18)

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Lauri Strano
Trustee-At-Large (Term Expires: 12/31/22)

Lauri is a longtime resident of Irondequoit, and prior to that, the cities of Rochester and Syracuse. She is the proud mother of two daughters currently earning bachelor degrees at St. John Fisher College and University of Rochester. As the Director of Programs and Services at Children’s Institute, a national nonprofit organization based in Rochester, Lauri oversees large-scale collaborations and assessment systems serving young children, youth and families. Her experience includes working with providers, parents, and policymakers in the context of local, state, and federally funded grants and initiatives. She holds BS degrees from University of Rochester in Psychology and Political Science, and an MS in Elementary Education and NYS certification with a specialization in early childhood from Nazareth College. Lauri also has fifteen years of experience in early childhood development programs as an administrator, teacher, and caregiver. Lauri served on numerous advisory committees and boards including most recently a pending appointment to the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Committee that advises the Governor on policies impacting young children across the state. In addition, Lauri volunteers at the Monroe County Youth Bureau Crisis Nursery. In her role as a Library Board Trustee, Lauri is honored to serve with her fellow trustees as stewards of this precious resource in our community.

Terry Buford
Library Director (Non-Voting Member)

I have been Library Director in Irondequoit since January 1, 2004. I have an MLS degree from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and have worked in public libraries for over 25 years. I love this job because folks in Irondequoit really care about their library. I am always happy to meet with anyone or speak to any community group about the library or information technology related issues.

And please feel free to contact me about any library related issue by phone (336-6060), email (, or mail (1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617).

David Heffer
Honorary Trustee (Non-Voting Member)

Fourteen years ago when I had the opportunity to relocate my family to western New York there were three major reasons why I chose Irondequoit, family ties, the Irondequoit Public Library and the small school districts. I am a doctor of chiropractic, my grandfather (Norris W. Heffer) was born and raised in Irondequoit, as were his children (Robert N. Heffer [my father] and Doris A. Blake [Heffer] [my aunt]).

From my personal observation of the volume of patrons at all hours of the day and evening, combined with the genuine interest by the staff, it was apparent to me that the Irondequoit Public Libraries were the place to be. After establishing my practice in Irondequoit, I applied to be a Trustee of the Irondequoit Public Library. In December of 1998 I was selected to fill a vacant position on the Library Board of Trustees. It is a privilege to serve as part of that great American institution, the public library.

Jack Herrema
Honorary Trustee (Non-Voting Member)

I have been a resident of Irondequoit for nearly 60 years. After spending two years in the US Navy, I began my full time career as employee and subsequent owner of Herrema’s Food Market. My wife Judy and I are parents of four sons, all of whom graduated from Irondequoit High School.

The quality of resources available to the residents of Irondequoit, including the library system, provided the stepping stones for our sons’ successful careers.

In 2005, I sold my business yet I continue to work there on a part time basis. Wishing to give back to the community, I became a member of the Canandaigua National Bank Advisory Board in Irondequoit, a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Paul Blvd. Exempt Fireman’s Association, (I was a volunteer fireman for 14 years) and a member of the Board of Directors to Sunset House.

I will utilize my business acumen and communication skills derived from interacting with the public for many years to increase public awareness of all that libraries offer and to support the growth of our current Irondequoit library system.

Mary Ellen Jones
Honorary Trustee (Non-Voting Member)

Mary Ellen Jones, a mother of 4 and grandmother of 8, has lived in Irondequoit for 49 years. She has a BA and MA from the U of R and was an educator in the Greece Central School District for 25 years. Ms. Jones served 2 terms as a NY State Senator and 4 years as a Commissioner on the NY State Parole Board. She has worked 25 years with the Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance and is currently president. She is a volunteer and member of the board of the Sunset House.

Wolodymyr Pylyshenko
Honorary Trustee (Non-Voting Member)

Mr. Pylyshenko was born in the Ukraine. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from RIT in 1964. He taught at Brockport State from 1964 to 2000 and served as chair of the art department from 1979 to 1986 and again in 1990. He is a member of the board of the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, the board of the Sister Cities program, Council of Saint Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church and a charter member of the Western Monroe County Historical Society.

In Memory of
Karyl Mammano

Dr. Karyl Mammano passed away on September 26, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Mammano was a valued member of our Board, was deeply committed to serving our Town and Library, and was a dear friend to all of us. Her knowledge, talents, passion, generosity of spirit, sense of humor, and friendship will be sorely missed and will continue to help guide us.