Meet Our Staff
Lorena E. Cuevas, Library Director
Lorena is excited to help patrons find readings that help them find meaning and allow them to articulate their unique perspectives and reconnect with the sense that they are not alone. Lorena holds a BA in Art History from Fordham University and has extensive experience in arts administration, staff development, and operational management. Lorena is in the process of completing her Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship.
Lorena has been at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro serving patrons of all ages since 2018. She has also worked as a research assistant at the Frick Art Reference Library, New York City.
Previously a professional hospice chaplain, Lorena holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. When asked about the connection between spiritual care and libraries, Lorena likens supporting individuals facing a medical crisis to the “literary heroes/heroines who shape their own narratives away from victimhood towards hope, transformation, and self-empowerment.” As a Latin American female she is interested in Young Adult literature that mirrors experiences that have been previously overlooked.
Meet Our Library Board (2020-2021)
Bobbe Ragouzeos, President
Bobbe is a retired clinical psychologist, enjoys lap swimming, reading, writing, gardening, cooking, travel and being with friends. She and her husband, artist Leonard Ragouzeos have been together for over 50 years. Her best role is being the adoring grandmother to her 4 wonderful grandchildren.
“I have a great deal of respect for the history of the Moore FreeLibrary and Crowell Gallery and it’s very important place in our community. I feel honored to be part of the board”.
Karen Bailey Cawrse, Vice President
Karen spent her summers in South Newfane, the birthplace of her grandparents, since birth and moved here permanently in 2013 when she and her husband, Tim, decided to simplify their lives. A graduate of Lesley College, Karen developed a career in health care administration at UMass Medical School, went on to lead the massage therapy program at Salter School, Worcester, and was a small business owner of a day spa before moving to Vermont. Karen’s passions are reading, writing and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She and Tim are stewards of the South Newfane Village Little free Library. Once settled in South Newfane, Karen first volunteered at Moore Free Library, then served as librarian at Jamaica Memorial and at Lydia Taft Pratt Library, Dummerston. She received librarian certification from the State of Vermont. Karen is currently Assistant Librarian at Dover Free Library.
Steve Squires, Secretary
Steve has lived in Newfane since 1999, successfully transitioning from a long career in software development to a life somewhere between retired and homesteading. Steve’s board experience started at All Souls Unitarian Universalist, where he has held positions including Treasurer and President. He joined the library board in 2012. Steve enjoys singing in various local choral groups, and is often seen playing a supporting role for his wife Kathy, whose volunteer activities eclipse his by a wide margin.
Marie Tattersall, Treasurer
Marie is a retired private accountant and tax preparer, enjoyed a career working on Wall Street, in the ski industry and with a food importer and distributor. After growing up in New York City, Marie has resided in Windham County since 1970. Marie now volunteers as a free income tax preparer with the IRS VITA tax program. Pastimes with her husband Chuck include challenge level Western style square dancing, kayaking, camping, eating delicious home grown produce, reading, cheering on the Boston Celtics and visiting with a large extended family.
Charles “Bud” Bergmann, Trustee
Bud holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degree and has practiced architecture in Alaska, Switzerland, Holland, Washington State and Vermont on a wide range of building types including the Brooks Library at Central Washington University and the 2002 renovation/addition to the Moore Free Library. He was instrumental in reviving Seattle’s Pioneer Square District, the then-redlined Madison Valley District and co-taught housing design at the University of Washington. Mountaineering adventures include ascents of over 200 peaks in various ranges. His wife, Hermine (deceased), born in Holland, fluent in five languages, worked in book publishing in several countries. They have four children and three grandchildren and moved to South Newfane in 1995. Bud believes Newfane is a very special assemblage of buildings and the Moore Free Library is a very special library.
Samantha Kilmurray, Trustee
Samantha Kilmurray is a resident of Williamsville and has lived in the greater Newfane area for over 15 years. She lives on a small farm with her partner and two children where they grow vegetables and fruit. She loves to be creative with her children, go on long walks, swim in the Rock River, garden, volunteer, coach, and watch her children play sports.
“I am thrilled to be on the library board and be part of something that is so near and dear to my family’s heart and history”
Suzanne Paugh, Trustee
Strategic Plan for Moore Free Library
May 2014 – May 2019
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Moore Free Library and Crowell Gallery is to collect, preserve, and deliver in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner, library materials in print and electronic formats to the informational and life long learning needs of the members of the community. In addition, we seek to provide cultural and environmental enrichment through the appreciation of art and the natural world.
PERSONNEL – Continue to utilize skills and talents of professional librarian and community volunteers.
- The Board of Trustees, or their representatives, will annually review the librarian’s goals and plans for the upcoming year, and evaluate the previous year’s strengths and areas needing growth.
- The Board of Trustees will review having length of terms for its’ members and officers.
GALLERY – Re-evaluate the percentage we receive from sales
- Heighten awareness of gallery space and shows throughout the larger artist and collector community, and New England
- Continue to show high quality work in a variety of mediums
- Use gallery space for community events
- Maintain art holdings in our collection, and consider additions as they are presented
TECHNOLOGY – Enhanced technology means library utilization no longer requires patrons to be present in the library building.
- Purchase and maintain hardware and software, so that patrons of all ages will feel comfortable using computers and new technology.
- Explore and implement the publishing of a twice-monthly online newsletter to our patrons.
FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT – Review ownership and proposed plans for property given to us on West Street.
- Make pertinent decisions about land ownership and usage that will best serve the library community for the next 50 years.
- Make an annual list of priorities for the weatherization, maintenance and updating of the library building.
PROGRAMS -Explore the need for programs and workshops relating to community need and interests.
- Continue with book group for adults, and explore book clubs for youth.