Board of Trustees
The seven-person Elkhart Public Library board of trustees has broad authority on policies, finances and other library matters. The board generally meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month – see the most recent regular meeting agenda and minutes. Members are appointed according to state law.
James W. Rieckhoff, president – Appointed by Elkhart County Council, term expires June 30, 2025
Jeri Stahr, vice president – Appointed by Elkhart School Board, term expires June 30, 2023
Laura Steffen, secretary – Appointed by Elkhart County commissioners, term expires June 30, 2026
Jennifer Nielsen, member – Appointed by Elkhart County commissioners, term expires June 30, 2025
Clarence W. Thomas, member – Appointed by Elkhart School Board, term expires June 30, 2024
Carlos A. Esteves, member – Appointed by Elkhart County Council, term expires June 30, 2023
Janet Gruwell, member – Appointed by Concord School Board, term expires June 30, 2026
Lisa Guedea Carreño has been Elkhart Public Library’s director since 2014. Her professional experience includes positions in collegiate, corporate and law libraries. She led three study-service terms in Nicaragua while director of the Harold and Wilma Good Library of Goshen College. She’s been a radio host on 91.1 The Globe WGCS-FM, a singer, and a volunteer with community organizations. She earned her master’s degree from Simmons College in Boston. She lives in Dunlap with her husband and daughter, and currently serves on boards for Elkhart Rotary Club, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, and Horizon Education Alliance.
Contact the board
The board will accept your input via email through the form below. Please note, all communications may be subject to release under Indiana’s public records law. Board meetings are open to the public unless posted in accordance with Indiana law as an executive session. To address the board in person at a meeting, please review the board policy and submit a participation request.