Carter & Whitman Named to Board of Trustees

Carter & Whitman Named to Board of Trustees

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (HMMPL) is pleased to welcome Rebecca Carter and Julie Whitman to its Board of Trustees.

As representatives of the library’s expanded service area in Worth Township, Carter and Whitman bring a wealth of educational and professional leadership experience to the library board.

“Our community is experiencing profound growth, and with it comes an increased need for library services,” said HMMPL Board President Monty Korte. “We’re pleased to have two new board members who not only represent members of our new service area, but also bring unique perspectives and insights that will help HMMPL achieve the many new goals set before us.”

Carter has a background in agricultural education and spent 13 years teaching Agricultural Education at the middle school and high school levels in Virginia. She joined the National FFA office as an education specialist when she moved to the Hoosier state, and now serves as their senior manager of the Awards and Recognition team. Carter has a dual bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Education from Virginia Tech. She and her family have lived in Whitestown for nine years and are active members of Traders Point Christian Church.

“I have a heart for kids and feel it is important that all kids have access to books, education and community activities,” Carter said. “Over the years, our family has made it a priority to use and remain active in our local libraries. We know firsthand how a library can benefit individuals and a community.”

Whitman currently serves as the executive director for the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, a state government collaborative that makes recommendations on legislation that affects children and helps state agencies work together.  She has an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Harvard University and a Masters of Social Work from Boston College. Whitman and her family have lived in the Walker Farms neighborhood of Whitestown since 2008.

“When I was growing up, the library was my preschool, my afterschool program, and my summer camp,” Whitman said.  “I love to read, as does my whole family, and I love knowing there is a place in the community to connect with like-minded lifelong learners.”

Both Whitman and Carter look forward to helping HMMPL expand and build a new branch in Whitestown. “Having a library within walking/biking distance will make a world of difference for our community,” Whitman said. “I am sure it will rapidly become a community hub for studying, working, meeting, reading and learning.”