The Board of Trustees of Worthington Libraries welcomed Linda Mercadante as the organization's newest member on January 23.
Ms. Mercadante will serve a term of seven years and fills the board seat left vacant by Lynn Nadler, who left the board in December after serving for seven years.
Ms. Mercadante is currently a professor of theology in the B. Robert Straker Chair in Historical Theology at the Methodist Theological Society, where she has worked for 25 years. An author, she has written five books and numerous articles. She is also ordained in the Presbyterian Church. Ms. Mercadante has lived in the Worthington School District for 12 years. She is a graduate of Leadership Worthington and is involved in the Colonial Hills Civic Association, Ohio Hispanic Coalition and Columbus Mennonite Church.
Ms. Mercadante received a Bachelor of Arts from American University (Washington, DC), a Master of Christian Studies from Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (New Jersey).
In her application to serve on the board, Ms. Mercadante wrote:
I want to insure our community continues to receive the high standards of access we have long enjoyed, and I want to help people of all ages improve their writing and critical reading skills.
In addition to Linda Mercadante, Worthington Libraries is served by board members James Hill (president), David Goldberger (vice president), Dawn Valasco (secretary), John Butterfield, Dan Lacey and J. Craig Baker. The Board meets regularly once per month and holds committee meetings as needed throughout the year. All meetings of the Worthington Libraries Board of Trustees are open to the public.
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