Board of Trustees
Meet the Board
Shauna Long - PresidentTerm Expires: December 31, 2021
Shauna Rae Long is currently a corporate attorney in private practice in New York. She has also practiced law in the public and non-profit sector. Shauna was previously an Executive Board Member, Vice Chair to the Board, and Board Member for more than 10 years for Habitat for Humanity - New York City. She has traveled the world with Habitat for Humanity International for 17+ years building and raising money for affordable housing. She was also an officer and Board member of Incarnation Children’s Center, Bridge to Brotherhood, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County. She is a Member of the State Bar in New York, California and Michigan. She is a dedicated mother, advocate, volunteer, avid reader and Harrison resident eager to help the Harrison Public Library continue its amazing mission.
Dave Donelson - Vice PresidentTerm Expires: December 31, 2020
Dave Donelson is a full-time freelance writer with eight books to his credit. His byline has appeared on thousands of newspaper and magazine articles in over three dozen publications as diverse as The Christian Science Monitor, Westchester Magazine, Family Business Magazine, and Disney's FamilyFun. His most recent work is Weird Golf, 18 Tales of Fantastic, Horrific, Scientifically Impossible, and Morally Reprehensible Golf. He is also the creator of The Dynamic Manager, a website, blog, and series of books designed to help business owners and managers grow their companies.
Geoffrey Blanding - Treasurer/SecretaryTerm Expires: December 31, 2022
Geoff is a management consultant focused on helping healthcare providers and payors improve patient care, outcomes, and efficiency. He has a background in digital transformation, product management, and tech strategy. Most weekends you will find Geoff jogging the streets of Harrison with his lovely wife and browsing the shelves of the Halperin Building for the latest book and DVD recommendations.
LoAn AustinTerm Expires: December 31, 2024
LoAn Austin is a photographer specializing in family, newborn, and interior photography. She is heavily involved within Harrison and surrounding communities, devoting much of her time to her children’s schools, preschools, and sports teams. She has served on the Board of the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound and as past President of the Harrison Public Library Board of Trustees. In her previous career, she was Vice President of Closed-End Funds at Gabelli Funds.
Maria BannonTerm Expires: December 31, 2024
Maria Bannon is a 15 year resident of Harrison, a mother of two and an avid library-goer. She is a CPA and has worked in the investment banking industry for over 25 years, most recently at Morgan Stanley in Purchase focusing on accounting for strategic acquisitions in the energy sector. She and her family have participated in many Harrison Public library offerings over the years and she's looking forward to promoting the library's important and ever-changing role In the community.
Ravajappa GoudaTerm Expires: December 31, 2021
Ravajappa Gouda is a senior software developer at Waterfall Asset Management LLC in the greater New York City area. He is a versatile, hands-on developer with expertise in complex architecture, database development and infrastructure projects in financial domain.
Randi N. GrayTerm Expires: December 31, 2024
Randi is a Senior IT Manager at an EdTech company and has over 20 years of experience and various facets of the IT industry including Retail, FinTech, and Health Care. She's served on numerous boards including the founding board for The Parris Foundation, as the President of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and as a member of the Junior Board for Family Services of Westchester. She's committed to the betterment of her community. She lives with her husband Calvin, and son Chase, who is growing to love the library like his Mom.
Maureen SkrilowTerm Expires: December 31, 2024
Maureen Skrilow is a 20 plus year resident of Harrison and has served as past President of the Harrison Public Library Board of Trustees. She is a very active local real estate agent and works for William Raveis Real Estate. She lives with her husband David who is an attorney practicing in NYC. Maureen has two married sons and three grandchildren - all of whom love the library.
Joe ToplynTerm Expires: December 31, 2023
Joe Toplyn is an Emmy-winning writer, producer, author, and software developer. He has written and produced thousands of scripts, segments and jokes for a wide range of television shows including comedy/talk shows, sitcoms, and one-hour dramas. Joe has supervised staffs of up to ten writers and managed the creative teams behind the launching of two new comedy/talk shows. He is also the author of "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV" and developed the software product Witscript, a major advance in computational humor.