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.
David JavitchTerm Expires: December 31, 2019
David Javitch is a successful product innovator and marketer with 20 years of achievement. He currently runs the product marketing team for the US market at Mastercard which handles everything from digital payments to fraud solutions. David has successfully launched a consumer mobile app with over 30M downloads, multiple B2B SaaS platforms, digital wallets for Financial Institutions and CPG products with 8-figure marketing budgets.
LoAn AustinTerm Expires: December 31, 2019
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.
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.
Pamela StocktonTerm Expires: December 31, 2019
Pam Stockton is a retired attorney who has been a trustee of the Harrison Public Library for over 17 years. She has been secretary, vice-president and president of the Board of Trustees, and devoted considerable time to the renovations of both the Library’s downtown Halperin Building and the West Harrison branch. She created the HPL Foundation to provide added support for Library programs. Pam has resided in Harrison for 34 years and has served on the board of directors and as an officer of the Harrison Youth Council, the Cage Teen Center, the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, and other public interest organizations in Westchester.
Maureen SkrilowTerm Expires: December 31, 2019
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.
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.