Board of Trustees

Meet the Board of Trustees

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Joann Caruso

Joann was born and raised in Spokane, WA. Her family began spending summers at Loon Lake in 1959 and it became her favorite place to be. In 2013 she moved to Loon Lake full time where she now lives with her 2 dogs.

Joann has 3 grown sons who enjoyed many wonderful memories at Loon Lake. Now she looks forward to watching her 2 grandsons grow up enjoying the lake and all its beauty.

One of the greatest joys of her life was the years she spent teaching in the Mead School District. She is currently retired but enjoys doing volunteer work, traveling, reading, playing games with friends and spending time outdoors.

Term ends December 31, 2024.

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Josie Darst

Josie grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington, majoring in theatre education.  She moved to Marcus in 1974 and has been a resident of Stevens County ever since.  She moved to Colville in 1980 where she and her husband Chuck started and operated the Book Depot for 15 years. They lived for 35 years in an historic house, which they lovingly maintained for 36 years.  She has a daughter and son, both of whom graduated from Colville High School.  She has one grandson.

For seven years Josie traveled all of northeastern Washington in her job as a workforce development coordinator.  She then took a hiatus from that job to teach part time at Colville High School, managing the drama program and community coop learning.  In 2000 she returned to the workforce development arena as a planner for the Eastern Washington Partnership, a nine county board that oversees grants for workforce training.  She has been enjoying retirement since 2012.

In 2015 Josie and Chuck built their dream home overlooking the Columbia River.  She enjoys the outdoors; hiking, boating and swimming in the summer, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. She is an avid knitter and gardener. Her hobbies include baking and soap crafting.

Term ends December 31, 2026.

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Sue Poe

Sue was born in Spokane and moved to Colville, graduating from Colville High School. She was married in 1977 and had two children while the family lived in central Washington on the family wheat farm. Sue owned and was publisher of the local newspaper for ten years.

In the mid-90s they moved back to Colville and Sue earned her Certified Financial Planner designation. After 25 years, she is currently in the transition process to retirement, which will be complete in June of 2021.

The couple adopted two teenagers in 2010 and have six grandchildren. They live on Loon Lake and enjoy traveling often (pre-Covid). Sue spends time hiking, kayaking, swimming, ringing handbells, reading and plans to do more gardening this year.

Term ends December 31, 2025.

Catharine Whitby

Catharine was born in a small town in Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Oakville, near Toronto. She attended McMaster University, studying Commerce, which lead to her 25-year career in marketing and advertising, specializing in newspaper and magazine publishing, in Vancouver, BC. She served on many boards, from Vancouver to Toronto and Portland, OR. Catharine and her husband, Michael, left their jobs in 2000 and spent 5 years sailing their boat from Portland OR, to Uruguay, via Cape Horn. 

Subsequently, with Michael’s career with Kinross Gold Corp, they have been posted many interesting places, including Republic WA, and Santiago, Chile. They built their home overlooking Lake Roosevelt in 2011, and are now full time residents of Stevens County. Catharine enjoys travel, gardening, sailing, painting, hiking and motorcycle riding. She and Michael are blessed with a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in Calgary. 

Term ends December 31, 2022.

Lisa Wolfe

Lisa Wolfe

Lisa hails from Chicago, Illinois. Discovering a love of the outdoors through participation in Girl Scout activities, upon graduation from high school, she attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Science.
Pursuing a career with the US Forest Service, Lisa and her husband Kevin followed a path that led to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and finally in 1991, to Kettle Falls, Washington. 

She retired after 31 years with the Forest Service, most recently working as an IT Specialist and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Union representative for Forest Service employees in Oregon and Washington. Her 2 daughters grew up in Kettle Falls, spending much time at the Kettle Falls Public Library.

Term ends December 31, 2023.

Board Meeting Schedule

In the year 2023, the regular meetings of the Stevens County Rural Library District Board of Trustees will be held monthly on the days and locations set forth at 10:00 am for in-person meetings, or 9:00 am for virtual meetings.

  • December 15, 2022,  Colville
  • January 19, Chewelah
  • February 16, Loon Lake
  • March 16, Colville
  • April 20, Lakeside
  • May 18, Kettle Falls
  • June 14, Hunters  *Wednesday*
  • July 20, Loon Lake
  • August 17, Northport
  • September 21, Lakeside
  • October 19, Kettle Falls
  • November 16, Chewelah
  • December 14, Colville

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • December 15, 2022
    • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • January 19, 2023
    • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Board Conference Call Schedule

    For further information, or how to join the conference call, please phone the Library District at 509.233.9621.

    Upcoming Conference Calls:

  • December 7, 2022
    • 9:00 am - 9:30 am
  • January 11, 2023
    • 9:00 am - 9:30 am
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