Shaker Heights Public Library is a school-district library serving the same geographic area as the schools. The Library Board of Trustees has complete authority and responsibility to make policy decisions regarding library programs and services, property, staff and budget. Members of the Library Board of Trustees are appointed to seven-year terms by the Shaker Heights Board of Education and serve without pay. The Board generally meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. All library board meetings are open to the public.
Michael J. Bertsch, President
Term: 2016 – 2023
Michael Bertsch is a trial lawyer with the law firm of Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC where he specializes in employment and human resources-related issues. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University, he received his JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Bertsch has volunteered with Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters, Toastmasters International, the Epilepsy Association, and currently serves as a Sunday School teacher at St. Dominic Parish. He lives in the Fernway area with his wife and three children. Contact Mr. Bertsch.
Thomas A. Cicarella, Vice President
Term: 2018 – 2025
Thomas Cicarella is a partner in the law firm of Calfee, Halter, and Griswold, LLC where he specializes in leveraged buyouts and domestic and international financing. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University School of Law. Cicarella served two terms as president of the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and has served on the board of the Cleveland Law Library for more than 20 years. He lives in the Malvern area with his wife, Ann. The couple has three grown sons. Contact Mr. Cicarella.
Melissa Hirsch, Secretary
Term: 2015 – 2020
Melissa Hirsch (formerly Garrett) is Director of IT Strategic Planning and Business Management for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where she is responsible for the development, delivery, and management of IT business services and essential programs across the District. She is a graduate of Notre Dame College and received her a Masters of Management (MMT Systems Thinking) from Ursuline College. She is the owner and president of UnBAR Café Inc. She is also the president and founder of Conversations for Sisters, an organization dedicated to supporting the development of emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being in girls and women and Co-founder of Victory Center for Youth, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing school aged children access to positive and inspiring programs. She has three adult children and lives in the Moreland area with her husband and daughter. Contact Ms. Hirsch.
Term: 2014 – 2021
A Mercer resident, Brian Gleisser is Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Richmond Heights. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, Master in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, and Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University. He served as an elected member of Shaker Heights City Council for 14 years (1999 through 2013), serving as the city’s Vice Mayor in 2004 and 2005. He has also served as a citizen member on the Shaker Heights City Planning Commission and City Council’s Safety and Public Works Committee. Contact Mr. Gleisser.
Term: 2017 – 2024
Doreen Katz is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 15 years’ experience investigating building failures and managing building repair and renovation projects throughout Northeast Ohio. She is the parent of two students in Shaker Heights Public Schools and an active member of Literary Cleveland. She lives in the Boulevard area with her husband and two children. Contact Ms. Katz.
Term: 2015 – 2022
Troy Meinhard is the principal of the Shaker Heights-based boutique consulting firm, KnowHow Strategy & Analytics. He is a graduate of Wartburg College and received his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a volunteer coach for the youth sports of baseball, soccer, and wrestling and serves as an Admissions Interviewer for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He lives in the Onaway area with his wife and three children. Contact Mr. Meinhard.
Term: 2019 – 2026
Dr. Timeka Rashid is Assistant Vice President -Inclusive Student Engagement at Cleveland State University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University. Her experience in higher education administration includes community engagement, co-curricular and diversity and equity programming, strategic planning, and budget management. She believes one of Shaker’s best assets is the diverse fabric of its people making it a vibrant, passionate community. She is active in the Shaker Schools and currently serves as a board member for EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute. Contact Dr. Rashid.