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 was formerly a partner in the law firm of Calfee, Halter, and Griswold, LLC where he specialized in leveraged buyouts and domestic and international financing. He is currently General Counsel of Fresh Mark, Inc. 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: 2020 – 2027
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 Masters of Management (MMT Systems Thinking) from Ursuline College. She is the owner and president of UnBAR Café Inc. She has three adult children and lives in the Moreland area with her husband and daughter. Contact Ms. Hirsch.
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 Vice President for Student Affairs at Baldwin Wallace 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 is active in the Shaker Schools and believes one of Shaker’s best assets is the diverse fabric of its people making it a vibrant, passionate community. Contact Dr. Rashid.
Bruce Rogen, MD MPH FACP, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan and Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance. He grew up in Shaker Heights around the corner from the Bertram Woods Branch. He graduated from Brown University and received his MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University Medical School. After 20 years in Los Angeles in both clinical and administrative practice, he returned to Shaker Heights to raise his family in 2009. As Chief Medical Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan and Chair of the Quality Alliance, he helps the Cleveland Clinic maintain high-quality care for its employees and dependents and assists community physicians with both practice support and quality enhancement. Contact Dr. Rogen.