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 second Monday of each month (except July and August). All library board meetings are open to the public.
Brian Gleisser, President
Term: 2014 – 2021
A Mercer resident, Gleisser is Director of Head Start Operations at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland where he has more than 25 years’ experience managing nonprofit agencies and programs. 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. Contact Mr. Gleisser.
Michael J. Bertsch, Vice 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.
Troy Meinhard, Secretary
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.
Thomas A. Cicarella
Term: 2016 – 2018
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 M. Garrett
Melissa Garrett is Director of Business Process Improvement at American Greetings where she specializes in consulting in growth and revenue enhancement to business process redesign. She is a graduate of Ursuline College. 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. She lives in the Moreland area with her daughter. Contact Ms Garrett.
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. Writing under a pen name, she published two best-selling novels with a third scheduled for release in November 2017. She serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Shaker Chapter and is an active member of the Boulevard Elementary School PTO. She lives in the Boulevard area with her husband and two children.
Carmella D. Williams
Term: 2012 – 2019
A resident of the Moreland area, Williams has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix and is currently employed by Baker and Hostetler LLP as a records management analyst. She served in the U. S. Navy for eight years, living in Italy, Maine, and Connecticut. An active community volunteer, Williams is the current president of Moreland on the Move Community Association. Contact Ms. Williams.