Library Board of Trustees

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.

Trustee Profiles

Brian Gleisser website

Brian Gleisser, President
Term: 2014 – 2021

A Mercer resident, Brian Gleisser 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. 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.


Michael bertsch WEBSITE

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 Meinard website

Troy Meinhard, Secretary
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.


Thomas A. Cicarella
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 M. Garrett
Term: 2015 – 2020

Melissa Mitchell-Garrett is a Principal Strategic Consultant at American Greetings where she provides internal consultant support at the level of top general management for major cross-functional initiatives.  She holds a degree of Bachelors of Arts (Management and Information Systems) from Notre Dame College and a Masters of Management (MMT Systems Thinking) from 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 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 lives in the Moreland area with her family. Contact Ms Garrett.


Doreen Katz
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 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. Contact Ms. Katz.


Carmella Williams websiteCarmella D. Williams
Term: 2012 – 2019

A resident of the Moreland area, Carmella 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.