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Library Board Members

Danette Duron-Willner

President, Farmington Hills

Appointed August 24, 2020
Term Ends June 1, 2023

Danette Duron-Willner, her son, and husband, have been Farmington Hills residents since 2008 and have been big fans of the FCL since moving to Farmington Hills. In fact, it was the community programs, libraries, parks and schools that attracted Danette and her family to call Farmington Hills their home.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, Danette worked as a community development director supporting public housing residents. Thereafter she attended law school and is a licensed attorney in Michigan. Danette has been providing leadership and sought after advice for Fortune 500 companies for over 19 years in the areas of labor, employee relation and human resources. Throughout her professional experience Danette has found it rewarding to be recognized for her skills in mediating critical organizational issues and helping organizations to reach resolutions no matter the complexity of the situation.

Danette has also worked as an Investigator with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. She was a governor appointed commissioner for two terms to the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. Additionally, Danette is a former regional board member of the Anti-Defamation League.

She enjoys serving as a volunteer for PTA, Scouts and mentoring programs, earning Mentor of the Year in recognition of her commitment to mentoring under-represented youth. Danette is eager to support the FCL to fulfill its mission of fostering literacy, facilitating independent learning and encouraging the love of reading from early childhood throughout one’s lifetime.

Ernie McClellan

Vice-President, Farmington Hills

Appointed August 23, 2021
Term Ends February 1, 2022

Ernie McClellan is the Managing Broker at EMI Agency. He has been a licensed insurance professional since 1997. After successful stints managing several successful sales operations at Sprint, he was enlisted by the Kansas City (MO) election board to introduce new technology and processes to the election process. This work garnered the attention of the Election Assistance Commission. Next comes several years in the consulting world with the likes of Accenture, Bertelsmann, and Cognizant building and fine tuning world-class customer experience solutions and teams. He has previously served as a steering committee member for Heart of America United Way’s Young Leader’s Society, and as Secretary of Mental Health America of the Heartland. He is currently a board member of the Troy Nature Society which operates the Stage Nature Center. Ernie attended Fayetteville State University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Rockhurst University.

Kathie Brown

Treasurer, Farmington Hills

Appointed August 23, 2021
Term Ends February 1, 2023

Kathie Brown’s family moved to Farmington Twp/Farmington Hills in 1957 and this is where she chose to raise her own daughter and two sons. She has enjoyed watching the libraries grow over the years and is grateful to be appointed to the Library Board where she can provide guidance and help them flourish.

Her love of libraries sent her on a professional journey where she worked 44 years at various institutions, including West Bloomfield Library, Franklin Library (Director), Brandon Township Library (Director), The Library Network, a 65-member library consortium (sole software support and trainer), Providence Hospital Medical Library and the Farmington Community Library.

During her 20 years at FCL, she served as the Coordinator of Automation and Volunteers researching, installing and administering the Envisionware self-checks and security gates, Polaris ILS (Circulation, Cataloging, Acquisitions and Serials modules and the online catalog), Tech Logic conveyor system, MELCat (MI Electronic Catalog) for Interlibrary Loan, eBooks, eAudiobooks, Streaming Media and others services. Her knowledge of every aspect of the library and having worked with staff in all departments will be very beneficial during her term as Library Trustee.

She is currently a Farmington Hills Beautification Commission commissioner, a civic association treasurer, COHA representative and election official for Farmington Hills. She loves to garden, read and spend time with her family.

Jim White

Secretary, Farmington

Appointed June 1, 2021
Term Ends June 30, 2025

Has been a Farmington Public Schools teacher (including teacher librarian) for 24 years. He lives with his wife Denise (also an FPS teacher) in Farmington.

Megan Styrd

Trustee, Farmington

Appointed August 18, 2020
Term Ends June 30, 2023

Megan Stryd, her husband, and their six children have been residents of Farmington since 2017. They were originally attracted to the area because of the great community, the libraries, and the nature center. Since then they have continued to enjoy library storytimes, spending time in downtown Farmington and ice skating in Riley Park.

Megan graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. As a homeschool mom for the past 16 years, Megan has been striving to make reading and independent learning a priority in her family and for those around her. Megan is looking forward to serving on the FCL board.

Renee Murphy

Renee Murphy

Trustee, Farmington Hills

Appointed September 23, 2019
Term Ends February 1, 2024

Renee Murphy is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, and has worked as an Occupational Therapist is a variety of settings, including home care, hospitals, rehab facilities, inpatient Psychiatry, and in several school systems.

Ms. Murphy presently serves as member of the Farmington Community Health Commission.

Ms. Murphy and her husband Patrick have a property management business. They have lived in Farmington Hills for 30 years, and have raised 3 children here.

Robert J. Hahn

Trustee, Farmington

Appointed June 8, 2018
Term Ends June 30, 2024

Robert J. Hahn is an attorney in the Livonia office of Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho where he focuses his practice on business law, utility law, and litigation. He assists business clients with corporate and commercial litigation, collections, securities, and real estate.

In 2014, Mr. Hahn was selected as a Top Lawyer in Commercial Law by DBusiness magazine.

Michele Kelly

Trustee, Farmington

Appointed August 18, 2020
Term Ends June 30, 2022

Michele Kelly has been a Farmington resident for two years. As a new “west sider,” she admits that it is better over here. She, her husband, and two young daughters often walk to and enjoy the Liberty Street location and love living near downtown Farmington. Currently, Michele serves as the Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Schoolcraft College where she manages the faculty and curriculum for over 20 disciplines like English, Reading, World Languages, Biology, Math, and Chemistry (among others). Her entire career has been in higher education administration. After graduating from Central Michigan University (Bachelor’s), the University of Cincinnati (Master’s), and the University of South Carolina (PhD), she and her husband moved back to Michigan to start a family near family. Before settling in Farmington, Michele spent 6 years at Macomb Community College where she was appointed to the Macomb County Art Authority and worked as a Trustee for the Anton Art Center. She is a current trustee for the Michigan Philharmonic, a recent graduate of Leadership Detroit, and a proud Rotarian. In her “spare” time, she enjoys reading. Some of her personal favorites include Plainsong, Confederacy of Dunces, and The Temple of My Familiar (among a million others).