Trustees

President
Elaine Summers
A native of Ecuador, Ms. Summers grew up in New York City and has called White Plains home for over 20 years. She is a member of the White Plains Lion’s Club and a District Leader in the district of downtown White Plains, wherein she resides. She is a frequent visitor to the White Plains Public Library and has oftentimes taken part in its programs and services.
Term ends 2023

Secretary
Ms. Luz Barrera
An economist dedicated to empowering small business owners, employees, students and parents by providing Personal Financial Education through her organization Because Your Money Matters. She has been a White Plains resident for the last 15 years and is an active member of the local Hispanic community.
Term ends 2023

Ms. Denise J. D’Ambrosio
A Partner in the law firm Allen & Desnoyers LLP with offices in White Plains, a parent of three children who attended the City of White Plains Public Schools, and a resident of the City of White Plains for over three decades. She also serves on the Library Board Foundation, White Plains Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Westchester County League of Conservation Voters.
Term ends 2022

Vincent Fields
White Plains native, Vincent Fields is currently a Project Manager at the Westchester County Board of Elections. Mr. Fields has been a local civic leader for the better part of a decade. He previously worked in the office of State Senator Shelley Mayer as her District Director, as well as a former board member of The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center. He currently is on the Mayor advisory board for The White Plains Youth Bureau. He is passionate about getting more people civically engaged and uplifting at risk communities at the grassroots level.
Term ends 2022

Mrs. Hope Furth
A retired mathematics teacher. She has lived in White Plains for over 50 years and is a dedicated White Plains Public Library user. She is also a member of the Westchester Library Association Board of Trustees and an emeritus, but still active Trustee of the Smithsonian Institute Libraries.
Term ends 2024

Ayodele Higgs
A speech and language pathologist for the New York City Department of Education, a mentor with Good for Girls, and a member of Pi Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and a lifetime resident of White Plains. She is also a devoted mother. Her passion is enhancing people's quality of life through improved language skills.
Term ends 2022

Mr. Paul Schwarz
Past President
A retired teacher of English and Public Speaking, Board President of Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains, and lifetime resident of White Plains. He devotes time to various other local not-for-profit boards and organizations involving seniors, youth and inter-generational programming.
Term ends 2024

Diane H. Tabakman
An active community volunteer since moving to White Plains almost four decades ago. Her leadership roles include serving as President of the White Plains Library Foundation, Family Services of Westchester and The Association of Development Officers. After careers in social services, corporate human resources and not-for-profit management, she is retired and volunteers as a mediator and arbitrator.
Term ends 2024

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Joseph Ricca