Carol joined the library in July 2018 as the Reference Librarian. At the start of 2019, she was appointed
Library Director. Carol has over 34 years of experience at various libraries in Connecticut and is secretary of
the Connecticut Library Consortium's executive board. A graduate of Connecticut College, she also holds a
MLIS degree from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and
has earned a Certificate in Genalogical Research from Boston University. At the Godfrey, she oversees a
staff of experienced researchers and volunteers, including other graduates of the Boston University program.
MICHAEL STEFFMAN – Assistant Library Director
Michael joined the library in 2019 upon completion of the MLIS program at Syracuse University.
He also holds a BA degree from Trinity College in Hartford. He is responsible for the Ed Laput Cemetery Collection,
all customer accounts and also handles book sales at the Library’s bookstore on eBay.
ALBERT E. FIACRE - Board Chair
Staff member since 2009 and Board member since 2015, Al is a retired financial executive
with a BA degree from Middlebury College and an MBA degree from New York University.
In 2018, he was the winner of the National Genealogical Society’s competition:
“Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book.” He also was the winner of the
Connecticut Society of Genealogists Certificate of Achievement for the best genealogy in 2019.
Al earned his Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2016.
PATRICIA A. BURKE - Board Vice Chair
Pat is a retired emergency room nurse and nursing educational executive at Middlesex Hospital, where she
worked for 43 years. She holds a Diploma in Nursing, as well as BA and MS degrees. She was a volunteer
at the library for several years before joining the Board in 2014, and she served as Chair for many years.
LAURA HOBBS - Secretary
Laura joined the Board in January 2017 and is a member of many genealogical organizations, including the
Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants where she serves as secretary. She holds BS and
Pharm.D degrees, and works as a pharmacist at Hartford Hospital.
AUGUST DEFRANCE - Treasurer
Augie is a long-serving Board member, having joined the Board in 1997. He holds BS and MS degrees, and
is a retired executive from Northeast Utilities where he was Manager of Benefits. He is active in various
cemetery associations in Connecticut.
As president of Comp-U-Wise, a computer consulting firm he founded, Jim provides valuable expertise to
the library in technological matters. He holds BS, MA and MS degrees, and has been a Board member
Dorian worked for over 35 years at Northeast Utilities as a civil engineer prior to his retirement. He currently
works as an independent consultant in civil engineering matters. He joined the Board in 2015 and has
traveled extensively in his genealogical pursuits, including research trips to Barbados. He has a BS degree
in civil engineering.
Jen works as a Reference and Copyright Librarian at The InfoCenter at LIMRA and holds BA and MLIS
degrees. She joined the Board in January 2017, after having worked on staff at the Godfrey. She also holds
various certificates in copyright law and is a member of the American Library Association, the Special Library
Association, and the Connecticut Library Association.
Paul is one of six vice presidents at the Mystic Seaport Museum and is personally responsible
for the overall management of staff and programs related to collecting, preserving and disseminating
information for all research collections. Collections include: 75,000 books; 1 million pieces
of manuscript material; 10,000 maps; 200,000 architectural drawings; 900 oral histories; corporate
archives; periodical and ephemera collections.
CAROL R. WHITMER
Carol is a professional genealogist and founding partner of “Come Home to Connecticut,”
a genealogical research and consulting firm. She is a past President of the Board of Governors
of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists and a past Secretary of the Board of Trustees
of the Connecticut Historical Society. Her genealogical pursuits include teaching and lecturing
on various topics and she has served as a consultant for the Travel Channel and Ancestry.com.
She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and is currently pursuing
her Certified Genealogist designation. Prior to pursuing genealogical work full-time,
she worked as an engineer and holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.