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.
ALBERT E. FIACRE - Board Chair
Staff member since 2009 and Board member since 2015, Al is a retired financial executive with BA and MBA
degrees. In 2018, he was the winner of the National Genealogical Society's competition: "Award for
Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book." He also holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research
from Boston University.
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.
Marcy joined the board in September 2018, after working at the Godfrey as a part-time staff member. She
has a long-standing interest in genealogy and holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston
University. Her outside involvements include helping beginners with Ancestry at the Wesbrook Public
Library, serving as a photography volunteer for FindAGrave, and participating in the Shoreline Civil War
Roundtable (both as a member and a speaker), as well as the Westbrook Historical Society (where she is
recording secretary). After a 25-year career at R.R. Donnelly & Sons, Marcy switched careers and
currently works as a medical assistant and radiographer.
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.
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