Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Decatur, Georgia. I grew up primarily in nearby Lilburn and Stone Mountain, minus four years that we lived in Mobile, Alabama.



What brought you to this area? Or kept you here?
After growing up in Georgia and Alabama, I decided to attend undergrad at the College of Wooster in Ohio in part because I had loved visiting my grandparents in Ohio and Michigan when I was a kid. After grad school at Kent State, I moved to Ada to work at ONU as a librarian at Heterick. I met my future husband Dusty Donley at Keith’s Hardware shortly after I moved here, and stayed because we both love it here.

What is your occupation?
 I’m a librarian at Ohio Northern and work in technical services as a cataloger. This means I focus on ensuring that library patrons can easily find whatever library resource they need. I’m also involved in reference services and teach information literacy classes.

Why do you love what you do?
 I am very lucky to have found the perfect career for me, as it blends my interest in books and computers with the opportunity to work with students on their own career paths. I have wonderful coworkers at the library and friends throughout ONU, and I enjoy the opportunities to use my knowledge of the Ada community to make connections between individuals for local research and outreach projects.

What is your favorite thing about this community?
Feeling a part of it. I grew up in and around Atlanta where I was both anonymous and constantly stuck in traffic. In Ada, I can walk everywhere and wave to endless friendly faces that I often know on a first-name-basis. There’s a story behind almost every house, business, and family name in Ada, and it makes for such a rich and fascinating history.

What are you involved within the community?
I’ve been an advisor for the ONU Recycles student organization since 2011. The group participates in the Ohio Adopt-a-Highway program and runs an electronics recycling drive for ONU and the Ada community every year or two. I’m currently the president of the Friends of the Ada Public Library, and recently joined Hardin County’s Substance Abuse Committee.

What are some of your hobbies?
Whenever possible, I drag my family outdoors for walks and bike rides. I am a big fan of puttering around the yard as though I have a clue what I’m doing. I’ve been rescuing tree seedlings from all over town for the last couple of years, and currently have about 15 saplings that I’m trying to rear in my yard. And then, of course, I read; I usually have about three very different books going at any given time.