Friends of Greenwich Library elect new trustees

Candice Bednar, Michael Freitag and Barbara Richards were recently elected as new Greenwich Library trustees at the Friends of Greenwich Library’s Annual Meeting in May.

Candice Bednar, Michael Freitag and Barbara Richards were recently elected as new Greenwich Library trustees at the Friends of Greenwich Library’s Annual Meeting in May.

The Friends of Greenwich Library elected three new trustees to serve on the Greenwich Library Board at their annual meeting in May. Candice Bednar, Michael Freitag and Barbara Richards will serve three-year terms.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an extraordinarily talented group of new trustees to the board. We believe they will make a valuable contribution to the library’s future,” Board of Trustee President Haley Rockwell Elmlinger said.

Ms. Bednar is an active community volunteer who has served on several committees for both the Brunswick Parents Association and Greenwich Academy Parents Association. She previously worked for Deloitte Consulting and Morgan Stanley. In her previous home in New Jersey, she served as a trustee for The Monmouth Museum, Monmouth County Historical Association and several other local organizations. She received a BS from Cornell University.

“Since we moved to Greenwich in 2007, I have been impressed with the depth of resources and programming that the Greenwich Library provides to our community,” Ms. Bednar said when asked why she chose to serve as a Greenwich Library trustee. “Free access to information, literature, technology, arts and culture enriches lives and provides the opportunity for continued learning. I am honored to support the library as a new board member.”

Michael Freitag is a partner at Joele Frank, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher, a strategic communications firm. He previously served as a partner and leader of the restructuring and reorganization practice at Kekst and Company. From 1986 to 1990, he was on the editorial staff of The New York Times, where among other roles he served for two years as the news clerk to A.M. (Abe) Rosenthal, the columnist and former executive editor. He received a BA in political science, cum laude, from Yale University.

When asked why he chose to serve as a Greenwich Library trustee, Mr. Freitag said, “One of my first jobs as a teenager was shelving books and helping out around my local public library. That experience not only reinforced a lifelong love of reading and learning, but also instilled a strong and lasting respect for the role that libraries play as a community’s connective tissue. Greenwich Library provides physical and virtual access to a vast trove of educational and cultural materials, programs and services. I believe its mission is as vital and relevant as ever, particularly as technological innovation continues to impact the quantity — and quality — of content available at our fingertips.”

Barbara Richards is an active and longtime Greenwich Library volunteer. She is passionate about the Flinn Gallery, and recently served as co-chair of the gallery’s selection committee. She is part of Women Together at Christ Church. She previously served as a Greenwich Library trustee from 2004-2010 and played an active role on the buildings and grounds committee as well as the policy committee. She received a BA from University of Illinois and a JD from the DePaul University of Law. She previously worked as an attorney.

“I have been connected with Greenwich Library since 1985 in several capacities starting with the Flinn Gallery, the Friends Board, Buildings and Grounds and the Policy Committees. I have always felt that my work with the library was stimulating, important, and satisfying” Ms. Richards said of Greenwich Library. “To rejoin the Board of Trustees in 2014 is an honor. This library is an incredibly important institution in this community. I will hopefully strive to serve the best interests of the staff, administration, and the institution to the best of my ability. I love this library and will always value the time I spend on the board.”

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