The Gallia County District Library Board of Trustees consists of seven members: three of whom are appointed by the Gallia County Common Pleas Judge and four of whom are appointed by the Gallia County Board of Commissioners, for a seven year term each and eligible for re-appointment for successive terms. The Board of Trustees holds regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Library, unless advertised otherwise. Library board meetings are conducted in compliance with the Ohio Sunshine Laws.
Gallia County District Library Board of Trustees:
Robert E. Jenkins, President
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration; University of New Mexico
Owner & President: O'Dell True Value Lumber Co., Gallipolis, Ohio
Owner & President: Robbie's BP, Gallipolis, Ohio
Past President & Owner of Gallia Vending, servicing southern Ohio from 1984-2012
Past President and Owner of Smokin' Rob's, State of Ohio Liquor Store & Drive Thru, Gallipolis, Ohio from 2000-2011
Past President of Gallia County Community Improvement Corporation
Past President of Gallipolis Retail Merchants Association
Past Treasurer & Keeper of the Keys of the Gallia County Gun Club
Member of the Original French 500 that settled Gallipolis in 1790
4th generation Library Board member
2022: Ohio Library Council Trustee Award of Achievement recipient
Participated in seven library levy campaigns: three of which were successful, including two continuous operating levies, securing funding for expansion of library programs and services for Gallia County citizens
Jacob Attar, Vice President
Bachelor of Science, Integrated Business Education; University of Rio Grande
Master of Education in Educational Leadership; University of Rio Grande
Educator/Administrator, Gallia County Local Schools
"I regularly visit the library with my wife Hillary, and our daughters Aliyah and Avery. As a patron, I have been amazed at what our local library has offered our community from the Space and Bodies exhibits to visits with Peppa Pig and Santa's Reindeer. Our library is constantly looking for new ways to bring the community in the door. I feel both honored and privileged to serve as a Library Trustee, and look forward to playing even a small role in the Library's continued success and growth."
Larry Shong, Secretary
Native of Gallia County
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education; University of Rio Grande
Master of Education with Certification in Elementary Administration and Supervision; University of Dayton
Educator: Southwestern High School (English, grades 9-11) and Vinton Elementary School (Grades 4-8)
Coached Varsity baseball at North Gallia High School and Jr. High basketball at Vinton
4-H Advisor (22 years); Member, 4-H Executive Committee; Member, Gallia County Junior Fair Board (2 terms); Member, Woodland Center Board (2 terms), President 1990-1991; Founder of ADE and first ADE President, University of Rio Grande; Has served on the Library Board since 1994 (served four years as President)
Member of Vinton Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star
Member of Calvary Baptist Church
Appointed by Kentucky Governor as Accepted Member of Kentucky Colonels (1996)
Wife: Joyce (Thomas) Shong
"Due to my educational background, I realize the importance of the public library's role in educating those in our community. I am proud to serve as a Library Trustee."
Bachelor of Arts; Capital University
Master's Degree, Educational Administration; Ohio University
Elementary Teacher at Addaville Elementary, Gallia County Local Schools
Husband: Rick Martin; Children: Jarrett, Grace, and Peri
Enjoys gardening, fishing, swimming, playing/watching volleyball, and attending collegiate fishing tournaments
"As one who enjoys reading and learning, I believe our library provides multiple benefits and opportunities to our community. I have a real heart for the youth and future of Gallia County. I believe our library is the core of our community and is here to help facilitate success with both."
Bachelor of Arts, Speech Pathology and Audiology; Marshall University
Master of Arts, Communication Disorders; Marshall University
Speech Pathologist, Holzer Clinic/Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, Ohio, 1995-2012
Director of Therapy Services, Holzer Medical Center, Jackson, Ohio, 2012-present
Husband: Dr. Christopher Good.
Enjoys traveling, singing, water sports, church activities, and family time. Completed multiple medical missions abroad including work with Operation Smile and World Gospel Mission.
Life Quotes: "Be kind to people, everyone you meet is carrying a burden"; "Sometimes the right decision is not comfortable."
"The Library provides opportunities for all to learn new skills and further one's education. The Library also continues to be an outreach resource that provides programs and reading materials to those who visit the facility and to those who are homebound."
Gallia Academy High School graduate
Bachelor's Degree, Elementary Education; University of Rio Grande
Master's Degree, Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading Supervision; Ohio University
Retired Reading teacher and educator
Member of the Gallia County Chapter of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association
Member of the Gallipolis Chapter of the Books and Friends Book Club, the Books and More Book Club, and many other organizations
Husband: Mike Rhodes
Randy L. Christian
Member of First Baptist Church, Gallipolis
My wife Tina and son Connor are a close-knit family.
Enjoys kayaking, cycling, tennis, pickleball, target shooting, & listening to both live and recorded music.
"Our library is truly one of my favorite places to frequent in our community. It is my pleasure to serve on the board of trustees. I am excited to be a part of the future enhancements of our great library."