2017 Friends of EKU Libraries Executive Board
The Friends of Eastern Kentucky University Libraries Executive Board is a dedicated group that exists to raise awareness and support for EKU Libraries.
Martha Davidson (President)
Ms. Davidson serves as chair of the Friends of EKU Libraries Membership Committee. She is a retired educator of elementary, high school, and college students. She received a B.S. and M.S. from The University of Tennessee, a Rank 1 in Education from Eastern Kentucky University and completed additional graduate work at University of Kentucky. She is actively involved in the community as a member of Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), and the Profit Makers Stock Club. She also serves on The University Club at Arlington board and has served on the boards of the Richmond Area Arts Council, Richmond Parks and Recreation, and E.C. Million Park in the past. She is past President of Richmond Garden Club and The Cecilian Music Club. In 2004, she received the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award. She is also a graduate of Leadership Madison County. She and her husband, Dr. John Edwin Davidson, live in Richmond. The Davidsons have two adult children, Mark and Amy, and one grandson, Hunter.
Laura Steidle (Vice President/President-Elect)
Ms. Steidle is chair of the Friends of EKU Libraries Programs & Events Committee. She received her master's degree from Northern Kentucky University and proceeded to complete additional graduate work at both University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She is retired from a career as a teacher at West Clermont Local Schools in Ohio as well as a student teacher supervisor at Eastern Kentucky University. Steidle serves as a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, the YMCA Board, Baptist Health Richmond Board of Directors, and Baptist Health Richmond Foundation Board. Steidle lives in Richmond with her husband, David. The Steidles have an adult son, James.
Dr. John Gump (Secretary)
Dr. Gump serves as chair of the Friends of EKU Libraries Nominating Committee. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and is retired from EKU where he served as a faculty member and Cooperative Education Coordinator for the College of Business. He is a member of the Society of Foundation Professors, the EKU Retirees Association, the Appalachian Aires Flute Ensemble, and the E. C. Million Park Board, among other community organizations. Dr. Gump resides in Richmond with his wife, Dr. Phyllis Gump. They have three sons: Dr. William Gump, Dr. Steven Gump, and Philip Gump, as well as three granddaughters.
Dr. Thomas Appleton Jr.
Dr. Appleton serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Membership Committee. He received his B.A. from University of Memphis, M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Kentucky, and is currently Foundation Professor of History at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Appleton was the Managing Editor of Publications for the Kentucky Historical Society from 1981-2000. He has co-edited six books on Kentucky, southern, or women's history. His most recent publication, Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times, was co-edited with Dr. Melissa McEuen (University of Georgia Press, 2015). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Southern Historical Association, Kentucky Historical Society, and Southern Association for Women Historians. Dr. Appleton received the Outstanding Educator on Campus Award for 2014-15 and was also awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from University of Memphis in 2009. He served on the Editorial Board for the University Press of Kentucky from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Appleton resides in Lexington and enjoys traveling and collecting historical manuscripts.
Dr. Anne Brooks
Dr. Brooks is a member of the Friends of EKU Libraries Membership Committee. She is a retired Eastern Kentucky University faculty member, having served as Chair of Foreign Languages & Humanities for nearly 30 years. She also taught English in Nagasaki, Japan and at Virginia Intermont College. Brooks graduated from Duke University with a master’s degree and proceeded to complete her Ph.D. at Florida State University. She is a member of First United Methodist Church, Girls Raised in the South (G.R.I.T.S.), as well as the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. She lives in Richmond with her Maltese named Maggie, and loves being God-grandmother to two Chinese-American children.
Ms. Crockett serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Membership and Nominating Committees. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and proceeded to complete additional graduate work at Indiana University Bloomington. Crockett is retired from a career at EKU, where she was Director of Women's Residence Halls, Dean of Women, and Dean of Student Life. She is a member of Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, EKU Retirees Association, NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) Retired Division, and Profit Makers Stock Club. She serves on the boards of Community Trust Bank, St. Andrews/McCready Manor, and First Baptist Church Richmond. She and her husband, Gerald, have two adult children, Tish and Jerry, and five grandchildren.
Dr. Steve Fardo
Dr. Fardo serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Nominating Committee. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University, Ed.D. from University of Kentucky, and is currently Foundation Professor of Applied Engineering and Technology, with an emphasis in career and technical education at EKU. Dr. Fardo received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Association of Industrial Technology in 1986 and was added to the Wall of Fame at Pendleton County High School in 2000. He is a member of the Madison County Exchange Club and the Kentucky Association of Career and Technical Education. He served on the EKU Athletics Committee from 1995-2008. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve (Corps of Engineers) from 1969-1999. He and his wife, Helen, reside in Richmond and have two adult children, Brian and David. He enjoys traveling, working with new teachers in technical schools, and dining.
Ms. Flood is a member of the Friends of EKU Libraries Programs & Events Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in New London, CT. During her career, she worked in New York City in commercial real estate for Whitbread-Nolan and as a portfolio manager for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. She also worked as a trust officer and loan officer at Madison National Bank in Richmond. She is actively engaged in the community as a member of the Baptist Health Richmond Foundation Board. She is a past member of the Telford Community Center Board and the Pattie A. Clay Board. She and her late husband, Charles Bracelen Flood, have three children: Curtis, Lucy, and James Caperton. Flood resides in Richmond and enjoys hiking, shooting, sailing, and reading.
Mr. Hay is a former President of the Friends of EKU Libraries Executive Board and serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Nominating Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and is also an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Master of History degree as well as a Master of Library Science degree. Hay has had an extensive career in the field of libraries and archives, being most recently retired from the position of Director of Special Collections and Archives/University Archivist at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries. Hay is a member of the Madison County Historical Society, the Richmond Exchange Club, and the Madison County Heritage Walk of Fame Selection Committee. He resides in Richmond with his wife, Dr. Melba Hay.
Ms. Lash is a member of the Friends of EKU Libraries Programs & Events Committee. She is a graduate of Murray State University and Eastern Kentucky University. She is retired teacher, having worked for Madison County Schools and EKU. Lash has served as part of the Richmond Area Arts Council, St. Andrew Book Club, and Pattie A. Clay Association, among many other organizations. She resides in Richmond and has four daughters: Dianne, Thresea, Sharon, and Carrie, and eleven grandchildren.
Dr. Ron Wolfe
Dr. Wolfe serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Programs & Events Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, his master’s degree from Ohio University, and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Kentucky. During his career, he was the EKU Director of Alumni Affairs as well as Professor and Chair for the Department of Mass Communications. He has been named Foundation Professor and has received an Alumni Teaching Award. He serves as Executive Secretary of Lambda Sigma Honor Society National Board and he is Secretary of the Association of College Honor Societies National Board (ACHS). He is a member of the Colonel Club and is past president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis Club. He is also past president of the EKU Retirees Association. He volunteers with the American Cancer Society and First United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Ruth, have two children: Ashley and Raegan. Dr. Wolfe resides in Richmond and enjoys reading, sports, and traveling.