2016 Friends 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.
Shirley Dezarn (President)
Ms. Dezarn serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Membership Committee. She received her Rank 1 in Special Education and Master of Education degree with emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She is also a graduate of Transylvania University, where she earned her Bachelor of Education degree. She is a retired teacher from the Madison County School system and was most recently employed by EKU as a transition specialist for the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Dezarn is a member of the College Hill United Methodist Church Education Committee, Madison County Retired Teachers, and Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary. She is past President of the Alpha Eta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She lives at College Hill with her husband, Beverly, where they have restored the one-room school both Beverly and his mother attended. The Dezarns have two adult children, Callie and Josh, and two grandchildren.
Martha Davidson (Vice President/President Elect)
Ms. Davidson serves on 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.) and Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). She also serves on The University Club at Arlington board and has served on the boards of the Richmond Area Arts Council and Parks and Recreation in the past. She is past President of Richmond Garden Club and The Cecilian Music Club. In 2004, she won 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.
Dr. John Gump (Secretary)
Dr. Gump is a member 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. 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 Committee. 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 grandchildren.
Dr. Jo Ann Ellingson
Dr. Ellingson is a member of the Friends of EKU Libraries Programs & Events Committee. She received her Doctorate in Public Policy Analysis from University of Illinois at Chicago after completing a Master of Education Administration there and Master of Library Science at Rosary College (now Dominican University). She is retired from a career as a librarian, most recently serving as Director of University Library at St. Xavier University. Dr. Ellingson previously worked on a committee to form a Habitat for Humanity in Apalachicola, Florida; helps in the preparation of her church's monthly newsletter; and is a member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary. She has three adult children: Linda, John, and Larry, as well as six grandchildren: Brittany, Katelyn, Amy, Ben, Ethan, and Maggie.
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; four sons-in-law; and eleven grandchildren.
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 the Richmond Area Arts Council Board, Daughters of the American Revolution, the YMCA Board, and Baptist Health Richmond Board. Steidle lives in Richmond with her husband, David. The Steidles have an adult son, James.
Dr. Ron Wolfe
Dr. Wolfe serves on the Friends of EKU Libraries Nominating 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.