Board Bios

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Picture coming soon: Craig Lawrence, Valerie Zanardi, Patrice Cummings,
Lucy Orfan, Terry Thompson, Richard Diegnan, Mark Krook, Skip Orza, Frances Wood, .

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Patrice Cummings

Patrice O’Regan Cummings is from Staten Island, NY. After earning a BS in Education and English Literature from Villanova University, Patrice pursued a career in retailing in New York City, eventually becoming a Buyer for Macy’s Cellar. Patrice continued in sales and marketing: as a National Sales Manager for Corning Glass Works; as Product Development Manager for Federated Department Stores; and then as VP of Merchandising for American Standard. Patrice and husband Tom are Bernardsville residents since 1992. They have two daughters who had actively participated in the Children’s Programs at Bernardsville Library. Patrice is currently employed as the Executive Director of Development for the Somerset Hills Education Foundation. Ms. Cummings joined the Library Board of Trustees in 2010 and currently serves as vice president. She is also a member of the Finance and Long-Range Planning Committees.

Richard Diegnan

Mark Krook


Lucy Orfan
Dr. Lucy Orfan is Professor Emeritus, Kean University. At Kean, Dr. Orfan taught graduate and undergraduate courses in mathematics education. She received the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Outstanding Alumnus Award for her contributions in the field of Mathematics. She has also been named Outstanding Woman of Somerset County in Education. Dr. Orfan has authored many mathematics textbooks at the high school and elementary levels, has acted as consultant for many school districts, and has conducted mathematics workshops throughout the U. S. Lucy and her husband John raised two children in Bernardsville, and have been involved in local fundraising and community service projects in Bernardsville for almost 40 years.A member of the Bernardsville Public Library Board of Trustees since 2000, Dr. Orfan currently chairs the Policy Committee.

A. Quentin Orza II
A.Q. Orza I, fondly known as Skip, received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. He has had a successful career in the Insurance industry having held the positions of Vice President of Worldwide Directors and Officers Liability Product Group Leader, Chubb Corporation and Vice President, Executive Products Group, RLI Insurance Company and most recently as Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader, Executive Management Liability Group with State Auto Financial Corp. Skip has held many leadership roles in his service to the Bernardsville community. In addition to being a member of the Bernardsville Library Board of Trustees, he has had a strong commitment to the Somerset Hills YMCA serving on the Quality and Risk Management committee for 12 years and then as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past 2 years as well as participating on the Golf Fundraising committee. Highlights of his many other community commitments are most notably as Chairman of the Bernardsville Republican Committee since 2006, Chairman of the Bernardsville Recreation Committee and his participation in the Bernardsville Memorial Day Parade and the Bernardsville Recreation Youth Basketball. Skip and his wife, Holly, have 2 college age sons and have been residents of Bernardsville since 1994.

Terry Thompson
Terry Armstrong Thompson grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and in Stewartsville, New Jersey. She attended Swarthmore College, graduating with High Honors at age 19. After working for three years, she married; she and her husband (now deceased) had two sons and she is a proud grandmother of four. Ms. Thompson went back to school: Boalt School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, receiving a J.D. She was first associated with a New York law firm, and then in 1983, she moved to Bernardsville to join the AT&T Law Department. Later she retired from Lucent Technologies Law Department with the title of Corporate Counsel. With a lifelong interest in government, Ms. Thompson has served on many Bernardsville and county commissions and Boards. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters for more than 50 years, currently serving as a member of the NJ League’s immigration policy committee.Appointed to the Library Board of Trustees in 2002, Ms. Thompson currently serves as Board Secretary and as Co-Chair of the Personnel Committee. She also serves on the Long-Range Planning, Policy and Contingency Planning Committees.

Valerie Zanardi
A lifelong resident of Bernardsville, Valerie Steen Zanardi has been a patron of the Bernardsville Public Library since back when it was housed in the historic Vealtown Tavern (she still owns her original blue cardboard library card with the metal “barcode”). Her four children have grown up enjoying the BPL’s new building and participated in Story Times and the summer reading programs – and now annually as volunteers for the Homes of Distinction fundraisers. Valerie graduated from Bernards High School and then attended Gettysburg College, graduating with a BA in Psychology and a teaching certificate. She went on to Rutgers to earn a Master of Library and Information Science degree, serving as School Librarian at the Bayberry School in Watchung until her first child was born. She spent her children’s formative years showing them the power of volunteerism: Junior League Volunteer Award, Chairman of the Somerset Hills Education Foundation, Co-chair of the SHEF Chili Cook-Off, HSA Board Member, classroom mother, Sunday School teacher, and a committee member for Homes of Distinction. Valerie has now returned to the “library world” as the School Librarian/Media Specialist at Whitehouse Elementary School, and by joining the Board of Trustees of the Bernardsville Public Library.