Board Bios

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Pictured left to right: Craig Lawrence, Mike Gouldin, Patrice Cummings, Donald Burset,
Lucy Orfan, Terry Thompson, Maribeth Southworth, Frances Wood, John La Duc.

Donald Burset

Donald Burset is a self-employed business consultant, primarily in the areas of profit improvement, organization development, executive coaching, process re-engineering and administrative management. He has also held a number of interim executive positions. In addition to his business consultancy, Donald coaches high school students as they navigate the college admission process. He also serves on the Finance Council of the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which he chaired for four years. Mr. Burset has an MBA in Organization Development from New York University, and an AB in English from Fordham University. He and his wife Joan Russo have been Bernardsville residents since 1986 and have two adult children, both products of the Somerset Hills School District. As the son of a librarian, he has had a lifelong relationship with libraries.  Mr. Burset has been a Trustee of the Bernardsville Public Library since 2003. He currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Finance Committee, the Long-Range Planning Committee as well as the Personnel and Policy Committees.

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 attend public school in Bernardsville and who have actively participated in the Children’s Programs at Bernardsville Library. Patrice is currently employed as a Substitute Teacher in the Somerset Schools District.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.

Michael Gouldin
Mike is founder and CEO of Gouldin & McCarthy, LLC, a local financial planning firm specializing in retirement planning. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. Prior to becoming a financial planner, Mike was a history teacher in Connecticut and Washington, DC. Mike has been a resident of Bernardsville since 2003. He, his wife Susan, and their three children are parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and the children attend Bernardsville public schools. Mike has been a Little League coach since moving to Bernardsville and is on the Somerset Hills Little League Board.Mr. Gouldin joined the Library Board in 2011 and currently serves as Chair of  both the Long Range Planning Committee and the Contingency Planning Committee.

John La Duc
John La Duc is a native of Wisconsin and holds a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University and an M.B.A in Finance from Stanford University. He held senior financial positions with a number of large public companies until his retirement in August 2007. Since retirement, John has continued to provide consulting services and has also served on the campaign executive committee for the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity “More Homes, More Hope” Campaign. John and his wife, Polly, became residents of Bernardsville in mid-2004.Mr. La Duc joined the Library Board of Trustees in 2011 and currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.  He also serves on the Contingency Planning  Committee and on the Policy Committee.

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.

Maribeth Southworth
Maribeth Southworth is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Since moving to Bernardsville in 1993, she has participated in borough life as a member of the Board of the Somerset Hills Education Foundation and as Director of the fundraising campaign for the 9-11 Memorial at Bernardsville Public Library. She is a Senior Reimbursement Manager for Genentech, Inc. and is the author of She Finally Sat Down : 50 Years of Memories, Musings and Melodrama. She and husband Paul Huff have two children.

Ms. Southworth joined the Library Board of Trustees in 2008 and serves as Co-Chair of the Personnel Committee.

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.