Meet the Board of Trustees

The Kent District Library Board of Trustees is composed of eight members representing geographic regions of the KDL Service Area. Trustees must live in the region they represent. Board members are appointed for four-year terms by the Kent County Board of Commissioners based on recommendations from the eight regions. For more information, including an application form, please see the Kent County website, opens a new window.

The KDL Board meets monthly. Major duties include establishing and maintaining a public library for Kent District Library, establishing library policies, employing the Library Director, adopting an annual budget, and approving the expenditure of funds.


Shirley A. Bruursema, Chair

Term ends: 12/31/2023
Region 6: City of Kentwood; Caledonia and Gaines Townships


Tom Noreen, Vice Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2022
Region 1: Nelson, Oakfield, Spencer and Tyrone Townships


Andrew Erlewein, Treasurer

Term ends: 12/31/2023
Region 2: City of Rockford; Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Grattan Townships


Sheri Gilreath-Watts, Secretary

Term ends: 12/31/2021
Region 8: City of Wyoming


Charles Myers, Trustee

Term ends: 12/31/2022
Region 5: City of East Grand Rapids; Ada, Cascade and Grand Rapids Townships


Caitlin “Caitie” Searfoss Oliver, Trustee

Term ends: 12/31/2021
Region 4: City of Lowell; Bowne, Lowell and Vergennes Townships


Penny Weller, Trustee

Term ends: 12/31/2020
Region 3: City of Walker; Alpine and Plainfield Townships


Peter Dykhuis, Trustee

Term ends: 12/31/2020
Region 7: City of Grandville and Byron Township

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