Staff & Board

Contact the Reference Desk at (585) 247-6446 or


Jennifer Erler-Perry
Library Director
Contact Jennifer

Mike Boedicker
Assistant Library Director
Contact Mike

Paula Blackburn
Adult Services Librarian
Contact Paula

Jennifer Silmser
Children’s Librarian

Melissa McHenry
Media Librarian
Contact Melissa

Mary Jo Smith
Children’s Librarian
Contact Mary Jo

Heidi Jung
Teen Librarian
Contact Heidi

Sarah Johnson
Technology Librarian
Contact Sarah

Zoe Davis
Contact Zoe

Brenda Bialaszewski
Senior Business Services Clerk
Contact Brenda

Victoria Porter
Contact Victoria

Ross Porter
Senior Technical Services Clerk
Contact Ross

Melanie Heywood
Senior Circulation Services Clerk
Contact Melanie

Megan Pyykkonen
Communications Library Services Clerk
Contact Megan

Library Board of Trustees

Wendy Heffer
President (Term expires 12/31/25)

Cathy Rappazzo
Vice-President (Term expires 12/31/25)

Katie Muscato
Secretary (Term expires 12/31/26)

Mike Kelly
Trustee (Term expires 12/31/24)

Theresa May
(Term expires 12/31/26)

Miriam Rivera
Trustee (Term expires 12/31/26)

Melanie Savidis
Trustee (Term expires 12/31/23)

Kathleen Plum
Trustee (Term expires 12/31/2027)

Evan Englebrecht
Trustee (Term expires 12/31/2023)

Board Recruitment

Library Board Trustee is a service position within your community who provides a voice in charting the direction of your local public library while helping to make decisions for the library’s future. All interested candidates may submit a letter of interest and résumé for consideration. Applications will be forwarded to the Library Board President and reviewed as positions become available. 

Submit applications to the Library Director.



Mail directly to:
902 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624

Board Meetings

The Gates Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Community Space of 904 Elmgrove Rd. There is no meeting in August. Meetings are posted on the program calendar and are open to the public.

2023 Meetings:
January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

Contact the Board of Trustees