Janelle Thomas, MLIS – Executive Director
Janelle brings a wide range of experiences to NORWELD from both the public and private sectors. Her educational background includes studies in journalism, history, and psychology, along with a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to work for both Michigan and Ohio libraries in multiple capacities spanning from page work to administration. While working as the Director of a small rural library in Northwest Ohio, she also served for several years on the NORWELD Board of Trustees and on the OLC NW Chapter Committee. In addition to working at NORWELD, Janelle also serves as Librarian for the Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and occasionally still dabbles in freelance newspaper journalism. In her spare time, she can be found reading, birding, bicycling, chasing after her dog, and volunteering at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, MI.
Linda Joseph – Fiscal Officer
Linda has been managing the finances for NORWELD since 1995. As Fiscal Officer, she wears two hats – she has also been with Wood County District Public Library since 1992. She and her husband have four children and nine grandchildren. When not spending time with them, Linda is often sewing, gardening, cooking or volunteering for her church.
Lindsay Grider – Continuing Education Coordinator
Lindsay has been with NORWELD since 2021 as the Office Manager and has now transitioned to the role of Continuing Education Coordinator. With 16 years of experience in activities and event management, she has a passion for organizing creative and dynamic programming. She and her husband are long time residents of Bowling Green, OH and love traveling, cooking, and spoiling their fluffy black and white cat Indie. In her free time, she can often be found reading, knitting for charity, or trying her hand at a new craft.
Erica Pax Shilova, MEd, MA – Emerging Technology Educator
Erica is a graduate from Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Techology, a Master of Education in Learning Design, and a Master of Arts in English with a specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. She assists members with website development and training, circulates the 3D printers, and develops NORWELD's growing collection of STEM Kits, Early Literacy Kits, Storytelling Sets, and equipment. In addition to working at NORWELD, Erica is an Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor at Bowling Green State University where she teaches computer classes for the Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising Product Development programs. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, gardening, and traveling.