Meet the DPLF Board

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Steve Roberts

President Emeritus

Steve Roberts served as President of the Dearborn Library Foundation for ten years, from the Foundation’s beginning in 2005 until December of 2015. He currently serves as a member of the board working on the Foundation’s high school seniors’ Essay Writing Contest.

Steve is a long time Dearborn resident who, along with wife, Jane, raised four children in Dearborn schools. Steve is a veteran of the auto industry, having served in Europe and Detroit.
He is also an author of several books, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and autobiographical as well as short stories for several anthologies and magazines. Additional information on Steve’s work can be found at www.steverroberts.com.

 


Robyn Mazza

President

Robyn Mazza was born and raised in Dearborn, and is an alumni of Dearborn High School. She has many memories of lugging stacks of books home from Bryant Branch and Centennial Libraries as a child, which motivated her to pursue degrees in Theatre Performance and English Literature, from Western Michigan University and Northeastern Illinois University respectively. After leaving Dearborn for college, she played hopscotch across the country with her husband, living coast to coast, but couldn’t ignore the draw to raise her 5 year old son in this community to which she is so attached. Robyn works in development for the Detroit based non­profit organization, Living Arts, which brings arts experiences into the schools, and provides after school dance, music, visual arts and media classes for children in SW Detroit. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, making chainmail jewelry for her side­ company Clad Jewelry, and crafting other projects which always look better on Pinterest than in “real life”.

 


Holly Frank

Vice-President

Holly Frank grew up in Missouri, but has lived in Dearborn since 1991. She attended college at Central Missouri University and received her Master’s Degree in Education from  the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is  an educational program  leader at the Environmental Interpretive Center at U of M-Dearborn and loves teaching kids all about nature. She and her husband have 3 children and she has enjoyed volunteering in their schools for many years. Reading is  her favorite pastime and the Little House on the Prairie books were her absolute favorite when she was a child. Serving  on the Library Foundation Board is the perfect fit due to her love of reading and books!

 

 


Anne Gautreau

Secretary

Anne Gautreau holds degrees from Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan and has studied at numerous other universities including Harvard, Berkeley, SUNY, Northeastern, Skidmore and Creighton.She taught English-humanities courses, leadership training, film study and creative writing for over three decades at Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn. She also taught composition classes at Henry Ford Community College as an adjunct.
During her career, she was awarded two, year-long sabbaticals to pursue educational interests abroad. In addition, she received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the E.P.D.A. to study language, rhetoric and media. She has presented at conferences for the National Council of Teachers of English and participated in numerous panels and symposia on the brain, learning and writing.  She has published poetry, articles on teaching and learning, and has contributed to textbooks. In addition, she has had two plays produced.

Travel to over seventy-five countries has enriched her life. Her hobbies include photography, gardening and creating artworks from found objects. Although she has been gleefully-joyfully-exuberantly retired since 2000, she continues to teach writing classes. One of the great delights of her life has been attending every production at the Stratford Festival in Ontario for the last twenty-five years. In 2015, Anne was honored to be chosen as the Service Person of the Year by the Inter-service Club Council of Dearborn.

 


Farah Kobeissi

Treasurer