Framingham City Council & Trustees To Fill Library Board Opening

FRAMINGHAM – Earlier this year, long-time elected Framingham Library Trustee Elizabeth Fideler resigned.

City Clerk Lisa Ferguson advertised for individuals to apply to fill out the rest of Fideler’s term through December 31, 2021.

The deadline to apply was June 28. Three applications were received by that deadline. (Editor’s Note: There were applications received after the deadline.)

On Tuesday night, August 13, a joint meeting will be held between the 11-member Framingham City Council and the elected Framingham Board of Library Trustees to vote to name a replacement for Fideler.


The applicants are

  • Christopher Heymanns of Warren Road
  • Heather Klish of Laclede Avenue
  • Ilene S. Silver of Hancock Lane

“As a retired elementary school principal and teacher, I recognize. how important it is to have access. to the a well-equipped public library, with print and online. content, as well as CD disks and movies. I have been very impressed with the variety of programming available to the residents of Framingham and would like to be able to participate in its development and implementation,” wrote Silver in her application.

“I’m interested in this position because I understand what a large role the Libraries play in this community. The diversity of programs and collections offered by the Libraries is astounding and I would like to help further their mission through service on the board. I am also interested in the position because I believe that people should give back to their community,” wrote Klish.

“Professionally I have over thirteen years of experience in the financial services industry with extensive reconciliation, accounting, management, supervisory, analytical, and record keeping. Most recently I was a Vice President at BNY Mellon where I acted as a Lead Manager overseeing the Partnership Accounting team,” wrote Heymanns.

“I have consistently progressed along a management path and have gained a wide breadth of experience in the financial field, ranging from accounting to project management, client relations, budgeting and forecasting, complex valuations, and management of staff ranging from a couple people to a dozen. I view this opportunity for me as an exciting opportunity to help give back to the community and to get involved in the local library. In addition, I have recently become interested in exploring a career in the library sciences and I believe this opportunity would help introduce to me to the field,” added Heymanns in his application.

“I played significant roles. in the Strategic Plans for the Town of Hopkinton Public Schools in 1993 and 2000: I have been responsible for creating and managing the budget for the Elmwood School, the Holliston Environmental Day Camp, and the Holliston Summer Program for Learners. In addition I have hired,’ supervised and evaluated both the professional faculty and para-professionals for the above organizations,” wrote Silver.

“I was a Framingham Town Meeting member and served on the Rules committee. My experience in my current and former library positions have given me many opportunities to sit on various committees and working groups including those that have set policy and evaluated library programs. I am known for being a creative thinker and being able to bring together disparate groups to achieve a common goal,” wrote Klish.

“My grandchildren are ardent readers who are well known to the librarians at the Christy McAuliffe Branch Library. The librarians are able to suggest books and .series based upon their knowledge of the. children’s interest and previously read books, I am extremely impressed by their ability to pinpoint the fight book for individuals. 1t is my goal to help instill. in other children how reading can enhance their lives and their learning experiences. As a retiree, I have the time and energy to devote to this board position. I look forward to discussing my suitability for it with you,” added Silver.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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