Board Member Profiles
Michael Holmes, President
Mike Holmes, B.A. University of Minnesota and M.B.A., Northern Illinois University, brings a wealth of budgeting, management, and educational background to the library board. Elected to the board in 2007, Mr. Holmes currently serves as the store manager for a nationally-known crafts and hobby retail establishment.
Ann Marie Jinkins, Vice-President
Ann Marie holds a B.S. in English and a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois, as well as an M.S. Ed. from Northern Illinois University. She taught English at Rochelle Township High School for 12 years before becoming the school’s librarian in 2003. Ann Marie has lived in Cherry Valley for more than 10 years.
Donna Riha, Secretary
Donna has lived in Cherry Valley for almost 26 years and been involved in Cherry Valley Festival Days, the Cherry Valley Historical Society, Our Master’s United Methodist Church, B.S.A., G.S.A., Cherry Valley Recreation Committee, as well as a previous stint on the Cherry Valley Library board in 1989. She was appointed and re-elected to the board in 2005. She currently works in the human resource department of a large company in Rockford.
Jean Bouacha, Treasurer
Jean has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and completed additional accounting coursework at Northwestern University. She is a certified public accountant and worked for 15 years in libraries in the Northern suburbs of Chicago as an accountant and business manager. She grew up in the Cherry Valley Area and has recently come back to retire here.
William Scarpaci, Trustee
Although a new resident of the Cherry Valley area, Bill is known to many as the interesting Professor of Humanities at Rock Valley College and sometime actor for local productions. With degrees in communication, literature, art, and the humanities, Dr. Scarpaci’s background and experience in a number of campus and professional organizations adds a new dimension to the overall skills and talents of the library board.