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 Top row left to right: Debbie Podolski, Rosemary Trudden, Laurie Rozakis, Laura Ulric
    Bottom row left to right: Thomas Aran
gio, Larry Jorgensen


Laura Ulric, President

Laura's long service as a Library Trustee has witnessed a period of great growth for the library. Her first project was to work diligently with the Friends of the Library and with the community to get the new library approved and built. In fact, she was the president of the board when the new facility was opened.  

Laura is a graphic designer. She also designs and makes the costumes for the plays at the Farmingdale High School and is active in a number of community groups as well as the library. She is a member of the Farmingdale Community Summit Council, where she serves on the Community Expo Committee, and she serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Farmingdale Library. Laura is the library's liaison to the school board and travels with the Lobby Committee to Albany in pursuit of more state aid for our district. She is also a member of the school district's facilities committee.

Thomas Arangio, Vice-President

Tom Arangio is in his 25th year as a Farmingdale Library Board Trustee. He served as President of the Board from 1997-1999 and is currently Board President. He is also the Treasurer of the Friends of the Farmingdale Library, the number one support group for the library. He is a voracious reader and has been a staunch supporter of our library system since moving to Farmingdale. Tom's entire business career has been in finance; he is currently Senior Credit and Collections Analyst with a large, well-known Long Island company. His primary interests outside his career, are traveling, golf, reading, and spending time with his family and five grandchildren.

Rosemary Trudden, SECRETARY

In addition to being a Library Board Trustee, Rosemary Trudden is very active in community affairs. The former president and long-time member of the Farmingdale Women's Club, Ms. Trudden runs numerous beautification projects, administers scholarships, raises funds for scholarships, and organizes fashion shows. Ms. Trudden is an honorary member of the Farmingdale Junior League, a member of Kiwanis, a member of St. Kilian's Women's Guild, and a volunteer for St. Kilian's Outreach.  

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., Trustee

The author of more than 100 books, Dr. Rozakis frequently appears on television, including Live with Regis and Kelly; CBS Morning Show; and the Maury Povich Show. Her career and books have been profiled in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Time Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., a full professor of English at Farmingdale State University , is the current Secretary of the Board of Trustees. With thirty years of continuous service on the Board, she is the senior member. In addition to her work on the Library Board, Dr. Rozakis is active in other community groups, most notably Girl Scouts.

Library Director Deborah Podolski

Debbie Podolski has spent over twenty years in libraries. She started her career as a library volunteer at the Port Washington Public Library where she subsequently worked as a librarian for fifteen years. She also worked at the Nassau Library System, an organization that provides services to the 54 public libraries in Nassau County. She has her MLS from C.W. Post in addition to an MS in Secondary Education and certification as a School District Administrator. She worked two years at the Nassau BOCES School Library System. 

In addition to her duties as Library Director, Mrs. Podolski is President of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of Rotary District 7250, and Co-Chairperson of the Farmingdale Community Summit Council
's Farmingdale Reads committee. She is also a resident of District #22.

     • President: Laura Ulric
     • Vice-President: Thomas Arangio
     • Secretary: Rosemary Trudden
     • Trustee: Laurie Rozakis, PH.D.
     • Trustee: Brendan Mahoney
     • Library Director: Debbie Podolski
     • Assistant Director: Christa Lucarelli

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