Board of Trustees

  • Board President: Gwen Ross

Gwen is a native of Texas County and has worked as a volunteer for many groups throughout the years. She served as a 4-H leader for the Eunice Explorers 4-H Club, was a member of the Summersville Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, serving as president for three. Fund-raising was a primary committee for Gwen during her term with the chamber. She has served on the board of Texas County Rural Area Information Network (TRAIN) for six years. She is president of the Texas County Library Board of which she has been a member for 17 years. Gwen has served in many capacities in the community, working as a volunteer; community leaders know they can always call on her to help complete a job. She is a 30-year member of the First Christian Church at Summersville, where she taught Sunday school for 25 of those years and also is the pianist. Gwen is employed by the Missouri Division of Family Services.

  • Board Vice President:       Joni Appleton

Joni is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, In. In years following she studied at seven universities toward her degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Ed., Masters in Reading, Gifted Studies certification and Reading Recovery. Joni taught various grades in school for 30 years. She began as Master Teacher of two preschools in Kentland and Brook, Indiana, then moved to Missouri where she taught Kindergarten, third, Kindergarten through twelfth grade gifted and K- second Reading Recovery. She served as secretary of the Community Teachers Association for 15 years and on the Career Ladder Committee for 8 years as chairperson for the last 3 years. She also was chairman of the Concerns Committee at Summersville Elementary for many years. Joni taught college at Southwest Baptist University Extension and welcomes the opportunity when possible to continue at the college level. Now retired, Joni enjoys substituting all grades at school on days she isn't keeping her two grandchildren. Joni has been a member of First Baptist Church Mountain View for 33 years. She serves her church as a member of Stitchin Sisters, sewing for mission needs, children's church leader for many years, Awana middle school teacher, Praiseband and choir member, prayer ministry and adult discipleship training teacher and committee member. Joni and her husband live on the family farm where they raised three sons. She enjoys her pets, swimming, traveling and being with her family.

  • Secretary: Linda Roberts

Linda, a native of Licking, is a retired business teacher. After graduation from Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar, she returned home to teach high school business education for 32 years. She is involved in her church as a pianist, treasurer and youth Sunday school teacher. She volunteers for several organizations. She is a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, secretary of the Texas County Library Board, vice president of Licking Friends of the Library and member of the Texas County Museum of Arts and History board.
Weekly she packs meals for Licking’s “Meals on Wheels” program and occasionally makes deliveries. She is a strong supporter of the Licking Bridge Builders Senior Center and assists with its fund-raising efforts and lobbies in Jefferson City on behalf of seniors and the needy. Linda is also active with the United Community Help Center program that delivers food to the needy and visits weekly at a Licking nursing facility.

  • Treasurer: Janet Fraley

Janet, treasurer of the Texas County Library Foundation, Inc. has lived in the Ozark Community five miles southeast of Houston on her ancestral farm home her entire life. She attended Houston High School, received a bachelor’s degree in education and mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and bachelor and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
A former mathematics teacher, Janet went to work for the Mark Twain National Forest as the Southern Zone Supervisory Civil Engineer in 1988 and held that position until 2001. From February 2001 to October 2004 she served in the U.S. Forest Service as the regional facilities project manager for Region Nine Milwaukee. Janet is currently the lands and boundary program manager for the Mark Twain National Forest. She is also one of four regionally certified Environmental Professionals and insures CERCLA compliance for all acquired properties. Janet was given a Regional Certificate of Merit for excellent coordination with the Forest and outstanding contributions to complete the fiscal year 2003 capital investment projects.
She has been the treasurer for the Texas County Library System since 1995. Janet was instrumental in the formation of the not-for-profit local area Internet access system that is operated from the library. She is a member of the Ozark Baptist Church and has taught high school Sunday school for 11 years. She has served on all of the last three building projects for the church, participation in both design and construction. She has been a member of the board of the Ozark Cemetery Association since 1994 and has served as secretary and treasurer.

  • Board Member: Florence Cartwright

Florence's father was career Navy and she attended eighteen schools when she graduated from Washington University's School of Nursing. She worked as an RN for the Cabool blood drives for 55 years, 30 of those years as Cabool Chairperson of both Red Cross and the Community Blood Center. She also served on both boards in Springfield and was Chairperson of the CBC board in 2001 & 2002. She helped organize the Cabool chapter of the Rainbow Girls and served as a leader of the group for several years. She was den mother for Cub Scouts, and a leader of Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Cadettes. In 1986, she was named Cabool Woman of the year. She served on the Cabool R-4 Board of Education from 1976-1982. She was a member of the Cabool Community Betterment for 15 years. Florence has been a Sunday School teacher and sings in the choir at United Methodist Church. She has served on the Texas County Library Board of Trustees for 9 years. She loves needlework, crats, and travel.