Board of Trustees - 2009

The WCL Board of Trustees is composed of five members of the community who are appointed by the county commissioners to serve five-year terms. A board member may serve two consecutive terms. Each member serves without compensation. They are:

  John Aune   John Aune - Chair, position 1
711 S. Hillcrest
Colfax, WA 99111
2nd term. 1/07 -12/31/2011
(filled unexpired term beginning in 1998-2001, 2002-2006)
  John Aune, a third generation resident of Whitman County, has owned and operated a diversified farm the past 35 years. A graduate of Lacrosse High School, Aune attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma where he developed a lifelong love of libraries. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Aune served twelve years on the Dusty Farm Co-op Board of Directors including three as chairman. Aune is a member of Selbu Lutheran Church in Lacrosse and attends the Onecho Bible Church. He and his wife Jane have a son, a daughter, and 3 grandchildren. In addition to being an avid reader, he enjoys golfing, sport fishing and following the area’s athletic teams on all levels of competition.    
Rebecca Dickerson  

Rebecca Dickerson,
Vice-chair, position 2

602 Shields Road
Colfax, WA 99111
1st term 1/05 - 12/31/2012 (filled unexpired term 10/02 -2004) 
  Becky Dickerson is a mom, library cardholder and publisher of The Community Current Newspaper in St. John, WA. As an Air Force kid, Becky was stationed with her family throughout the states and Europe, always finding refuge in her local library. This adoration of libraries has stayed with her through adulthood and leads her to her branch library, children in tow twice a week. Becky lives with her husband Todd and three girls near the family farm.  
Jon Kehn

Jon Kehne, position 3
801 Southview 
Colfax, WA 99111
2nd term 1/08 - 12/31/2012 (1st term 2003-2007)

Jon has many years of experience in business administration, serving as a bank manager for over 30 years.  Jon believes the library to be essential to our community for educational, business, and recreational needs.
Leslee Miller Leslee Miller  - Chair, position 4
P.O. Box 122
Uniontown, WA 99179
2nd term expires 12/31/2010 (1st term 2001-2005)

Leslee Miller was born and raised in the Seattle area and moved to Whitman County with her husband Dale and son Cameron in 1989. She has a degree from the University of Washington in textile art and design plus a two-year degree in photography. While in Seattle, Leslee worked in architectural design and construction management as a partner in the Phoenix Group, which specialized in renovating historic buildings and community development. Leslee and Dale began raising alpacas, cousins to llamas that were domesticated in South America by the Incas thousands of years ago.  In 1994 on their 8-acre farm in Uniontown they converted the original farm bunkhouse into a guesthouse and now offer bed and breakfast accommodations. As the Premier Alpacas Ranch & Guest Home business grew, Leslee found she needed to retire her job as the 9-year Town Clerk for Uniontown. This has enabled her to volunteer as a Board Member for the Whitman County Library and she is currently managing Artisans, at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown (
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  John Aune   Teresa Myott - position 5
P O Box 259
Palouse, WA 99161
1st term 1/09 - 12/31/2013 (filled unexpired term 2006-2008)
  Teresa Myott is a first grade teacher in the Potlatch School district.  She has 22 years of teaching experience and is Nationally Board Certified. Teresa serves as a first responder for the Palouse Emergency Medical System and a volunteer at the Palouse Community Center Thrift Store.  She and her husband Don have lived in Palouse for 19 years.

The library has always been a window to the world for Teresa. She serves as a library trustee because of this experience.  Teresa says, "I could never really give back enough for all I have been given from books and libraries."


Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director 877-733-3375, email

Peggy Bryan, Associate Director, Board secretary 877-733-3375, email


"A word from the Library Board"

The Whitman County Library District was formed in 1945 with the goal of providing service to all residents throughout the vast reaches of our rural county. WCL’s dedicated staff has brought technology and innovation to our library district without sacrificing our most important mission: to provide you with the best and most modern library services possible. Thirteen branch libraries provide quality services to over 10,000 cardholders. Residents can access the library twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week through our website, place book orders on-line and have them delivered to their front door or the nearest community library.

Hundreds of children regularly attend story time and juvenile library programs. Thanks to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation we provide much-improved Internet access and computing to over 400 customers each week. We do all of this at great value to Whitman County taxpayers. Our continued goal is to serve our citizens and communities with this bold approach to rural library services and a resolute sense of stewardship.
                                           Rebecca Dickerson, Trustee, Whitman County Library

Most recent previous board members

Linda Fletcher 2001-2005
Ronald B. Webster 1997–2002

Anna-Maria Shannon 1999-2002

Dennis Ulrey 1998-2001
Mary Sue Thompson 1990-2000
Bob Wallace 1998-2000
Marilyn Bafus 1988-1998
Dorothy Smith 1991-1998

*Explanation of terms:

A trustee can serve a maximum of 2 terms of 5 yrs each. Filling any part of an un-expired term does not count as a term and can be in addition to the two full terms of service.