The Friends of the South Coastal Library, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Delaware and located in Sussex County, Delaware. the mission of the Friends of the South Coastal Library is to raise funds to supplement the services and resources provided by the county to meet the needs of the South Coastal Library.
Barb presides as President of FOSCL, Barb and her husband Chris live in old town Ocean View in a 1800s farmhouse they have been rehabbing since 1992. With Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Policy, her 35-year career has included federal policy advocacy, non-profit executive management, & community, hospital & individual clinical social work.
Kathy serves as the Chair of the Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, FOSCL’s largest annual fundraising event. After a long career in fundraising, she retired as the Director of Development and Communication from a PA school for children with learning disabilities. Kathy is very active in the local non-profit community and is a co-founder of Seaquels. In 2009, Bethany became the permanent home of Kathy, husband David and dog, Scarlet.
Anthony Parisi, Jr.
A retired 40-year credit executive managing operating budgets up to $25 million, Tony has particular expertise in risk management, product development, compliance, marketing, sales, underwriting, loss mitigation, workouts, and staff management in banking and consumer finance environments.
Helen N. Pastis
Helen received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Columbia University. She worked at Brookhaven National Laboratories in research and at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission overseeing the safe operation of nuclear power plants. She is the Recording Secretary, Chairs the Publicity Committee, and is Editor of the quarterly FOSCL newsletter, The Connection.
Kathy serves on the board for the South Coastal Village Volunteers, an organization which helps the elderly stay in their homes through its volunteer services in Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Ocean View, and Millville. She is a native Delawarean and previous mayor of South Bethany. She formerly taught at the high school and university levels and was a global Information Technology program manager at the DuPont Company where she was employed for 29 years.
Dianna lives in Ocean View and is eager to be more involved in the community. She is a previous small business owner in Pennsylvania; served for four years on the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology as well as served two years on the National Board of Cosmetology. She has also served on her HOA board. She is an avid reader and wants to share with the community that the library is more than just books.
Constance M. Dierman
Connie recently retired as a senior U.S. diplomat, having served our country abroad and in Washington, DC. She continues to serve as a global talent management senior advisor for the U.S. Department of State. Throughout her career she has focused on program development and direction, institution building, inclusivity, and the professional growth of others. She is committed to public service and contributing to the wellness of our South Coastal community. Connie and her husband make their home in Bethany Beach.
Edie resides in South Bethany and currently serves on the South Bethany Town Council. She holds a Master's degree in Resource Management and Conservation and has twenty years of professional work experience in land conservation and environmental stewardship. Through her career in nonprofit work she has developed skills in fundraising, grant writing and communications. Edie is an avid reader and passionate about the important role libraries serve in communities.
A native Washingtonian and full-time resident of Bethany Beach since 2006, Steve’s professional background passion lies in the automotive world. He currently serves on his community Board of Directors, and has served as its Project Manager for ten years. Steve is an active member of the Bethany Beach 4th of July Committee, a volunteer at St. Ann’s Church, and member of a local men’s discussion group.
BOARD MEMBER & PAST PRESIDENT
Norbert serves as chair of the FOSCL Buildings & Grounds Committee, and is also on the Bethany Beach Board of Elections. He and his wife have been year-round Bethany residents since 2010 and area homeowners since 1994. A native Washingtonian, Norbert holds a Graduate Certificate in Communications from The American University. Prior to retiring in 2008, Norbert headed his own Washington, DC firm providing services and counsel to professional associations, corporations and coalitions in association management, meeting planning, membership development, event planning and program coordination.
Rachel Maleh has over 30 years of nonprofit management experience and currently serves as the Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI). Prior to that she was the Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Washington DC Area American Heart Association. In addition to nonprofit management she has experience in communications, marketing, member relations and fundraising. Thanks to remote work, Rachel and her husband left the DC area after 33 years and live full time in Bethany Beach. They are both avid readers and library supporters. Rachel belongs to 3 bookclubs and enjoys travel, cooking and of course, the beach.
Lawrence chairs the School Partnerships Committee and serves on the Book Sale Committee. With 48 years of public school service, he was both a high school teacher and administrator, and taught US History and Education at Columbia University, Mercy College and the College of New Rochelle. For 3 years he was a guest columnist for Coastal Point. He and his wife Barbara moved to Ocean View in 2008.
Darin J. McCann
Darin grew up in the Washington DC area, and studied journalism at Temple University. He served in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a news reporter and, later, editor. He has been executive editor of the Coastal Point since it launched in 2004, and has long had a deep affection for South Coastal Library.
For 33 years Liz’s career focused on Information Technologies, most recently with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She holds a BA in Geography and Urban Planning, along with certifications in both teaching and paralegal. Her charitable work in the community includes volunteering with St. Ann’s Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Avid birdwatchers, she and her husband have two daughters and four grandsons. Liz is new to the FOSCL Board this year.
I am a caring, teaching professional, employed through the Indian River School District as a Special Education Para Educator. In my many years of working with special needs children I have enjoyed guiding the growth and progress of the students at an early age, thus enabling them to realize their greater potential. As a full-time resident of South Bethany I am interested in becoming more involved with my community. I was a hostess for the Beach and Bay Cottage Tours for four years and worked at several Summer Book Sales.
Lisa lives in Frankford with her husband. After a 30-year career in Information Technology she will retire in December of this year. Throughout her career she has held many technical and management positions most recently as Sr. Manager of IT Project Management Office and Governance. Before her recent move to Delaware, she was a member of the Honey Brook Community Library Board of Trustees for seven years, having served two of those years as Board President. She holds a BS in Management Science from Kean College and an MS in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. Lisa enjoys reading, bike riding, travel, and of course, spending time at the beach.
Lena resides in Bethany Beach and taught Elementary school for 31 years. She was also an Adjunct Faculty member of Pennsylvania State University/York during which she taught children’s literature, a nonfiction course, and several other education classes. Lena led workshops for pre-school teachers as well as teaching staff development at her school district in Pennsylvania. An avid reader and library supporter, she arrived with a variety of books to share with the committee.