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Kitsap Regional Library adds six to board

The Kitsap Regional Library Foundation recently added six new board members from around Kitsap County. The board raises money to support the library system.

New to the board are Port Orchard residents Kim Abel and Carolyn Dankers, Leonard Costello and Susan Larsen of Bremerton, Olalla resident Gregg Olsen and Verda Averill of Bainbridge.

Abel, the former mayor of Port Orchard from 2003-07, was on the boards of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, Kitsap Transit, Kitsap County Health District, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, and the Puget Sound Regional Council. Her term on the KRL Foundation Board runs through 2012.

Dankers retired from a 35-year career as a university professor and administrator before moving to Kitsap County. She is an active board member of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League. Her term on the KRL Foundation Board runs through 2011.

Averill, a former owner, editor and publisher of 11 community newspapers in Western Washington, is now a part-time writer, photographer and advertising consultant. Her term on the KRL Foundation Board runs through 2011.

A retired Kitsap County Superior Court Judge from 1992-2009, he also is a board member of the Bremerton Rotary, the Olympic College Board of Trustees and the Bremerton Schools Foundation. His term on the KRL Foundation Board runs through 2012.

Larsen volunteers with her husband, Cris, in a number of organizations including chambers of commerce, the American Cancer Society, the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival, Habitat for Humanity and the Navy League. Her term on the KRL Foundation Board runs through 2012.

Olsen, a New York Times best-selling author, has published eight non-fiction books and four novels. He is a Western Washington University graduate and worked as a corporate writer for 30 years. His term on the KRL Foundation Board runs through 2013.

These six new members join continuing Foundation board members Peggy Kent, Wendy Priest, Patricia Hennessey, Bill Abbey, Wendy Hampton, Jill Jean, Patricia Kein-Strayer and Carol Schuyler.

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