Our People

Our Staff

Catharine Findiesen Hays, Library Director

Catharine joined the Bixby library team on May 1, 2020.  Born and raised in Vermont, she is excited to return home to her family’s place in Panton. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, renovating a 200 year-old farmhouse and spending time with her two wonderful daughters. Catharine most recently served 10 years as founding Executive Director of the Wharton Future of Marketing/Advertising Program, where she co-authored Beyond Advertising: Creating Value Through All Customer Touchpoints (Wiley, 2016). She previously held leadership positions in marketing, corporate sales and executive programs at AT&T and was National Director of Corporate Relations for the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society. Catharine received an AA degree from Franklin University Switzerland, a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania as a Lauder Fellow. Connect with Catherine by emailing them at catharine.hays@bixbylibrary.org.

Becky Johnston, Assistant Director

Becky came to Vermont after obtaining her Master’s degree from George Mason University to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Vermont Youth Tomorrow. She has over six years’ experience working with various non-profits in roles of increasing responsibility. Through this work, she brings experience in volunteer recruitment and management, event planning, communications and web design, fundraising, grant writing, and administrative coordination to the Bixby Memorial Free Library. In her free time, Becky is a passionate volunteer and currently serves with both All Breed Rescue and Girls on the Run VT. She looks forward to getting to know and being a part of this wonderful community.Connect with Becky by emailing them at becky.johnston@bixbylibrary.org.

Laksamee Putnam Cave, Adult Services Librarian

Laksamee Putnam Cave recently moved to Vermont from Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore she was a science librarian at Towson University. As a public librarian she enjoys getting to know the community and working with them to enhance collection development and plan fun, educational programming. Her family is from Colorado, and she appreciates the small mountains of Vermont. Laksamee received her MLIS from the University of Illinois, and BA from the University of Colorado. She adores cooking Thai food, loves greyhounds, and collects tiny, kawaii decor. Laksamee will be on leave until February 2021.

Laura Fetterolf, Youth Services Librarian

Laura Fetterolf lives in an old farmhouse in Cornwall, Vermont, with her husband, their two sons, two dogs, 12 chickens and a thriving hive of bees. Born and raised in Vermont, she has been working at Ilsley Library in the Children’s Room, and at the Cornwall Free Public Library as a trustee. She looks forward to getting to know the Bixby community. She loves to cook, downhill ski, sing, garden, and acknowledges that her enthusiasm for knitting far outweighs her current knitting abilities. Connect with Laura by emailing them at laura.fetterolf@bixbylibrary.org.

Maddy Willwerth, Strategic Projects & Funding Coordinator

Maddy grew up in Sacramento, California and moved to Vermont to attend Champlain College in Burlington, VT. There she majored in Graphic Design and Digital Media and minored in Professional Writing. She moved to Vergennes, Vermont in 2013 and began working part-time for the Bixby Library as a PR & Organizational Assistant in 2017. Maddy served as Interim Director from October 2019 to April 2020, providing strong leadership and creative programming as the pandemic emerged. She has designed book covers, literary magazines and is a contributor to a local mom’s blog. Connect with Maddy by emailing them at maddy.willwerth@bixbylibrary.org.

Ashley Bolger, Temporary Adult Services Librarian

A long-time lover of public libraries, Ashley grew up in northern California and moved to Vermont in 2015. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, she worked as an elementary school Literacy Intervention Paraeducator. Ashley is excited to get to know the patrons of Bixby and to do the most she can with her time here. In her free time, she loves to knit, sew, bike, and cook. Connect with Ashley by emailing them at ashley.bolger@bixbylibrary.org.

Patricia Reid, Objects and Artifacts Steward

Patricia has been working with the Bixby since 2018 as our Objects and Artifacts Steward, and previously as a volunteer. She brings her experience in collections management and exhibit design and management to the Bixby as she helps staff and patrons to be responsible stewards of the cherished collection of objects, artifacts and archives that our community members have donated over the years. At the Bixby, Patricia’s work is possible thanks to generous support from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. She also works for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum as their Collections Manager and as part of their Research and Archaeology team. Patricia holds a BA in Archaeology, History, and French from Lycoming College in Williamsport PA.  

Our Volunteers

Volunteers give generously of their time and talents and work several hours every week at Bixby Library. Volunteer responsibilities may include assisting at the circulation desk and/or tackling a variety of tasks that are necessary to maintain library services. We’d love you to join us, too. Come help us provide essential services and connections with people in our five towns. Find out how you can help and if you have any ideas in particular on how, please let us know! Thank you. In addition to volunteering, other ways to provide service to the library include the Friends of the Bixby Library or the Bixby Trustee Board.

Our Trustees

The Bixby Memorial Free Library is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham and the city of Vergennes. Monthly Trustee meetings are held at the library on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public.  Parking is available at the back of the library.

Current Trustees