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 March 2021.

DeAnna Lippman, Children & Youth Services Librarian

DeAnna is new to Vermont and joining us at the Bixby from the Salt Lake City Public Library system. She has lived and worked all over the country and is so excited to call Vermont her new home.  DeAnna holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Masters in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth. Her background in outdoor and elementary education mean she loves to find ways to mix nature, science, and socio-emotional learning opportunities into her story times. Outside of the library, DeAnna loves to spend time exploring new trails with her husband and Australian Shepherd and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Connect with DeAnna by emailing her at

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.

John Dugan, Bixby Building Steward

John Dugan is the Bixby Building Steward, responsible for maintenance of the library’s building, its furnishings, and assists at library events.

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