Gallia County District Library Board of Trustees


L to R:  Graham Woodyard, Jay Caldwell, Traci Sisson-Good, Elaine Armstrong, Vice President, Leanna Martin, Larry Shong, Secretary, and Robbie Jenkins, President.

The Gallia County District Library Board of Trustees consists of seven members:  three of whom are appointed by the Gallia County Common Pleas Judge and four of whom are appointed by the Gallia County Board of Commissioners, for a seven year term each and eligible for re-appointment for successive terms.  The Board of Trustees holds regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 P.M. at the Library, unless advertised otherwise.  Library board meetings are conducted in compliance with the Ohio Sunshine Laws.

Gallia County District Library Board of Trustees

  • Robert E. Jenkins, President 

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration; University of New Mexico

Owner & President: O’Dell True Value Lumber Co.,  Gallipolis, Ohio

Owner & President:  Robbie’s BP,  Gallipolis, Ohio

Past President and Owner of Gallia Vending, servicing southern Ohio from 1984-2012

Past President and Owner of Smokin’ Rob’s, Gallipolis, State of Ohio Liquor Store & Drive Thru 2000-2011

Past President of Gallia County Community Improvement Corporation

Past President of Gallipolis Retail Merchants Association

Past Treasurer & Keeper of the Keys of the Gallia County Gun Club

Member of the Original French 500 that settled Gallipolis in 1790

4th generation library board member

Participated in seven library levy campaigns:  three of which were successful, including two continuous operating levies, securing funding for expansion of library programs and services for Gallia County citizens.


  • Elaine Armstrong, Vice President

Bachelor of Science, Social Work; University of Rio Grande

Masters of Education; University of Rio Grande

Retired, College Administration; University of Rio Grande

“I feel privileged and honored to serve as a trustee of the Gallia County District Library Board.  This state-of-the-art facility is second to none in available resources (i.e. computer technology, reading and research materials, education and training opportunities, professional staff assistance, and cultural entertainment).  Bossard Library continues to serve as an invaluable stepping stone from our historic past, and a well-equipped pathway to our future.”

  • Larry Shong, Secretary

​            Native of Gallia County; Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education, University of Rio Grande

            Master's of Education with Certification in Elementary Administration and Supervision, University of Dayton

            Educator:  Southwestern High School (English 9-11); and Vinton Elementary (Grades 4-8)

            Coached Varsity baseball at North Gallia High School; Jr. High Basketball at Vinton 

             Wife:  Joyce (Thomas) Shong

             4-H Advisor (22 years); 4-H Executive Committee; Gallia Co. Jr. Fair Board (2 terms); Woodland Center Board (2 terms) President 1990-91; Founder of ADE ( First ADE President) at URG

​             Member:  Vinton Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star

             Appointed by Kentucky Governor as Accepted Member of Kentucky Colonels (1996)

             "Due to my educational background, I realize the importance of the public library's role in educating those in our community.  I am proud to serve as a Library Trustee."

  • Leanna Martin

           Bachelor of Arts, Capital University

           Masters Degree, Educational Administration, Ohio University

           Elementary Teacher, Gallia County Local Schools:  Addaville Elementary

           Personal:  Husband Rick Martin; Children: Jarrett, Grace, and Peri.

           Enjoys gardening, fishing, swimming, playing/watching volleyball,

           and attending collegiate fishing tournaments.

           "As one who enjoys reading and learning, I believe our library provides multiple benefits and opportunities to our community.  I have a real            heart for the youth and future of Gallia County.  I believe our library is the core of our community and is here to help facilitate success with both. 

  •  Traci Sisson-Good

Bachelor of Arts, Speech Pathology and Audiology; Marshall University

Masters of Arts, Communication Disorders; Marshall University

Speech Pathologist, Holzer Clinic/Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, 1995-2012

Director of Therapy Services, Holzer Medical Center (Jackson) 2012-present

Personal:  Husband Dr. Christopher Good.  Enjoys traveling, singing, water sports, church activities, and family time.  Completed multiple medical missions abroad including work with Operation Smile and World Gospel Mission. 

Life Quotes:  “Be kind to people, everyone you meet is carrying a burden.”

“Sometimes the right decision is not comfortable.”

“The Library provides opportunities for all to learn new skills and further one’s education.  The Library also continues to be an outreach resource that provides programs and reading materials to those who visit the facility and to those who are homebound.”

  • Jay Caldwell

Bachelor of Arts, History; Marshall University

Lieutenant in the United States Army, Bronze Star Recipient

Retired, Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services (affiliated with Peoples Bank)

Board Member, City of Gallipolis Board of Zoning Appeals

Past President, Gallia County Chamber of Commerce

Board Member, Gallia Metropolitan Housing Authority

            Personal:  Wife Barbara Caldwell; Children: Amy, Lori, and Kate; Eight


“What a great community resource!  The Library provides services for anyone who chooses to use them from toddlers to great, great grandparents. You can get a book or newspaper to read, learn about your ancestry on a computer, watch a movie, or even a live play.  On a nice day, take a stroll around the lawn and enjoy nature.  Any question a patron may have will be cordially answered by the Library’s competent staff.  I believe the Library and its services has improved the quality of life for the people in our area and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.  I am proud to be a part of it.”

  • Graham Woodyard

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, The Ohio State University

JD, University of Southern California School of Law

Attorney in private practice.

Personal:  Wife Megan Farrell Woodyard; Child:  Calvin Woodyard.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Becky) Woodyard.

“I have been a patron of Bossard Library from a young age.  I even worked at the Library for my first job.”