Cheryl TenBrink

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Cheryl  TenBrink

Cheryl M. TenBrink was first elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2007. She was re-elected in May of 2011. She served as Board President from 2013-2014. However, her association with Kalamazoo Public Library started when she worked as a page in the Bookmobile Department at the age of fourteen. Her mother, Eleanor Whitman, was a Bookmobile libarian at the time. While in college, she worked at KPL as a student assistant and served as switchboard operator.

After receiving her Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University, Cheryl became a school librarian in Kalamazoo Public Schools for 32 years, working at both the elementary and secondary levels. She retired in June 2007.

Cheryl and her husband Burt have two sons, Carl who is in the U.S. Army and Cory, both are married with families. They love visiting their families and especially their six grandchildren who live in Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma.

Cheryl enjoys reading for pleasure, going to water exercise class and spending time renewing friendships. She has lived in Kalamazoo for 55 years.

She is an active volunteer in her community. She has been a library volunteer for nine years at Woods Lake Elementary School. She volunteers at the Kalamazoo Education Association office as needed several times during the school year. Cheryl volunteers and walks in the Susan G. Koman Mid-Michigan "Walk for the Cure" each of the four years that she has been a breast cancer survivor. Also, she has been an active member of Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, a professional society of female educators for 35 years and has held many positions of leadership. In May of 2011 and 2014 she was named "Chapter Woman of Distinction."

Cheryl loves to watch Western Michigan University sporting events - especially football, but also Men's and Women's basketball. GO BRONCOS!