Karen Rock has been appointed as the newest member of the Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors. Rock fills the position previously held by Bob Tera, whose recent move out of Birmingham created the vacancy. Tera served on the Board for nearly 10 years and helped guide the Library through two significant renovations and the changeover of two directors. Rock, along with five other Birmingham residents, interviewed for the open position during two special Board meetings held the week of February 15. Rock was unanimously appointed to the Library Board at a special meeting of the Board on February 23.
Rock has lived in southeast Michigan for over 55 years and has been a resident of Birmingham since 1991. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a Community School Organizer at Quarton Elementary and in finance at Detroit Edison and the Fruehauf Corporation. As a retiree, she volunteers her time with the Oakland Literacy Council, The Birmingham Musicale, and the Quarton Lake Neighborhood Association. She is a member of the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library, has also volunteered on the Library’s Books & Bites fundraising gala committee, and is a frequent library user.
“I have had the privilege of working with Karen on planning four Books & Bites fundraisers at Baldwin. She has experience in personnel management, policy writing, financial analysis, and business operations. Her community connections, faithful support of Baldwin, and thoughtful analysis will make her a great asset to the Library Board,” said Director Rebekah Craft.