About

Our Mission

The Fairhope Public Library Foundation’s mission is to develop, administer, and allocate funds to provide the extra margin of support needed to enhance the programs, services and facilities of The Fairhope Public Library, and to provide communications media and other resources for advocacy of innovative ideas that will help the library to further excel.

Foundation Board

Robin Fitzhugh, president

Robin Fitzhugh is a Mobile native who has called Baldwin County home for 17 years. A Spring Hill College graduate with a degree in English and free-lance writer, she has had a life time passion for words, books, and libraries. She is the mother of 4 delightful adult children and spent her working life in non-profit endeavors including religious education, counseling and, most recently, a decade as Director of the Eastern Shore Art Center. Retirement has made time for travel with her husband John and catching up on reading her favorite Southern authors.

Jim Smith, vice president

Jim Smith read everything he could find in the “airplanes and rockets” sections of every library he could get to as a boy. He eventually became a business lawyer with the Armbrecht Jackson firm in Mobile, where he’s practiced for over 30 years. He didn’t grow up to be a rocket scientist, but he never lost his love of reading and gratitude for the libraries that launched him into a fascinating world. He’s known since he came to Fairhope over a decade ago that the FPL is a special place. Jim and his wife Valery (who spent her childhood summers in the old Summit Street library) share a deeply-held belief that our library is essential to our community.

Susie Caminiti, secretary

Susie Caminiti has made the sunny shores of Fairhope her home for the past 19 years. In 2004 she became an active advocate and benefactor for the Fairhope Public Library. She has served on the Friends of the Library Board in the past, and is always grateful for any opportunity to promote, serve and encourage readers, researchers and explorers in discovering the shelves of our beloved Fairhope Public Library.

Terry Delker, treasurer

Terry Delker is a native Kentuckian. She and her family moved to Fairhope in 2000 to begin the new millenium with warmer winters and water everywhere. A former yoga instructor, Terry found many wonderful volunteer opportunities in Fairhope, including serving on the boards of the Friends of the Library, the Eastern Shore Art Center and Theatre 98.

 

Members

Drew Downey

Drew Downey grew up in Mobile, Alabama. He moved to the Eastern Shore after graduating from Auburn University where he received his degree in Communications. He currently works with National Bank of Commerce in Fairhope and is the current board president of Ecumenical Ministries. He enjoys playing trombone with the Baldwin Pops, singing in the choir at St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, and reading all genres of books available at Fairhope's beautiful library.

Tamara Dean

Tamara Dean is director of the Fairhope Public Library. She moved to Fairhope in 1985. She spent fifteen years in education and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2001 she began her career with Fairhope Public Library as the Youth Services Director. She earned a Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science, following her appointment to Director, in 2009. Tamara is serving her 6th year on the Alabama Virtual Library Executive Council, and her fifth year on the Library Services & Technology Act Grant Advisory Council.

Gloria Fisher

Dr. Gloria Fisher is a psychologist and has worked as a college professor and consultant. She and her husband Reed Givens moved to Fairhope in 2011 and she began volunteering at the Library soon afterward. She has been a member of the Friends of the Library board and works in the Friends bookstore each week. Her love of reading began early when she discovered the Nancy Drew series in a very small Kansas library.

Martin Lanaux

Martin Lanaux, a native of Louisiana, has been a resident of Fairhope since 1977. He has loved books his entire life and is a certified bibliophile. He is president of the Fairhope Public Library Board of Trustees and  was President of the Fairhope Public Library Foundation for the first eight years of its existence. His wife Gina is co-owner of Creative Outlet Dance Center and is just as involved in civic affairs as her husband.

Martha Monckton

Martha Monckton was born & raised in Ohio and made the move to sunny, warm Fairhope as soon as she could after graduating from Bowling Green State University, OH. Relocating frequently throughout her life, the library was always a welcoming place. So much so, that she has worked in several libraries gaining insight into their workings and needs. She is a reader of various genre of books, reading multiple books concurrently as to obtain as much information & enjoyment as possible.

Debbie Quinn

Debbie Quinn and her husband are a rare breed, natives of Fairhope and graduates of Fairhope High School.  She’s a retired Registered Nurse and 16 year council member in Fairhope and now the Chairman of the Alabama Trails Commission. Living in Fairhope but working and driving the state, she’s learned to love audiobooks and has so many favorite authors...who could pick just one!  She’s discovering more about the U.S. west coast, too, where both their sons and families live.

Tim Rosson

Tim Rosson has lived in Fairhope for over 23 years. He is retired Regional President from BBVA Compass (28 years). He has been Chairman of the Thomas Hospital Foundation and Chairman of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a member of the Fairhope Industrial Development Authority board. But best of all he was Co-Chairman of the Fairhope Library Capital Campaign that built our Library. He is married to Susan, they have two sons and two grandsons.

Brune Stewart

Brune Stewart is a native of Picayune, Mississippi, and a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. He recalls the wonderful times he spent walking the grounds at Rowan Oak, Faulkner’s home, while at Ole Miss. Recently retired, he enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf. He and his wife, Barbara, a New Orleans native, also love to cook and eat good food, returning there often to visit family and sample their cuisine. A “newbie” to the board, he is impressed with its vision, and is happy to be of service.

Knight Upchurch

Knight Upchurch grew up in the small town of Demopolis, Alabama. She attended Agnes Scott College and the University of Alabama School of Law. She and her husband, Michael, moved from Mobile to Fairhope in 2009. They have three young adult children, who reside in three different states, and a lovable pooch. Knight enjoys travel, keeping up with her adventuresome children, reading, painting, and bridge.

Mac Walcott

Mac Walcott is a founding principal of Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects, earning his Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. He is a member of various state and local boards including the Alabama Board for Registration of Architects; Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts; Fairhope Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee; Fairhope Center for the Arts Council; and the Baldwin County Architectural Review Committee. Part farmer, part beekeeper, part writer, part free spirit, he and wife Gina have three children and a host of farm animals at their Fish River home.