Meet The Staff
Director and Assistant Director
Faith Brautigam: Director
Faith considers public libraries to be an amazing resource and a great return on investment. She is a strong believer in community collaboration and works to develop library partnerships. She has been KHCPL’s director since late 2012 and has been privileged to work in libraries in New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Illinois before coming to Indiana.
Doug Workinger: Assistant Director
Doug began his career at KHCPL as a Para-Professional in Adult Services. He’s since worked in Tech Services, Circulation, and Outreach before becoming your Assistant Director in 2015. Doug sees the library as a great equalizer, giving the same opportunities and resources to everyone in the community. He also geeks out over the Graphic Novel collections in the library, something he is very proud of developing over the years.
Cody Blume: Children's Service Coordinator
Cody grew up on a small farm in Brookston, Indiana, where one of his fondest childhood memories was participating in the local library’s summer reading program. As the Children’s Services Coordinator, he strives to provide extraordinary programming for the children of Howard County in hopes of fostering a life-long love of libraries and reading.
Lori Danford: Head of Financial and Administrative Services
I’m a lifelong Hoosier, but 100 percent Boilermaker, having graduated from Purdue in 2005. Boiler up! I’m the Head of Financial and Administrative Services at KHCPL, which is a perfect fit for me, considering I decided when I was in the sixth grade that I wanted to be an accountant. I grew up on a farm full of animals and showed my horses, dogs, goats, and pigs in 4-H for 10 years. In my free time, I love being with my friends, human and canine, especially my dogs Connor and Lilly - and the newest addition, Zinny!
Lisa Fipps: Director of Marketing
Lisa is an avid reader and just finished writing a YA novel in verse and is working to get it published. She loves sharing stories about all that libraries have to offer and how vital they are in order to have an engaged and thriving community. She’s been the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement since 2011, after transitioning from a 19-year career in journalism in Indiana and Texas.
Lou Ann French: Technology Manager
KHCPL’s desire to bring new technology to patrons attracted Lou Ann to her job as the library’s Technology Manager. She loves the ways technology transforms lives and has worked in Information Technology for many years after receiving her Master’s from Ball State and serving as the Department Chair for Ivy Tech’s School of Computing and Informatics.
Lori Hugley: Head of KHCPL Branches
Lori received her BS in Criminal Justice from Ball State and her Masters in Library Science from IUPUI. She never imagined working at the library, but once she started she just couldn’t leave! She has been with the library for 20+ years!
Joy Rogers: Head of Outreach
I was born and raised in Tipton County and had never seen a bookmobile until I had my job interview in 2001 and I immediately loved it and the services it provided. I became a bookmobile supervisor in 2001 and since then have become the Outreach Manager. I really enjoy working with the jail program, bookmobiles, homebound, and the senior citizen services. I now live in Kokomo, have 3 grown children, and a Schnauzer.
Amy Russell: Head of Genealogy and Local History
Amy R. has been with the Genealogy & Local History Dept. since she began as a volunteer in 2010 and is currently the head of the department Her first library position was as the county bookmobile librarian for the Kokomo Public Library, followed by several years as a metallurgical librarian for Haynes International. Amy and her husband, Jon, are active in several local history and genealogy projects.
Trisha Shively: Head of Adult and Teen
Trisha grew up in Oldenburg, a small town in Southern Indiana that did not have a public library. She got her first public library card when she started working for a public library while attending college. Since then, she has truly learned to appreciate the value that public libraries have in their communities. One of her favorite parts of her job is planning programs such as Howard County Reads and Summer Reading Club.
Aaron Smith: Head of Circulation and Facilities
My name is Aaron Smith and I am the Head of Circulation and Facilities at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. I enjoy helping patrons get the most out of their library. I am an alumnus of IU-Bloomington and IU-Kokomo. I enjoy visiting the many eclectic restaurants and Cafés in Kokomo. In my spare time I enjoy economics, current events, studying history, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels. I live in a modest home with my family and an emotionally-needy Maltese dog named Anton.
Meredith Wagner: Readers’ Advisory Coordinator
Meredith is a second generation librarian. She began her library career in 1996. Connecting patrons with materials and resources is her specialty.