Library Board of Trustees

Meet our Library Board of Trustees

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D.: President

The author of more than 100 books, Dr. Rozakis frequently appears on television, including Live with Regis and Kelly; CBS Morning Show; and the Maury Povich Show. Her career and books have been profiled in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., a full professor of English at Farmingdale State University. With over thirty years of continuous service on the Board, she is the senior member. In addition to her work on the Library Board, Dr. Rozakis is active in other community groups, most notably Girl Scouts.


Laura Ulric: Vice President

Laura’s long service as a Library Trustee has witnessed a period of great growth for the library. Her first project was to work diligently with the Friends of the Library and the community to get the new library approved and built. In fact, she was the President of the Board when the new facility was opened.

Laura is a graphic designer. She also designs and makes costumes for the plays at the Farmingdale High School and is active in a number of community groups as well as the library. She is a member of the Farmingdale Community Summit Council, where she serves on the Community Expo Committee, and she serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Farmingdale Library. Laura is the library’s liaison to the school board and travels with the Lobby Committee to Albany in pursuit of more state aid for our district. She is also a member of the school district’s facilities committee. 


Thomas Arangio: Secretary

Thomas Arangio has been on the board for over 25 years. He served as President of the Board from 1997-1999. He is also the Treasurer of the Friends of the Library, the number one support group for the library. He is a voracious reader and has been a staunch supporter of our library system since moving to Farmingdale. Tom’s entire business career has been in finance; he is currently Senior Credit and collections analyst with a large, well-known Long Island company. His primary interests outside his career, are traveling, golf, reading, and spending time with his family and five grandchildren.


Therese Rudden: Trustee


Lorraine Stanton: Trustee


Deborah Podolski: Library Director

Debbie Podolski has spent over twenty years in libraries. She started her career as a library volunteer at the Port Washington Public Library where she subsequently worked as a librarian for fifteen years. She also worked at the Nassau Library System, an organization that provides services to the 54 public libraries in Nassau County. She has her MLS from C.W. Post in addition to an MS in Secondary Education and certification as a School District Administrator. She worked two years at the Nassau BOCES School Library System.

In addition to her duties as Library Director, Mrs. Podolski is President of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of Rotary District 7250, and Co-Chairperson of the Farmingdale Community Summit Council’s Farmingdale Reads committee. She is also a resident of District #22.


Christa Lucarelli: Assistant Director