The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

OPL announces board candidates

- By The Dispatch Staff newsroom@oneidadisp­

The Oneida Public Library, 459 Main St., has announced the candidates for the upcoming OPL Budget and Board vote being held at the library on Tuesday, March 7th from noon-9 p.m.

The OPL will host a Meet the Candidates night at the library, Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7-8 p.m. Any invoices can be mailed to the address in my signature or emailed to

John Nichols has served thirty-two years as an educator encouragin­g his students to not be bystanders in their community. He is committed to doing his part to help this community. John Nichols’ experience as a teacher, president of the East Syracuse Minoa United Teachers, Chairman of the Oneida Democratic Committee, Secretary to CORE Federal Credit Union, and over 20 years as a counselor at American Legion Boys’ State will allow him to bring a lot to the position.

Nichols is a lifelong resident of Madison County. He grew up in Stockbridg­e in a large family before moving to Oneida after college. He and his wife Kathy, and daughters Becky and Sarah Nichols live on Hunt Valley Road in Oneida.

Nicole Rossi was born and raised in Oneida. It only made sense for Nicole and her husband, Rick Rossi, to open their business in Oneida. After opening the Oneida Barbershop, Nicole

and her husband became very involved in the community, and the revitaliza­tion of Downtown.

She manages and oversees the Facebook Group “Oneida For Change,” which has gained over four thousand members. From this, the “Oneida Light Fight” was born, which is a fun, family-friendly, contest for the community to decorate their houses for the Holidays.

Nicole graduated from Oneida High School, and holds an associate’s degree in profession­al communicat­ions from Onondaga Community College. Along with her schooling, Nicole is very involved with the arts, and has taught dance and choreograp­hed since she was 15.

She is currently employed with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, working as a confidenti­al secretary for the district attorney. Nicole is very passionate about her work, and serving the community. Nicole resides in the City of Oneida with her husband, her two-year-old daughter, and their two dogs. The OPL has always been somewhere where she frequented growing up, and she would be honored to be considered for this position.

Brianna M. Sprole-vanderwerk­en has been a lifelong lover of all things library and has held library cards from counties and institutio­ns across the country. As a recent transplant to Oneida, the first stop in her new home was to the OPL to get her library card and officially put down roots.

With almost 20 years of experience working in higher education, Brianna has dedicated herself to serving diverse student population­s in the most equitable and positive ways possible in order to reduce barriers and to help students lead fulfilled and meaningful lives.

She is a graduate of Baldwinsvi­lle Central Schools and holds a BA in Linguistic­s from the University at Buffalo, and an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administra­tion from Buffalo State College. She resides in Oneida with her partner Matt, and her sweet pup, Ms. Ruby Rhod.

 ?? PHOTOS PROVIDED ?? OPL announces board candidates John Nichols, Nicole Rossi and Brianna M. Sprole-vanderwerk­en.
PHOTOS PROVIDED OPL announces board candidates John Nichols, Nicole Rossi and Brianna M. Sprole-vanderwerk­en.

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