Three potential library director candidates are scheduled for public interviews with the Library Board of Trustees and Executive Director Search committee this Friday, October 21. Executive Library Director candidates are Emily Kornak, Ellen Peters, and Jordan Wright. 

About The Candidates

Emily Kornak is the Library Director of the Lake Geneva Public Library in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Kornak has served in this role for almost six years. In addition, Kornak has over a decade of experience working as a librarian in Wisconsin and Illinois libraries. Kornak received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Ellen Peters currently serves as Library Director at the Fowlerville District Library in Fowlerville, Michigan. Peters has served in this role for almost two years. Before this, Peters served as the Community Engagement Manager for the Spokane Public Library for five years and as a librarian in the Spokane, Washington area for seven years. Peters received her Master of Library and Information Science from Drexel University.

Jordan Wright is the Assistant Director of the Ferndale Area District Library. With almost a decade of experience working in Michigan libraries, Wright previously served as the Head of Youth Services at Ferndale before being promoted to Assistant Director in 2021. Wright received his Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.


All interviews are being held in compliance with the Open Meetings Act in Program Room A. The public is welcome to attend any or all of the interviews. Notecards will be available for the public to submit questions which may be asked as time permits.

The interview schedule will be as follows:
11:00 AM – Emily Kornak Interview
2:00 PM – Ellen Peters Interview
4:30 PM – Jordan Wright Interview

Next Steps

The Loutit District Library (LDL) Board of Trustees is seeking a replacement for John Martin. A Grand Haven native, Martin served at Loutit for almost 11 years. After the resignation of Executive Director Sara Derdowski in July 2022, Martin returned as Library Director in an interim capacity.

The LDL Board of Trustees and the LDL Executive Search committee will hold a special board meeting on October 25, 2022, at 5:00 PM in Program Room B to discuss the candidate interviews.