Staff

Karen Stinchfield has been Director of Cushman Library since 2004. Having grown up on Center Street, Cushman and the Bernardston community have long held her heart.

Karen was an elementary school librarian for twelve years, as well as a children’s library assistant, and she holds a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Learning and a specialization in Creative Arts in Learning.

When not working, Karen loves to swim, write, sing, sculpt, paint, camp, refinish furniture, binge watch SciFi and Fantasy, and nap with her cats ~ Persephone, Idyllic, and Phineaus.

Karen volunteers as artist liaison for Scarecrow in the Park, which enables her to support local artists and craftspeople as well as the Bernardston Kiwanis, of which her father was a long-time member.

Ellis Townsley is a lifetime lover of libraries, having gotten a start volunteering at the Belding Memorial Library in Ashfield, MA. After graduating high school, Ellis went to Mount Holyoke College, and plans to go to graduate school for library science in the future. 

Outside of work and school, Ellis loves to read, cook, and play with the many cats on the Townsley family farm. 

Ellis is excited to join the Bernardston community, and looks forward to meeting new people!

Mary McGinn and her husband raised their two sons in Bernardston and consider Cushman Library a cherished friend.

Mary graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoyed working with people as a real estate agent and then again as a teacher.

Besides being an avid reader, she also enjoys gardening, photography, history, antiques, and architecture.

 Mary currently lives in Greenfield with her husband and dog Leala Lou, and looks forward to working with old friends and new.

Pam Murphy was born and grew up in Greenfield, MA and now lives in Turners Falls, MA.  She worked for 32 years at the Greenfield Public Library working her way up from mender to Cataloger, a job she was suited for and absolutely loved.  Pam took early retirement from the Town of Greenfield and put her efforts into her real passion, training dogs!

She opened NB productions in Greenfield in 1991 and has had Irish Wolfhounds since 1990. She breeds and shows, and this hobby has allowed her to see many states in the US and travel some unexplored roads in her interests and mind.

Phoebe Hynes is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. They have degrees in Natural Resource Conservation, and Writing. Phoebe has dabbled in their fair share of fields before pursuing a role at Cushman Library. Whether it has been through education, conservation, or business, they have always enjoyed corralling folks and sharing information with them. 

Currently Phoebe lives in Western Massachusetts. When they are off the clock, they are creating in the kitchen, writing and performing their poetry, or singing around the house. You can also find Phoebe exploring in the woods sometimes, taking copious amounts of insect and fungi pictures.

Sean Charles is new to the area, Cushman Library, and the staff as a Library Assistant. After graduating with a degree in history, Sean has worked in education and community development. Hailing originally from Binghamton, New York, Sean’s first stop anywhere he has lived has always been the local library, and he has a deep appreciation for the resources they can provide.

Outside of the library, he enjoys spending his time watching soccer, playing board games, reading (of course), and exploring the outdoors. He recently began playing chess, and hopes to eventually learn how to stop blundering his pieces.

Rachel Karan is new to the Cushman Library as a Library Assistant. Having grown up going to libraries almost every week as a child, Rachel knew Cushman Library was the place for her to come and work. 

In her spare time, Rachel loves to read, write, camp, play Dungeon and Dragons and Magic the Gathering, and fully admits to being both a geek and a nerd. She also likes to spend time hanging out with her cat and her fiancée and friends.