Board of Trustee Candidates

  • Arlene Nock: I grew up in Troy in the 1950’s, and some of my best memories are visiting the children’s room of the downtown library every week with my mother. I am now honored to be a candidate for the Troy Library Board. I live just blocks from the main library, and recently retired after 30 years as a physician in the mental health field. Over my career I have worked closely with people from all walks of life, and every socioeconomic status. With this vast interpersonal experience I bring the skills necessary to effectively help steer the policies and programs of the library that also serves such a diverse population.
    We face unique challenges in these times where everything is digitalized. I have faced these changes in the medical field. Balancing the demands of the future with the traditions we love about the library is an important landscape to navigate successfully. I am committed to the future of the Troy Public Library System, which is one of Troy’s many treasures, and want to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the library that I have loved so much over my lifetime.
  • Brian J. Williams has 20 years’ experience in the workforce development field assisting youth, adults, and dislocated workers with workforce options. He has specific expertise in employment and training program administration, youth programming, job development and career guidance. In addition, Brian has experience in human resource policies, labor laws, recruitment, grant and proposal writing, and marketing. Currently, Brian is the Principal Employment and Training Coordinator for Rensselaer County at the Rensselaer County One Stop Career Center and Capital Region Workforce Development Board. He has worked in partnership with the Troy Public Library and other UHLS member libraries in bringing workforce development and job search workshops and resources to patrons and staff. Mr. Williams serves on several Community Boards including Executive Vice President for the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) Board, the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Board of Hudson Valley Community College, and the Commission On Economic Opportunity in Troy. Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Sociology from St. Bonaventure University and resides in Troy with his wife Kimberly and son Colin.