Library Foundation Board of Directors

President: Kathleen Schloeder
Kathleen Schloeder holds a B. S. in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an M.A. in Modern European History from George Mason University. She is a retired Foreign Service Officer, and was the official U. S. member of the United Kingdom-United States American Studies Library Commission while stationed at the American Embassy in London. Schloeder also was a supervisor of the U.S. Embassy library at the Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasilia, Brazil, and the Amerika Haus library in Hannover, Germany. Schloeder volunteered at the Burke Branch for several years in their after-school tutoring program and currently tutors at George Mason elementary school. She is the Endowment Chair of the American Hemerocallis Society.

Vice President: Oscar Fitzgerald
Dr. Fitzgerald earned his Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) from Vanderbilt University and Masters and Doctorate in History from Georgetown University. He retired from the Naval Historical Center, where he served first as head of the contemporary history program and then as Director of the Navy Museum, to pursued full time his first love which is the history of furniture and the decorative arts. Currently, he teaches at Marymount University and in the Smithsonian Institution / Corcoran School Masters Program in the History of the Decorative Arts. After completing a James Renwick Research Fellowship in 2004, he published the catalogue of the extensive contemporary studio furniture collection in the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in 2008. His latest book, New Masters of the Wooden Box, was published in 2009 to accompany an exhibit that is traveling the country for three years.


Treasurer: Anne S. Paul
Anne Smith Paul, a published historian, has served as the president, vice president, and treasurer of the Alexandria Historical Society. She has also been a mainstay of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission. She joined the Alexandria Library Board in September, 2005, and became Treasurer in June 2007.


Secretary: Rose T. Dawson
Ms. Dawson, the Director of the Alexandria Library since 2008, served as Deputy Director for two years before becoming Director of Libraries. Dawson earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, she completed the program at George Washington University's Center for Excellence in Municipal Management to become a Certified Public Manager. She is an active member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Library Administration and Management Association, Association of Library Services to Children, and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.