Board of Trustees

Marlane Youngblood HCPL Board of Trustees, President 2014

Susie Hignite

Marlane Youngblood is an independent government liaison and media consultant. Before retiring in 2013, Marlane served four years in the KY Governor’s Office for Military Affairs. As a seasoned public servant, Marlane developed innovative and effective strategies, programs and policies to assist transitioning defense communities with the support of the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). Marlane also dedicated more than 20 years to service in Education at the Elizabethtown Independent School District.

In addition to serving with the Hardin County Public Library Board of Trustees since 2013, Marlane supports other community organizations such as the Civil Service Commission. Appointed by the Mayor in 2013, she serves the leadership of both the Elizabethtown Fire and Police Departments. In her down time she is busy traveling, cycling, running and gardening. Marlane especially enjoys photographing ancient cities to capture how different cultures live today. Marlane holds a Masters Degree in Education from Western Kentucky University, KY. She resides in Elizabethtown, KY with her husband Greg. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Will Flanagan, Treasurer

Will Flanagan

Dr. Will Flanagan was born in Paducah and after several years of moving, settled in Campbellsville, where he graduated from Taylor County High. While there he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

He then attended Georgetown College and after graduation married his lovely wife Amy and moved to Auburn, Alabama to attend Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He attained the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

After a short stint in Bowling Green, Dr. Flanagan bought his first practice in Elizabethtown and has continued to live, grow, and work in the community he loves.

Dr. Flanagan has been married to Amy for 27 years. They have a daughter, Grace, who is currently in her senior year at Furman University and a son, Jackson, who is currently a first year Midshipman at the US Naval Academy.

Dr. Flanagan is currently serving his second round as a trustee at the Hardin County Public Library and is so honored and proud to be a part of the library family.

Sue Story, Board of Trustees Member

Sue Story

Sue Story is a native of Hardin County who graduated from Howevalley High School. She earned a BS Degree from Campbellsville University and a MA and Rank I degrees from Western Kentucky University. She taught 27 and one half years for the Hardin County School System and also taught part-time 6 yrs. for ECTC.

She is an experienced, certified library trustee having already served 2 four-year terms.

Among her many accomplishments are:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award from Hardin County Schools
  • Outstanding Alumni from Howevalley High School
  • Delta Kappa Gamma International (women educator's organization), served as chair of many committees
  • Kentucky Alpha Gamma State (women educator's organization) past president and current member of Kentucky Alpha Gamma State Hall of Fame
  • Elizabethtown/Hardin/Larue Retired Teachers Association, past president and current chair of the Scholarship Committee
  • Who's Who of Professional and Business Women
  • Achievement in Education Award from the Radcliff Optimist Club

When she is not volunteering or working with her service organizations, she loves reading cozy mysteries and collecting cookbooks.

Suzanne Perla, Board of Trustees Member

Suzanne Perla

Suzanne Perla is native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a resident of Vine Grove, Kentucky since 1980. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. In 1997 she received her Masters of Business Administration from Bellarmine University. She recently retired from Hardin County Government as Executive Assistant to Judge/Executive Harry Berry.

Suzanne has three adult children: Jennifer, Lee, and Jessica, all graduates of the Hardin County School System. Jennifer resides in Michigan with her husband John Mellott and their three children. She is employed as a psychiatric counselor and registered nurse. Lee resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Lori Hellkamp. Jessica resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Frank McBride and their two children.

Suzanne strongly believes life-long learning is a fundamental value essential for our community to continue to develop and grow. She welcomes the opportunity to serve the Citizens of Hardin County on the Library Board.

Kevin Addington, Vice President

Kevin Addington

Kevin Addington is a lifelong resident of Elizabethtown and a graduate of Elizabethtown High School and the University of Kentucky with a bachelors in agricultural economics.

His business involves commercial warehousing, automotive service, banking, and transportation.

He and his wife Lisa have 3 children. Shane 22, Lily 19, and Ava 15.

He is involved with the Hardin County Library Board and Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation.

His hobbies include historic building and automotive restoration along with family activities.

His family are members of First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown.