Dr. Will Flanagan, President
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 his lovely wife Amy for 29 years. They have a daughter, Grace 24, who is currently in her 2nd year at Kentucky College of Medicine and a son, Jackson, who is currently in his 3rd year 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.
Jan O'Daniel - Vice President
Jan O'Daniel is a Hodgenville native who has lived in Elizabethtown for nearly 35 years. After graduating from LaRue County High School, she attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor in Arts degree in English Education.
Shortly after beginning her teaching career at North Hardin High School, she earned a Master of Science degree in English followed by an additional MS and Rank I in Library Science from WKU. After teaching English for 10 years at North Hardin High School, she transitioned to a position as a library media specialist at the school. In 2001 Jan was hired to develop the library media program at the district's newest high school, John Hardin High School. She served as library media specialist and school technology coordinator at JHHS until her retirement in May 2022. She feels blessed and honored to have served as a Hardin County educator for 33 years.
She is active in her local church and community, and she continues to support HCS by working as a substitute teacher.
By far her greatest achievement is raising two fine sons, Conner and Carson O'Daniel.
Jan is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees and will strive to represent the citizens of Hardin County and to support the continued growth and impact of the Hardin County Public Library in the community.
Suzanne Perla, Treasurer
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. 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.
Waverly Green, Secretary
Waverly Green has lived in Elizabethtown practically her whole life. She was adopted from China as a baby but is a Kentucky girl through and through. Waverly attended and graduated from Central Hardin High School in 2017. She then attended Lindsey Wilson College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration and an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies in December of 2020.
In September of 2022 Waverly married her best friend Tristan “Chase” Green, whom she met and dated in their last two years of college. They recently adopted a havanese mix from the Hardin County Animal Shelter, named Winston. Waverly enjoys dancing at her home studio since the age of 3, The Dance Centre, and also enjoys spending time with her mother, Lisa, and her sister, Langley.
Even though Waverly didn't love reading until later in life, she now enjoys trading books with friends, co-workers, and her family, as well as re-reading some of her favorite series such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare.
Emily Graham, Board of Trustees Member
Emily Graham was raised in Brandenburg, KY and a graduate of Meade County High School. Her love of the library began at a young age when visiting the Meade County Public Library with her family.
Upon graduation she then attended Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and later graduated from Sullivan University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. While in college she decided to make Elizabethtown her permanent residence. Her various roles at Suntan City, Planet Fitness and Buff City Soap have given her a wealth of knowledge of business and relationship building in the community.
Emily and her husband Donnie have 3 children Luke 11, Kate 8, and Quin 4 who attend school at St James Catholic School. Emily also serves on the school board at St James Catholic School.
In her free time, you will find her cheering on her children at their various sporting events that include soccer, basketball, piano and gymnastics or reading a book. Her favorite genre is thrilling fiction novels.