Board of Directors

Grace Davis

Grace Youmans Davis has been involved with the Friends since its inception. She currently serves as President of the board. Though she and her family are Siloam transplants, she and husband Peter love this community. An avid reader from childhood, books were her companions through a multicultural and multilingual childhood. She is has served in a number of community efforts: Dogwood Literacy Board, Northside Adopters and Women’s’ educational opportunities. She teaches in the Education division at JBU and is the PDS Director for SSSD and JBU. She is convinced that a strong Library reflects a vibrant and engaged community.


Carol Onstott

Carol is a transplant to Siloam Springs, moving from Madison, Wisconsin in 1992. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and continued her education in Wisconsin and Arkansas. She is a Child Development Diagnostician with the NWA Education Service Cooperative. Carol is active in the community having served on the Siloam Spring Children’s Center Board, and Secretary for the Friends of the Library for many years. She also is a member of P.E.O. and Arkansas Special Education Early Childhood Professionals. She has two grown children one in Northwest Arkansas and one in Dallas. Carol enjoys reading, exercising and watching the HOGS.


Cathi Coleman

Cathi is “almost a native” of Siloam Springs, having graduated from high school and college here. She is active in this community, serving as treasurer of both Friends of the Library and Dogwood Literacy Council. She has facilitated women’s Bible studies and taught Sunday school at her church. She is also a member of P.E.O., Gideons Auxilliary, Perennial Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, and #1 Ladies Book Club. She loves to read, go antiquing, and do craft projects. She and her husband Bob love to entertain friends in their home. They have two grown children who live in the area. Cathi is “Ammie” to to her 2 grandchildren.


Sylvia Pannett

Sylvia was born and raised in Siloam Springs. She is married and has one son, two dogs and a rabbit. She works as a Dental Laboratory Technician/Office Manager and you might also see her at Siloam Flowers and Gifts where she works one day a week. In her free time she enjoys reading and being a part of the Adult and Alternate Book Clubs that meet at the Library. She loves going to flea markets and enjoys resale shops as well. Gardening, both vegetable and flower, has always been a much loved part of her life since childhood. Hiking and camping with her family is a cherished activity as well. She attends Siloam Springs Bible Church and is past Women’s Ministry Director there and is involved in Awana working with the Cubbies.


Allison Bellomy

Allison is a native Texan and Graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She and her husband moved to Siloam in 2004 and now consider Siloam Springs home. After working with Seniors for 3 years she is now a stay at home mom to 3 children. She stays busy homeschooling her children, working with youth/college students at her church, and being active in her Ladies Book Club. When she gets a chance she travels and is currently trying to visit all the state capitals with her children.



Laura Lee Flynn

In 1997 Laura moved to Siloam Springs from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She married Mike Flynn, a JBU professor, and then retired from teaching after thirty years in the elementary school classroom. Eventually she missed the presence of young children in her life, so in 2001 she began volunteering as “Ms. Laura, the Story Time Lady at the Library”. That same year the Friends of the Siloam Springs Library was organized and Laura became a member of the founding board. She served as President from 2004-2007. Each year she organizes the annual Dogwood Festival Book Sale. On almost any day you may find her working with the children and their parents, decorating displays and bulletin boards, pricing and shelving books for the Friends Used Bookstore, helping with the Adult Reading Group or just enjoying time spent with her favorite friends…the Siloam Springs Library Staff.


Amiee Moreel

Aimee Morrell graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She worked for six years at The Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home and moved to Siloam Springs in 2006. Morrell started at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital in 2008 and works in the Marketing Department, is the Senior Circle Advisor, Healthy Woman Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. She serves on the Friends of the Library Board, Heritage Festival Committee, Siloam Springs Middle School Adopters, is a member of Siloam Springs Hospital Auxiliary, Inc., and is an avid supporter of Tailwaggers, Inc.



Barbara Mays

Barbara Mays moved to Siloam Springs in 2007 when her husband, Wayne, became the president of the Chamber of Commerce. She has been married to Wayne over forty years and has one married son and one married daughter and seven grandchildren. She is a graduate of Henderson State University and taught high school English for eighteen years in El Dorado, Arkansas. She is a guest teacher with the Siloam Springs School District and a member of First Baptist Church. She loves helping with grandchildren, reading, and knitting.



Brenda McCord

Brenda McCord loved going to the library in the small northern Oklahoma town where she was raised. After graduation from college she and her husband Tim moved to Siloam Springs twenty-five years ago where they have raised their three children. She has taught Early Childhood classes for 21 years at Tender Care Preschool and is active in her church as well as various other activities about town.




Donna Schwartz

Originally transplanted from northern Illinois, after thirty plus years in Siloam Springs her roots have grown deep here. Donna and the town changed a little bit over time. Her four “kids” are middle aged, the town isn’t rural and sleepy anymore and she has retired to be being busier then she ever was in her working years. She now “works” for the Adult Developent Center, the Walton Arts Center, a recycling program within the schools, and, of course, the Friends of the Library. Her life is full, her friends are a joy and life is sweet.