Board Candidates 2023


It’s that time of the year again for the 2023-2024 Budget and Library Board Vote! The vote will be held Tuesday, March 7th from 12pm-9pm. In the meantime, get to know the three people who will be running to fill the three vacant board seats. There will be a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. We hope you stop by to meet these great candidates.

John Nichols

John Nichols is a candidate for Trustee of the Oneida Public Library. After thirty-two years as an educator encouraging his students to not be bystanders, he is committed to doing his part to help this community. John Nichols’ experience as a teacher, president of the East Syracuse Minoa United Teachers, Chairman of the Oneida Democratic Committee, Secretary to CORE Federal Credit Union, and over 20 years a counselor at American Legion Boys’ State will allow him to bring a lot to the position.

John Nichols is a lifelong resident of Madison County. He grew up in Stockbridge in a large family before moving to Oneida after college. He and his wife Kathy, and daughters Becky and Sarah Nichols live on Hunt Valley Road in Oneida.

Nicole Rossi

Nicole is excited to be a candidate for the Library board of trustees. Born and raised in Oneida, it only made sense for Nicole and her husband, Rick Rossi, to open their business in Oneida. After opening the Oneida Barbershop, Nicole and her husband became very involved in the community, and the revitalization of Downtown. She manages and oversees the Facebook Group “Oneida For Change” which has gained over 4 thousand members. From this, the “Oneida Light Fight” was born, which is a fun, family friendly, contest for the community to decorate their houses for the Holidays. Nicole graduated from Oneida High School, and holds an Associate’s Degree in Professional Communications from Onondaga Community College. Along with her schooling, Nicole is very involved with the arts, and has taught dance and choreographed since she was 15. She is currently employed with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, working as a Confidential Secretary for the District Attorney. Nicole is very passionate about her work, and serving the community. Nicole resides in the City of Oneida with her husband, her two year old daughter, and their two dogs. The Library has always been somewhere where she frequented growing up, and she would be honored to be considered for this position.

Brianna Sprole-Vanderwerken

Brianna M. Sprole-Vanderwerken has been a lifelong lover of all things library and has held library cards from counties and institutions across the country. As a recent transplant to Oneida, the first stop in her new home was to the Oneida Public Library to get her library card and officially put down roots. With almost 20 years of experience working in higher education, Brianna has dedicated herself to serving diverse student populations in the most equitable and positive ways possible in order to reduce barriers and to help students lead fulfilled and meaningful lives. She is a graduate of Baldwinsville Central Schools and holds a BA in Linguistics from the University at Buffalo, and an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Buffalo State College. She resides in Oneida with her partner Matt, and her sweet pup, Ms. Ruby Rhod.