Trustee Info Page

           aaaaaaaaaaaaaa    Mike Mitchell, Vice president

Mike is an unswerving Library supporter.  He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.  Mike currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees.  He also served on the Silver Lake Public Library Foundation Board.

Mike has lived in Silver Lake all his life.  He is a member of the local Lions Club and the Silver Lake United Methodist Church.  Mike continues to be a faithful community volunteer.  On good days, folks can see Mike cruising around Silver Lake in his red Mustang convertible.  aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaLiz Steckel, President

Since April 2021, Liz has been a member of the Silver Lake Public Library Board of Trustees, bringing experience and knowledge to her role. As the former membership manager for the Greater Topeka Partnership, she honed her skills in community engagement and event coordination. Liz’s passion for community building extends to her leadership of the We Are Silver Lake Mural Movement, which brought together residents for community paint days and artist meetups. During her tenure as the City Clerk of Silver Lake, she organized community events such as the City of Silver Lake Annual Tree Lighting and community cleanups. Additionally, she volunteered for initiatives like meet the candidates sessions during elections and the watch party for election night through We Are Silver Lake.


At the Silver Lake Public Library, Liz leads an Adult Crafternoon, providing adults with an opportunity to engage in creative activities one Saturday afternoon a month. A dedicated advocate for early literacy and local initiatives, Liz actively participates in fundraising efforts for building initiatives at the library. Her creative approach and commitment to supporting local businesses and organizations make her a valuable asset to the Silver Lake Public Library Board of Trustees.


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaGeorgia Ransone, Silver Lake Township Trustee & Board Secretary

Georgia was born in Louisiana, moved to Kansas after high school.  She received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Washburn University and taught 6th grade Silver Lake USD 372 for 33 years.  She was appointed Trustee of Silver Lake Township in Dec. 2017  and also serve on Boards of Silver Lake Public Library,  Shawnee County Fire District #1, and Silver Lake Library Foundation.

Georgia is married with 3 children and 10 grandchildren.  Her interests include gardening & environmental conservation and her volunteer work includes live news broadcasts for Audio Reader.


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaJill Burton, Treasurer

Jill Burton is currently serving in her 5th 4-year term on the trustee board, 1982-1990, 2008-2016.  She is a past member of the library friends group and has volunteered in numerous ways; coordinating the quilt displays, helping with garage sales, making many projects that require sewing, etc. She has also served on the Silver Lake Public Library Foundation Board and the Library Building Committee.



aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaLori Clark, Trustee

Lori is employed with the State of Kansas for 27 years.  She is married to John Clark, who is a 3rd Generation Farmer in Silver Lake. They have two children: Joey (20), attending KSU and Bradly (13),  8th grade. Lori’s favorite movie is any movie with Sandra Bullock.  Her favorite candy is Hershey’s miniatures, minus the Krackel bars! Her favorite color is any hue of blue. Her favorite flowers are Carnations and Sunflowers.  In her spare time, Lori used to craft and sew.  “Someday I hope to get back to it!!”



aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSuzi Lindstrom, Trustee

Suzi is a retired secondary English teacher who enjoys calling Silver Lake ‘home’ again! She has 4 adult children, all SLHS graduates, and 7 grandkids!  Five of those seven live in Silver Lake and attend Silver Lake Elementary.  Her other two live in San Antonio, Texas, which, she says, is just too far away! Suzi feels very lucky to have her dad, who turns 99 in March, still in her life. Her days are spent enjoying his company, the company of her granddaughter, who is at Suzi’s each morning before boarding the bus for afternoon preschool, and watching her grandkids participate in soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, softball and baseball! She still enjoys watching her adult daughters on the volleyball courts, but now as they coach their school teams!  Suzi has a faithful fur baby companion (and guard dog) named Blue that has probably barked at you if you have walked past her house! Suzi is happy to be a member of the library board because she feels it is a service to the great community that helped her own children develop into such wonderful adults!