Both are residents of Palm City. Lois McGuire lives in Harbour Ridge with her husband Jim and recently completed a two-year term as President of Harbour Ridge. Carrie Philipbar resides with her husband Bill in Piper’s Landing where she served as the community’s first President.
Lois McGuire has 25 years of diverse professional and leadership experience. She served as a school district superintendent in New Jersey following ten years of actual teaching experience. She received many honors as an educator including being awarded seven Best Practice Awards by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award bestowed by the New Jersey Coalition of Educational Leaders.
She was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education on such subjects as strategic planning, positive communication skills and successful grant writing. She was also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Bloomfield College and St. Peter’s College. She has a long-standing interest and enthusiasm for high quality education, dynamic communications skills, and a talent for focusing the efforts of others toward a common goal.
Carrie Philipbar graduated from Wisconsin College of Music at age 17 with a specialty in piano performance. She is a graduate of Northwestern University (Illinois) and a magna cum laude graduate of Marquette University with a law degree. While at Marquette she was the editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
In addition to her involvement in the arts in Martin County, she served on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Music Festival where she arranged fundraising events at Festival House. She recently served as President of the Stuart Friends of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and she organized the successful January 2012 fundraising event for the ACO. Carrie has served the Library Foundation as a member of the Creative Minds, Creative Cocktails fundraisers and the 2012 Pearls of Wisdom Gala committee. She is also a member of the Blake Library Book Club.
The Library Foundation of Martin County, founded in 1992, provides enhancements to the Martin County Library System by funding special library projects and capital improvements. Donations support cultural and educational programming and provide new technology and materials for the collection. Membership levels begin at $35 for an individual. For more information please contact the Foundation office at 772-221-1409 or the website at www.LibraryFoundationMC.org.