About Lynne

Lynne Kemen brings five decades of professional public service to her work as a board director.  

Lynne was instrumental in growing the Department of Psychology at Hunter College in New York City from 1800 majors to more than 3000, and before that, a private non-surgical orthopedic practice from 10 employees to 50. After retiring as Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2016, she moved upstate with her husband where she now serves as a board director for Franklin Free Library, Franklin Local, Bright Hill Literary Center of the Catskills, and Franklin Community Education Foundation. Her mission is to strengthen the quality of life and economy of Delaware County by developing partnerships among businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about education, arts and culture, and literacy. 

"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. 

– Marianne Williamson

Corn Field by Jane Carr.
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To purchase More than a Handful 
please visit
The Green Toad 
198 Main St, Oneonta, NY 13820
or visit their website
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also available at Green Toad

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Board Affiliations

Franklin Free Library


The Franklin Free Library exists as a testimony to the generosity of the many people who have donated their time and money to insure that the people of Franklin have a library that they can call their own. 

The library that graces Main Street today and serves the town’s residents is first referred to in April, 1877, when an editorial in The Delaware Dairyman suggests, “A circulating library would, we think, be a very valuable addition to our village convenience and would be quite extensively patronized.” Learn more at https://www.franklinfreelibrary.org/.


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Franklin Local, Ltd. is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of residents of the Town of Franklin, NY, and the surrounding areas. We are dedicated to rebuilding the local economy, restoring community solidarity and raising awareness of the economic and social problems that are likely to result from the depletion of fossil fuels, the degradation of our local environment and the steady progression of global climate change. Current projects developed to serve our community include the Franklin Farmers Market and The New Franklin Register. We would like to expand that roster of projects. Join us.


Bright Hill Press

and Literary Center

of the Catskills

Bright Hill's mission is to seek out, study, and collect the work of early and contemporary writers, storytellers, and artists, and to publish, disseminate, and present that work through publications and educational and public programs for the larger community. To learn more about Bright Hill's mission and programs please visit https://brighthillpress.org/.

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Franklin Community Education Foundation.

Franklin Community Education Foundation

Franklin Community Education Foundation is committed to support a wide variety of opportunities for the students of Franklin Central School through fundraising and exploring new experiences for our students. Visit FCEF on Facebook to learn more.

“Lynne is our treasure. Her commitment to the greater good staggers me on a daily basis.”

- Beatrice Georgalidis,

Executive Director

Bright Hill Press

"She joyfully contributed her time, skills, and knowledge to advance our joint projects. her positive attitude and good humor made working with her a delight."

- Angela T. Haddad,Senior Associate Dean for Student Success, Hunter College

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso

Pictured: Portrait of Lynne by Bruce Goddard. To see more of Goddard's work please visit his website.