Mantel is originally from Western Pennsylvania but had the good fortune to attend college at the University of Florida where he earned the degree Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.
He later earned the degree Master of Commercial Science from Rollins College. His early career was involved with the Space Race where he worked on hardware for both the Gemini and the Apollo program and saw the liftoff of the first moonshot. He later worked as an engineer in several other industries.
He has lived in Clermont County since 1973 and recently retired as Director of Facilities Management for Clermont County government.
He also served on the Clermont County Planning Commission for 15 years, completed the Senior Level program of Clermont 20/20 and is currently a member of T.A.L.K. Toastmasters Club.
“When I heard of the opening on the Library Board, I thought it would be a good fit for me,” said Mr. Mantel. “I have always been a bookworm and feel the privilege of a great library system should be available to all. I hope to use my interest and experience to carry that tradition forward.”
Tom and his wife Joanne have been married almost 45 years and have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.