People of Little Free Library

Co-Founders

The originators of this social enterprise are Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, both of whom have several decades of entrepreneurial and international experience. They first met in 2009 while exploring the benefits of green practices in small businesses, discovering that they shared a commitment to service and the quality of community life around the world. Click on each position of the individual to read their bios.

Board of Directors:

Todd Bol - Co-Founder and Executive Director
Todd Bol

Rick Brooks - Co-Founder and Chair
Rick Brooks

 Melissa Eystad - Director of Organizational Development
Melissa Eystad

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Todd is founder and president of Care-Forth, Inc.; was founder/CEO/ President of the Global Scholarship Alliance; former global countertrade consultant, sales manager in corporate trade for 3M, and public school teacher.

Co-Founder and Program Consultant

Co-Founder and Chair, he has served two decades an outreach program manager in Continuing Studies at the UW-Madison. He was founder of the Center for Social Marketing and VP of the Gauge Corporation (marketing) in Wilmington, DE; has served with the Hospital Ship HOPE and as an executive with local and international nonprofits, and in publishing.

Director of Organizational Development

Melissa is the Director of Organizational Development (which means she has been busy trying to set up a strong nonprofit that has the resources to support this phenomenal movement!). She has extensive experience in non-profit management, volunteer development and philanthropy, and when she is not busy with Little Free Library, she also serves as the founder and president of World Spirit Consulting.

Brian MacKenzie - Chair of Little Free LibraryBrian MacKenzie

Kristin Davis - Secretary of the Board
Kristin Davis

Chair of Little Free Library

The world’s leading manufacturer of branded equipment used in portable surface preparation of steel and concrete. He also served as President and CEO, Builder Marts of America (BMA); Vice-President of Merchandising, Coast-to-Coast franchiser and distributor of hardware products; and more than a decade of service in the lumber and buildings materials industry.

Secretary of the Board

with the National Conference of Bar Examiners with more than a decade of service at the University of Wisconsin and Harvard Law School’s offices of career services. She is also among the first Little Free Library stewards in Madison, WI..


Staff:

Megan Hanson- Library Development Specialist
Megan Hanson

Jim Mercier - Accounting and Information Systems Manager
Jim Mercier

Elizabeth Kennedy - Art Director
Elizabeth Kennedy

Library Development Specialist

Megan manages communication with Library stewards and friends, customers and organizations interested in becoming involved in this international movement.

Accounting and Information Systems Manager

Jim handles Little Free Library bookkeeping and financial reporting, payment and databases.

Art Director

Elizabeth uses her extensive background in visual and graphic arts to create  custom painted libraries for individuals and LFL programs. She also designs promotional materials and oversees the creation and shipment of the charter signs, welcome packets, support signs and products.

Brit Springer - Creative Multimedia Director
Brit Springer

Stefanie Wolf - Web Designer
Stefanie Wolf

Creative Multimedia Director

Brit helps with web design, print publications and other design related media for Little Free Library.

Web Designer

Stephanie helps with web coding media for Little Free Library.

 

Advice and Counsel:

Megan Blake-Horst
Megan Blake-Horst

Laura Damon-Moore
Laura Damon-Moore

Connie Goldman
Connie Goldman

Bio

Is manager of Absolutely Art, a locally-owned gallery that supports community artists in Madison, WI.

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Co-founder of the Library as Incubator Project, youth librarian at the Edgerton, WI public library and a member of the American Library Association’s Libraries of the 21st Century Committee.

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Author of Who Am I…Now That I’m Not Who I Was? And The Ageless Spirit and four other books, was one of the first hosts of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Janet Hively
Janet Hively

Marshall Cook
Marshall Cook

Dipesh Navsaria, M.D.
Dipesh Navsaria, M.D.

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a Purpose Prize Fellow, is founder of the Vital Aging Network and co-founder of the MN Creative Arts and Aging Network and SHIFT, a network empowering midlife transitions to find meaning and purpose in life and work.

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Author of more than 40 books, is a writing instructor in Continuing Studies for UW-Madison who teaches with the Odyssey Project.

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A specialist in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, is medical director of WI Reach Out and Read, board member of the Literacy Network of Dane County.

Kathleen Horning
Kathleen Horning

Alfonso Morales
Alfonso Morales

Michael McGuire
Michael McGuire

Bio

is director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at the UW-Madison, an internationally known resource for librarians, teachers, parents and readers.

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