Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Director of Communications and Media Relations, The Little Free Library Book author, publisher and promotional partnerships, storytelling.
Favorite Book: Impossible to pick, but Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli is a book everyone should read.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Getting to hear and share the amazing stories of Little Free Library stewards around the world.
Role at Little Free Library: Customer Service
Favorite book: I have so many favorites I can’t choose just one, but I love a good thriller!
Best part of working for Little Free Library: I’ve been obsessed with books since I can remember. Working for an organization whose mission is to make books accessible to everyone feels good.
Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Salesforce administrator, digital marketing manager, website support, and technology project manager.
Favorite book: I can’t possibly choose! If forced, I would say Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: Getting to see cool library designs from around the world and hear the stories behind each one.
Role at Little Free Library: I coordinate shipping and fulfillment, handle operations tasks, and offer administrative support around the office.
Favorite book: The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: I love being part of an organization that works to make a positive and tangible difference in our communities. Books and libraries have always been a huge part of my life so I am enthusiastic about sharing my love for reading with others!
Role at Little Free Library: I support the day-to-day activities at LFL including greeting visitors, answering inquiries about the organization, thanking donors, and helping out wherever else is needed.
Favorite Book: 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Working with caring, passionate, and creative people to inspire readers and expand access to books.
Role at Little Free Library: Facebook Administrator
Favorite Book: Many! But one I always go back to is Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. It’s one of the most perspective shifting books I’ve read, and the one I’m most likely to tell anyone, “Hey, you should read this!”
Best part of working at Little Free Library: I firmly believe storytelling is one of the best tools out there for building empathy, so knowing I have a part in getting more stories in front of more people is very meaningful work.
Chief Financial Officer
Role at Little Free Library: Managing financial reporting and financial controls to ensure the Board, leadership and staff can obtain the data needed to make strong business decisions.
Favorite Book: Anything suspenseful that keeps my attention. James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Lee Child.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Supporting a mission that is crucial in fostering lifelong learning and eliminating barriers for all ages and backgrounds.
Role at Little Free Library: As Director of Programs I oversee all Little Free Library programs but have been spending a good deal of my time expanding our Read in Color initiative since its launch in October 2020. I am a keeper of spreadsheets, deadlines, and a long list of team-building activities.
Favorite Book: Black Widow by Leslie Gray Streeter. I laughed, I learned, I wept. What more could you want from a book?!
Best part of working at Little Free Library: I am fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented book-loving, community-focused people. To say that I treasure the LFL team is an understatement. More recently I have had the privilege of collaborating with some amazing organizations across the country who are tirelessly working to address opportunity gaps in many areas including literacy and book access. It is an honor to partner with them and to help amplify the good they are doing.
Role at Little Free Library: Steward Services Coordinator
Favorite Book: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Best part of working at Little Free Library: I’m excited to be a part of a team that helps support literacy and community building around books!
M. Greig Metzger
Role at Little Free Library: Ensures staff have the resources to succeed in our literacy mission.
Favorite Book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Providing book access to families, communities and neighborhoods that have none.
Role at Little Free Library: Program Manager for Indigenous & Impact Library Programs
Favorite Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Creating partnerships and opportunities for richer book access in communities and on reservations where books can be scarce. Providing more equitable access to books is powerful and inspiring work. Access to books can be life changing!
Role at Little Free Library: Program Manager – Read in Color
Favorite Book: Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Between the stewards, the readers, and the staff, the passion for our mission is incredible. There’s nothing better than going to work every day knowing we’re working to spread love, empathy, diversity, and inclusivity through books on such a huge scale.
Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Managing social media, writing e-newsletters, and supporting other content creation.
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Best part of working for Little Free Library: I love being among fellow book lovers as part of an organization that is working to expand book access.
Role at Little Free Library: Accounting Specialist
Favorite Book: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Best part of working for Little Free Library: Helping support LFL’s mission
Role at Little Free Library: Assistant Shipping Clerk
Favorite Book: The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Best part of working at Little Free Library: My efforts support both literacy and community.
Role at Little Free Library: Senior Director of Advancement
Favorite Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Reading it in 12th grade completely changed my view of what literature could be and how it could make me feel. I’ve reread it multiple times and find something new to love about it each time.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: I deeply wish for everyone, especially children, to have easy access to as many books as possible. Being a part of a team trying to make that happen is an incredible honor.
Operations and Marketing
Role at Little Free Library: Managing retail product sales efforts and helping with community events.
Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Best part of working for Little Free Library: Seeing a Little Free Library and knowing that the organization and the people I work with helped make that happen.
Brianna Stapleton Welch
Role at Little Free Library: Community Engagement Manager
Favorite Book: The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty. Food writing is my favorite genre, probably because reading and cooking are my passions. Twitty writes beautifully about how food and identity are deeply intertwined.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: I believe in the power of community and the power of reading. I love the way that Little Free Libraries bring neighborhoods together through literacy and book access.
Role at Little Free Library: I oversee customer service and fulfillment operations; manage facility and service providers; and provide support wherever I am needed!
Favorite Book: Killing Custer by James Welch
Best part of working for Little Free Library: I am humbled that I get to work with all of these amazing people, and honored to be part of this incredible organization attempting to change the world, one little library at a time!
Jake Adams is the Chief Development Officer at Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, Arizona. At Southwest Human Development, Jake and his team have placed more than 150 Little Free Libraries in disadvantaged Arizona neighborhoods. His meandering career includes business, politics and most recently nonprofit work. Jake enjoys fishing, woodworking and spending time with his sons and his wife Cassie. Jake’s Library was painted by Arizona artist Kate Timmerman.
Heather M. Butts received her B.A. from Princeton University. She was a history major, concentrating in American and African-American Studies. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, her Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and her Master’s in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Professor Butts is the co-founder or H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths, Inc. a nonprofit organization which focuses on college readiness and preparation. Her organization partners with 91 programs each year to help more than 7,000 students achieve their dreams.
Dr. Anthony Chow
Dr. Anthony Chow is a full professor and the Director of the School of Information at San José State University and has worked in the LIS field for 22 years. Anthony holds his doctorate in instructional design and technology and master’s in educational psychology from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University. He is also the founder and project director of Reading Nation Waterfall, a three year, $1.4 million federal grant working with tribal communities in addressing early children’s literacy. Dr. Chow is also a consultant that conducts community assessments and develops strategic plans for libraries and organizations across the country. His areas of expertise include instructional design, systems thinking. human cognition and development, libraries and information science, strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, analytics and informatics, and technology integration. He is a lifelong lover of both libraries and reading (all formats) and has three children with his wife Theresa.
Michelle Hudgins is an accredited communications strategist, with nearly 30 years of marketing, branding, and PR experience. She began her career working in broadcast news before transitioning her professional practice to advertising and PR. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President of Communications & Marketing for NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities. She has also worked for several notable organizations, including The American Red Cross and The National Education Association. As a senior strategist at the National Education Association, she consulted with and trained senior leaders and affiliates, served as a national spokesperson, and coordinated the implementation of several national community outreach initiatives.
Ms. Hudgins holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from her beloved Hampton University, a Master of Science in Communications with an emphasis on Advertising and Strategy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Arts in Film from American University. She is also recognized by the Public Relations Society of America as an Accredited Public Relations (APR) practitioner and a personal and executive coach certified through the CaPP Institute. Ms. Hudgins has served as a national spokesperson and commentator on several national news outlets, including TV One’s News Now with Roland Martin.
Her passions are travel, film, cuisine, and culture. She is an active and proud alum of Hampton University, serving as president of the Northern Virginia Chapter (2020 Chapter of the Year), and 2nd Vice President and President-elect for the Middle Atlantic Region of The National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc. Through her company, Global Difference Makers Institute, she coaches non-profit leaders, churches and community groups on media mastery, branding, message development and other skills necessary to impact systemic change in their work.
Shauntina Lilly is a performance-driven communications and diversity equity & inclusion leader with proven experience in developing strategies and programming to effectively propel objectives forward. Lilly currently serves as the manager of public relations and diversity & inclusion at JOANN Stores, a specialty craft retailer headquartered in Hudson, OH.
Lilly utilizes her expansive 13-year background in public relations to combat crisis matters, manage brand perception, and partner with influential media and content creators to garner awareness for key launches and initiatives. Additionally, Lilly has led the company’s diversity and inclusion focus from inception, and continues to successfully foster a culture of belonging and representation across a myriad of facets.
Reading literacy and book access is a deeply-rooted passion for Lilly, and ensuring people of all ages and backgrounds can thrive through books is paramount.
Hannah Moore is a life-long New Yorker, dedicated to building local community and improving the lives of our neighbors. She is the Chief Development Officer at The Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services – a mental health and social service agency reaching over 45,000 children, adults, and families each year.
Hannah is a serial book clubber, a passionate believer in the power of volunteerism, a social worker, and a mom.
Malcolm Persen is currently the President of Resolute Performance Contracting, a general contractor focused in solar energy construction that he founded in 2011. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President at Ironco Enterprises, a renewable energy contracting organization. From 2004 through 2008, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for Radyne Corporation, a NASDAQ-traded manufacturer and distributor of satellite and telecommunications equipment. Earlier, Malcolm was employed as Group Financial Officer for Avnet, Inc., a global distributor of electronic components and computer systems. Other experience included assignments with consultancies Arthur D. Little and Mercer Management Consulting. In addition, he has lectured in finance at the Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Boston College and the University of Massachusetts. Malcolm currently serves on the Board of Nephros, Inc, a company that develops and sells high performance water purification and pathogen detection systems. He holds a BA in Political Economics from The Colorado College, and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Anum Pervaiz is Real Estate Counsel at the Van Metre Companies, a real estate development company based in Northern Virginia. In her role, she advises leadership in the areas of risk management, compliance, and real estate transactions. She also serves as President of the Van Metre Diversity & Inclusion Council. The Van Metre Diversity and Inclusion Council seeks to facilitate Van Metre’s ongoing and continuing efforts to foster a culture and atmosphere that promotes diversity and inclusion and that honors the fundamental values of equality, dignity, and fairness. In her role as President of the Van Metre Diversity and Inclusion Council, she works to promote diversity at the company by recommending strategic initiatives to recruit, support, retain and advance talent from diverse backgrounds, assist leadership in the implementation of strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, and to support diversity and inclusion in the DMV community and in the local construction industry.
Noel Sackett is an International Accounting Manager at The Sherwin-Williams Company and brings 25+ years of experience working in business and finance, much of it focused on operations and international financials and systems. In addition, she has been an active volunteer over the years with various organizations, such as Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity and A Brush With Kindness and Boy Scouts of America where she was the Fundraising Chair for her sons’ local Troop for 8+ years. She received her BSB in Accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Noel is located in Hudson, WI and enjoys traveling for both work and personal, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jen Thorson is a St. Paul-based nonprofit executive with more than 25 years of experience leading mission-driven organizations. Her most recent role was Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the nation. Before joining Girl Scouts, she worked in higher education in the fields of marketing, communications, and enrollment management. Her first career was as a journalist, serving as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Jen is an active volunteer, advocate, and public speaker. In addition to Little Free Library, she serves on the boards of Leaders of Today and Tomorrow and the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement and is a City of St. Paul Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissioner. A heart attack survivor, she also is a frequent presenter about women’s heart health and is a former national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and board member for the American Heart Association-Minnesota.
Jen earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University and a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies from Hamline University. She also holds certificates in HR and Talent Management (Michigan State), Fundraising Leadership (Indiana University), and Excellence in Business (Carlson School of Management).
Jen and her husband have two nearly adult sons.
Dr. Artika R. Tyner
Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Dr. Tyner serves as the founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom. Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University and pursued graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. She began her journey with law school since she recognized that the law is a language of power and therefore she sought to become well versed in the law. Subsequently, Tyner earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership and a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice. Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa.
Sabrina West Morris
Sabrina has spent her thirty-year career educating our youngest learners as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and an Interventionist. Her classroom career began in Atlanta Public Schools. She spent three years teaching preschoolers in Ann Arbor Public Schools’ Michigan School Readiness Program. She previously taught Reading in South Washington County Schools in Cottage Grove, MN. She currently serves as a District Reading Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools working in partnership with The Rollins Center (Atlanta Speech School). She leads professional development in the Science of Reading and Explicit and Systematic Instruction. She spends her summers as an Adjunct Professor teaching Reading Development to preservice teachers at the University of St. Thomas.
Sabrina holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Morris Brown College and Brenau University, both in Early Childhood Education. She holds a second master’s degree in Reading from Hamline University. Outside of her professional life, she is the mother of a beautiful son and daughter. She is also an avid yogi and is an associate member of the local Jack and Jill of America, Inc. chapter. Sabrina is a passionate reader.
Nancy Wulkan is Founder and Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Chicago, Illinois. The Project focuses on expanding access to books and building positive working connections between neighborhoods to share literacy resources and promote reading in the city’s most underserved communities. You’ll often find Nancy exploring the city to meet future library stewards, build or install new Little Libraries, or restock some of the more than 160+ library boxes the Project has donated since it’s inception in 2019. Her grassroots work across Chicago has helped shape her drive to provide books and literacy resources with a diversity of themes and characters to reflect the rich cultural spectrum of the city. Nancy holds a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, is a retired CPA, and lived abroad for twelve years in London, England and Singapore. Nancy is married with two adult children and is the Steward of three Little Libraries in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
Margaret A. Wood
Margaret is a fiber artist working in quilts and clothing design. She is proud of her Navajo and Oklahoma Seminole Indian heritage and that is reflected in her artwork. She is a published author. Her quilts and clothing have been featured nationally and internationally in museums. Her degrees are in Elementary Education and Library Science. While working as a producing artist, she has been an active volunteer since the early 1980’s. She has volunteered in the American Indian arts field, education, and fundraising for the Phoenix area American Indian community.
Todd H. Bol
In 2009, Todd H. Bol built the first Little Free Library book exchange, launching a worldwide book-sharing movement. He co-founded the Little Free Library nonprofit and served as executive director until 2018, when he died from complications of pancreatic cancer. Learn more.
Rick Brooks heard about Todd’s first book exchange while at a conference discussing social enterprises. He went on to co-found the Little Free Library nonprofit and retired from the organization in 2014.