Board & Staff

Staff

Margret Aldrich

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.

Sen Cunningham

Programs

Sharon Gifford

Development

Role at Little Free Library: Develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners to further our mission to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all.
Favorite book: Impossible to choose just one. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: Being inspired every day by the stories of how we are making an impact, sharing my love of reading, and expanding book access for everyone.

Heather Grab

Customer Service

Role at Little Free Library: Customer service specialist.
Favorite book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: Hearing the inspiration behind the libraries and witnessing how books can unite people.

Megan Hanson

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.

Sam Hickman

Operations

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!

Sarah Howd

Administration

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 Worldby 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.

Shelby King

Programs

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. 

Valarie Kingsland

Programs

Role at Little Free Library: Program Manager supporting our mission to be a catalyst for inspiring readers and expanding book access for all through our Impact Library Program and developing the Native Library Initiative into a program.

Favorite Book: Impossible to pick just one, but Tales of Ticasuk by Emily Ivanoff Brown is special to me because she was both the first writer and the first Indigenous author I ever met, which left me in awe as a child.

Best part of working at Little Free Library: Promoting literacy and access to all every day on an immense scale, being a part of an amazing team and working with our partners to make it happen.

Susie Major

Finance

M. Greig Metzger

Executive Director

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.  

Lexie Neeley

Programs

Role at Little Free Library: Supporting the many moving parts of the organization, cracking jokes, and assisting in making connections with other awesome orgs.

Favorite Book: A cruel question for a staff of book people. Currently: Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut.

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.

Sarah Nelson

Marketing and Communications

Role at Little Free Library: Content Coordinator

Favorite Book: Impossible to choose! Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is probably one of the most formative books I’ve read, and it holds a special place in my heart.

Best part of working for Little Free Library: I love being among fellow book lovers as part of an organization whose mission is to expand book access and build community.

Dan Sheridan

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.

Scot Wirth

Operations

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!

Board

Anita Merina

Board Chair

Anita Merina joined the Little Free Library board after retiring from the National Education Association where she coordinated NEA’s Read Across America program. During her tenure, Anita helped create NEA’s Books Across America school library grants and partnerships with Youth Service America, First Book, Heart of America Foundation, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Library of Congress, and We Need Diverse Books. Through her role, she also gained valuable experience in fundraising, celebrity and influencer outreach, community organizing, and strategic partnerships. Outside of literacy, she is a full-time glass artist and enjoys tennis and gardening.

Jake Adams

Board Member

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.

Deborah Castillero

Board Member

Deborah is a multicultural executive focused on social impact and empowering society through technology, blockchain, education, and wellness. As a recognized leader known for devising new business growth strategies to reach the ever-growing Hispanic market, Deborah brings forth 20+ years of multicultural expertise, business acumen, standout marketing strategies, savvy public relations, and social entrepreneurship. She is CEO and Founder of Bilingual Children’s Enterprises, a mobile language-learning platform to help early learners master key preschool skills in two languages. As a Latina founder, Deborah launched her company to help close the achievement gap for the fastest growing demographic in the US. 

Dr. Anthony Chow

Board Member

Dr. Anthony Chow is a full professor and the Director of the School of Information at San Jose 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.

Marisa Creary

Board Member

Marisa Creary is the Director of Partnerships at the Heart of America Foundation (HOA) where she strives to connect underserved communities with the resources necessary to thrive and grow. She has over a decade of experience in philanthropic initiatives in both the nonprofit and federal sectors. Prior to HOA, she worked for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) disaster relief program initiative, supporting corps member selection, recruitment, and retention policies. She has also worked with HistoryMiami, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, as an Educator, engaging Title One partner schools in curriculum-based activities around South Florida’s rich history. Marisa’s passion for service and belief in the power of community was first ignited in AmeriCorps, where she led a group of her peers, for a period of 12 months, in disaster relief and recovery efforts in the Gulf following Hurricane Katrina. She received a B.S in Sociology from Florida State University. Marisa currently resides in New Orleans and is an avid reader, bike rider, and lukewarm Barre enthusiast.

Michelle Hudgins

Board Member

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.

Dr. Kenneth Kunz

Board Member

Dr. Ken Kunz is an Assistant Professor of Literacy/Language Arts at Monmouth University. He holds a master’s degree in
Reading Specialization and a doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Rutgers University. He received his bachelor’s
degree in Elementary Education/English from Kean University. Dr. Kunz was recognized through the New Jersey
Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program and Edward Fry Endowed Fellowship in Literacy at Rutgers. Dr. Kunz also
serves on the board of directors for the International Literacy Association and is president of the NJ Literacy Association.
He has presented professional development on literacy instruction at both state and national conferences and is a
literacy author and researcher. He has served in the roles of elementary teacher, reading coach/specialist,
school/district administrator, and teacher educator.

Hannah Moore

Board Member

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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.

Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Board Member

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

Board Member

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 currently teaches Reading in South Washington County Schools in Cottage Grove, MN. 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

Board Member

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

Board Member

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

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.

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