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About 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.

Little Free Library Board of Directors:

Todd Bol, Co-Founder of Little Free Library

Todd Bol

Co-Founder and Executive Director, 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.

Brian MacKenzie

President/CEO of Blastrac Global, 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.

Kristin Davis

An attorney and test editor 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.

Rick Brooks, Co-Founder of Little Free Library

Rick Brooks

Co-Founder and Chair, 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.

Melissa EystadMelissa Eystad

President of World Spirit Consulting, is a speaker and trainer who specializes in philanthropy and nonprofit support services, volunteer engagement, management and planning. She also served as vice president for member services for the MN Council on Foundations; National Director of Volunteer Development for AFS Intercultural Programs USA, and Chief of Volunteer Services for the MN Dept. of Human Services.


Little Free Library Advisers:

Megan Blake-Horst

Megan Blake-Horst

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

Connie Goldman

Connie Goldman

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.

Marshall Cook

Marshall Cook

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

Kathleen Horning

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

Laura Damon-Moore

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.

Janet Hively

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.

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

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.

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