People of Little Free Library

Staff

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Margret Aldrich

Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Action Book Club director, The Little Free Library Book author, media, publisher 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.
Megan Hanson

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 super cool Library designs from around the world and hear the stories behind each one.
Kim Harstad

Kim Harstad

Customer Service and Operations
Role at Little Free Library: Friendly and quick customer service and operations support.
Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Every day I get to talk with customers from all over the world! I enjoy trying to find a connection with each person, and trying to make the phone call or email more like two old friends catching up. 🙂
Lavane Hessler

Lavane Hessler

Finance and Accounting

Role at Little Free Library: Manages the accounting, purchasing, finance and administrative functions for Little Free Library. She joined the organization in August 2015 and brings over 30 years of experience in accounting, business management, grant writing, grants management and customer service.
Favorite book: Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Shelby King

Shelby King

Programs
Role at Little Free Library: I coordinate our Impact Library Program, serve as a project manager for events and special initiatives, provide support to stewards, and facilitate the occasional team-building activity.
Favorite Book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Best part of working at Little Free Library: The opportunity to flex my creative muscles each and every day. Whether it’s figuring out how to grow a program, maximize the impact of an event, or replace a light bulb in our conference room, there’s always something to work through.
Deanna McCoy

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.  
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Lexie Neeley

Administration
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.
 
Dan Sheridan

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.

Board of Directors

Anita Merina

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.
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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.

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Margaret Bernstein

Board Member

Margaret is the Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland, OH. Margaret was a newspaper columnist when she spied her very first Little Free Library in 2012 and within a year she had devoted herself to planting Little Free Libraries in low-income neighborhoods across Cleveland. Leveraging her position at WKYC, she has designed several successful community initiatives that harness the power of social media, giveaways and especially TV coverage to promote literacy. In 2016, her #WeReadHere community campaign was recognized with an Emmy award and other honors. Margaret believes firmly in the power of families reading together and is a noted author of several books focused on the impact of fathering. She is very proud of her latest literacy project—establishing the nation’s first “Little Free Library Neighborhood” in Cleveland’s Slavic Village area, with support from Third Federal bank and WKYC.

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Kenneth Braswell

Board Member

Kenneth’s passion is “speaking to the heart of men” to be better dads. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he currently resides in Atlanta. With more than 25 years of community development experience, Braswell is the Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated, a nonprofit organization that serves as a leader in the promotion of responsible fatherhood. Additionally, Braswell serves as the Director of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a proud father of five beautiful children with his wife, Tracy.

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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. 

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Elise Chambers

Board Member
Elise M. Chambers is the Program Director of the Conflict Resolution Center, an attorney, a Qualified Neutral under Minn. Rule 114 and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Law. Elise is also a trained facilitator for dispute resolution and constructive problem solving processes, using dialogue methods such as Nonviolent Communication and the Art of Hosting practices of Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Pro-Action Café and World Café. Elise designs and implements trainings and facilitations for nonprofit organizations, coalitions, government offices and businesses, provides regular workshops at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on conflict resolution topics and is the co-author of published research regarding youth brain development and the impacts and implications of adolescent mental illness in the juvenile justice system.
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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.

Jeremy-Hillman

Jeremy Hillman

Board Member

Jeremy works at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. He helps to shape the organization’s media, digital strategies and employee engagement in support of the Bank’s mission to end extreme poverty. Jeremy previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Director of External Communications and before that at the British Broadcasting Corporation in a number of senior roles.

Jeremy has led an itinerant life being based in some great cities, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, London, New York and Seattle. As a journalist he covered many of the defining news stories of the last two decades. In addition to his work at the World Bank, he is Chair of the Inspired Leadership Award and a board member of Little Free Library. He holds a diploma in Broadcast Journalism, a law degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Henley Business School.

More importantly he has a wife called Zoe is who Associate Head of a Lower School, a son, a daughter, a cat, two dogs, two chickens, an indeterminate number of fish and lives in Bethesda, Maryland from where he cycles to work and does some amateur wood-working.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bradley Walz

Board Member

Bradley Walz is a shareholder in Winthrop & Weinstine’s intellectual property group.  He primarily represents companies on a broad range of complex and strategic legal and business matters relating to branding and advertising, cloud computing, software development and distribution, and data security and privacy. He is experienced in all aspects of trademark and copyright law, including trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and with trademark, unfair competition, copyright, and cybersquatting litigation in federal district court. Prior to joining Winthrop & Weinstine, Mr. Walz interned with the Honorable Richard H. Kyle, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

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.

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