People of Little Free Library
The Team Behind the Scenes
We really consider every single steward who cares for a Little Free Library as part of our team.There is, however, a small group of folks “behind the scenes” who got this concept and organization rolling. We are working hard to support the growth and health of the worldwide network.
The Founders of Little Free Library
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Besides being Co-founder of the Little Free Library movement, Todd also serves as our Executive Director. Todd has had an extremely diverse career – he founded and served as president of Care-Forth, Inc.; was founder/CEO/ President of the Global Scholarship Alliance; was a global countertrade consultant, sales manager in corporate trade for 3M, and a public school teacher. Todd’s particular genius is in envisioning creative new models and approaches for business and community.
As Co-founder, Rick’s energy and expertise in marketing, communications and community development helped create a worldwide awareness for Little Free Libraries. Rick retired from his staff position with Little Free Library in April 2014, but continues to incorporate promotion of the Little Free Library mission wherever his travels take him. Rick served two decades an outreach program manager in Continuing Studies at the UW-Madison before retiring from his position 2013, and prior to that has either founded or served as executive with numerous local and international organizations.
Board of Directors
Chair of Little Free Library
Brian is the President of Blastrac Global headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Blastrac Global is the world’s leading manufacturer of branded equipment used in portable surface preparation of steel and concrete. Brian is a founding board member of Little Free Library.
Margaret is the Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland, OH. She worked as a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper, from 1989 to 2013. A recipient of many journalism honors, Margaret won the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ first-place award for minority issues reporting in 2011 and 2012, for co-writing a series of profiles about the 11 Imperial Avenue victims and their families. Margaret first became involved with Little Free Library in 2013 as a key leader for a Little Free Library initiative throughout Cleveland. Margaret is an award-winning volunteer as well as a noted author of several books focused on the impact of fathering.
Secretary of the Board
Monnie is a senior technology professional focusing on clarifying complex ideas and bringing them to fruition. Her specialty is banking currently working for Wells Fargo where she started in 2006. Prior to this she was Director, Corporate Services for ReliaStar Life.
Jim is an expert in financial matters, particularly forensic accounting. He has extensive experience in the industry having been employed by APEX Analytix for the past 20 years.
Matt is an attorney in the Minneapolis/St Paul and Western Wisconsin areas focusing on divorce and family law. Matt has been employed by Atticus Family Law since 2012 and has been involved with the River Market Community Co-op as Vice President and President on the Board of Directors since 2009. Previous to this Matt held various positions in the law field.
Anita Merina recently retired from the National Education Association after 28 years as a Senior Communications Specialist. She was the last of the original team that created NEA’s award-winning children’s literacy initiative NEA’s Read Across America 20 years ago and served as its national coordinator. During her tenure, Anita created NEA’s Books Across America program, providing grants to under-resourced school libraries, established partnerships with Major League Soccer, Youth Service America, First Book, the Heart of America Foundation and We Need Diverse Books, and Little Free Library. She raised close to $1 million in grants and book donations through partnerships with major motion picture studios and publishers, engaged entertainment celebrities, authors, and professional athletes in literacy advocacy and expanded the program’s outreach to diverse communities. She was a feature writer for NEA Today and contributing writer for Books Kids will Talk About and is working on her own children’s books. She is thrilled to continue her literacy advocacy as a member of the LFL National Board.
Casey is our all-around handyperson in the studio, responsible for prepping signs for shipment, fixing up donated libraries for their new forever homes, and getting them ready for shipment. She’s honed her building and creative skills in several businesses in the Hudson, WI area over nearly 20 years.
Zach joined the team at Little Free Library in November 2015. He helps ensure that daily operations run smoothly and that orders are fulfilled efficiently. His background and interests include teaching English as a foreign language, Peace Corps Volunteer service in Samoa 2012-2014, long distance running, baking, and creating art.
Marketing and Communications
Megan joined Little Free Library in 2012 and has since helped the organization with many of the critical tasks that face a growing nonprofit, including customer service, product development and promotion, social media, website management and technology support.
Every office needs the super organizer and doer and Shelby is that and more! She left the field of Higher Education to join Little Free Library in February 2015. Shelby works closely with Executive Director, Todd Bol, to manage speaking requests, prepare presentation materials, and coordinate meeting logistics. Shelby also serves as one half of our Human Resources department, provides support to our Board of Directors, and helps to manage the donation process.
Finance and Accounting
Lavane 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.
Native Iowan. Community Organizer. Former stay-at-home Dad. Book lover. Branden joined Little Free Library and helps keep customers happy and processes flowing!
Deanna joined the Little Free Library team first as a volunteer in April 2014 and then as a part-time staff member in July 2014. Deanna provides essential support collating steward’s packets and helping with product fulfillment.
Marketing and Communications
Lynnea joined Little Free Library in the summer of 2015 as an intern, we quickly realized what a bright woman she was and wanted to utilize her skills further. Lynnea joined our staff in late 2015. She has her foot in many places at Little Free Library, helping with marketing, promotional development and materials, photography, product development, and writing. Lynnea’s background includes experience in marketing communications, design, environmental communications, and customer service.
Marketing and Communications Manager
John has worked for more than 30 years in non-profit organizations with experience at both a small, rural cottage industry business and a major public broadcasting entity. Joining Little Free Library in late 2015, he works on getting the right message to the right people in the right channel. John comes from a design background and is a printmaker, but since the 90s his career has been in digital media.
Tony is committed is to cultural programming, with a career spanning various institutions and independent projects. In 1990, Tony started at Minnesota Public Radio serving in the roles of Director of Public Relations and Director of Government Relations before he founded and led the Performance Programs Department for 17 years. In his tenure at MPR, Tony initiated and developed many public programs for the Fitzgerald Theater and other venues throughout the state. He drove the creation of the literary program Talking Volumes, the humor show Wits, commissioned many concerts for MPR’s indie-rock service, The Current, and initiated an international travel and tours program called Public Radio Custom Travel. Today, Tony’s portfolio includes producing and directing shows on the road for National Public Radio and coordinating special events and campaigns for Little Free Library.
Customer Service and Operations Associate
Kim is the Customer Service and Operations Associate for Little Free Library. She joined the organization in April 2016 and brings many years of experience in customer service and technical support. She enjoys reading, quilting, and spending time with family and friends.
Media Relations and Program Manager
Margret Aldrich is the author of The Little Free Library Book (Coffee House Press, 2015). She has published her work with The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and others, and she is a regular contributor to Book Riot. A former editor at Utne Reader and longtime book editor, Margret officially joined Little Free Library in 2016 as the media relations and program manager. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two entertaining young boys, and a Little Free Library.
Key Advisers and Business Partners:
Chris McGoff - Read Bio
Founder of The Clearing House since 2009 and author of the book “The Primes: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem”. Chris has 30 years of experience helping governments and organizations to engender new, transformative possibilities for a better world. Through his work and research, he developed a comprehensive approach, called the PRIMES, geared towards helping organizations drive to consensus and solve wicked problems, those involving the highest levels of stakeholder and technological complexity. Chris is happy to offer his advice and counsel to Little Free Library. Chris is located in Washington DC.
David Finkel - Read Bio
David is our “LA Hollywood” connection. David is a television producer, actor and screenwriter who has worked on many successful television shows. Currently he is the producer for Fox Television’s New Girl. He has also worked on shows including 30 Rock, Joey, The Norm Show, Pinky and the Brain, Duckman, Animaniacs, and What They Play. David is a steward of a Little Free Library in Los Angeles and assists Little Free Library in strategic thinking and marketing. David is located in Los Angeles, California.
Eric Miller- Read Bio
Since 2007, Eric Miller is the President and Founder of Zepheira which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage information across boundaries of person, group and enterprise. Previously Eric was a research scientist at MIT for 8 years and the Semantic Web Activity Lead for W3C. Eric has done extensive work for the Library of Congress and advises Little Free Library on technology and library interconnectivity opportunities. Eric is located in Columbus, Ohio.
Pete Bosworth - Read Bio
Since 2007 Pete is the owner and operator of Imprint This, Inc. in Hudson Wisconsin. Imprint This specializes in laser engraving, sublimation, silk screening and pad printing, and assembly and packaging. Without the help of Pete, Little Free Library wouldn’t be what it is today—he provided, free of charge, the first 4,000 laser engraved signs for our stewards. He continues to provide these services today to Little Free Library and is also a trusted adviser.
David Laufer - Read Bio
Since 1995, David is the Managing Partner at BrandBook LLC, a leading company in the branding/marketing industry. David is devoted to advancing commerce and culture through innovative design and visual communications. Over his career he has earned more than fifty awards and five US patents. He was a founding trustee for AIGA Atlanta where he remains active on the board after 30 years of service. David is proud to list Little Free Library as an active participant and advisor. David is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
We couldn’t have Little Free Libraries without the builders! While we work with numerous professional builders, many Little Free Libraries are built by the stewards themselves! We appreciate every builder and look forward to meeting many more!
Guides and Advisors:
We also want to acknowledge and thank many other friends who gave us invaluable support and guidance that made it possible to make Little Free Library grow and thrive. They include:
Meghan Blake-Horst • Marshall Cook • Laura Damon-Moore
Connie Goldman • Janet Hively • Kathleen Hornung
Michael McGuire • Alfonso Morales • Dipesh Navsaria, M.D.