People of Little Free Library

The Team Behind the Scenes

The Founders of Little Free Library

Todd Bol

Todd Bol

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.

Rick Brooks

Rick Brooks

Co-Founder

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

Brian MacKenzie

Brian MacKenzie

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 Bernstein

Margaret Bernstein

Board Member

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.

Monnie McMahon

Monnie McMahon

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 Cosgrove

Jim Cosgrove

Treasurer

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 Ludt

Matt Ludt

Board Member

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.

Ex-officio Members:

Todd Bol

Melissa Eystad

Anita Merina

Anita Merina

Board Member

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.

Staff

Casey Dawson

Casey Dawson

Operations
Role at Little Free Library: Library designer, builder, and tester; problem-solver extraordinaire; product improver; our resident fixer.
Favorite book: Illusions by Richard Bach.
Best part of working for Little Free Library: The artistic challenge of solving design and construction issues with Libraries and products.
Zach Wegner

Zach Wegner

Operations
Role at Little Free Library: The Christmas Elf of Little Free Library, coordinating and shipping packages to individuals and companies all over the world.
Favorite Book: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Hearing all the stories of how Little Free Libraries have impacted people’s lives every day.
Megan Hanson

Megan Hanson

Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: World map and database guru, digital marketing and social media, website support, customer service, 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.
Shelby King

Shelby King

Administration
Role at Little Free Library: Director of Administration – master coordinator of meetings, calendars and staff activities; provider of support to the executive director and board of directors; voice when you call the LFL office; general front desk merriment-maker
Favorite Book: I’ll bend the rules and pick two: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Best part of working at Little Free Library: The staff!! We are a pretty “little” team accomplishing some very BIG things. I’m lucky to work alongside such dedicated and hilarious people each and every day!
Lavane Hessler

Lavane Hessler

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.

Branden Pedersen

Branden Pedersen

Operations
Role at Little Free Library: Community engagement, working with our builders, developing partnerships, managing Kids,Community, & Cops.
Favorite Book: Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
Best part of working at Little Free Library: The people, the treats (sparkling water, nuts, baked goods), the mission, the books, the variety, and the Library groupies (jk).
Deanna McCoy

Deanna McCoy

Accounting and Operations
Role at Little Free Library: Receiving and shipping orders, managing accounts receivable.
Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Making customers happy by processing and shipping their orders quickly!
Lynnea Chelstrom

Lynnea Chelstrom

Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Little Free Library product mastermind, online catalog manager, website support, PR, social media, photographer, and customer service associate.
Favorite Book: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Working with an amazing and fun-spirited team, and hearing stories about how Little Free Libraries are making an impact in someone’s life or community.
John Pearson

John Pearson

Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Marketing and Communications Director.
Favorite Book: Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Being part of something that’s tiny and huge at the same time.
Tony Bol

Tony Bol

Events/Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Director of Cultural Programming.
Favorite Book: Sacred Cows–And Other Edibles by Nikki Giovanni
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Tony has developed his cultural programming experience through a 25+ year career working in public radio, and he now enjoys bringing that experience to create events like The Little Free Library Festival. Tony, through no fault of his own, is the younger brother of executive director Todd Bol.

 

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. 🙂
Margret Aldrich Photo

Margret Aldrich

Marketing and Communications
Role at Little Free Library: Action Book Club manager, The Little Free Library Book author, media, grants, storytelling.
Favorite Book: Impossible to pick, but 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is on the list.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Getting to hear and share the amazing stories of Little Free Library stewards around the world.
Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

Operations
Role at Little Free Library: Shipping and handling of Libraries and products, aspiring model (jk)
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.

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.

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