People of Little Free Library
Little Free Library Creator Todd H. Bol
Todd H. Bol built the first Little Free Library in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin, launching what would become a global literacy movement.
Together with Rick Brooks of Madison, Wisconsin, he co-founded the Little Free Library nonprofit organization in 2012. Todd served as executive director until October 2018, when he died of complications of pancreatic cancer. Learn more.
Marketing and Communications
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.
Accounting and Operations
Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications
Customer Service and Operations
Role at Little Free Library: To bring my 25+ years of experience to the Little Free Library, connecting our mission to supporters, Little Free Library stewards, and corporate and foundation funders.
Favorite Book: Difficult to choose but The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one I highly recommend.
Best part of working at Little Free Library: Because—it’s Little Free Library! Also, working for an organization that’s growing quickly, and is a global grassroots movement for reading, literacy and building community.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Helen Crary Stassen
Helen enjoyed a 33-year library career, finding particular joy in school libraries. She worked at school libraries in St. Paul, Minnesota, for more than 20 years; served on the board of MetroNet, one of seven state-funded multitype library networks in Minnesota; and was a member of Minnesota Educational Media Organization. Helen and her family became Little Free Library stewards in 2011 and placed their Library at Freedom Park in Prescott, Wisconsin. As early participants in the Little Free Library movement, they care for a Library chartered as number 0260.
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.
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.
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.
Marge is a retired 3M engineer. At 3M she held numerous positions in the laboratory, manufacturing, engineering, and six sigma. Marge brings her spirit of continuous improvement and servant leadership to Little Free Library. She is the proud steward of Little Free Library #23106.