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.
Kim Harstad

Melissa Davies

Development

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.

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.
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

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.

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!
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!
Deanna McCoy

M. Greig Metzger

Executive Director

Greig Metzger is the executive director of Little Free Library, the global nonprofit dedicated to expanding book access by fostering book exchanges at the community level. As a senior executive, Greig has directed nonprofits, as well as for-profit organizations, in both consumer and B-to-B spaces. In his career, Greig has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, venture-backed startups, and organizational relaunches. His most recent role was as executive director of CCEFS, a greater Twin Cities emergency food shelf serving more than 60,000 individuals annually. Greig is a Princeton University graduate, with an AB in economics and has an MBA from New York University in finance.

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Lexie Neeley

Administration
Lexie is a UW-Stevens Point alumna who is passionate about books, community building, and dogs. In addition to her work at Little Free Library, she serves as Development Coordinator and Research Coordinator for Cornerstone Press. 
 
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).
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.
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.

Board of Directors

Monnie McMahon

Monnie McMahon

Board Chair

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Helen Stassen

Helen Crary Stassen

Board Member

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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