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Friends of the Hennepin County Library is governed by the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the management, overall strategic direction, and financial stewardship of the organization. Board members actively serve on at least one standing committee, which currently include the executive, development, finance, and public awareness committees. Board members serve three year terms, and may serve a maximum of two terms. Up to three Directors are selected to the Board, who hold current positions representing local Friends organizations.

“In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

President: GREG WEYANDT, Attorney of Counsel, Briol & Associates

Vice President: MARY PAT LADNER, Vice President Marketing and Communications/CMO, Conservis

Treasurer: CAROL SHAW, Retired Independent Insurance Consultant, Former Actuary, Allianz Life Insurance Co.

Secretary: CHARLOTTE ABRAHAMSON, Former Senior Executive, Accenture

LOIS LANGER THOMPSON, Hennepin County Library Director, Ex officio

GARY THADEN, Hennepin County Library Board President, Ex officio

KRISTI PEARSON, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Executive Director, Ex officio

CHADY ALAHMAR, Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development, U.S. Bank Wealth Management

LINDA BRANDT, Retired Marketing Director, Northrop Auditorium

BIZ COLBURN, Retired Director of Transportation Planning

BEVERLY COTTMAN, Artist and Educator

CHRIS DU BOIS, Vice President, Interactive Marketing, Strategy & Operations, Allianz Life Insurance Co. of NA

G. BRYAN FLEMING, Community Leader, Fleming Education Group, LLC (Principal)

TOM GABRIEL, CEO and Creative Director, Gabriel deGrood Bendt

JONATHAN GAW, Research Manager, Connected Home, IDC

JOHN GIBBS, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Comcast Corporation

SUSAN GRAY, Community Volunteer

AIMEE ROGSTAD GUIDERA, Founder and Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign

MELISSA HARP, Principal, Risk Advisory Services, McGladrey

IRENE KILPATRICK, Retired Principal, Minneapolis Public Schools

BETH MCGUIRE, Vice President, Customer Communication, UnitedHealth Care

STEEN MOLLER, Managing Director – Technology, Client Delivery, SAP, Accenture

MARCIA RINEK, Community Volunteer

KAI SAKSTRUP, Vice President of Strategy, Ameriprise

JULIE SCHAPER, President & COO, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

PAT SCHMITT, Human Resources and Administration Director, uCare

MATTHEW B. SELTZER, Attorney of Counsel, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

ARDIS WEXLER, Retired Program Manager, Jewish Family and Children’s Services

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