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Through Board service, Friends of the Hennepin County Library Directors enter into a relationship of trusteeship. Collectively, Board members are responsible for:

Organizational Resource Development

  • Support fundraising activities as a core function of Board membership.
  • Actively understand, commit to and promote the organization’s mission and vision, serving as ambassador and advocate for the organization in the community.
  • Recruit potential Board members who could make a significant contribution to the success of the organization.
  • Make a personally significant annual gift that reflects the prestige of Hennepin County Library and Friends of HCL as a top giving priority so that 100% of board members donate each fiscal year.

Strategic Direction

  • Establish strategic goals and objectives consistent with the organization’s mission, monitor progress and continually engage in strategic planning for the future.
  • Establish policies that govern the operations of the organization and allow the staff to pursue the goals set forth for the organization.

Fiduciary Oversight

  • Approve organization’s annual operating budget, ensuring the infrastructure to carry out the work, and oversee the organization’s assets, promoting a culture of transparency that builds trust with stakeholders.
  • Exercise fiduciary responsibility and ensure legal and ethical integrity.

Board Directors serve a three-year term and may be elected to serve a second term.

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

President: MARY PAT LADNER, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, The Waters

Vice President: KAI SAKSTRUP, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, U.S. Bank

Treasurer: CAROL SHAW, Retired Actuary, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Secretary: CHARLOTTE ABRAHAMSON, Vice President, Information Technology, UnitedHealthcare

LOIS LANGER THOMPSON, Director, Hennepin County Library, Ex officio

JANE SHANARD, Director, Hennepin County Library Board, Ex officio

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

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

BIZ COLBURN, Retired Director of Transportation Planning, HNTB

BEVERLY COTTMAN, Artist and Educator

CHRIS DU BOIS, Vice President, Interactive Marketing, Strategy & Operations, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

JOHN GIBBS, Senior Vice President, State Government & Regulatory Affairs, Comcast

SUSAN GRAY, Community Volunteer

MELISSA HARP, Principal, Risk Advisory Services, RSM US LLP

CAROL JORDAN, President, Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library

IRENE KILPATRICK, Retired Principal, Minneapolis Public Schools

SUZAN MCGINNIS, Director of Ethics & Compliance, Best Buy

BETH MCGUIRE THEOBALD, Vice President, Customer Communication, UnitedHealthcare

CHERYL OLSETH, Principal, Olseth Family Foundation

TOM RACCIATTI, Retired CEO, WW Johnson Meat Company

MARCIA RINEK, Community Volunteer

AIMEE ROGSTAD GUIDERA, President & CEO, Data Quality Campaign

PAT SCHMITT, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, uCare

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

ADDIS TESFAYE, Solution Expert, Ultimate Software

GREG WEYANDT, Attorney of Counsel, Briol & Associates

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