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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
Independent Insurance Consultant, Former Actuary for Allianz Life

Secretary: CHARLOTTE ABRAHAMSON
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 HCL Executive Director, Ex officio

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

LINDA BRANDT
Retired Marketing Director, Northrop Auditorium

BIZ COLBURN
Retired Director of Transportation Planning, Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff

NORMA COX
Former Director of National Sponsorships, American Public Media

CHRIS DU BOIS
Vice President of Interactive Marketing, Strategy & Operations, Allianz

CHRIS FISCHBACH 
Publisher, Coffee House Press

G. BRYAN FLEMING
Leadership Director, Bush Foundation

TOM GABRIEL
CEO and Creative Director, Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB)

JONATHAN GAW
Business Analyst, IDC

JOHN GIBBS
Vice President of State Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast

KATHY GRAVES
Principal, Parenteau Graves

MELISSA HARP
Principal, Risk Advisory Services, McGladrey

IRENE KILPATRICK
Retired Principal, Minneapolis Public Schools

WILLIAM LEVIN
Major Gifts Officer, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Foundation

BETH MCGUIRE
Director of Communications, Target

STEEN MOLLER
Partner, Accenture

KRISTI PEARSON
Director of Development, AchieveMpls

MARCIA RINEK
Community Volunteer

KAI SAKSTRUP
VP of Strategy, Ameriprise

JULIE SCHAPER
President & COO of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution

LYNN CARLSON SCHELL
President and Managing Principal, Shelter Corp.

PAT SCHMITT
Human Resource Director, UCare

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

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