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Jeremy Bergerson
Development Associate

Jeremy joined Friends of the HCL in 2014. In his former life as a German teacher and Germanic philologist, yes, philologist, he spent almost all his time in libraries or utilizing library resources. At Friends he processes donor gifts, generates stewardship materials, helps with the Pen Pals series, and assists the team in whatever other fashion is needed. His free time is consumed with competitive cycling, reading, being at the family cabin Up North, and volunteering.

Adam Breininger
Director of Development

Adam joined Friends of HCL staff in 2012 and has been a devoted fan of libraries since he walked out of the Allen County Library (in Indiana) with his first giant stack of books as a young boy. He reads way too much non-fiction and is always looking for good suggestions on what to read in the world of fiction. Adam spends his days connecting with the Library’s many Friends and is often overwhelmed by their amazing generosity. If you have questions about individual giving, membership, the Minerva Circle ($1,000+) or Gratia Circle (planned giving), he’s your guy!

Emily Cain
Development & Events Manager

Emily C. joined Friends of HCL in 2015. Upon graduating from University of Minnesota, her passion for classical music education and her experience playing viola from 6-12th grade led her to become the Communications Coordinator for the Minnesota Youth Symphonies prior to coming to Friends. Regular event attendees might recognize her as the in-front and behind-the-scenes event planning extraordinaire at Talk of the Stacks, Pen Pals, and other gatherings of Friends throughout the year. Outside of work, she enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, writing, running, spending time with family and friends, and plotting her next travel adventure. She says, “My favorite book is Bossypants by Tina Fey, because the depth of her comedic genius never ceases to amaze me. I’ve read the book at least ten times and can always glean something new to relate to or giggle over.”

Emily Kittleson
Marketing & Communications Manager

Emily K. joined Friends of HCL in 2015. She moved to Minneapolis after graduating from Luther College and gained great experience working for the Midtown Farmers Market and  the Grand Avenue Business Association. Emily (an English major) says working for Friends is a perfect fit because she gets to spend all day in a Library using writing and graphic design to tell the inspiring stories of our Libraries. In her free time, she’s often trying new recipes for her farmers market veggies, attending shows and readings, or borrowing someone’s dog to walk around a lake. She says, “For about four years, my favorite book has been White Teeth by Zadie Smith, which I read as a senior after spending my junior year abroad in England. I can travel back to England anytime I open that novel, and I love how it continues opening up into different facets of cultural, national, and ultimately human identity.”

Kevin Lochner
Office Assistant

Kevin joined Friends in 2014, having worked previously in both book publishing with Graywolf Press and Redline Editorial. He was also a local baseball statistician with Inside Edge. He helps manage the Bookstore’s substantial inventory among many other odds and ends. Kevin is originally from southeastern Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College in 2012 with a degree in English. He spends most of his free time reading or watching baseball.

Linda Merritt
Finance Director

Linda joined the Friends team in 2005. She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial processes and maintaining the finance and donor systems. Linda co-coordinates the Board’s Finance Committee with the executive director, which ensures fiscally sound operations and reporting of all financial activities. Other activities include grant processing, administrating employee benefits, and inventory control. Linda keeps the organization in compliance with state and federal filings, as well as assists in the annual budgeting and audit processes.

Kristi Pearson
Executive Director

After serving on Friends of HCL board of directors for nearly four years, Kristi was honored to transition to the role of Executive Director in 2014. She brings extensive nonprofit fundraising, marketing and management experience to the organization and a passion for libraries. Most recently she was the Development Director at AchieveMpls where she led a five-person development team through a transformative, multi-million dollar fundraising effort. Earlier in her career, she spent over a decade in business development, sales and marketing roles for Siemens, British Petroleum and Eastman Kodak.

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