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Jeremy Bergerson
Development Assistant

Jeremy joined the Friends of the HCL staff at the beginning of 2014. In his former life as a German teacher and Germanic philologist, yes, philologist, he spent almost all his time in libraries or using books. At the 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 the Friends of HCL staff in 2012 and has been a big 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!

Kevin Lochner
Assistant Bookstore Manager

Kevin joined the Friends in April 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 organization as Office Manager in 2005. She is responsible for securing the organization’s permanent records, 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

Friends of HCL board member for four years and development committee co-chair, Kristi took on the Executive Director role 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 was in business development, sales and marketing for Siemens, British Petroleum and Eastman Kodak.

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