Staff and Board

Chief Operating Officer
Development Assistant
Marketing & Communications Director
Communications Specialist
Donor Relations Officer
Events Manager
Operations Manager
Finance Director
Development Associate
Chief Executive Officer
Julie Allinson portrait

Julie Allinson

Entrepreneur, Eyebobs Founder, Philanthropist
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Vice President

Rosa Marroquin

Physician, Adjunct Faculty Dept. of Family Medicine, University of MN
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Peter Lancaster

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
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Suzan McGinnis

Realtor, Edina Realty
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Board Emeritus

Kai Sakstrup

Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, U.S. Bank, Ex Officio
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Julia Dayton Klein

District Court Judge, Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District
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Jane Brissett

Board Member, Hennepin County Library Board, Ex officio
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Charles Grossman

Educator, Breck School
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Chad Helton

Director, Hennepin County Library, Ex officio
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Rudy Hernandez

Vice President, Retail Strategy and Optimization, Best Buy
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Charlie Knuth

Former President, Friends of the Plymouth Library
Chief Executive Officer & Principal Architect, LSE Architects
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Nawal Noor

Founder & CEO, Noor Companies
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Cheryl Olseth

Principal, Olseth Family Foundation
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Kyle Parsons

Director, Alumni Affairs and Giving, Breck School
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Kristi Pearson

Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Ex officio
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Tom Racciatti

Retired CEO, WW Johnson Meat Company
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Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Founder & former CEO, Data Quality CampaignAddis
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Addis Tesfaye

Solution Expert, Ultimate Kronos Group

"In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Through Board service, Friends of the Hennepin County Library Directors enter into a relationship of trusteeship.

Collectively, Board members are responsible for:

  • 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 Friends of HCL in the community.
  • Recruit potential Board members who could make a significant contribution to the success of the organization.
  • Act as a mentor to FHCL staff for professional development.

  • Establish strategic goals and objectives consistent with the organization’s mission, monitor progress and continuously 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.

  • 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.
  • Hire, support and annually evaluate the organization’s staff leader.
  • Participate in an annual Board self-assessment to gauge Board performance and functioning.

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

Goals and Strategies

Accomplishing Our Mission 

  1. Increase awareness and grow appreciation for Hennepin County Library
  2. Increase financial resources to Hennepin County Library
  3. Bring forth a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility across all levels of the organization
  4. Invest in Friends of Hennepin County Library infrastructure