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Board Members

Last Updated: July 25, 2016

Are you a Minnesota resident with a passion for libraries, and in particular for the work of Friends of the Library? Serving on the board of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends may be just the enriching experience you've been looking for. Email us any time at info@mnlibraryfriends.org to learn details.


Howie Burke of St. Michael was President 2011-2013 of the Friends of the St. Michael, Albertville, Hanover Library in Great River Regional Library System. He served as Fundraising Co-Chair 2009-2010 for the Friends’ capital campaign “Building It. Together,” which received The Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends.  After working in the newspaper industry 22 years in the Twin Cities and in St. Michael, he recently launched his web development company “Rivermile Agile Media” www.rivermile.com. 
 

Kimberly Edson of Rochester is a librarian finding new ways to support libraries. She is currently Head of Readers Services, Rochester Public Library, where she manages library bookmobile services, library programming and popular collections for the community with a focus on reaching underserved populations. Previously, she has been a librarian with Hennepin Co. Libraries and the MN Dept. of Corrections. She has served on the planning committee for the Macalaster Library Technology Conference, the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Action Council, ALA task force for Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty, and the MN Civil Liberties Union Board of Directors.


Debby Frenzel
is a citizen advocate who has served as secretary of the Friends of Maple Grove Library. After she retired from a career in banking, she coordinated an all-volunteer music association of three orchestras and six choirs – overseeing membership, concerts, and board activities. Her volunteer activities with nonprofits and political organizations include serving as president of the 1006 Summit Avenue Society, a fundraising organization for the Minnesota Governor's Residence. Working with all political parties, she has been president of The Minnesota Women's Political Caucus (MWPC), a statewide organization that works to elect women candidates and advocates for women's issues.


Rachel Fulkerson has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising and event management. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Publishing Certification from the University of Denver. She worked at Friends of the Hennepin County Library as the Communications and Program Director for 14 years. A passionate advocate for libraries, community and the literary arts, she has worked in nonprofit consulting and was the founding director of a nonprofit literary journal.

 
Hon. Isabel Gomez's 
distinguished legal career culminated in over two decades on the bench of Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County). She stepped down from that post in 2005, and served another three equally productive years at the helm the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission before retiring in 2008. She is a life-long supporter of public libraries, stemming from positive experiences dating all the way back to elementary school in her native Vermont.


Sue Grove recently retired from a long-time language instructor position at Riverland Community College. She served on the faculty at that Austin, Minn., institution for nearly 40 years, teaching both French and English as a Second Language (ESL).  She is currently serving a term as president of the Friends of the Austin Public Library. In addition to the library, she volunteers her time and services to a number of community organizations, including the Austin Artworks Festival, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Mower County Historical Society. Sue is also a former branch president and former state vice president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
 

Nancy Guerino retired from 3M in 2008 after 33 years in IT Applications. She volunteered with 3M Tutors for 12 years, tutoring elementary students. Since 1997, she has volunteered with North St. Paul Green, a group dedicated to beautifying North St. Paul. She has served as President of The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries, having served on their board since 2004. Guerino has helped increase community support for the 7-branch library system through five capital campaigns and numerous other fundraisers.
 

Leslie Kraus holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations from Northeastern University. He is the founder and President of Leslie J. Kraus & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm that represents management in all aspects of employee relations. He is a past president and currently sits on the board of the Friends of the Edina Library. He also presently serves as Treasurer of MALF.


Skip Levesque
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formerly of Maple Grove, moved to St. Michael after retiring three years ago. He became an active member of the local Friends of the Library (St. Michael, Albertville and Hanover) shortly thereafter, and has since stepped into a leadership role during a pivotal growth phase for that organization. Since assuming the presidency in May 2015, Skip has led the local Friends through an inaugural Founders Recognition celebration and their highest grossing book sale to date. As part of our Board, he looks forward to contributing to MALF’s expanding statewide and national advocacy efforts.
 

Joseph Owens holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. He served with the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring with the rank of Commander. He rounded out his career with five years as a Navy management consultant and another 16 as a realtor in Fairfax, Virginia. He now lives at his lakeshore home in Ely, MN. Owens has served on the Board of the Ely Friends of the Library for ten years (including six years as President), as well as on the Board of the Ely Rotary Club. He is a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership program.
 

Judy Schotzko is currently serving as President of MALF (2016-2017). She recently moved to Northfield, and prior to that move, lived in Wabasha where she represented the Wabasha Public Library on the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) board. Judy will continue representing Wabasha on the SELCO board until her term as President of SELCO ends in 2017. Judy served as President of Minnesota Library Trustees and Advocates (MLTA) in 2014 in the Minnesota Library Association (MLA). Judy is a retired attorney who practiced law in Blue Earth, Minn., for ten years. While living in Wabasha, she served as a Guardian Ad Litem in the Wabasha court system and facilitated Restorative Justice conferences for Juveniles. Judy is a Registered Nurse and a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross. 
 

Nancy Walton of Circle Pines is an advocate for all Minnesota libraries. She retired from the position of State Librarian in August 2013. Walton worked as a librarian in the following organizations: Ames Library of South Asia, U. of Minnesota; Peace Corps, three libraries in Morocco; Director, Marylandia Collection, U. of Maryland; Head of Online Reference and Periodicals, Main Library, City of San Jose, CA; Director, Minnesota Braille & Talking Book Library; State Library Programs Specialist, State Library Agency, Minnesota Dept. of Education; 2010-2013 State Librarian, State Library Agency, Minnesota Dept. of Education.

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