MALF Welcomes Two New Board Members

welcome.jpgAs we gear up for a busy fall, MALF is thrilled and fortunate to welcome two new members to our expanding Board of Directors. Skip Levesque and Virginia (Ginny) Copeman recently joined our ranks.

Ginny Copeman comes to MALF with a broad-based communications and graphic design background. She serves currently as interactive marketing director for Saint Mary's University in Winona. In that capacity, she manages the university's top-tier social media platforms, maintains a dynamic university newsblog, and provides faculty and staff trainings on best practices for these and other e-tools (among other key duties). Prior to assuming that post in 2013, Ginny contributed her skills set as a graphic designer in the Communications Service Division of the Rochester Public Library.

Skip Levesque, 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.

We will also take this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to Board member Sheila DeChantal. DeChantal is an active force in the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. Among other accomplishments, she led that organization through its first successful “Wine & Words” annual fundraisers. The inaugural event, held in 2013, won Brainerd the Evy Nordley Award for Best Project in 2014. In her time with MALF, DeChantal contributed that same passion for programming to MALF’s programming committee.

As a poet once said, “The only thing that never changes is the fact that everything changes.”