The elected individuals will play a key role in the organization’s major 2020 endeavors.
SAINT PAUL, MN, January 15, 2020 —The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has elected eight new trustees to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2020. The new members bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the organization, from government affairs to corporate strategy.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these individuals,” says newly-elected board chair Heather Anfang. “This is a class that really embodies the idea of the library as the center of social infrastructure.”
The new members are Carol Bagnoli, Patricia Lopez, Michael S. McGreevy, Kim O’Brien, Marcus Pope, Dan Stoltz, Carolyn Wollan, and Der Yang.
Carol Bagnoli – Bagnoli is head of Customer Insights for Ecolab’s Institutional division and a resident of Ward 4 in Saint Paul. Prior to this role, Carol spent more than 11 years between the Corporate Strategy and the Consumer Insights functions at General Mills. She has done pro bono projects for the Minnesota Historical Society and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.
Patricia Lopez – Lopez is an editorial writer for state and national politics at the Star Tribune and a resident of Ward 4 in Saint Paul. Prior to joining the editorial board, she was the political editor, directing coverage for Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C. and State Capitol bureaus.
Michael S. McGreevy – McGreevy is Vice President of Finance and Business Operations at Comcast and a resident of Ward 2 in Saint Paul. He has served as a volunteer for Comcast Care Day, Neighborhood House, and Minnesota Special Olympics.
Kim O’Brien – O’Brien is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and a resident of Ward 7 in Saint Paul. She previously worked for the Saint Paul City Council as a Legislative Aide and volunteers for organizations including Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota, Minnesota Landmarks, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.
Marcus Pope – Pope is Vice President of Youthprise and a resident of Ward 5 in Saint Paul. He also serves as a board member of the Mardag Foundation, Co-Chair of Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Community Council, and is part of Sprockets Leadership Group, the University of Minnesota Dean’s Advisory Committee, and the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Alumni Association.
Dan Stoltz – Stoltz is the CEO and President of SPIRE Credit Union. He serves on the boards of the Ordway, Regions Hospital Foundation, Minnesota Credit Union Network, Alloya, and the St. Paul Police Foundation and lives in Lino Lakes.
Carolyn Wollan – Wollan is a Faculty Member at St. Catherine University and a resident of Ward 3 in Saint Paul. She serves on the Advisory Board of St. Catherine University School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, as Vice President of the Parents’ Association of Visitation School, as Chair and Past-President of The Nativity Council of Catholic Women, and on the Executive Board of Women on the Edge Neighborhood Group.
Der Yang – Yang is an attorney and founder of Village Lawyer, LLC and a resident of Ward 6 in Saint Paul. She is part of the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network, the Hmong American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She previously served on the board of the Neighborhood Development Center.
“In our 75th anniversary year, we look forward to the ideas and expertise of this new class of board members that will help move us toward our vision of a dynamic library at the heart of every community,” says Friends president Beth Burns.
Outgoing members of the board include Paul Dzubnar, Ann Folkman, James V. Toscano, Courtney Henry, and Elona Street-Stewart.
Members are elected to a three-year term, which is renewable for up to three terms. The five new members complete a board roster that includes leaders from throughout Saint Paul and the greater metro area.
About The Friends of
the Saint Paul Public Library
Celebrating 75 years, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library acts as a catalyst for libraries to strengthen and inspire their communities. An independent, nonprofit organization established in 1945, The Friends invests in the Saint Paul Public Library through fundraising, advocacy, and programming; as a result, our Library is a nationally-recognized leader in serving its community. The Friends also serves libraries across the country and internationally through its consulting services, Library Strategies, and promotes literacy, reading, and libraries statewide as the Library of Congress’s designated Minnesota Center for the Book. For more information, contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 or visit thefriends.org.