Consultants & Partners

Principal Consultant

Stu Wilson is Library Strategies’ Principal Consultant. He heads projects and regularly makes use of our large network of consultants and library experts.

Consultants We Call On

We recruit the best and brightest library leaders and experts to work with our clients. Our consultants are library directors, foundation directors, technology experts, marketing consultants and other specialists who know about the day-to-day workings and challenges of the library world.

  • Melissa Brechon
    Melissa Brechon Consultant
    Melissa Brechon is the former Director of the Carver County Library, a suburban Minneapolis library system. Brechon is an adjunct faculty member of St. Catherine’s University in Saint Paul. She has broad experience in community needs assessments, facilitates master plans, and staffing studies.
  • Beth Burns
    Beth Burns Consultant
    Beth Burns is President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Her previous leadership roles include Vice President for External Relations (Minnesota Zoo); Director of the Guthrie Learning Center (Guthrie Theater); and Executive Director (Lutheran Music Program). She has extensive consulting and volunteer board experience and is co-founder of the MN Music Coalition.
  • Nick Dimassis
    Nick Dimassis Consultant
    Nick Dimassis is the Director of the Beloit Public Library. Formerly, Dimassis served as the Deputy Director of Hennepin County Library, Director of Carver County Library, Assistant Director of East Central Regional Library, and past chair of the Public Libraries Division and the Legislative Committee of the Minnesota Library Association.
  • Toni Garvey
    Toni Garvey Consultant
    Toni Garvey served as the Director of the Phoenix Public Library for 15 years. Garvey has more than 25 years of experience as a public library administrator and has led strategic planning efforts for public libraries in addition to library programming/design/construction projects. She was the 2004 Library Journal Librarian of the Year and President of PLA in 2002.
  • Sharon Griggins
    Sharon Griggins Consultant
    Sharon Griggins is the former Chief Strategy Officer for The Seattle Public Library Foundation where she spent over 14 years. An accomplished nonprofit executive, she has also owned her own consulting firm and has extensive experience in fundraising, communications, and community relations.
  • Sue Hall
    Sue Hall Consultant
    Sue Hall is the former director of Library Strategies and now serves as a consultant. Hall has over twenty-five years consulting experience with libraries and library organizations and has designed and facilitated strategic and development planning processes across the country. She is also a frequent speaker at national and state conferences.
  • Alayne Hopkins
    Alayne Hopkins Consultant
    Alayne Hopkins is Director of Programs & Services for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. She has more than 20 years’ experience in public programming and manages The Friends activities as the Minnesota Center for the Book, a Library of Congress affiliate.
  • Kim Horton
    Kim Horton Consultant
    Kim Horton is the Director of Communications for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. She has worked in communications for over 15 years, developing branding strategies, marketing campaigns, and customer experiences. Kim has also presented workshops for nonprofits on effective communications.
  • David Katz
    David Katz Consultant
    David Katz works closely with several long-time clients, including the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) and the Twin Cities area’s library service agency. Katz also coordinates Club Book, leads Friends of the Library administration and membership campaign efforts, and has experience in database management.
  • Peter Pearson
    Peter Pearson Consultant
    Peter Pearson served as the President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for over 25 years before retiring in 2016. Pearson is recognized as a national expert on all aspects of fundraising for libraries, advocacy, and Friends and Foundations. Pearson was elected to the American Library Association Advocacy Honor Roll in 2005.
  • Sally Gardner Reed
    Sally Gardner Reed Consultant
    Sally Gardner Reed is the former executive director of United for Libraries. Reed spent nearly 20 years in library administration running small public libraries. She is the author of ten books on library management, advocacy, volunteers, and fundraising and received ALA’s Herbert and Virginia White Award for promoting libraries and librarianship in 2000.
  • Christine Watkins
    Christine Watkins Consultant
    Christine Watkins has over two decades of experience working as a consultant to libraries and nonprofits on marketing and donor strategies, fundraising and institutional advancement, and project design and development. She has extensive national library experience, including creating the Live@TheLibrary effort through ALA.
  • Stu Wilson
    Stu Wilson Consultant
    Stu Wilson is the former Director of Library Strategies Consulting Group, Executive Director of The Friends of the Hennepin County Library and Vice-President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Wilson has more than 25 years of fundraising and planning experience and is the founder of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul.

Additional Affiliated Consultants

Penny Hummel – Planning, Assessments
Kate Lucas – Grant Writing
Christopher Stewart – Facilities Planning, Academic Libraries
Slade Kemmet – Marketing, Video Production

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