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.

  • Stu Wilson
    Stu Wilson Director
    Stu Wilson is the former 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 experience and is the founder of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, a nonprofit celebrating the legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David Katz
    David Katz Project Manager & 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.
  • Kate Lucas
    Kate Lucas Consultant
    Kate Lucas has more than a decade of successful grant writing and nonprofit communications experience. Her writing expertise includes grant proposals, capital campaigns, annual giving, annual reports, newsletters, web copy, and social media. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University and has taught writing as an adjunct faculty member at several Minnesota colleges.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christopher Stewart
    Christopher Stewart Consultant
    Christopher Stewart, Ed.D. has served as Dean of Libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology and as an associate professor in the Dominican University’s School of Information Studies. He publishes and presents widely on academic library issues. His consulting work focuses on leadership, organizational development, and space planning.
  • Penny Hummel
    Penny Hummel Consultant
    Penny Hummel is the former director of the Canby Public Library and was a member of the leadership team of Multnomah County Library. Her work supporting libraries began as a Friends president and foundation trustee. Additionally, Hummel  served as the 2013-14 president of the Oregon Library Association.
  • Sarah Caflisch
    Sarah Caflisch Consultant
    Sarah Caflisch has served as Development Manager for Coffee House Press, a nonprofit literary publisher and as Community Relations Director for The Loft Literary Center. Additionally, she has worked in various program development, volunteer management, and communication jobs with library organizations.
  • Slade Kemmet
    Slade Kemmet Marketing Consultant
    Slade Kemmet serves as Library Strategies’ marketing manager and consultant. Kemmet is dedicated to helping libraries and library organizations bring their messages to life through his print and digital marketing expertise in graphic design, photography, video, web building, e-campaigns, and more.
  • 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.
  • Libby Post
    Libby Post Consultant
    Libby Post specializes in winning library advocacy campaigns for funding propositions, budget votes, rechartering, and building referendums. She serves on the United for Libraries board, on ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy and is a contributing editor to Library Journal’s Trustee Hotline. Post also has a master’s in political communications.
  • 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.
  • Marlene Moulton Janssen
    Marlene Moulton Janssen Consultant
    Marlene Moulton Janssen is the former Executive Director of the Anoka County Library (MN) and MELSA. Moulton Janssen’s leadership positions have honed her skills in fostering community based strategic planning, development of partnerships, and utilizing intentional business models to create excellent customer service.
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