Consultants

Principal Consultants

Sue Hall, Peter Pearson, Stu Wilson, and Karen Rose make up Library Strategies’ Principal Consultants. Our Principals head projects and regularly make use of our large network of consultants and library experts.

  • Sue Hall
    Sue Hall Director
    Sue Hall is the Director of Library Strategies and principal consultant. Hall has over twenty 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.
  • Peter Pearson
    Peter Pearson Principal 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.
  • Karen Rose
    Karen Rose Principal Consultant
    Karen Rose brings over 15 years of experience as a fundraising professional. She has provided campaign counsel for museums, schools, and numerous social service organizations. She has conducted strategic planning for numerous public-private collaborative initiatives and has served in local and national government positions.
  • Stu Wilson
    Stu Wilson Principal Consultant
    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.

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.

  • Paula K. Beswick
    Paula K. Beswick Consultant
    Paula K. Beswick is the former Director of the Bozeman Public Library Foundation (MT) and former President of the Library Friends. She has been involved with non-profit leadership for over 20 years and has advised small and rural libraries across the country in capacity-building, marketing and outreach, leadership development, and community relationships.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ann Hutton
    Ann Hutton Consultant
    Ann Hutton is the Executive Director of SELCO – Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, a non-profit regional library consortium. Hutton has expertise in consensus building, planning, and budgeting skills. Additionally, Hutton advocates for libraries at the local, state, and national level.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Slade Kemmet
    Slade Kemmet Marketing Manager & 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.
  • Donovan Lambright
    Donovan Lambright Consultant
    Donovan Lambright has been the Automation Librarian at Southeastern Libraries Cooperating in Rochester, MN since 2000. Before that, he served as a Reference & Technology Librarian at Missouri River Regional Library and as a library paraprofessional at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. He received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nathan Rall
    Nathan Rall Consultant
    Nathan Rall is the Director of Library Planning and Construction at the Georgia Public Library Service, providing planning, design, and construction consulting support for 63 single and multi-county library systems. He has been involved in over 100 public library building projects with over 25 years of experience in the building industry.
  • 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.
  • Deborah Willms
    Deborah Willms Consultant
    Deborah Willms is the recently retired Deputy Director of the Saint Paul Public Library. In that capacity she managed both public and support services, strategic planning initiatives, staff development, and human resources. An innovative leader, she also facilitated projects designed to increase customer access and staff diversity.
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