The Foundation staff is small but mighty. Working with the Board, they seek to honor the generosity of our donors, to enhance opportunities at the Library by securing grants, and to promote the Library as a dynamic community hub, where everyone–from infants to seniors–can discover something new and valuable every day.
Patra Sevastiades, Executive Director
Patra earned her Master’s Degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and subsequently worked as a program manager in Washington, D.C., and an editor in New York City. She is the author of six children’s nonfiction books. Patra relocated to Duluth in 1999. She has been with the foundation since 2011.
Rori Bordeau, Executive Assistant
Rori was born and raised in southeast Michigan and attended the University of Michigan Flint, where she majored in Marketing. Her husbands job brought them to Duluth in the summer of 2019. With previous non-profit and marketing experience, she is excited for the opportunity to help support the foundation. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring, reading, redesigning her spaces and antique shopping.
Morgan Swingen, Volunteer Accountant
Morgan is a wildlife biologist with a tribal natural resources agency, studying wolves, moose, furbearers, and other culturally important species. In the past she has also worked with bats, coyotes, bears, waterfowl, and turtles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Master’s Degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University. She grew up going to her local library often, and is glad to support the Duluth Library Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, watching musicals, and spending time outdoors with her husband and dog.