The Foundation staff is a small but mighty. Working together 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.
Kristi Johnson, Executive Assistant
Kristi earned her Ag Journalism degree and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. She has spent most of her life writing, researching and working for community nonprofits. She enjoys life in Duluth with her husband Gene Rebeck and two Staffordshire Bull Terriers. She calls the Duluth Library “way better than the internet or Amazon for finding books,” and has her own library card. She serves on the Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission and is a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Morgan Swingen, Volunteer Accountant
Morgan is an assistant scientist at the UMD Natural Resources Research Institute, studying northern long-eared bats. 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.
Mark Fitzpatrick, Website Volunteer
Mark updates our website as best he can, usually through trial and error. He does his best not to publish the errors. At work, he is a car-buyer for Iron Trail Motors. Being an empty-nester, he spends the rest of his free time realizing his childhood dream of driving race cars. (At least when his Shih Tzu, Smudge, will allow it.) He comes to the library from a life-long love of books, starting from his Grandma Fitz helping at the Brainerd Public Library, via five years as the manager/owner of an English language bookshop in Prague, the Czech Republic. Mark welcomes your comments and suggestions at email@example.com, and he still feels strange writing this in the third person.
Tyler Rosenberger, Hailey Vold, Shawn Pohlmann, Kassidy Birdsall, and Krehl Stringer, DLF Website Team
The DLF Website Team is comprised of St. Scholastica students who worked on the Website for their Capstone Project, under the instruction of Professor Brandon Olsen. They were tasked with developing a new website that’s fresh with new content and images, and also maintainable by volunteers in the office. Mobile functionality, better event registration and online donation options, and a theme overhaul were all tasks that were completed by the Team, during the months of their Fall semester, 2016. From left to right: Tyler is a Computer Information Systems (CIS) major with a concentration in Software Development. Hailey is a CIS major with a concentration in Management. Shawn is a CIS major with a concentration in Software Engineering. Kassidy is a Finance/CIS double major. Krehl is a CIS major with a concentration in Software Engineering.