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.
Holly Rosendahl, Executive Assistant
Holly joined the Foundation staff in 2017, bringing human resources and business management skills to the non-profit world for the first time in her career. She was born and raised in Duluth’s Chester Park neighborhood, moved away as a young adult, and returned years later with her librarian husband and their bright, kind-hearted daughter to enjoy life on Lake Superior.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and he still feels strange writing this in the third person.
Delaney Vavra, 2018 Intern
Delaney is a junior currently studying Communications and Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Having grown up in the beautiful city of Duluth, Delaney knew she had to stick around town for college. When she’s not working or at school she is exploring Park Point through the lens of her camera, reading, or attempting to learn some kind of new art medium. Her love of literature comes from a family that encouraged reading at a very young age and in result she enjoys all genres of books, but especially the psychological thrillers.