Our Board is composed of energetic, creative individuals who share a vision for the library and the community it serves. Each brings enthusiasm and talents to the endeavor. Some have served in library advocacy for many years; others are relatively new to the field. The team is rounded out by the presence of the library manager. Working together, they accomplish much for the Library.
David Sproat, M.D., President
David a retired physician from Duluth Internal Medicine Associates. A native of St. Paul, he and his wife Brenda raised three children in Duluth. He served as a trustee on the board of Marshall School 1998-2006, chairing the development committee from 2001-2006. He was a board member of the Scott Anderson Leadership Foundation from 2005-2013 and was president for the last year of that term. He has been a member of the Lake Superior Medical Society since 1979 and served as president in 2004. In 2006, the society awarded him the Elizabeth C. Bagley Merit Award “in recognition of commitment to the medical profession and the Lake Superior Medical Society.”
Amy Kuronen, Vice President
Amy is Vice President, Fiduciary Advisory Specialist at Wells Fargo. Previously, Amy had her own law practice, and she served as Managing Director of the U.S. Bank Private Client Group in Duluth. She holds a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College and graduated cum laude with a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Ms. Kuronen is currently a member of the Arrowhead Estate Planning Council. Previously, she served on the board of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Animal Allies Humane Society, and the 11th District Bar Association.
Bill Arezzo, Treasurer
Bill is Senior Vice President and private banking manager for National Bank of Commerce. Arezzo is a Leadership Duluth graduate who has volunteered his time and talents to a variety of organizations. Active volunteer commitments include Center City Housing; the Benedictine Health Center, past chairman of the board; Duluth Superior Symphony Association, chairman of past presidents group; and Christ Lutheran Church. He has been on the Duluth Library Foundation Board since 2012.
Michael Altman, Director
Mike served for 35 years as a partner with Wipfli, LLP, where he focused on nonprofit organizations, small business, and income taxes. He was a long time member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been a member and officer of several nonprofit organizations and private foundations, including the Miller-Dwan Foundation and the Greater Duluth United Way. He is a graduate of the Leadership Duluth program.
Tab Baumgartner, Director
Tab has been the pastor of United Baptist Christian Church in Duluth since 1984, and the Director of the St. Luke’s Chaplaincy Department since 1985. He is married to Susan Schumacher, Duluth Public Library Youth Services Coordinator, and is the father of five children who “all love books and the Library.”
Dena Boheim, Director
Dena is the Marketing Director for the Benedictine Health System headquartered in Duluth. She is an expert in developing and evaluating brand identity, website and social media strategy as well as handling marketing and communications plans for the System’s 40 communities in eight states.
Dan D’Alliard, Director
Dan is a clinical psychologist at the Duluth Psychological Clinic. He served two terms on the Duluth Public Library Board, including two years as president. He co-chaired Duluth’s “Vote Yes for Parks and Libraries” campaign in 2011 that successfully led to additional funding for the parks and libraries. Dan regularly judges for the Minnesota Book Awards. He has served on the Duluth Library Foundation Board since 2012, for which he served as president for four years.
Sherry Hall, Director
An alumna of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Sherry Hall returned to Duluth from Washington, D.C. In her time in the nation’s capital, she worked in various capacities in service of the United States Senate: as office manager for the Select Committee on Intelligence (Church Committee), as chief clerk of the Temporary Select Committee to Study the Senate Committee System, as deputy staff director for the Select Committee on Ethics, and as a staff member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. She subsequently served as Manager of Corporate Affairs at Lockheed Corporation, was Executive Director of the Salmon Arts Council, served as Project Editor at the Historical Office of the United States Senate, and worked as Executive Director of PAL, Inc. She is now Chair of the Board of the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board at UMD.
Virginia T. Katz, Director
Virginia taught communication for 37 years at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she served as chair of that department for nine years. She is a member of the Duluth Public Library Board, an avid user of the Duluth Public Library, and a volunteer at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital, serving in the Surgery Family Waiting Room. She has been on the Duluth Library Foundation Board since 2010.
John Kelly, Director
John is an attorney and president of the Hanft Fride law firm. In addition to his professional activities, memberships, and recognitions, his community activities include the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society Board, the Duluth YMCA Foundation Board, and the Greater Duluth United Way Board. He has been on the Duluth Library Foundation Board since 2012.
David Moeller, Director
David is a Senior Attorney at Minnesota Power. David handles regulatory and energy policy issues related to transmission, renewable energy, emission-reduction projects, and much more. Prior to joining Minnesota Power, David was a staff attorney at Farmers’ Legal Action Group. He is a board member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Legal Services Advisory Committee and St. Louis River Quest. He is graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Macalester College.
Theresa O’Gara, Director
Teresa has worked as a Speech Pathologist in the Duluth Public Schools for 35 years. She calls the public library “an integral part of my life,” and is aware of the multiple ways that the Duluth Public Library System strengths the community. She is married to Tom O’Gara, a retired school psychologist and has two daughters.
Carla Powers, Library Manager; Director ex officio
Carla had a brief career in broadcast journalism, but once she discovered public library work, she was hooked. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 2000 and was director of the public library in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, for several years. Carla has been library manager in Duluth since 2009 and has worked closely with the Foundation. She enjoys living in a community that values its libraries.
Matt Rosendahl, Director
Matt is the Library Director of the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has worked as a library director for fourteen years. He has served in state and national library associations, and in statewide projects such as Ebooks Minnesota and the Council of Academic Library Directors’ Cooperative Collection Management group. He co-founded the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and is the president of the Duluth Public Library Board. He also serves in several community organizations, such as chair of the Glensheen Advisory Board and he volunteers at Homegrown Music Festival.