Board of Directors
Amy Kuronen, President
Amy is Assistant Vice President, Trust Officer at Frandsen Bank & Trust. 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. Amy 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 Eleventh District Bar Association.
Sherry Hall, Vice President
An alumna of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Sherry 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 College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board at UMD.
Michael Altman, Treasurer
Mike served for thirty-five years as a partner with Wipfli, LLP, where he focused on nonprofit organizations, small businesses, 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.
David Sproat, M.D., Past President
David is a physician who retired 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 there from 2001 until 2006. He was a board member of the Scott Anderson Leadership Foundation, 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 its 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.”
In 2012 Jennifer moved to Duluth to take the position of director of development for the College of Liberal Arts at UMD. In this role she has raised over $10 million in support of students, faculty and initiatives aimed at promoting equity and access. Prior to her move, Jennifer lived in Sarasota, FL where she worked in fundraising for various cultural organizations including the Sarasota Opera and WUSF Public Media. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in History and American Culture Studies and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Jennifer’s family is from the Dominican Republic. She grew up in a bilingual household that greatly valued all forms of education. She believes public libraries are an integral part of providing access to education for all.
Leah is a family law attorney at Hanft Fride, PA, representing individuals in a broad range of matters, including divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, adoption, and other general family matters. Prior to joining Hanft Fride, Leah worked for the Volunteer Attorney Program in Duluth, providing pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in the community. She continues to work as a volunteer attorney and has been recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association for her commitment to providing pro bono representation. Leah earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and her law degree at Seattle University School of Law.
Susan Goltz, M.D.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Susan has been practicing medicine at St. Luke’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates since 1992. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Dakota and did her residency in St. Paul. Susan is married to Stan, and they have two sons, John and David. She is a lifelong reader and library supporter who enjoys travel, outdoor sports, cabin life, and knitting.
JeRay Johnson, M.D.
JeRay is a Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep physician at St. Luke’s Hospital. He grew up in Annandale, in Central Minnesota. He moved to Mankato where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Mankato State University. While there, he joined the Mankato Fire Department, initially as a volunteer and then full time. He advanced to the rank of Commander before leaving to attend medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He moved to Duluth in 2007 to join the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. He is married to Susan and has two adult daughters. He enjoys the outdoors with running and skiing, and relaxing at night with a good book.
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 of St. Louis River Quest. He is graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Macalester College.
Theresa 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 strengthens the community. Theresa is married to Tom O’Gara, a retired school psychologist, and has two daughters.
Matt is the Library Director of the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has worked as a library director since 2004. 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 project. He co-founded the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium and is a member of the Duluth Public Library Board. His community service includes membership on the Glensheen Advisory Council.
Gerri Williams grew up in Minneapolis. After working in editorial positions at two large publishers, she joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. In her career in public affairs, she also administered the Fulbright educational research and exchange programs as well as American libraries in U.S. embassies overseas. Gerri received her Master’s degree in Communication and International Affairs from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Ray, made the happy decision to move to Duluth in 2013. Gerri is an active member of the Duluth League of Women Voters. As chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Centenary committee, Gerri planned and coordinated a year of public events related to social justice and democracy in the Twin Ports. Gerri considers the Duluth Public Library one of our city’s most valuable, inclusive, and affirming resources and an asset to be cherished and supported.
Carla Powers, Library Manager
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.
Patra Sevastiades, Executive Director
Patra has always loved words and books; when she was six, she asked Santa Claus for a dictionary for Christmas. Patra earned her Bachelor’s degree at Barnard College and her Master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., and worked as a program manager, then returned to New York where she became an editorial director. She is the author of six children’s nonfiction books. Patra relocated to Duluth with her family in 1999. She is on the board of directors of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the Foundation since 2011.
Rori Bordeau, Executive Assistant
Rori holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing, from the University of Michigan, Flint. She started her career at a non-profit foster care and adoption agency and moved on to work in marketing in both the financial and moving industries. She comes from a family of readers (and two librarians!) and loves supporting her local library. Rori and her husband relocated to Duluth in the summer of 2019 from mid-Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys exploring outdoors, reading, re-designing her spaces, and antique shopping.
Morgan Swingen, Volunteer
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.