NWPL Staff

Executive Director

Amanda Merk

Amanda Merk

Amanda Merk has been with NWPL since July, 2017. Amanda is the chief executive officer of the library and works with our board of trustees to provide strategic, visionary and inspirational leadership.

Assistant Director

Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan has been with NWPL since February, 2013. He is now the Assistant Director and also has the position of Information Services Director.

Youth Services Director

Melissa Strayton, Youth Services Director

Melissa Strayton

Melissa Strayton has been with NWPL since 2012. Melissa is responsible for management of youth services: patron and visitor service, youth programs, circulation, reference, collection development and staff training.

Adult Services Director

Kathy Beaird, Reference Manager

Kathy Beaird

Kathy Beaird has been with NWPL since 2010. Kathy is responsible for management of adult services: patron and visitor service, circulation, reference, collection development and staff training.

Development Director

Michael Ricci, Development Director

Michael Ricci

Michael Ricci has been inspiring community engagement since 2013.

Youth Services Librarian

Clare McFarland

Clare McFarland

Clare McFarland joined NWPL in 2013. Clare provides reference help, catalogues, makes reading recommendations and meet the needs of patrons and visitors throughout the library with an emphasis on youth services.

Adult Services Librarian

Danelle Sims

Danelle Sims

Danelle Sims has been with NWPL since 2014. Danelle provides reference help, catalogues, makes reading recommendations and meet the needs of patrons and visitors throughout the library with an emphasis on adult services.

Adult Services Librarian

Sherry Wian

Sherry Wian

Sherry Wian has been with NWPL since 1998. Sherry provides reference help, catalogues, makes reading recommendations and meet the needs of patrons and visitors throughout the library with an emphasis on adult services.

Program Director

Kerry Rosenthal

Kerry Rosenthal

Kerry Rosenthal joined NWPL in 2015. Kerry works with community members and subject matter experts in recruiting, planning, scheduling, promoting and execution of the library’s public programs.

Marketing Director

Meg Brazill joined NWPL in 2017. Meg is responsible for development and implementation of the library’s communication plan as well as promotion and marketing of the library sponsored programs.

Adult Services Librarian

Lori Mitchell has been with NWPL since 2016. Lori provides reference help, catalogues, makes reading recommendations and meet the needs of patrons and visitors throughout the library with an emphasis on adult services.

Adult Services Librarian

Maria (Ria) Heinz has been with NWPL since 2009. Ria provides reference help, catalogues, makes reading recommendations and meet the needs of patrons and visitors throughout the library with an emphasis on adult services.

Tech Services Director

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Ellen Desmeules joined NWPL in 2004. Ellen is responsible for cataloging and deaccession of all materials in the library’s collection and maintains all required information into the library’s circulation system.

Bookkeeper

Jane Blanchard, Bookkeeper

Jane Blanchard

Jane Blanchard joined the library in 2015. Jane processes payroll, accounts payable and receivable and accounts for financial transactions through the library a chart of accounts. Maintains subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, and posting transactions.

Volunteers

Much of the good work of the library is accomplished through the time and effort graciously donated by our volunteers. The staff and patrons of the library are very appreciative of the generosity of their work.  Learn more about how to volunteer and to acknowledge those who already do.