Meet the Strategic Planning Team

Many people were instrumental to the creation of the Library’s new strategic direction. It evolved collaboratively and in strong partnership with the communities we serve. We asked questions, shared stories and experiences, and listened intently. We distilled everything we heard into the mission, vision, values, and direction that you will find in this document.

More than 50 staff members conducted interviews with members of the public, key stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials, and their Library colleagues to inform our work. All staff members had the opportunity to be interviewed and to provide feedback throughout the process.

We would like to thank all Library staff members for their participation and, in particular:

Core Strategic Planning Team

  • Catherine Penkert, Director of Saint Paul Public Library
  • Maureen Hartman, Deputy Director of Public Services
  • Xenia Hernandez, Library Associate
  • Phoebe Larson, Communications Director
  • Tony Yang, Deputy Director of Operations
  • Beth Burns, President, The Friends of Saint Paul Public Library
  • Cassi Johnson, Innovation Team, City of Saint Paul

Library Design Fellows

  • Faisa Aden
  • Tracy Baumann
  • Peter Borgen
  • Sarah Bozeman
  • Gardner Brenneisen
  • Joanna Brookes
  • Beth Burns
  • Ya-Hui Chen
  • Jada Claiborne
  • Mary Coburn
  • Kathleen Conger
  • Tam Diep-Dao
  • Amy Doncarlos
  • Samantha Fedoruk-Carroll
  • Buddy Ferrari
  • Kali Freeman
  • Paul Gertsen
  • Maureen Hartman
  • Xenia Hernandez
  • Betsy Hunter
  • Cassi Johnson
  • Mark Kile
  • Karen Kolb Peterson
  • Alaina Kozma
  • Phoebe Larson
  • Karla Martinez
  • Alisa Mee
  • Kurtis Neu
  • Wendy Neurer
  • Kristen Orth
  • Rose Oyamot
  • Catherine Penkert
  • Zach Pierson
  • Peter Rudrud
  • Savitri Santhiran
  • Therese Scherbel
  • Katy Schulz
  • Maggie Simmons
  • Leslie Spring
  • Marika Staloch
  • Mara Stemm
  • Tati Terfa
  • Dua Thao
  • Brianna Trinidad
  • Timothy Turner
  • Phasoua Vang
  • See Vang
  • Jingrong Wang
  • Amanda Xiong
  • Ka Xiong-Moua
  • Gao Yang
  • Tony Yang
  • Jessica Zillhart

Ideation Team

  • Joanna Brookes
  • Beth Burns
  • Stephanie Harr
  • Maureen Hartman
  • Kaohly Her, Mayor’s Office
  • Xenia Hernandez
  • Cassi Johnson
  • John Larson
  • Phoebe Larson
  • Lisa Motschke
  • Catherine Penkert
  • Jane Prince, Chair, Library Board
  • Rebecca Ryan
  • Katy Schulz
  • Erik Skold
  • Marika Staloch
  • Tati Terfa
  • Dua Thao
  • Pang Yang
  • Tony Yang
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