About Us

Minnesota Library Foundation Board

Updated 2/8/24

Mary Johnson, President

Mary Johnson is a retired librarian who was fortunate to work 43 years in public libraries. Her positions in children’s services were in two city libraries in Iowa, and for the library in Durango, Colorado. Moving to Minnesota as an Assistant Director for a regional library system was followed by a branch manager position to open a new library in the growing Dakota County city of Lakeville. Mary retired from the position of Assistant Director for Dakota County Library. Singing is Mary’s avocation.

Carol Jackson, Vice President

Carol Jackson is the Director of Outreach and Instruction at SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating). She earned her MLIS from St. Kate’s and spent 20 years working in public libraries, fifteen of which were spent managing libraries and coordinating adult programming. In 2023, she received her Narrative Coach Practitioner certification with the intention of finding ways to more directly support library staff and help them attain their professional goals.

Heidi Hammond, Secretary

Heidi Hammond is a retired associate professor and coordinator of the school library media specialist portion of the MLIS program at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has twenty-three years of experience as a school librarian at the elementary, middle, high school, and district levels.

Stacey Hendren, Treasurer

Stacey Hendren is the Library Manager of the Northtown Branch in Anoka County. Hendren is a long-time member of the Minnesota Library Association, Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Hendren has served in multiple roles at MLA including President (2021). She has presented at conferences and offered training at the local, state and national level on the topics of library management, intellectual freedom, reference, reader’s advisory, STEM and youth services. Stacey received Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical and Public Library Associations (Level I 2018, Level II in 2020). Stacey received her BA in music education from UMN-Morris and her MLIS from UW-Milwaukee.

Jodi Grebinoski, Minnesota Library Association President

Andy Cummings

Andy Cummings is Executive Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Lerner Publishing Group. Lerner is one of the nation’s largest independently owned children’s publishers with more than 5,000 books in print. For over 60 years, Lerner has created nonfiction and fiction books for pre-school to young adult readers and for libraries, classrooms, and homes across the country. Andy leads Lerner’s terrific content development, design, and digital teams that conceive of and create over 500 titles per year.

Meeting Schedule

Minnesota Library Foundation meetings are virtual. If you would like to join us, please contact us.