shannon huffman polson, chair
Shannon Huffman Polson is a leadership speaker and an author. A native Alaskan, she graduated from Duke with her BA in English Literature before serving in the Army as an attack helicopter pilot and aviation leader. After earning her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth, she worked for several years leading teams in international marketing and business management at Guidant Corporation and Microsoft. Shannon has served on the boards of the Alaska Wilderness League and Seattle Pro Musica. She and her husband are owners of Drop Zone Methow Co-work, co-founders of Methow Episcopal, and along with their two young sons have been residents of the Methow Valley for four-and-a-half years. She sees a modern library as the heart of a community with the potential to truly transform lives and bring together our special valley.
A favorite book: West With the Night by Beryl Markham
bruce honsinger, vice chair
Bruce Honsinger is the newest addition to the board, and a fourth-generation Okanogan county resident. Out of college, Bruce trained as a journalist, working as editor for the Providence Journal. He then headed to medical school in Vermont and Utah to begin a career in medicine. In addition to business experience founding, growing and selling a large women’s medical practice, Bruce has served as member and Chair of the Idaho State Board of Medicine and Idaho State Board of Medical Discipline, as well as a national level officer for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Locally, he has served on the boards of Jamie’s Place and Classroom in Bloom. Bruce brings a passion for lifelong learning and community to our board, and a vision for the modern library as a center for community and learning. He and his wife Dianne have lived in the valley for over twenty years, launching their children from Liberty Bell High School.
Dan Kaltenbach, treasurer
Dan Kaltenbach and his family moved to Winthrop last June. Dan is a senior executive with more than 20 years of financial/operational leadership experience, including roles as chief financial officer at several growth-focused, technology- and marketing firms in Seattle. Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Dan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, and an MBA from the University of Washington. He finds adventure in climbing and skiing in the Cascades, as well as biking and nordic skiing in the Methow with his family. The Kaltenbach family uses the current library heavily; the kids biked to the library often this summer, after a stop at Sheri’s, of course. Dan’s wife Hilary works as the Program Coordinator for The Bush School campus in Mazama. Dan believes in the power of community through shared spaces and experiences that are open to everyone. He can't wait to get started helping FoWL build a library that will be a point of pride and access for the valley.
Wendy Sims, director
Wendy Sims has lived near Winthrop for fourteen years. She raised her two kids here and well remembers the day her son checked out his first chapter books from the prior location of the Winthrop library. As an occasional substitute librarian over the last several years, she sees first-hand the broad community the library serves and the need for expanded and diversified facilities. Prior to moving to the valley, she worked as an environmental engineer, air pollution control manager and a plant ecologist. She is an avid human powered recreationist and lover of wild places. Other hobbies include traveling, gardening and reading. Wendy has served on the Public School Funding Alliance and Methow Valley Nordic Team boards and volunteers extensively for other valley concerns.
nancy juergens, director
Nancy Juergens is a California Native, Alaska transplant, and now works as a book keeper in the Methow Valley. She has a BA in recreational therapy and is certified in elementary education. In a past life she worked as an elementary school teacher, and now she's a small business owner and a mom. She has been an avid library user her whole life.
A favorite book: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
rachel macmorran, design and construction committee chair
Rachel Macmorran grew up in Anacortes, spending many summer days eating Sherri’s ice cream cones while en route to her aunt and uncle’s orchard in Oroville, where her aunt was the librarian for over 30 years. After a series of (mis)adventures, she earned her BA in Architecture from University of Washington. She worked at a large commercial architecture firm achieving LEED AP accreditation, and then for Ross Chapin Architects on Whidbey Island, working with a small team to develop not-so-big houses and community-oriented neighborhoods. She and her husband and son moved to the Methow Valley in 2016. Rachel also works with the Methow Housing Trust, Methow Headwaters Campaign, and volunteering at the Methow Valley Elementary School. If there is time left over after that, she enjoys reading voraciously far into the night, stargazing with glass of wine, tending bee-friendly garden flowers, scribbling away at her first novel, and coffee.
A favorite book: Tigerman, by Nick Hardaway
Carl and Roxie Miller, Shafer Museum
Tom Venable, Superintendent, Methow Valley School District
Richard Hart, Author, Historian
Mark Ryan, Attorney and President, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce
Ken Westman, long-time valley resident
Craig Howard, Not-for-profit Consultant
Ashley Lodato, Methow Arts
Dana Stromberger, Methow Valley School Board
Sarah Berns, Owner, Spring Creek Ranch
Friends of the Winthrop Library was founded in January 2017 with the passion, tenacity, hard work and vision of the following individuals: