Winthrop Friends of the Public Library Board, Board of Advisors, and Bylaws
To keep overhead to a minimum, we are ALL VOLUNTEER. Our overhead consists of filing fees, printing costs and mailing fees, as well as scholarship and school arts partnerships.
shannon huffman polson, chair
Shannon Huffman Polson is a leadership speaker and an author. A native Alaskan, she earned her BA in English Literature at Duke before serving in the Army as an attack helicopter pilot and aviation leader. She earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and then 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
patricia leigh, VICE-chair
After studying at the University of Washington, Pat Leigh carried out her 30-year federal career with a strong sense of public service while representing the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission. Pat worked as an auditor with the IRS implementing electronic filing systems, and as an investigator and public information officer for the FTC. Her sense of adventure has taken her from making documentary films in Alaska, teaching ESL in Uzbekistan, to living and working in Russia, with assignments throughout the country for US West International. She has always been extremely active in not-for-profit work and has served many organizations in the Methow Valley since retiring here with her husband in 2006. She loves to ski, hike and read.
A favorite book: All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
sarah berns, SECRETARY
Sarah Berns grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Wesleyan University in CT. She first came to the Methow Valley in 1995 to work for the U.S. Forest Service. Currently, Sarah runs Spring Creek Ranch in Winthrop and supports pregnant women as a doula. Sarah, her husband and two children visit the library daily.
A favorite book: East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
nancy juergens, treasurer
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, Facilities Planner
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
bruce honsinger, director
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.
Carl and Roxie Miller, Shafer Museum
Margo Aspholm, Balance Architects
Richard Hart, Author, Historian
Mark Ryan, Attorney and President, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce
Craig Howard, Not-for-profit Consultant
Ashley Lodato, Methow Arts
Dana Stromberger, Cascadia Music
Ken Westman, long-time valley resident
Jim Hinz, Rare Book Restorer