Winthrop Friends of the Public Library Board, Board of Advisors, and Bylaws
shannon huffman polson, PRESIDENT
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. She earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and then worked for several years in marketing management in the medical device and technology industries. Shannon has served on the board of the Alaska Wilderness League and Seattle Pro Musica. She and her husband are co-founders of Methow Episcopal, and along with their two young sons have been residents of the Methow Valley for three-and-a-half years. They consider a library a second home.
A favorite book: West With the Night by Beryl Markham
patricia leigh, VICE-PRESIDENT
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 then spent 15 seasons rappelling out of helicopters, jumping out of planes and hiking into fires all over the West. Currently, Sarah runs Spring Creek Ranch in Winthrop, supports pregnant women as a Doula and writes screenplays. 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. 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, Mike, moved to the Methow Valley in 2016 with their son, Jack, and giant dog. 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
alisa malloch, Volunteer Coordinator
Alisa Malloch and her husband came to the valley for years before moving full time upon retirement. They love to travel, ski and spend time with their three grandsons, all local, who are avid readers and users of the library.
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sarah stephens, grant writer
Sarah Stephens is a new member of the Methow Valley community and life long lover of libraries. Drawn to the Methow Valley because of the natural beauty and resilience focused community, Sarah and her partner Max recently moved to Mazama from a small island in the San Juan archipelago where she worked as the Program and Marketing Director of Canoe Island French Camp. Sarah has a M.Ed. in Environmental Education and certificate in Non-profit Administration and Leadership. She has worked with the development team at the North Cascades Institute to secure grant funding for their environmental education programs and looks forward to continuing her passion for writing and community projects in her new position as grant writer with the Friends of the Winthrop Library.
Margo Aspholm, Balance Architects
James Desalvo, Methow Trails
Richard Hart, Author, Historian
Craig Howard, Not-for-profit Consultant
Ashley Lodato, Methow Arts
Dana Stromberger, Cascadia Music
Ken Westman, long-time valley resident