Winthrop Friends of the Public Library Board, Board of Advisors, and Bylaws

Our bylaws and articles of incorporation are available by clicking through.

Our conflict of interest and decision making policies can be viewed at the links.

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 marketing 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 Cowork, co-founders of Methow Episcopal, and along with their two young sons have been residents of the Methow Valley for over four years. They consider a library a second home.

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 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

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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


Advisory board

Carl and Roxie Miller, Shafer Museum

Margo Aspholm, Balance Architects

Richard Hart, Author, Historian

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