Meet the friendly faces that work behind the scenes at the Bozeman Public Library Foundation. The Foundation is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. A professional staff raises and administers gifts and ensures the quality and effectiveness of funded programs.
Bill is the founder and principal of Northfork Financial, LLC, an independent financial consulting and investment advisory firm based in Bozeman. Prior to establishing Northfork, Bill worked for D.A. Davidson as a financial consultant and before that he taught U.S. History and other courses at Bozeman High School. He currently serves on several boards or advisory councils in the area, including Headwaters Economics, the Downtown Bozeman Tax Increment Finance District the Longfellow Parent Association, Western Sustainability Exchange and the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center. Bill grew up outside of Buffalo, NY, graduated from Cornell University, and moved West after completing an extensive bicycle journey through the U.S. in 1989. He lives in Bozeman with his wife, Heidi, and their two boys.
Crystal is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Montana Realty since 2010. She lives with her family in Bozeman.
For the past seven years, Robin, a CPA, has worked for a local family managing their personal and business tax and accounting needs. Prior to her current position, she was in public accounting for 14 years. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Indiana University. Robin has served on several area non-profit boards and lives in Bozeman with her husband and two sons.
Renae Pine’s fondness for libraries started early on as her mother was a librarian and Renae’s first job as a 14 year old was in her high school library. She was born and raised in the northwest corner of North Dakota. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and is a certified K-8 and Early Childhood teacher. She taught for many years in both public and private schools. She continued her education at Montclair State University in Environmental Education and Administration. She also has served on the board of the Bozeman Schools Foundation for 5 years. After having a vacation home in Bozeman for 16 years, Renae and her family moved to Bozeman from New Jersey in 2011. She has two children who are BHS graduates and one who is currently a junior at BHS.
Brook Merrow, a native of Maine, has a background in journalism and teaching. She does freelance writing and has published numerous nonfiction pieces. She has served on the board at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture and volunteered for the Eagle Mount ski program. In Maine she served on the BODs of Literacy Volunteers of America and the Orono Public Library.
Diana moved to Bozeman from Atlanta and has been involved with many non-profit boards including Literacy Volunteers for America, Atlanta and National Parks Conservation Assoc., Washington, DC. She taught Great Books to elementary school children and sponsored the "I Have a Dream" program in Atlanta. In her spare time enjoys Bozeman's outdoor activities: hiking, gardening, cross-country skiing, and being a CAP mentor.
Meg is the Director of the First-Year Seminar and an academic advisor at Montana State University in University Studies. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Meg graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in Modern Languages and Literature, and then translated her Minor in Art History into a M.F.A. in Interior Design. She lived and practiced commercial design in San Francisco and in the Washington, D.C. area before refocusing her career to teaching; she has enjoyed teaching in the discipline of Interior Design and in First-Year Seminars. She lives in Bozeman with her husband and her two dogs, and enjoys fishing, hiking, cooking with friends and family, and reading all kinds of great books.
Sarabeth Rees is a partner with The Hyalite Group, a strategy and management consulting firm. An accomplished strategist and business leader, Sarabeth has advised Fortune 500 organizations all over the world. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Orb, a Washington, DC-based media start-up. Sarabeth received her MBA from Georgetown University and her BA from Duke University, and has traveled to more than 50 countries.
Tony has over 14 years of real estate development and sales experience in the Bozeman and Big Sky areas with Pure West - Christie's Great Estates team and currently with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties. Originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Tony came to Bozeman to attend Montana State University and completed his degree in Business Finance in 1999. With experience ranging from Historic Downtown Bozeman to the Yellowstone Club, Tony has accumulated a unique and valuable skill set. Tony, his wife, Erica, and their two sons enjoy the outdoor activities and quality of life that Bozeman offers.
Kelly Ramirez is a Managing Partner at pulseCHECKER, a Bozeman based digital growth strategy firm. A mother of book-loving twin toddlers, she and her family spend many hours checking out, reading, enjoying and biking books back and forth from home to the library. She is passionate about making sure other kids and families are able to take advantage of the incredible community resources our library offers.
Laura Cunningham returned to Montana in 1999 and she and her husband, Terry, run a sales promotion agency called Cottonwood Enterprises. Laura has served on several boards and has enjoyed community and volunteer service in Bozeman for many years. In Atlanta, Laura worked for Turner Broadcasting Systems and was the Director of Marketing for the children’s book division of Turner Publishing.
Ethan Barlow is an architect and founding partner at Holding Ground Architects. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Having lived in communities on the Atlantic Coast, in the Southwest Desert and Montana, he most values the diversity of his experiences and the sense of connection he has felt with the people and places.
Nicholas Wickes is a managing partner of Feast Raw Bar and Bistro. After growing up in London and studying at Vanderbilt he worked in enterprise software for fortune 250 IT and pharmaceutical companies in London and San Francisco. In 2008 Nicholas moved to Bozeman. He has served on the board of the Gallatin Art Crossing, Good for Kids Foundation, and From the Fishouse. Wickes believes the Bozeman Public Library is a cornerstone of our community and vital to our growth.
Janay grew up in the Midwest, but has called Bozeman home since 1992. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Kansas. Most of her professional life has been spent in development and leadership roles for local nonprofit organizations, including the Yellowstone Park Foundation and American Prairie Reserve. Janay became Director of the Library Foundation in January of 2017. She is thrilled to spend her days raising funds to support the community’s top-knotch library and its programs. She enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, hiking and camping with her husband and daughter.
Development & Outreach Manager
Sarah was born in England, grew up in Texas and Michigan, and graduated from Montana State University. She has worked for several non-profits in Chicago and the Bozeman area, including the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Yellowstone Park Foundation. In her current position, she manages the fundraising and program work of the Foundation, in direct support of the Library. Sarah, with her husband and son, takes advantage of all the recreational activites that the region has to offer.
Communications & Marketing Manager
Dawn grew up in the Seattle area and recently moved to Bozeman from Bend, OR. She is a graduate of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and brings over 15 years of experience in marketing, advertising and branding. She became the Communications and Marketing Manager in April of 2018. She loves practicing yoga and spending time outside with her husband and black labrador, Trout.