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.
Kelly is the Owner and Chief Growth Officer at Prismatic, an analytics and growth marketing firm based in Bozeman, MT.
For the last decade, Kelly has advised Travel, Technology and Outdoor Industry brands on strategic revenue growth and customer acquisition through e-commerce channels. Prior to launching her own business, Kelly led a global business team at Google managing a portfolio of online travel aggregators including Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz.
A passion for conservation originally brought her to Montana in 2006 to work with The Trust for Public Land. The vibrancy of the Bozeman community brought her back as an entrepreneur in 2015. A former trekking and mountain bike guide in the Northern Rockies and Chile, she now follows the lead of her 6 year-old twin girls exploring the trails, rivers and climbing rocks all over our beautiful state. When not on the go, Kelly's family can most likely be found at home surrounded by piles of books lovingly checked out from the Bozeman Public Library.
Kelly holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology from Dartmouth College.
Renae’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 three children who are all BHS graduates.
Kit currently serves as a Professor of Management at MSU and a Board Director for several multi-national companies while also actively supporting Montana’s small business start-up community. He spent the majority of his career working in Southeast Asia and Africa, first managing companies for Chevron and then building start-up companies in frontier markets such as Myanmar and Cambodia. Kit received his Bachelor’s degree from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University. He has lectured at Harvard Business School on Globalization and Emerging Markets. Kit believes that engaging with the outside world is vital to our long term success both here in Montana as well as for the United States as a whole.
Laura 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.
Jane, her husband Bill, and their 2-year-old daughter arrived from Minnesota to Bozeman, December 31, 1968. The temperature was actually -30’F with no breeze! A sign posted at the entry to Bozeman indicated a population of 12,000 nice folks plus one old grump! In the fifty years since the arrival of the Quinns they have been active in many community organizations. Their move from South Third Avenue’s historic district to the century–old Patterson Ranch south of Bozeman was life changing, allowing Jane to start Quilting in the Country in 1991, fulfilling a lifelong dream. She became known both locally and internationally for her cozy quilt shop, dozens of original patterns and books. She was published nationally and taught thousands of students. Her shop was chosen as one of ten most outstanding quilt shops in North America. Although the shop is now closed she continues to travel to teach and to create new designs.
She loves the Bozeman library! She believes it is a special gift to our community, now grown to nearly 50,000 folks!
When she was a small girl, Nancy spent many hours exploring the library in Greenville, MI. She has lived in a number of places, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, New Jersey, and Ohio. Nancy has a degree in Fisheries from the University of Michigan, where she met her husband, Doug. They moved to Bozeman 4 years ago to be closer to their daughter and two grandsons. Their other daughter lives with her family in St. Paul, MN.
Nancy has been a community volunteer wherever she lived, including through Junior League, Planet Ocean (a science museum in Miami), the Miami Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Girl Scouts.
Because she has moved so often, libraries have been important to making her family feel comfortable in a new place. They are so often the center of a community, like our Library in Bozeman.
Nicholas 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-notch library and its programs. She enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, hiking and camping with her husband and daughter.
Development & Communications Mgr
Jen Shoemaker’s love of stories began at her local library and led to a career sharing stories of people and organizations creating a better world. She has helmed television and digital media teams at National Geographic, NASA, and Conservation International, and has managed communications for MSU’s College of Education, Health, and Human Development. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Science & Natural History Filmmaking from MSU and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UCLA. Jen first moved to Montana as a Yellowstone park ranger in 2000. She returned in 2018 to raise her young son close to her favorite trails and her most beloved library.
Kerry loves to lend her organizational expertise to the world of nonprofits, and to the Bozeman Public Library especially, where she has previously worked as a Children’s Librarian. She earned her master’s degree in Health and Human Development from MSU, and before that enjoyed the mountains of Vermont, earning her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. She was instrumental in starting up Roots Family Collaborative, which supports postpartum families in the Gallatin Valley, and currently serves as their Treasurer. She has lived in Bozeman since 1996 with her husband and their two 7th generation Montanan boys, who love to adventure outside when not whipping through one good book after another!