New MILE Participants and Call for Mentors

Echinacea_purpurea,_Jardín_Botánico,_Múnich,_Alemania,_2013-09-08,_DD_01Mentors Still Needed: Are you interested in helping to develop the future library leaders in the list below? The MN Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE) is still looking for mentors. They are seeking applications from experienced librarians/library professionals who would like to contribute to the success of Minnesota libraries. Applicants are sought from all types of libraries, and with a range of professional experiences. This is a great opportunity to make a professional contribution while getting to know an enthusiastic and engaged mentee. More information about the mentorship program and the mentor application can be found at

Drum roll please….here are the 24 selected individuals for 2015!

Please take a moment to congratulate the new Minnesota Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE 2015) participants. These individuals will come together over the next two years to build their leadership skills as well as create better libraries for our Minnesota communities.  Hearty congratulations to the following individuals; please note that individuals from the CMLE Region are highlighted!

  • Carolyn Avair, East Central Regional Library System
  • Roxanne Backowski, St. Cloud State University
  • Trent Brager, Minnesota School of Business-Rochester
  • Adam Brisk, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Julia Carlis, Dakota County Library
  • Amelia Cohoes, Globe University
  • Allison Girres, Pioneerland Library System
  • Shelly Grace, SAMMIE
  • Sarah Hawkins, East Central Regional Library System
  • Stacey Hendren, Anoka County Library
  • Kristin Jones, Carver County Library/Pioneerland Library System
  • Richmond Kinney, Duluth Public Library
  • Kelly Kraemer, College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University
  • Stephanie Langer, Kitchigami Regional Library
  • Rachel Lockman, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Sarah Lo Pinto, Washington County Library
  • Anne Lundquist, Traverse de Sioux Library Cooperative
  • Chris Magnusson. Arrowhead Library System
  • Amy Mars, St. Catherine University
  • Lisa Motschke, Scott County Library
  • Jake Odland, Douglas County Library
  • Michael Schnieder, Minnesota School of Business-Elk River
  • Christie Schultz, Dakota County Library
  • Jill Wujcik, Sanford-Brown College
  • Jessica Zillhart, Anoka County Library
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