Hi, Patricia Post here! As John Meyerhofer left CMLE to begin his stint at Macalaster College, we needed a top notch office manager. They had to understand our members and their world, be able to write, while also being a whiz with logistics and details around events and our CMLE office! A tall order, but we think we have found her! Sheri Olson is her name and I have asked her to write a bit about herself….won’t you join me in welcoming Sheri?
I am so excited to be a part of CMLE! I have been involved with books in many ways through the years. As a child, while other kids were playing with dolls and trucks, I created my own library in my room! As an adult, I carried my love of books into the real world when I became the owner of two bookstores in the Zimmerman/Elk River area – Reading Frenzy BookShop and Reading Frenzy Corner. As the owner and manager of these stores, I had hands-on contact with authors, publishers, libraries, and book readers of all ages. This gave me a great background in the book industry on many levels.
I also have a passion for event planning. Over the years I have organized hundreds of events – large and small for both non-profits and businesses. Some of my most recent endeavors include organizing author events at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge and ArtSoup Community Festival in Elk River. I am very excited to assist CMLE with future events.
I also have over 25 years of experience working with and for non-profits. The non-profit world is unique, challenging, and exciting all at the same time! My experience has been quite extensive from assisting with simple office tasks, fundraising, event planning, leadership, and being a board member.
On a personal level, I have lived in the Zimmerman/Elk River area for 18 years. I have been happily married to my husband, Mike, for over 31 years and we share our home with two rescued senior cats, Stormi and Sherlock. I love reading! My favorite genres are mysteries and memoirs. And finally, I love to volunteer and I am active with several excellent non-profits.
I look forward to working with each of you and I hope that I have the opportunity to meet you at an event in the future.