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Kenosha Public Library Leadership

Barbara Brattin

Barbara oversees the operation and administration of the city’s public library as well as the Kenosha County Library System, including matters related to library and system policies, finances, facilities, and personnel. She works closely with library staff and key partners county-wide to ensure progress is made with the library and library system's long-term strategic goals and annual objectives. She serves on the Leadership Table for Building Our Future and as a Readers are Leaders volunteer. Barbara is also a recognized leader in the professional library community, serving as Board Chair for Wisconsin Library Services.

Brandi Cummings
Assistant Director

Brandi's kindergarten teacher once wrote, "Brandi could not finish her art project because she was far too concerned with making sure her classmates had the crayons they needed for their projects." nothing much has changed since then. A fierce believer in community, connection, and caring, she started her career with the Kenosha Public Library in 2008 and worked in various roles. In her current position, Brandi oversees marketing, public relations, adult programming, and community partnerships. When not plotting her next program or spotlighting the work of her coworkers, Brandi can be found volunteering throughout the community or road-tripping with her wife. 

Rob Nunez
Data & IT Manager

Rob manages the IT, Collections, and newly formed Data Governance and Analytics department. When not helping out on the reference desk, he negotiates contracts, reviews new technologies for the library, experiments with machine learning, and helps where he can. He is also a co-author of the ALA Bill of Rights Article VII and a privacy advocate. When away from the office, Rob works on his home, car and remote troubleshooting his parent's computers. 

Michelle Tucker
Business Manager

Michelle enjoys supporting staff in all their endeavors and is endlessly fascinated by the many cool things that happen in libraries. In her spare time, Michelle loves to read, spend time with family, play board games on the rare occasion everyone cooperates, and talk about how adorable her dog is (just ask- there are lots of pictures!).

Heather Thompson
Head of Youth & Family Services

Heather believes that the public library is the best place for families to learn, play, and connect. She thinks there is nothing better than seeing a child light up when discovering something new! Sponsored by the Public Library Association as a 2017 ALA Emerging Leader and was named a 2019 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal, Heather regularly speaks about program development and early childhood literacy initiatives at library conferences nationwide. Heather loves learning alongside families in STEAM programs and yoga classes, cooking, reading nonfiction, and hanging out with her husband and their two cats.

Marcia Siehr
Head of Outreach Services

Marcia oversees Outreach Services, including bookmobile stops, community events, senior and family programs, home delivery, and youth outreach visits in STEM and literacy enrichment. She loves reading, baking, traveling, following her favorite influencers, and nature walks with her dog and husband in her spare time. She also serves on the Board of Directors for our community partner, Kenosha Community Media. 

Shannon Urban
Head of Collection Services

As a manager, Shannon is responsible for providing an excellent patron experience and collaborating with other leaders to bring the KPL vision to the community.  As a librarian, she is responsible for selecting graphic novels, manga, and Fantasy/Sci-Fi books for the collection.  Shannon also leads the Fantasy/Sci-Fi book club and other programs and loves recommending books to other avid readers.  In her spare time, she watches a lot of Asian dramas and will happily recommend them too.

Jennifer Kozelou
Northside Library Branch Manager

Jennifer received coordinated MLIS and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015. She has worked in various public and academic institutions roles, currently serving as a branch manager for the Kenosha Public Library. She enjoys bringing her creativity and experience as a musician to inspire her work in librarianship. She also enjoys performing choral music, playing cozy games on her Nintendo Switch, and spending time with her family.

Kahlil Griffin
Simmons & Uptown Library Branch Manager

Since he entered the field of librarianship, Kahlil has been called a "unicorn," as there are only a handful of young, African American male librarians, and he loves being an anomaly! He has been volunteering in libraries since he was in elementary school, and so, Kahlil's love for these institutions stems from early childhood. Impacting lives and serving communities are in his nature, and so as a librarian, he gets to be himself daily.

Justin Keberlein
Simmons Library Supervising Librarian

Justin is a firm believer in the transformative power of public libraries and is a dedicated advocate of vibrant, inclusive library spaces for patrons of all ages. Currently, Justin is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is on track to earn his MLIS in the Summer of 2024. Justin’s academic work was recognized by the Wisconsin Library Association, which awarded him the institution’s 2023 Library Education Scholarship. In November of 2023, he was elected to serve as the Vice Chair of the WLA’s Youth Services Section where he helps build and promote programs that educate and empower youth services workers across the state. In his free time he enjoys reading cosmic horror, teasing futuristic sounds out of his collection of synthesizers, and spending time hiking with his family.

Jeremy Elder
Marketing Manager

Jeremy is a recent transplant to the Kenosha area, moving his family here from Los Angeles, CA in 2022. He joined the team in 2024 and brings with him over 20 years of private-sector Marketing Communications and Business Development leadership experience. Jeremy and his family love to volunteer in the community with various Youth Ministry programs and at the Shalom Center. In addition to being an avid sneakerhead, he is a self-proclaimed nerd, with a special enthusiasm for TMNT and has won several awards across the world for his first short film. Jeremy is a proud girl-dad and an infantry veteran of the United States Army.

Dan Davis

Maintenance Superintendent

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