Kenosha Public Library Leadership
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 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'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 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.
Human Resources Manager
Michelle wants to change her job title from Human Resources Manager to Coach/Advocate/Counselor/Cheerleader/Enforcer/All Around Awesome Helper, but that's too much to put on a business card. 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 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 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, and following her favorite Youtubers 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.
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 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.
Since I entered the field of librarianship, I've been called an "unicorn," as there are only a handful of young, African American male librarians, and I love being an anomaly! I have been volunteering in libraries since I was in elementary school, and so, my love for these institutions stems from early childhood. Impacting lives and serving communities are my nature, and so as a librarian, I get to be myself on a daily basis.