History/Board of Trustees

Our History

The Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation founded in 1954 to enhance and enrich Lincoln’s community library system by soliciting and receiving gifts to meet the needs of the library and the intent of the donor. Today, as in 1954, the Foundation has provided the support to ensure that Lincoln’s libraries remain on of the crown jewels of our community. Through technology, programs, events, or other special opportunities, we are dedicated to making sure that our libraries remain the vital and active community centers that are paramount to a thriving community.

Throughout its history, the Foundation has played a crucial role in ensuring that the Lincoln City Libraries expand to meet the needs of a growing community. The Foundation is active in raising funds for the building and furnishings of new public libraries and upgrading current buildings and furnishings. Beginning in the 1980s, the Foundation accepted gifts to endow the Jane Pop Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, which resulted in the formation of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, a support organization affiliated with the Foundation. The Foundation also manages special funds designated to benefit specific areas of the library, such as the Dorothy Bridgmon Martin Gift Fund, which supports the children’s room at the main library, and the Thompson Memorial Fund which provides annual funds for children’s books. Today, as Lincoln’s library system faces new challenges, the Foundation is committed to increasing private support by stepping up its outreach and fundraising efforts.

 Board of Trustees


Melissa Newton, President

Barb Jacobson, Vice President

Dan Sloan, Treasurer  

Brian Sunderman, Assistant Treasurer 

Nancy Hove Graul, Secretary

Ryan Sothan, Advisor

Ed Bates
Tom Beckius
Brian Bock
Doug Campbell
Brian Chaffin
Rod Confer
Curt Denker
Sarai Douglas-Schulz

Erin Ebeler Rolf
Sonya Ekart
Herb Friedman
Amanda Garrett
Jessica Greenwald
Lance Hall
Julie Heinrich

Jane Renner Hood
Rachel Hruza
Matt Kirkland
Ken Koop
Ginny Martin
Robin Martin
Michael McCoy
Marna Munn

Sheppard Perkins
Justine Petsch
Laurie Petty
Julie Robinson
Herb Schimek
Carol Speicher
Chris Steffens
Darryl White

Foundation Staff

Gail McNair, Executive Director
Michelle Farley, Administrative Assistant