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Board Members

Howard Barlow

Howard Barlow grew up in a small town in South Dakota. He developed a hunger for learning at an early age and has always loved reading. His interests are widely varied and he has lately begun writing for pleasure and is working on several stories of personal interest and family history. Howard and his wife Dorothy have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Howard is a Nonprofit Resource Specialist (NRS) with Bremer Bank in Fargo. He has served in this position with Bremer for 11 years. In his job Howard works with nonprofits in the Fargo-Moorhead area, does community service and serves as a connecting point for the Otto Bremer Foundation. He has a special interest in the elimination of homelessness and has served as a former board member and is still an active member of the FM Homeless Coalition. Prior to his present position he served as Vice President for Development of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota for many years.

Mary Dickson

Mary Dickson grew up north of Chicago, got a Bachelors degree from Northwestern University, a Masters in education from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in history from NDSU. Mary taught history and government in Stillwater, MN, and to ELL students at South High in Fargo for years. Mary is married and has three grown sons and two daughters-in-law. Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, biking, exercising, and traveling. Both Mary and her husband are now retired.

Gary Groberg

Gary Groberg joined the Fargo Public Library's Board of Directors in 2012. Groberg served in the US Air Force, attended Creighton University, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha. He retired as Executive Director of Churches United for the Homeless, a position he held for ten years, in 2009. As advocate for social justice, Groberg has served on many community and state Boards of Directors, including First Link, Minnesota Homeless Coalition, Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Agency, and Social Connection, among others. He volunteers for pro-active institutions such as the Wilder Foundation of Minnesota, which tracks and assesses homelessness. For his dedication to the homeless in our community, Groberg was named Humanitarian of the Year by Temple Beth El in 2007. Prior to his work at CUFH, Groberg worked at Northern School Supply for 25 years. He and his wife Kris, a professor at NDSU, have raised two children and nine rescue dogs.

Carlos Hawley

Carlos Hawley is an associate professor of Spanish at North Dakota State University, where he has taught Spanish language, literature, and culture since 1996. He is originally from Iowa, and received his PhD from the University of Iowa. He has studied, lived, and worked in the US, Spain, and Ecuador. He has also traveled extensively in Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean including in 2013 when he walked both the Camino Inca to Machu Picchu and the Camino de Santiago, the medieval pilgrimage route. That year also gave him a new appreciation for travel literature. Carlos enjoys libraries and public service. He served on the board for the North Dakota ACLU for many years, several as its president, and also on the board at Fargo Family HealthCare for nine years. Carlos reads poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, novels, short stories, and essays. For him, the library is often a sanctuary.

Helen Levitt, President

Helen Levitt is a Nurse Diabetes Educator at Sanford Diabetes Center. She was born in Chicago, and received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Illinois. She later married and moved to Minnesota, and then to Fargo in 1979.  She received her Masters in Public and Human Services Administration from Moorhead State University. Helen has 3 grown children, all of whom share Helen’s love of reading. She lives in Fargo with her husband and 2 dogs.

Helen has been a library patron since her first week in Fargo, and is rarely seen without a library book in hand.  She has been a willing volunteer for many years.  She has served on the Board in the past, serving as Board Chair from 2007-2008.  During that time, she was involved in inception and completion of the Dr. James Carlson Library. She also served on the Building committee for the new Main library, which opened shortly after her tenure as Board Chair. She continues to volunteer at the library whenever she can.

Herb Snyder

Herbert Snyder is a professor of accounting and Chair of the Accounting, Finance & Information Systems Dept. at North Dakota State University. He has served on both the Fargo Public Library Board and the Library Building Committee. Dr. Snyder is the author of the book Costing and Pricing in the Digital Age and his articles on library financial management have appeared in Library Quarterly and Library Administration and Management. In 2004 he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the American Library Association for his contribution to library management for his column “Small Change,” which ran in the magazine Library Administration & Management from 1998-2003. During 2003 he was a Fulbright scholar in Ukraine. Prior to entering the academic world, Dr. Snyder worked as a fraud investigator and as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army.

Rachael Steenholdt

Rachael Steenholdt is an attorney with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Fargo. Prior to this position, she worked for a human rights nonprofit in Minneapolis, and had a fellowship with the United Nations in the Netherlands. Rachael holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her hobbies include traveling, fixing up her old home, spending time with her rescued St. Bernard, Walter, and reading.