Sno-Isle Libraries today announced that Susan Hempstead and Kassy Rodeheaver have joined the library district as Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for Business.
Susan Hempstead is responsible for implementing Sno-Isle Libraries’ connected communities strategy, government relations outreach, community partnerships and volunteer programs. She previously served as Director of Customer and Community Engagement with Puget Sound Energy, held public affairs positions with Public School Employees of WA, the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay and also served as a White House intern. She has held board positions with Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Special Olympics of Washington, Economic Development Council of Seattle and the King County Library System Foundation. She also served on the Growth Management Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Hempstead earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and resides in Edmonds with husband, Ben, and children, Nate and Hannah.
“I am honored to join the talented and respected team at Sno-Isle Libraries to share the story of our local libraries and also to have collaborative community conversations. This position aligns my passions around community outreach, partnerships and cultivating learning communities."
Kassy Rodeheaver will focus on entrepreneur and small business support and outreach to increase awareness of Sno-Isle’s business support programs. She previously worked as the Grants and Nonprofit Information Center Librarian with the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. During her five year tenure, she provided collection development, program planning, budget management and outreach. She also served on the library’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee helping to implement the Idea+Space pilot program focused on providing support to nonprofit, small business and entrepreneurial communities. Rodeheaver earned her Master’s Degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.
“I am very excited to join Sno-Isle Libraries in support of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Libraries have so many great ways to assist these communities. I love being able to connect business people with the information and resources that will give them a competitive edge in today’s business world.”
“These staff additions emphasize two areas of strategic focus for us,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, library district Executive Director. “We are committed to building communities with strong civic engagement opportunities and economically sound communities.”