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Library Board Members

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Board Member Bios

Howard Barlow, Vice President

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.

Scott Beaulier

Scott Beaulier is Dean of the College of Business at North Dakota State University. An economist by training, Mr. Beaulier has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education as a professor and university administrator. Prior to joining NDSU in 2016, Mr. Beaulier was head of a research center at Arizona State University.

Mr. Beaulier holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and History from Northern Michigan University and a Masters of Arts and PhD in Economics from George Mason University.

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.

Don Carlton Hawley Jr.

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

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.

Rachael Steenholdt, President

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.

Jan Ulferts Stewart

Jan Ulferts Stewart's bio will be available soon.