Staff Directory

Rick Ashton
Library Director
Rick joined the library as Director in September 2011. He previously served as Director of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and, for twenty years, as City Librarian (Chief Executive) of the Denver Public Library. He enjoys working with the Library Board, staff, and community to provide great public library service in Downers Grove.
Melissa Doornbos
Public Relations Manager, Adult Program Coordinator
Melissa began working at the library in 2010 and looks forward to many more years of fun and hard work while here. She is a self-proclaimed bookworm who enjoys running, vacationing, and doing Random Acts of Kindness.
Jen Fredericks
Technical Services Manager
Jen joined our team in December 2013. She previously served as head cataloger at Lisle Library, a position she held for ten years, and as Assistant Director of Reference Services as well. She enjoys spending time with family, reading about sociological issues, going to concerts, gardening, cooking, and entertaining.
Dale Galiniak
Information Technology Manager
After descending the hidden stairs, you find yourself in the forgotten library catacombs, where an IT Manager has made his lair. You see old computer parts strewn about everywhere. It's pitch black. You're likely to be eaten by a grue.
Melanie Mertz
Circulation Manager
Melanie has lived in Downers Grove for 38 years...great place to raise children and use the library! She has been part of the DGPL staff team for 10 years.
Susan O’Brien
Assistant Director for Support Services, ADA Coordinator
Sue has worked at the Downers Grove Public Library as a Reference Librarian, Literature and Audio Services Librarian, and Department Head before becoming the Assistant Director for Support Services. She especially enjoys reading mysteries.
Sara Pemberton
Children's Services Manager
As a child, Miss Sara used the wrap-around library, especially to check out Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. She has been with the Downers Grove Public Library for "quite a while" and is a personal friend of Miss Mouse.
Bonnie Reid
Assistant Director for Public Services
Bonnie has worked for the library for over 30 years, as Reference Librarian, Manager of the Reference Department and now as Assistant Director for Public Services. She has enjoyed helping implement the library's renovation and planning the library's future. She enjoys reading nonfiction, especially memoirs, history, nature, and pets.
Nicole Wilhelms
Adult & Teen Services Manager
Nicole has worked in a library in one way or another since college. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and her first job out of graduate school was at the Downers Grove Public Library.
Ask Us Desk
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Children's Services Desk
Circulation Services
Janet Cole
Adult & Teen Librarian
Computer Help Desk
Melody Danley
Staff Artist
Rachel Edwards
Administrative Assistant
Sharon Hrycewicz
Children's Librarian, Reference & Technology Coordinator
Annie Jagielski
Technology Trainer
Mieko Landers
Adult & Teen Librarian
Erin Linsenmeyer
Children's Librarian, School Liaison
Lizzie Matkowski
Adult & Teen Librarian
Karen Neal
Adult & Teen Librarian
Cheryl Pawlak
Circulation Assistant Manager
Jason Peters
Information Technology Assistant
Lynette Pitrak
Teen Services Coordinator
Barb Powell
Technical Services Assistant Manager
Paul Regis
Information Technology Assistant Manager
Traci Skocik
Children's Librarian, Children's Program Coordinator
Mary Ann Styrczula
Digital Librarian
Marianne Trautvetter
Adult & Teen Librarian, Homebound Delivery
Lorel Trout
Interlibrary Loan Supervisor
Katelyn Vabalaitis
Executive Assistant
Deb Wischmeyer
Adult & Teen Librarian