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 are 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
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 at the library for 30 years, first as a Reference Librarian, then as Manager of the Reference Department and now as Assistant Director for Public Services. She has enjoyed helping patrons with their information needs, talking about great nonfiction books with readers, and planning the library's future.
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.
Lynette Pitrak
Teen Services Coordinator
Ask Us Desk
Book a Tech
Book a Librarian
Children's Services Desk
Circulation Services
Janet Cole
Adult & Teen Librarian
Computer Help Desk
Melody Danley
Staff Artist
Shannon Gruber
Adult & Teen Librarian
Sharon Hrycewicz
Children's Librarian
Annie Jagielski
Technology Trainer
Rachel Kruty
Karen Neal
Adult & Teen Librarian
Cheryl Pawlak
Circulation Assistant Manager
Traci Skocik
Children's Librarian
Mary Ann Styrczula
Digital Librarian
Marianne Trautvetter
Adult & Teen Librarian, Homebound Delivery
Lorel Trout
Interlibrary Loan Supervisor
Katelyn Vabalaitis
Administrative Assistant
Deb Wischmeyer
Adult & Teen Librarian