Our Team

We are different by design. The things that set us apart are our ability to connect meaningfully with people, our belief that knowledge is power and the most vital way of attaining that is through reading and finally, we strive to leverage the most out of what we are entrusted with and sustainably reuse, recycle, and re-purpose so we can invest more in the children we serve.

We’re a team driven by the knowledge that our unsurpassed success in obtaining our mission is based on three principles: simplicity, empowerment and efficiency.

Additionally, we have a group of intelligent, curious and determined interns who share their time and talent with Bernie’s Book Bank.

Darrin Utynek

Chief Executive Officer

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Brian Floriani

Founder & Chief Advancement Officer

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Caryn Adolph

Director of Administration

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Sarna Goldenberg

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Scott Kulefsky

Collections and Distribution Manager

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Sara Harty

Processing Center Manager

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Christina Holt

Event Manager

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Rob O’Brien

Data & Technology Manager

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Casey Barbknecht

Volunteer Services Specialist

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Elizabeth Blasko

Marketing & Communications Specialist

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Nick DeMarco

Senior Collection and Distribution Specialist

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Laura De Spain

Visitor Services Specialist

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Amber Emken

Processing Center Specialist

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Rowena Festin

Data Specialist

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Monte Harris

Collection and Distribution Specialist

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Christine Heckmann

Processing Center Specialist

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Matt Heiser

Back of House Supervisor

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Tommy Lacher

Processing Center Specialist

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Taylor Landwer

Visitor Services Specialist

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Beth McCullough

Distribution Liasion

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Cori Miner

Processing Center Specialist

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Bill Nixon

Event/Processing Center Specialist

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John Noster

Collection and Distribution Specialist

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Melissa Pahlke

Processing Center Specialist

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Rosie Boeing

Book Drive Specialist

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Noelle Pugliese

Visitor Services Specialist

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David Tillis

Back of House Specialist

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Kathy Ziegenhorn

Processing Center Specialist

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Any time we can put books into our students’ hands it is a “win-win” situation.  Bernie’s Book Bank extends our literacy work with all students.

Sandy Zalewski

Director for Communications & Development, Joliet Public Schools