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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Casey Barbknecht

Director of Volunteer Services

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Nikki Bonamarte

Director of Development

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Sarna Goldenberg

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Scott Kulefsky

Director of Distribution

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Rob O’Brien

Director of Data Technology

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Rosie Boeing

Manager – Used Book Acquisitions

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Sara Harty

Manager – New Book Acquisitions

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Matt Heiser

Back of House & Facility Manager

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Christina Holt

Event Manager

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Kathleen Hooper

Accounting Manager

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Beth McCullough

Distribution Manager

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Bill Nixon

Volunteer Experience Manager

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Cori Miner

Processing Center Manager

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Gretchen Waltz

Development Manager

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Nick DeMarco

Collection & Distribution Specialist – Team Lead

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John Noster

Collection & Distribution Specialist – Team Lead

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Dorian Aguilar

Collection & Distribution Specialist

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Elizabeth Blasko

Marketing & Communications Specialist

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Laura De Spain

Visitor Services Specialist

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Rowena Festin

Data Specialist

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Monte Harris

Collection & Distribution Specialist

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Christine Heckmann

Back of House Specialist

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Tommy Lacher

Processing Center Specialist

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Taylor Landwer

Visitor Services Specialist

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Anne Loshbough

Processing Center Specialist

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Lauren Marquez

Processing Center Specialist

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Noelle Pugliese

Visitor Services Specialist

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Luke Shinners

Facilities Specialist

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David Tillis

Collection & Distribution Specialist

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David Whitlock

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