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Staff: Leadership

Michelle Hajder: Director, Library Services

Michelle Hajder: Director of Library Services

Michelle earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree in sunny Seattle, Washington; however, she fled back home to Minneapolis when she realized there wasn’t nearly enough snow in Puget Sound. She joined the Walden Library in 2007 and has been nerding out about online learning and information literacy ever since. In her free time she enjoys bird watching, distance running, road trips, and ghost stories.


Kerry Sullivan: Associate Director, Outreach, Reference, & Instruction

Kerry Sullivan: Associate Director for Outreach, Reference, & Instruction

Prior to joining the Walden Library, Kerry served as a clinical librarian for five years at the AHEC Medical Library at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She also spent seven years working in marketing and public relations before becoming a librarian. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Purdue University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.


Miki Scholl: Associate Director, Systems & Collections

Miki Scholl: Collections Manager

Miki grew up in Japan before coming to the United States as an exchange student in high school. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Master of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to Walden, Miki spent many years working as a cataloger for a couple of law schools in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. 


Nykol Eystad: Manager, Liaison & Outreach

Nykol Eystad: Liaison & Outreach Manager

Nykol earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been working as a librarian since 2003. Currently, she lives in Minneapolis with her husband and cats. When not helping students become greater researchers, Nykol enjoys photography, baking, a wide variety of music, and salvaging and reviving odd, old furnishings and other unloved bits and pieces.


Susan Stekel: Manager, Information Literacy & Instruction

Susan Stekel: Information Literacy & Instruction Manager

Susan earned her Master of Arts in medieval studies at the University of Connecticut and Master of Science in Information at the University of Michigan. Her library life includes work as assistant curator of a rare book collection, and researcher of foundations and corporations in nonprofit development. The oldest library document she has ever worked with was a papyrus scroll from 800 A.D. that listed a travel itinerary for merchants sailing up the coast of the Mediterranean. Now she spends much more time finding peer-reviewed articles published within the last five years of your anticipated graduation date.


Traci Avet Hector: Manager, Reference Services

Traci Avet-Hector: Reference Librarian

Traci received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Nicholls State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She has worked as a librarian in school, public library, hospital, and vendor settings, and spent seven years as the Virtual Reference Coordinator for Ask a Librarian, Florida's statewide virtual reference service.


Jon Allinder: Manager, Systems & Collections

Jon Allinder: IT Librarian

Jon received his MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, and his BA in English from St. John's University. In over ten years at Walden, Jon has performed a number of duties within the Library, and he currently serves as the Library's Manager, Systems & Collections. When Jon isn't working he enjoys reading, hiking, and spoon carving!