2018-2019 United for Libraries Executive Board

Skip Dye


Skip DyeSkip Dye is VP, library marketing and digital sales at Penguin Random House. He has been a corporate at large member of the United for Libraries board since 2015. Prior to his position at Penguin Random House, he was VP, adult library and academic marketing, Random House, LLC, and VP, sales director, Random House Publisher Services, Random House, LLC. Dye was co-founder of the Penguin Random House Literacy Award for Teachers, and co-founder of Penguin Random House Innovation Awards for Libraries.







Peter Pearson


Photo of smiling Vice President Peter Pearson. Peter Pearson is lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group. He was president of the Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library for 25 years, and was a founder of Library   Strategies. As president of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, he led three capital campaigns and coordinated an annual grassroots advocacy campaign that added millions of dollars of public funding to the library's budget. He also served as a Trustee for the Twin Cities Regional Library System for 10 years.





Donna McDonald


Donna McDonaldDonna McDonald is the director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System. She has served on a variety of ALA committees, including the School Library Taskforce, Advocacy Committee, Advocacy Coordinating Group, and CPLA Review Committee. She served as president of United for Libraries 2011-2012 and as a member of the executive board 2012-2013. She served on the Arkansas State Library Board from 2004 to 2011.






Christine Lind Hage


Christine Lind HageChristine Lind Hage is the director of the Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library since 2005. She has been a library director for 32 of the 45 years she has worked as a full-time public librarian. She has served as the past president of United for Libraries and of the Public Library Association and as an ALA councilor for 13 years.  She is the current division councilor for United. She was a board member of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates, the precursor to United for Libraries. She is the author of The Public Library Start-Up Guide (ALA Editions, 2004). She earned an AMLS from the University of Michigan.







Steve Laird


A photo of Immediate Past President Steve Laird smiling.Steve Laird is president of the Reference Division of Infogroup. Laird has served as a United for Libraries board member since 2012, and has chaired the United for Libraries Awards Committee and served on the division’s Corporate Development Task Force and Finance & Audit Task Force. He was general manager then vice president of sales of the Reference Division of Infogroup before taking his current position as president.