Core Staff

Administrative Staff

Executive Director

Ari Z. Brooks, MSW is an experienced fundraiser and nonprofit manager having held leadership positions in three not-for-profit organizations for twenty-five years in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her work has primarily focused on engaging and inspiring the community to provide volunteer and philanthropic support. She lectures and trains library-support groups throughout the region on organizational development, fundraising, and program development and evaluation.

Prior to serving as FOLMC executive director, Ms. Brooks held three progressively challenging roles at a child welfare organization. Her responsibilities included community outreach, grant writing, marketing, corporate volunteer management, and overseeing a $25 million capital campaign.  Ms. Brooks earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active volunteer in the community and served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. She is a graduate of the 2004 Class of Leadership Montgomery and the inaugural 2009 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award for the County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

Deputy Director

Lysette House is highly skilled in managing nonprofit activities, including liaising with various offices and affiliates locally and abroad.  Ms. House manages programs and events, provides membership support to Chapter and unaffiliated members of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, and coordinates the print and e-communications. She began volunteering with Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Silver Spring Chapter in 2014 and was hired part-time as Membership & Database Coordinator in 2016, before being promoted to full-time Programs & Membership Coordinator in 2017, and currently serves as the Deputy Director.

Ms. House earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Justice, Law & Society from American University. Previously, for The International Center, Ms. House coordinated activities and programming between offices in the United States, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Director of Business Operations

Lance Salins manages all aspects of business development of the organization including overseeing both of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County bookstores. Mr. Salins began volunteering in 2009 and was hired part-time as a Clerk working for the organization in 2011, before being promoted to Assistant Manager and, then, full-time Business Coordinator in 2014 and currently serves as the Director of Business Operations.

Mr. Salins earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, magna cum laude, from The University of Maryland. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Hose2Habitat, a Maryland based nonprofit working to enhance the welfare of animals in zoos and sanctuaries.


Office Coordinator 

Melly Kitenge is seasoned at managing administrative duties for non-profit organizations. This has included supporting travel and programming coordination. Since 2018, Ms. Kitenge has provided this support to the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

Ms. Kitenge studied Sociology at Grinnell College.




Bookstore Staff

Rockville Bookstore Manager

Les Rich

Wheaton Bookstore Manager

Dan Kelly

Assistant Bookstore Manager

Carmen Jackman

Assistant Bookstore Manager

Andrea Nakonechny

James Annable

Charlene Blaine

Susan Bobst

Guy Brussat

Anthony Carter

Claire Center

Suzanna Dickson

Debra Dunn

Nessia Ferneau

Will LeCorn

Rodman Quill

Tom Skallerup

Patty Walker

Deb Weiner

Julian Wylie

Haili You

Grey Zalusky