Staff Bios

portrait: Jodie BorgerdingJodie Borgerding, Continuing Education Services Manager

As the Continuing Education Services Manager, Jodie Borgerding oversees the development of training opportunities for Amigos members and is the coordinator for the Missouri Libraries 2 Go (MOLIB2GO) consortium. Jodie has experience in academic libraries, reference, information and media literacy, and library marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Amigos, Jodie served as the Instruction Librarian for Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is a past-president of the Missouri Library Association, and serves as an active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Missouri State University and a Master of Library Science degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.

"I had worked with Tracy and Amigos for years and I always appreciated the dedication of the staff. So when the opportunity to become the Continuing Education Services Manger was presented to me, I jumped at the chance to join the member-focused team I had come to admire."

portrait: Tracy ByerlyTracy Byerly, Chief Programs Officer (Currently serving as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer)

Tracy Rochow Byerly has worked for Amigos Library Services since July 2012, when the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC), merged into Amigos. Serving as the Executive Director of MLNC since December 2003, Tracy played a key role in uniting the two organizations.

In her current position as Chief Programs Officer, Tracy provides leadership and support for the organization's key programs – Member Discount, Courier, Continuing Education, SimplyE and Association Management Services. She oversees and coordinates the annual Amigos Member Conference, including theme selection Tracy also guides the organization's communications and marketing efforts, through Amigos' online channels. A key player on the Amigos senior management team, Tracy is well regarded by her colleagues for her enthusiasm and positive outlook.

As MLNC's Executive Director, Tracy directed the organization's activities, worked to expand its excellent programs and services, and maintained positive relationships between MLNC and other organizations. She worked closely with the MLNC Board of Directors in responding to changes in the operating environment and choosing the organization's strategic direction. Prior to assuming her role as Executive Director, Tracy served as MLNC's User Services Manager. Before her positions with MLNC, Tracy worked in Technical Services for St. Louis County Library.

Tracy has a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Fontbonne University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

portrait: Nicole CeBallosNicole CeBallos - Member Discount Services Subscription Specialist

Nicole earned her master's degree in library science from Texas Woman's University. She lives in Sanger with her two beloved pets: a chihuahua and a maine coon. In her spare time, Nicole likes to read, watch movies, go to museums, and travel.

“I'm so excited to join AMIGOS. I've been impressed with the resources and services that the organization offers to libraries. I can’t wait to serve libraries in this new and fun way.”

portrait: Linda ElkowLinda Elkow | Association Management Services Specialist

Linda earned her master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Linda has supported libraries and library organizations through her work with membership database management, registration processing, and bookkeeping for over 25 years, first at MLNC and now at Amigos Library Services.

"Although much of my workday is spent 'solo' at my desk, I find librarians in general and my fellow staff members are wonderful to work with, friendly, positive, and devoted to bringing the world of knowledge to their patrons and the public at large."

portrait: Kristin EvansKristin Evans | Association Management Services Supervisor

Kristin Evans is a St. Louis, Missouri native who currently resides in Clarksville TN with her husband, dog, cat, and pet snake. She earned her MLIS from the University of Missouri Columbia. Kristin has previously worked as a public library branch manager and director. When not working for Amigos, Kristin enjoys reading, working out, hiking, rock climbing, and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Kristin has worked for Amigos as the Association Management Services Supervisor since fall of 2019.

portrait: Keith GaertnerKeith Gaertner, Chief Financial Officer

Currently serving as Chief Financial Officer for Amigos Library Services, Keith Gaertner has over 35 years of experience working with Library consortiums. He oversees both the Finance and IT departments, helps the personnel department and assists with many projects in the Association Management Services department.

Keith earned his Master of Arts degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University in St. Louis, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and two Chancellor’s certificates in data processing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

portrait: Erin GrayErin Gray, Library Services and Technology Trainer/AskAcademic Coordinator

After earning her master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Erin went on to work in Branch Management, Collection Development and Youth Services for over a decade with Springfield-Greene County Library. She is an advocate for all libraries and recently served as President of the Missouri Library Association. Erin resides in Springfield, MO with her husband and daughter.

"I've appreciated the Association Management Services support of Amigos for MLA for a long time. I'm delighted to join this dynamic team with so many services for libraries."

portrait: Emily NimasakontEmily Nimsakont, Cataloging and Metadata Trainer

Emily earned her master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her work experience includes digital asset management for a technology company, managing the technical services department for an academic law library, and providing cataloging training for the Nebraska Library Commission. She lives in Ashland, Nebraska, with her husband, son, and cat. "I'm very excited to be joining Amigos; I've admired the organization for a long time for the great services they provide for libraries. I'm looking forward to training on the rapidly-changing field of cataloging and metadata."

portrait: Christine PetersonChristine Peterson, Engagement And Emerging Technologies Coordinator

As the Engagement & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Christine works with members to make the best use of Amigos services, identify member needs and create services to assist them. She also closely follows technology trends to discover how Amigos can promote and support these projects/services and possibly provide them as a member benefit. Currently, she guides the implementation of the SimplyE service, an open source app that brings multiple ebook feeds into a single, easy-to-use interface for patrons.

Christine has long been known for her technology training throughout the Southwest, using her unique approach to making complicated topics easy for librarians to understand. Prior to joining Amigos, she was the Manager for Continuing Education & Consulting at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, where she guided and supported libraries statewide. She also worked for both San Antonio College and the Florida Institute of Technology as a systems librarian, converting physical library catalogs to their first automated systems.

With a degree in and sustained passion for music, Christine enjoys accompanying local soloists, is learning to play the handbells and is out at least three times a week dancing – ballroom, Latin and country!

portrait: Laurence ZuercherLaurence Zuercher, Member Discount Services and Trans-Amigos Express Supervisor

Laurence currently lives in Arlington, Texas, with his wife and 8-month-old daughter. Over the years, he has worked in several different positions at the Arlington Public Library, centered around the multi-service circulation desk. With an emphasis in Psychology, Laurence earned his Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Arlington.

"I'm looking forward to using my customer service experience and the drive I have for library services to Amigos. And I'm excited to start working with the team!"