The Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) announces the appointment of Kristine O’Sullivan to its Board of Trustees. The Board appointed O’Sullivan to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of the late Trustee Jacqueline “Jackie” Hinaber. The term runs until April 2021. The Board reviewed five applications for the open position.
O’Sullivan has 20 years of experience in communications and member engagement for professional associations. She is the manager of event communications for ISACA (Schaumburg, Ill.), a global association for information security and cybersecurity professionals. Previously, her professional work experience included positions at the American Health Information Management Association (Chicago) and the American Osteopathic Association (Chicago).
She volunteers with Association Forum, currently serving as vice chair of the SmartTech conference planning committee. O’Sullivan received a Forty Under Forty award from the association in 2016.
“We are pleased to welcome Trustee O’Sullivan to the Board and that she was willing to lend her talents to the library,” said Board President Sylvia Haas. “We are impressed with the level of experience, persistence, and patience that she brings to work with our Board.”
According to O’Sullivan, her motivation to join the board is to give back to an institution that gives so much to others.
“A public library is one of the pillars of a community, and this is very much true in Mount Prospect,” said O’Sullivan, “The dedication of the staff and volunteers to foster the growth of others are why public libraries are foundational to democracy and community.”
O’Sullivan recalls how the library was an immediate destination and an important way to connect to the community when she moved to Mount Prospect.
“MPPL was the first place my family visited in Mount Prospect,” said O’Sullivan. “We dropped our earnest money off at a local realty office for the home we purchased and then drove right over to the library. We were so happy to find a huge, welcoming children’s section and a beautiful facility.”
Since then, she has continued to enjoy library programming — the Teddy Bear Walk in particular — and Friends of the Library’s book sales.
O’Sullivan graduated cum laude from Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) and has lived in Mount Prospect for five years with her husband, Pat, and daughter.