Karen E. Miller
President / Owner
Karen joined the firm in 2013 and consulted on 100+ searches prior to taking ownership of the firm in January of 2020. Prior to her consulting career, she served as Associate Director at Stark County (Ohio) District Library and performing as Interim Executive Director for SCDL in 2012. Karen has over 20 years of wide-ranging public library experience, from rural library directorships to branch management to administrative responsibilities in a county district library and in an urban metro library. Karen has demonstrated excellence in strategic planning, staff management and development, successful levy campaigns, event planning, fundraising, and public speaking. She is an active member of the Ohio Library community, serving as an annual presenter for the Ohio Library Council’s New Library Directors Workshop and as a Mentor and Steering Committee member for the ILEAD USA-Ohio leadership program for Ohio librarians. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. Karen has served several years as Chairman and Committee Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Drum Corps Competition held each year in Canton, Ohio, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Jobeth has worked as an executive search consultant for the past sixteen years and served as President/Owner of Bradbury Miller Associates prior to selling the firm to Karen Miller, current Owner/President, January 2020—one of the best decisions ever made! Prior to the search firm, Jobeth served as the Library Director at the North Kansas City Public Library/High School Media Center. During her ten years at North Kansas City, she was the project co-lead in the Library’s Building Project and one of the Project Managers in facilitating the Combined Public Library/High School Media Center Project. She also worked closely with elected officials and with the business community. Prior to coming to North Kansas City, she served as Library Consultant, Northeast Kansas Library System; Adult Services Department Chair, Kansas City, KS Public Library and Associate Director, Rolling Hills Consolidated Library (St. Joseph, MO), where she participated in a successful tax levy campaign. In addition to her public library experience, Jobeth taught for the University of Missouri’s master’s in library science program. Volunteer activities include Past President-North Kansas City Kiwanis Club; Kansas City Academy Annual Auction Chair, Community Treasures Annual Architectural Awards Co-Chair; and the Parkway Towers Condominium Homeowners Association Board.
Brian C. Hare
Brian most recently served as the Director of Reed Memorial Public Library (Ravenna, Ohio) and has worked in a variety of settings during his 15+ years of library experience. He came to public library service through the AmeriCorps Network and obtained his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Brian has also served as director for a small rural public library and manager for a metro suburb library. One of his most fond positions was Archive Intern at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh where he got to rifle through Warhol’s Time Capsules. Specializing in strategic planning facilitation, marketing/branding, project management, levy campaigns, and public speaking, Brian stays active with the Ohio Library Council, American Library Association, and Public Library Association serving on various committees and presenting on library topics. Brian is also an active board member of Main Street Ravenna and Ravenna School District Equity Task Force. He believes that libraries are the most important part of any community.
Director of Finance and Communication
Beth Barker has over 20 years of experience overseeing business practices and human resources for several offices in Northeast Ohio, most recently, having served as operations manager for The Chrysalis Center in New Philadelphia. Beth’s experience includes overseeing all finances, including payroll and benefits, as well as human resources for the firm. Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Kent State University.
Dan has worked as a search consultant for the past thirteen years and previously has over 30 years of successful experience as a library director, including nineteen years as Director of the Kansas City (MO) Public Library District. During his tenure in Kansas City, he reorganized/rebuilt the branch system, established two public/private partnerships for the creation of new facilities, and initiated a successful capital campaign and construction projects for a new Central Library. Prior to coming to Kansas City, he served as Director of the Janesville (WI) Public Library and the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library (a two-county system) in St. Joseph, Missouri; he also served as Associate Director for Branch and Extension Services at the Waco-McLennan County Library in Waco, Texas. He received a Distinguished Graduate Award from Emporia’s School of Library and Information Management in 1985; Library Journal named him as Librarian of the Year for 1991; the University of Missouri-Kansas City granted an Alumni Achievement Award to him in 2001; and the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy named him Non-Profit Executive of the Year in 2003.
Thomas serves as associate consultant while also serving as Director of the Minerva Public Library (Ohio). Tom’s earlier experience as a bookstore employee in Urbana, IL led to the completion of a Master’s in Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His first professional library position was as Adult Services Librarian, Wadsworth Public Library in Ohio. He was subsequently hired as a branch manager for the Greene County Public Library, Xenia, Ohio and became Assistant Director in 2006. Tom joined the Minerva Public Library in 2008 as Director. Tom is currently serving on the Board of the Ohio Library Council. He brings a variety of experience in both single-building and multi-branch libraries in both rural and urban settings.