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Our Thanks to Those Who've Lead the Way
A simple thank you is never enough, but it often is the best way to express our gratitude to the individuals who shouldered the responsibility of operating This House of Books and the Billings Bookstore Cooperative.
Julie Linderman (2017-2018)
Julie Linderman co-owns and manages the online sticker company Sticker Robot. When not helping customers, modifying sticker art, and plotting the future of the sticker world, she enjoys cooking, travel, art, movies and especially reading. One of her favorite things in life is choosing her next book.
Before returning to her home state of Montana, she lived in San Francisco, and spent her 20’s surviving earthquakes, navigating the temp industry, and getting a degree at the University of California Berkeley. Life in Montana has brought her close to family, and the opportunity to be involved in the community. She has volunteered for the MSU-Billings Wine and Food Festival for 15 years, serving 2 years as a co-chair of the event. Further, as a CASA Advocate, she is moved to help our most helpless.
Believing strongly in the healing powers of a good book and a good cup of tea, she relishes the opportunity to nourish a literary community in downtown Billings.
Julie was elected to the board in 2017 but stepped down after the 2018 General Meeting for personal reasons.
Nina Hernandez (2016)
Nina Hernandez works in business development for a Montana-based non-profit. Her background is in fundraising, where she has campaigned for large nonprofits in Texas and Montana, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Her Montana roots brought her back to Billings after she and her husband adopted their first child. She worked as the Executive Director for the American Heart Association before taking her position for Youth Dynamics, a Montana-based nonprofit focusing on children’s mental and behavioral healthcare. With an emphasis on philanthropy and sustainability, she oversees business development, marketing and communications, and community education for the state.
By serving on This House of Books’ board of directors, Nina is able to exercise one of her favorite out-of-office pastimes, as a bookworm and literature enthusiast. She and her husband have two children and believe in small houses, downtown communities, and cultural growth for Billings.
Nina served as the first Treasurer to the Board from 2016–2018.
Carrie La Seur (2016)
Carrie practices energy and environmental law on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and Native Americans—and does a little writing—from an office in Billings, Montana. Her ancestors homesteaded in Montana in 1864 and survived every sort of calamity and absurdity, so the book industry seems pretty tame to her by comparison.
Carrie’s improbable but apparently nonfiction résumé includes a degree in English and French from Bryn Mawr College, a Rhodes Scholarship, a doctorate in modern languages from Oxford University, and a Yale law degree. She is the author of the novels, The Home Place and The Weight of an Infinite Sky.
A licensed private pilot and committed introvert, Carrie hikes, skis, and fishes the Montana wilderness with her family in her spare time. Her writing has appeared in such diverse media as Daily Beast, Grist, Guardian, Harvard Law and Policy Review, High Country News, Huffington Post, Kenyon Review Online, Mother Jones, and Salon.
Carrie served as the first President of the Board from 2016–2018.
For more information, see Carrie's author page.