Huntley Area Public Library Board of Trustees

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chris-budzynskiChris Budzynski – President

Chris moved into the library district in 2015 with his wife, Tiphny, and two sons, Colton and Ryder. Chris is the Director of Information Technology at Huntley Community School District 158. He has a doctoral degree in organizational leadership, a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in economics.

A natural curiosity drives Chris to learn something new every day. He views the library as one of the best places to find new things to learn about.




Sean Cratty – Vice President

Sean and his wife Emmy, along with their three children, Hailey, Michael, and Hannah have been in the Library district for the past 10 years. He has worked in the area for the past 9 years and currently is a Branch Manager for First National Bank in Lake in the Hills. Sean grew up in the small town of Galesburg IL and graduated from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, then relocated to the Chicago suburbs in 2003.

He is very active in both Huntley and the surrounding areas as a member of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills and Huntley Chambers of Commerce, the treasurer/board member for Huntley Fall Fest, serves on the finance committee for Leadership Greater McHenry County, is the treasurer of the Huntley Goes Bald (St. Baldrick’s event), a member of the Huntley Park Foundation Board and most recently was elected as a trustee for Grafton Township.

Sean and his family spend a lot of time at the library, specifically at many of the children’s programs throughout the year. He is excited to grow in his new role as Vice President.


Vito Benigno – Treasurer

My wife Linda and I moved to Sun City, Huntley in 2015, from nearby Carol Stream. We have two adult children. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the wonderful Huntley community.

My career stressed business management and customer service, entailing over 34 years in private industry, government service and non-profit service. Civic involvement included coaching youth and high school sports, and various neighborhood associations.

I play softball, am a member of the Knights of Columbus and, with my wife, serve as stewards of the Little Free Library in Sun City.



Shannon McKibben – Secretary

Shannon moved to the District in 2016 with her husband, Mike and three children, Madison, Skylar, and MJ.

Shannon is a Senior Analyst at Transform Co in the Toys division.  She has a master’s degree in business administration from Aurora University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University.

Shannon is very excited in becoming more active in the community and especially in the library.




Kathleen Kunde – Trustee

Katie Kunde and her family have lived in the library district since 2018. She is a diagnostic health care specialist and patient advocate for Mercyhealth since 2012.

Katie completed her baccalaureate degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from North Central College in Naperville. She also has a Masters’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University. She is passionate about supporting children’s STEM education and healthcare equality.

Katie and her family love utilizing the many children’s programs and resources.



marge-smithMarjorie Smith – Trustee

Marge was appointed to the board in 2016. She and her husband, Del, moved to Del Webb in 2004. in 1999 she retired from the Schaumburg School District where she worked for 34 years as a classroom teacher and library/media teacher.

Marge graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Library Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University.

She currently volunteers at the library and with the HAPLD Friends Foundation.



Leslie-Threadgill-Smith-WebLeslie Threadgill-Smith – Trustee

Leslie Threadgill-Smith was elected to the Library Board in 2015. She previously served on the Library Board from 2005-2013 where she held various officer and committee positions.

She graduated From Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Special Education and a B.S. in Elementary Education. She was a Special Education teacher for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom.

She currently is a Homemaker and a substitute teacher. She has resided in Huntley for 19 years with her husband. She has two children.



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