Montclair Library Foundation names pair to board

The Montclair Public Library Foundation has announced that it has welcomed Dagmara Dominczyk and Kishore Krishnan to its board of directors. In addition, current board members Gina Chung Fortt and Emily Hagen have been named chair and vice chair, respectively.

Dagmara Dominczyk, Kishore Krishnan

Dagmara Dominczyk, Kishore Krishnan

Dominczyk is an author and actress who emigrated from Poland when she was 7. She grew up in a family that focused on activism; her father was a founding member of the Solidarity labor union that worked to overthrow Communist rule in Poland.

Her family came to New York as political refugees in 1983, where Dominczyk grew up in Flatbush. Her time there ignited her interest in public

libraries, since she lived across the street from the Brooklyn Public Library.

She attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and went to college at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama. After graduating, she pursued a career in acting and has since been in movies such as “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Lost Daughter.”

Besides acting, Dominczyk is an author. Her debut novel, “The Lullaby of Polish Girls,” was published in 2011. She is working on a second novel.

She and her husband, the actor Patrick Wilson, reside in Montclair with their two sons.

The other new board member, Krishnan, is an executive director with Mizuho Americas Services, an investment bank. Krishnan leads technology operations and relationship management services at the bank.

Prior to working at Mizuho Americas Services, he served in leadership roles at other technology and business-based programs. Outside of working, he loves to garden, cook, travel and spend time with his two dogs.

Krishnan attended the University of Madras in India and received a master’s certificate in CIO and business analytics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Shalini, have two daughters and reside in Roseland, New Jersey.

Mary Packer, executive director of the Montclair Public Library Foundation, said: “As the foundation has become more visible in the past year, we have had a lot of community members express interest in joining the board or helping with advocacy and awareness efforts. This enthusiasm and recognition of the library’s value speaks to the strong positive feelings and trust that people have in libraries as vital institutions.

“Grassroots support is essential as the library continues to evolve to serve the changing needs of our community while holding fast to the ideals that make libraries a cornerstone of democracy – access to reliable information, intellectual freedom and patron privacy.”

The Montclair Public Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money for various library programs, including the Open Book/Open Mind series, adult classes and free museum passes.

To learn more about the programs the foundation offers visit montclairlibrary.org.

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