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The PALS class of 2012 maintains this list of the speakers, subjects and brief descriptions of their talks. The opinions expressed by participants in the Speakers Bureau do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of PaLA. The mention of an organization name, product, or service in a presentation should not be construed as an endorsement.

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Jordan Beck and Richard Lanni

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Jordan Beck and Richard Lanni

Title: Jordan-Chief Operations Officer, Voice Actor, 2D Sequence Director

Richard-Writer, Director, Producer, Documentary filmmaker

Library/Organization: Fun Academy Motion Pictures

Phone Number: 1-888-243-7677

Address: 111 12th Street, STE 202, Columbus GA, 31901

Email: TFreeman@FunAcademyStudios.com

Website:  https://funacademystudios.com/

Areas of Expertise: Film, filmmaking, directing, voice acting, animation, film self-distribution, animal activism, military working animals, military history, World War One history, animal involvement in WWI

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Children's Services

Biography:  Jordan Beck is the Chief Operations Officer of Fun Academy Media Group as well as the 2D sequence director and voice actor for the animated feature film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. His duties on the film included the direction of all vintage-inspired map/propaganda animations and motion graphics, as well as the casting and direction of secondary voice roles including his own as Stubby’s squadmate and occasional antagonist, Elmer Olsen. For the studio, Jordan balances the creative aspects of filmmaking with the business of entertainment, overseeing day-to-day production, sales, and outreach efforts across Fun Academy’s international footprint.

Richard Lanni is a historical filmmaker – producing, writing and directing for cinema, television and home media – and is the founder of Fun Academy Media Group, Ltd. (formerly Labyrinth Media & Publishing), operating from his homes in Cork, Ireland, and Normandy, France, with production and distribution offices headquartered in Columbus, Ga.

Following a successful career in business, Lanni pursued his passion at film school with a goal of making fun, engaging, educational media for mass markets. Prior to Fun Academy, Lanni found success in documentary production. His series The American Road to Victory tells the story of three key engagements in the European theater of World War II.



Availability: Morning or evening programs preferred.

Fees: Travel expenses if possible. We would also like to set up a pop up shop with some of the branded merchandise from our film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Speaking Experience:  Both Lanni and Beck have spoken multi-nationally at events, conventions, festivals and in discussion boards about the filmmaking process, animating history, and the challenges of the entertainment industry.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  children's services  Community Members  Public Libraries  School Libraries 

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Kimberly A. Nash

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Kimberly A. Nash

Title: Owner

Library/Organization: THriv

Phone Number: 717-298-3030

Address: 976 Clifton Heights Road, Hummelstown PA 17036

Email: kim@uthriv2.com

Website:  https://uthriv2.com/

 

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources, Leadership, Management

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

Biography: In 2017, Kim founded her company, THriv, to accompany leaders on their professional growth journey to achieve results. She serves leaders through coaching, teaching, and public speaking.

As the Vice President of Client Compliance and HR Services for Brown & Brown of PA, Kim partners with organizations to provide a variety of business consulting, compliance management, and human resource related services. Additionally, she delivers a variety of presentations for organizations.

Kim also serves as a part-time instructor for Villanova University, Pace University, George Mason University, and Temple University teaching the Professional Human Resource Management course for human resource professionals.

Kim holds the SHRM-SCP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management, the Senior Professional Human Resource certification through HR Certification Institute, the Compensation Management Specialist designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, and has completed the John C. Maxwell Certification Program to teach, coach, train, and speak.


Availability: No Restrictions

Fees: Fees may apply. Reimbursement of Travel Expenses

Speaking Experience:  More than 20 years of training and speaking experience for numerous organizations and associations. From small groups to large groups, locally to nationally, on a variety of topics ranging from managing employees to leadership development. References will be provided upon request.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  Support Staff 

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Grace Kelly

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Name:  Grace Kelly

Title: Human Resources Consultant

Library/Organization: RC Kelly Law Associates

Phone Number: 215-896-3846 x101

Address: 623 North Broad Street, Lansdale Pa, 19446

Email: grace@rckelly.com

Website: http://rckelly.com/Practice-Areas/Training

 

Areas of Expertise: Human Resources

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Community Members, Technical Services, Reference Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

Biography: 

Grace Bradley Kelly is a Human Resources Risk Management Consultant with RC Kelly Law Associates. Grace has concentrated her practice on proactive employee management and regulatory compliance. With two decades of operational management experience along with formal MBA training, postgraduate certification in human resources and workplace investigations, Grace has the insights and business acumen to help clients with day-to-day HR Risk Management decisions for thousands of employees (she has seen or heard it all!). She is an experienced speaker, presenting on HR Risk Management topics at both the state and national level.

Grace holds a Master’s in Business Administration from DeSales University and has taken post graduate classes at Villanova University. Grace obtained her Certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute and holds a certificate from The Institute for Workplace Investigators.

Availability: Please contact for availability.

Fees: Negotiable 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  Special Libraries  Support Staff  Technical Services 

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Kristin Varner

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Kristin Varner

Title: Chief Communications Officer 

Library/Organization: The RASE Project

Address: 100 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-307-5748

Email: kristinv@raseproject.org

Website: www.raseproject.org

 

Areas of Expertise:Drug and Alcohol Addiction & Recovery


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Reference Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: 
 Kristin Varner, BA, CRS
Chief Communications Officer
The RASE Project

Kristin Varner received her BA from Shippensburg University in August 2000. Prior to joining the RASE Project, she worked as an assistant for the television station, WHTM ABC 27 in Harrisburg, PA. She was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee for Cumberland County Children & Youth in 2013 to serve as a representative of the recovery community. Most recently, Kristin was appointed to The Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. As an active member of the Recovery Community, Kristin volunteers on several community-based committees such as The Substance Abuse & Prevention Coalition, and The Cumberland County Opiate Overdose Coalition (COOP). Kristin is a Certified Recovery Specialist and has been in recovery herself since September 2, 2005. Currently, Kristin oversees all Carlisle RASE Programs, facilitates RASE educational trainings, maintains the “In My Own Words Speaker’s Bureau” and is the responsible for all RASE advocacy efforts.  


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience:

I speak between 70-80 times per year. Anywhere from 30min-6 hours.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Support Staff 

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Dan Weiss

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Dan Weiss

Library/Organization: Libraries and Autism: We're Connected

Address: 54 Burroughs Way, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: 908-803-5887

Email: dweiss@fanwoodlibrary.org

Website:www.librariesandautism.org

 

Areas of Expertise: Making the library a welcoming place to all users and providing excellent universal service to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities and their families, autism awareness, neurodiversity, universal customer service strategies, programming ideas and considerations


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Reference Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

 

Brief Biography: 

Dan Weiss is the co-founder of Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected, a nationally recognized, award-winning program (now it its 11th year) that promotes inclusion, connecting libraries with the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with ASD and their families to the library community. He has been the director of the Fanwood Memorial Library for over 20 years, and has served locally, regionally and state wide on many civic and library related organizations, committees and boards. After hours, Dan continues his varied music career, now with well over 50 years of performing, playing the guitar, singing and writing songs.

Availability: Flexible

Fees: Workshop fee (to be negotiated - flexible and affordabe) + expenses

Speaking Experience:

See list of previous engagements: http://www.librariesandautism.org/pastworkshops.htm

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southea  Support Staff  Teen Services 

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Diane Marie Word

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Diane Marie Word

Title: Business Owner

Library/Organization: Knowledge Connections, LLC

Address: 506 Jackson Boulevard, Freedom, PA 15042

Phone: 724-591-0832

Email: knowledgeconnectionsllc@gmail.com

Website: www.knowledgeconnectionsllc.com

 

Areas of Expertise: Business, Personal Growth, Career Development, and Educational Topics


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Community Members, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Instructors

 

Brief Biography: 
Diane has over 35 years of business and teaching experience. She has started her own training and business consulting company called Knowledge Connections, LLC. Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Business (BS) and Master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development (MS). She is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Education. Diane earned her IEPP (International Event Planning Professional) designation in the event planning field. She is a keynote speaker and holds many seminars at conferences throughout the United States. Diane has over 10 years of teaching experience at corporations, universities, colleges, and technical schools. She also works at local community colleges in the non-credit and workforce development divisions.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Can be waived in some cases; most workshops under $250

Speaking Experience:

I have presented at various ATD conferences around the country, keynote speaker at WALA in Seattle, local community colleges, PAPSA, International Alliance for Learning international conferences, etc. Would love to present at your PaLA Annual Conferences too.

Tags:  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Instructors  Northwest  Public Libraries  Southwest  Support Staff  West Branch 

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Taylor Lee

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Taylor Lee

Title: Children's Department Manager

Library/Organization: Wilkinsburg Public Library

Address: 605 Ross Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Phone: 412-244-2940

Email: leet2@einetwork.net

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-lee-4824889a/

 

Areas of Expertise: Youth Services, Public Libraries


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Children's Services, Teen Services

 

Brief Biography: I have been working libraries since 2011, from large libraries in rich suburbs to small libraries to urban libraries in impoverished neighborhoods. Throughout that time I've been a part time library assistant to solo department head to director to middle management, experiencing and learning so much from not just my colleagues, but my library users and communities as well. I love to share my experience with others as much as possible, as I truly believe we can learn best from our peers, regardless of how long or short our careers may be.

Outside of libraries, I'm an avid runner and love spending time outdoors with my family. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Travel fees

Speaking Experience:

Since 2012 I have served on several local committees and presented on various topics like summer learning, STEM, early literacy, etc. PaLA 2018 was my first state wide presentation. 

Tags:  Children's Services  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Teen Services  West Branch  Youth Services 

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Rob Lesher

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Rob Lesher

Title: Consultant

Library/Organization: Consultant

Address: 4720 Laurel Ridge Drive, Harrisburg, Pa 187110

Phone: 717-580-8293

Email: robiobinsk@gmail.com

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-lesher-b2a00b52/

 

Areas of Expertise: Advocacy, IT Planning, Community Engagement, Outreach


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, 

 

Brief Biography:
Rob Lesher received his MLS from Syracuse University in 1996. Over his professional career he worked for the Adams County Library System as Head of Information Services, Assistant Director/IT Director, and Executive Director. He worked as the Executive Director for the Dauphin County Library System. I have served as PaLA President, Treasurer, and ALA Councilor. I have just finished my six year term on the PaForward Steering Committee. I believe strongly in the power of the public library to change lives, but to be successful at that, the library needs to be a part of the community and look to the community for insight into what its goals should be.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Mileage

Speaking Experience:

Public Library Association Conference- 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries  School Libraries  Special Libraries  Support Staff 

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Richard Bowra

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Richard Bowra

Title: Public Library Consultant

Library/Organization: Individual Consultant

Address: 6080 Station Circle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone: 717-903-0767

Email: bowra@comcast.net

 

 

Areas of Expertise:Library Buildings/Building Program Reports, Keystone Grant Program, Engaging an Architect, Strategic Planning 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries

Brief Biography: Most recently, Executive Director of the Dauphin County Library System (1986-2016). Public librarian in various positions from 1973-Present.
Extensive consulting work with approximately 90 projects.

PaLA Certificate of Merit
Past Chair, PaLA Legislative Committee
Member-OCL Statewide funding/structure task force 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Fee required plus expenses. Fees vary depending on topic and scope. $500-$5,000

Speaking Experience:

PaLA Conferences
PaLA Chapters
ALA/Public Library Association Conferences
Office of Commonwealth Libraries workshop sessions
Assorted other groups/conferences
(Do not have specific years available)

Tags:  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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Colin McShane

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Colin McShane 

Title: Executive Director 

Library/Organization: McShane Consulting, LLC

Address: 1225 Butztown Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 610-216-5598

Email: cmcshane@mcconsultsllc.org 

Website: www.mcconsultsllc.org

 

Areas of Expertise: Health care services, Child Welfare servcies, Small Business success

 

Target Audience: Community Members, Children's Services, Teen Services, Adult Services, Support Staff

Brief Biography: Former child welfare youth turned advocacte, bulit a career in health care and now started by own consulting business that focuses on improving communities by working together.  

Availability: Preferably afternoons, however mornings can be accommendated with advanced notice 

 

Fees: $250 per event; negotiable .

Speaking Experience:

As an Active Member of Foster Care Alumni of America PA Chapter and former member of PA Youth Advisory Board, I have conducted countless speaking engagements and panel presentations to various child welfare organizations over the last ten years 

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Northeast  Northwest  South Central  Southeast  Support Staff  Teen Services 

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