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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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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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Timbrel Chyatee Adidala

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Name:  Timbrel Chyatee Adidala

Title: Founder 

Library/Organization: Lush Bazaar 

Address: 50 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-283-7389

Email: TIMBRELADIDALA@GMAIL.COM

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timbrelchyatee/

 

Areas of Expertise: Importance of immigrants in business, Socially-Conscious fashion, Social-Enterprise, Culture and Connections, Women in business, Immigrant women in business. 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Reference Services, Children's Services, Teen Services, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Board Members, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: Through my natural enthusiasm and my empathy for others, I inspire, empower, design, and develop victims of poverty, and vulnerability to use their God given skills, intelligence, and artistic traits to develop innovative products, and a brighter future. I believe in the DREAM.
I am a first generation immigrant business owner, passionate about sharing my culture and expertise to my community. I have given a Tedx talk, spoken in different countries and have conducted workshops about culture and business. I am passionate about helping women in business and immigrants in business. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: $1,500/hour 

Speaking Experience:

TEDX Lancaster, ASSETS, Local high schools, Cultural workshops, 

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Central  Children's Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Teen Services 

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David Spitko, Esq.

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Name:  David Spitko, Esq.

 

Title: Attorney

 

Library/Organization: The Law Offices of David Spitko
  

Address: 124 Drake LaneMaple Glen, PA. 19454

Phone: 610-248-1388

Email: DSpitko@SpitkoLawfirm.com

 

 

Areas of Expertise: Labor & Employment Law, Library Law


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

Brief Biography: BA in Political Science from Ursinus College (1975), Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University (1977) and JD from Temple University (1985) I have practiced labor and employment law representing private and public employers only since 1986 and library law since 2003. These are the only areas of law I practice.

Availability: Call to determine availability.

 

Fees: Depends upon length of seminar, how long I have to travel and whether an overnight stay is required. If within an hour or two of my residence, $1,000 for a half day and $1,500 for a full day.

Speaking Experience:

Multiple over the years. Most recent: (8/12/17) Trustee Training for Reading, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton Library Districts ~ Employment and Library Law; (10/17/16) PaLA Annual Conference ~ Employment Law; (9/28/16) Central PA District Library System ~ Library Law.

Denise S. Sticha, Administrator, Berks County Public Libraries 610-378-5260 x 2501
Brady Clemens, District Library Consultant, Schlow Centre Region Library (814) 237-6236 x 205
Martina Kominiarek, CEO, Bucks County Free Library (215) 348-0332 x 1101

Tags:  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Public Libraries 

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Denise Sticha

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name: Denise Sticha

 

Title: System Administrator 

 

Library/Organization: Berks County Public Libraries, also President of Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries
  

Address: 1040 Berks Road, P.O. Box 689, Leesport, PA 19533

Phone: 610-378-5260

Email: denise.sticha@berks.lib.pa.us

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-sticha-55a7aa27/

Areas of Expertise: Friends of Libraries, Trustee and Board development, non-profit management


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members, Friends of Libraries

Brief Biography: Served as the Director of the Murrysville Community Library for 20 years. Served as Executive Director of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System from 2009-2012 and currently serving as the System Administrator/Director of the Berks County Public Library System. On the Board of the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries and am the current President. Currently, Vice-President of the Association of Pennsylvania Public Library Systems

Availability: Daytime programs preferred, but will consider evening programs

Geographic Range: Lehigh Valley, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, West Branch

 

AvailabilityAvailability contingent upon current schedule

Speaking Experience:

I have presented programs on "Board Room Basics at PaLA annual conference in 2014 and 2015, years reaching a target audience of both new and tenured library directors. I presented a similar program at the PaLA Lehigh Valley Spring Chapter workshop in 2016.

I have also done the program for Board members and Library trustees for the Delaware County Library System.

In my capacity as System Administrator, (and in my role as District Consultant with the Reading Public Library) I provide comprehensive orientation for library trustees and library directors annually.

On behalf of PCBL, I have presented programs at the annual Friends/Trustee Institute on the relationships between Library Boards, Library Friends and Library Directors.

Tags:  Friends of Libraries  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  West Branch 

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Celeste Behe

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name: Celeste Behe

 

Library/Organization: Toastmasters 
  

Address: 2258 Apple Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: 610-838-7151

Email: Celeste.L.Behe@gmail.com

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/celeste-behe-66701012/

Areas of Expertise:

The Joys of Logophilia
Finding Humor in the Humdrum
Confident Communication for the Cowardly
A Parent's Guide to Storytelling
The Fun and Fundamentals of Raising a Large Family
Life Lessons Learned in the Bygone Bronx


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

Brief Biography: Celeste Behe is a freelance writer and nostalgist who, according to one book author, "writes like Garrison Keillor would, if he had nine kids.” A former librarian with the Shea & Gould law firm, Celeste made history as the first female page at the New York City Bar Association Library. She is an enthusiastic speaker who strives to “put the merry in the message” by infusing her talks with humor. A mother of nine who has been homeschooling for over 25 years, Celeste enjoys drinking espresso and taking part in Toastmasters events.      

Availability: Daytime programs preferred, but will consider evening programs

Geographic Range: Lehigh Valley, Northeast, South Central, Southeast, West Branch

Speaking Experience:

2017 Toastmasters D38, Area 52/53 International Speech Contest, First Place
2017 IHM Homeschooling Conference Northeast
2016 IHM National Homeschooling Conference
2016 Toastmasters D38, Area 52/53 Humorous Speech Contest, First Place
2016 Scranton Moms' Day Out
2014 Toastmasters D38, Division E Humorous Speech Contest, First Place

Tags:  Adult Services  Children's Services  Community Members  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Library Instructors  Northeast  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Special Libraries  Support Staff  West Branch 

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Wendy McClure

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Wendy McClure

Title: Human Resource Coordinator

Library/Organization: Cleve J. Fredricksen Library

Address: 100 N 19th St Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: 717-761-3900 ext 252

Email: wmcclure@ccpa.net   
     

Areas of Expertise: Volunteerism, Customer Service, Library Policies, Human Resources

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

Fees (if any): Travel expenses

Brief Biography: Wendy McClure, is the Human Resources Coordinator at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library for over ten years.  Prior, Wendy had worked in other public and academic libraries.  In 2006, Wendy volunteered and was awarded the Anne Richardson Reading Is Fundamental Volunteer of the Year Award for developing and implementing a reading promotional program in the local elementary school. Wendy guides libraries though thinking about volunteers and showing appreciation for all they give.  Currently, Wendy is in the second stage of obtaining her national Certification of Volunteer Administration. As the Human Resources Coordinator, Wendy has knowledge of policies, practices and procedures for staff and volunteers including customer service training.
                  

Speaking Experience:     

Let's Chat about Volunteers- PaLA 2011

Volunteer Management: You Can Do it - PaLA 2015

Volunteerism - Meetings Professional International - 2016

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

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Lori Hunter Overmyer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Name: Lori Hunter Overmyer

Organization: Goettler Associates, Inc.        
   

Address: 580 S. High Street, Ste. 160 Columbus OH 43215   
     

Phone: 614-228-3268 ext. 105

Website: www.goettler.com

Areas of Expertise: Annual Fundraising, Capital Campaign Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Friends Boards and Membership Associations, Establishing a Foundation, Creating a Development Plan, Board Nominating and Governance, Building a Fundraising Board

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Community Members, Library Administrators & Management, Library Board Members

Fees (if any): Travel expenses plus negotiable honorarium

Brief Biography: Lori Hunter Overmyer, MBA, CFRE, has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience with a focus on the arts, and social and human service organizations. As a development director, Lori acquired an expertise in implementing annual and capital fundraising plans, strategic analysis, major donor solicitation, and establishing development procedures to maximize effective operations and communications. A consultant with Goettler Associates, Inc. since 2005, she has lent her knowledge of marketing research, proposal writing, personal donor cultivation, recognition strategies and volunteer leadership to some of the Columbus, Ohio’s most successful capital campaigns, many of which exceeded their original fundraising goal by millions of dollars.  An accomplished and successful speaker, she is frequently called upon to offer her take on topics as varied as major gifts, grants writing, donor metrics, and public-private partnerships.

 

From her first development director’s job at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, to her current position as vice president of Goettler Associates, Lori continues to be driven by a passion to provide best practices in every development function, and a commitment to professional growth.  She has been a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1986, and credits the professional organization with introducing her to a wonderful circle esteemed colleagues and life-long friends.  She received her CFRE certification in 1994.  Lori has been a member of AFP Chapter Boards in St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbus, Ohio, where she served in 2010 as Chapter President. In 2011, Lori was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional at the Central Ohio Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day awards celebration.  She is a current member of AFP International’s Research Council, and was on the task force to create and pilot the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, an educational module to assist nonprofit agencies in the quantifiable measurement of development activities.  In 2015, Lori was elected to serve a two-year term as a district representative on the AFP international board of directors.  Since 2012, she has served as an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where she teaches a class on Fundraising and Development, and Board Skills.  Lori also enjoys her volunteer leadership affiliations with the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers, Local Matters, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. 

Availability: Not available end of May/early June 2016; Not available first 3 weeks of September 2016

Geographic Range: Juniata-Conemaugh, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, West Branch

Speaking Experience:

Goettler/BDO Seminar - April 2016

2015 PaLA Annual Conference  “Reinventing Your Friends Board: From Book Sales to Best Practices”

Adjunct Instructor, John Glenn College of Public Policy, The Ohio State University, 2012 - present

AFP Certified Instructor, Planning to Keep your Donors Workshop, 2015 - present

ADRP Keynote Speaker, 2014

Recipient, Central Ohio AFP Chapter Outstanding Fund Raising Professional Award, 2011

AFP Instructional Faculty, 2000 - present

AFP International Conference Faculty, 2000 and 2010

Recipient, LifeCare Alliance Outstanding Spirit Award, 2009

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Education Series Faculty, 2006 - 2009, 2012 - present

Big Brothers Big Sisters International Conference Faculty, 2005

Ohio Museums Conference Faculty, 2003

Public Broadcasting Service National Conference Speaker, 1999

AFP St. Louis Chapter Annual Conference Faculty, 1994 - 1998

American Humane Association Annual Conference Speaker, 1996

Junior League of St. Louis Education Series Faculty, 1990 - 1998

Wisconsin Association of Volunteers Annual Symposium Speaker, 1988

Tags:  Community Members  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  West Branch 

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Scott Thomas

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Name: Scott Thomas

Title: Executive Director

Library/Organization: Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

Address: 220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10 Mechanicsburg PA 17055

Phone: 717-873-9461

Email: scott.thomas@sparkpa.org

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/scottthomas41

Areas of Expertise: Technology in Libraries, Digitization and Digital Archives, Open Source ILSs, ILS in a Consortium.

Target Audience: Public Libraries, Technical Services, Adult Services, Support Staff, Library Administrators & Management, Computer/Electronic Resources          

Brief Biography: Scott Thomas has been in the library profession for over 30 years in a variety of public service and management positions, but most of his career has been spent managing technology projects in public libraries. He has witnessed many changes including the advent of library automation, the Internet and TCP/IP networks, social media, and open source software. He is currently Executive Director of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and an adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College where he teaches library-related courses.

Geographic Range: Juniata-Conemaugh, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast, Southwest, West Branch

Speaking Experience: "PA Backward (One Year Later): An Update (and more) on Historic Digital Collections and Statewide Collaboration" (PaLA Conference 2015), "PA Backward: Historic Digital Collections and Statewide Collaboration" (PaLA Conference 2014), "Moving Day: ILS Migration" (PaLA Conference 2015).          

Tags:  Adult Services  Computer/Electronic Resources  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Administrators & Management  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Support Staff  Technical Services  West Branch 

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