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David Goettler

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  David Goettler

Title: Chief Executive

Library/Organization: Goettler Associates

Address: 580 South High St., Ste 160, Columbus, Ohio, 43215

Phone: 614-228-3269

Email: david.goettler@goettler.com

Website: www.goettler.com

 

Areas of Expertise:Fundraising & Institutional Advancement


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

 

Brief Biography: 
     Goettler Associates was founded in 1965 to serve the nation=s nonprofit organizations. The firm brought together a group of highly qualified professionals to serve the total funding and marketing requirements of clients= major fundraising initiatives. Since 1965, Goettler Associates has helped more than 1,500 nonprofit entities raise over $1 billion fo fund capital projects, build endowment, or facilitate special projects.

Mr. Goettler first joined the firm's management team in 1987. Since that time he has served as counsel for a wide range of cultural, higher education, health care, religious, and social service institutions. As the chief executive officer of the firm, Mr. Goettler will provide periodic consulting services, direct campaign planning studies and development assessments, and provide a supervisory and support role to many of the firm's engagements.

Formerly a senior accountant at Coopers & Lybrand in Columbus, he brings experience to the firm in the areas of individual and estate taxation, and planned gift vehicles, In 1987, Mr. Goettler was admitted by the Accountancy Board of Ohio to practice as a certified public accountant, and currently maintains a non-practicing license.

Mr. Goettler is active with the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the chapter and national level, and with his church. He lives in Columbus with his wife and now chases his three grown children around the country.

EDUCATION: BSM, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION: President (1997) – Central Ohio Chapter of AFP (formerly NSFRE)

Member (1998-2003), Finance and Personnel Committee to the
Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) Board of Directors

Member, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Certified Public Accountant (license currently inactive)
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Founding Member, Roy G Biv Gallery for Emerging Artists



Availability: Flexible

Fees: No fees are typically requested, reimbursement of expenses is appreciate but not always required.

Speaking Experience:

• AFP Central Ohio Chapter Luncheon Speaker – 2019
• PaLA Pre-Conference Workshop – Oct 2019
• PaLA Annual Conference: Re-Inventing Your Friends Board, Oct 2015
• Ohio Center for Law-Related Education – Board Retreat 2015
• AFP – Central Ohio Chapter Luncheon Speaker: Considering a Major Campaign – May, 2014
• Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy – Annual Conference: The Role of Volunteers, Nov 2014
• AFP Central Ohio Chapter – Advancing in the New Media World, April 2010.
• West Virginia Northern Community College, Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, How to Make the “Ask,” October, 2009
• AHP International Conference, Philadelphia 2007
• Columbus Foundation, Building the Case for Your Endowment Program, April 2007
• AFP International Conference, Atlanta 2006
• AFP International Conference, Baltimore 2005
• AFP Indiana Fund Raising Day 2003
• Central Ohio National Philanthropy Day 2003
• AFP International Conference St. Louis 2002
• ICAA – Winter Annual Fund Mini-conference – 2002
• Salvation Army Southern Territorial Development Conference 2002
• AHP Midwest Regional Conference Detroit 2001
• ICAA Summer Conference 2000
• Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation, Anataomy of a Capital Campaign, 2000

Tags:  Academic Libraries  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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Sophie Penney

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Sophie Penney

Title: President

Library/Organization: i5 Fundraising

Address: 19 Colonnade Way, Ste. 117, #275 State College, PA 16803

Phone: 814-206-6731

Email: sophie@i5fundraising.com

Website: www.i5fundraising.com

 

Areas of Expertise:Fundraising


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

 

Brief Biography: 
Sophie is a dynamic development leader with extensive expertise in building strategic fundraising initiatives within higher education and non-profit sectors. A seasoned professional Sophie is able to capitalize on the strengths of nonprofit partners to identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit prospects, steward donors, and drive effective outcomes.

Sophie is also the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, and reports including: Dollars for Dreams: Student Affairs Staff as Fundraisers (NASPA 2001) and Student Affairs Fundraising: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar (NASPA, 2019). She is a sought after facilitator, teacher, and coach for aspiring and current fundraising professionals, executive directors, board members, and others involved in fundraising. Recently recognized by the AFP Allegheny Mountains Chapter as the 2019 Fundraising Professional of the Year. 


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience:

Multiple AFP Conferences, Leading Age, Central PA Library Directors (via Schlow), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Conferences, Instructor for Penn State online fundraising courses. 

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

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Stephen Mihaly

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Name:  Stephen Mihaly

Title: Political Historian

Phone Number: 724-444-5685

Address: 803 Oxford CtGibsoniaPA,15044

 Email: smkm@consolidated.net

 

Areas of Expertise: Political & Presidential History

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

 

Biography: I have been a collector of political americana for over 50 years, with a private collection between 20,000-25,000 different presidential pieces. It is believed to be one of the largest and most varied of it's kind.
The presentation I give is entitled "Marketing The Presidency-A Visual Tour of 125 Years of Presidential Artifacts."
During the 45 minute presentation, I take the audience on a visual journey showing approximately 300 items from my collection. During the presentation I show the audience how our presidential candidates have marketed themselves via the artifacts their campaigns distributed to try and get folks like you and I to vote for them.
This is not a "heavy" political presentation, but one that is light, with lots of laughs. At the same time, I explain to the audience why the candidate produced such an artifact, and sneak in a few funny and interesting stories of our chief executives.
Items that I show and describe during the presentation are such things as a William McKinley soap baby doll, Theodore Roosevelt cast iron door stop, Franklin Roosevelt stove pot covers, Thomas Dewey women's compacts, John Kennedy Halloween masks, and a Richard Nixon shower head.
I also bring many of the artifacts with me so that after the presentation, audience members can ask questions and take a look at them up close and personal.
In addition, I also try and bring political pieces with me that are from that particular area where I'm speaking. For example, if I were speaking in Beaver County, I would bring multiple items from towns in the Beaver County area from as far back as the late 1800's.
My hope after the presentation is that the audience not only has a fun, enjoyable time hearing and viewing political artifacts from the past, but also that they learn a few pieces of political history that they did not know before, and thus they walk away with the belief that the time they invested in hearing the presentation was time well spent.


Availability: No Restrictions

Fees: Flexible

Speaking Experience: I have spoken in the past 4 years at over 100 different libraries, historical societies, civic groups, museums, and private events, mainly in the western Pennsylvania area. These venues include multiple historical societies in Butler County, Beaver County, Lawrence County, Washington County, Fayette County, and Indiana County; multiple libraries in Allegheny County and beyond, including, but not limited to Cranberry, Pa., McCandless (Northland), Pa, Gibsonia, Pa., Canonsburg, Pa, Mercer, Pa., Waynesburg, Pa., and Connelsville, Pa.; and multiple museums and cultural centers including the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., Old Economy Village, Ambridge, Pa., and West Overton Village, Scottdale, Pa. I have been featured in several western Pa. publications such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Magazine, as well as multiple local newspapers. On the national scene, I have also been featured in such publications as the LA Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, among others, and have been on local TV talk shows and broadcasts. To further round out my political historian resume, I have been honored to personally meet 4 US Presidents, along with many other politicians at the local, state and national levels from all sides of the political aisle.

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Library Administrators & Management  Library Board Members  Northwest  Public Libraries  Reference Services  School Libraries  Southwest  Special Libraries  West Branch 

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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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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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Rob Oliver

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Monday, July 16, 2018

Name:  Rob Oliver

Title: Motivational Speaker

Library/Organization: Your Motivational Speaker

Address: 2513 White Tail Lane, White Oak, PA 15131

Phone: 412-450-0433

Email: rob@yourmotivationalspeaker.com

Website: www.yourmotivationalspeaker.com

 

Areas of Expertise: Overcoming adversity, Disability, Bullying


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

Brief Biography: Rob Oliver is a renowned facilitator, award winning speaker and bestselling author. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a Masters degree from Duquesne University, Rob was recognized as the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Alumni of Distinction for 2012.

As an author, Rob’s bestselling autobiography entitled “Still Walking” chronicles his determination to move along life’s pathway regardless of limitations and barriers. Rob has 2 new books: “Still Falling”, which shares more life stories and lessons including the fact that a positive attitude won’t prevent you from tipping over your wheelchair and “Who Me, Yeah You!” an Anti-Bullying book for elementary aged children.

As a speaker, Rob has shared his message with thousands, speaking at companies, schools, associations and conferences as well as multiple radio and TV appearances. Rob has twice received the annual “Best Of... Motivational Speaker” in the Pittsburgh market.


Availability: Flexible

Fees: Reasonable and negotiable 

Speaking Experience:

Rob has been speaking for over 20 years. Testimonials are on the web site.

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

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Tina Hertel

Posted By Elizabeth Davis, Monday, July 16, 2018

Name:  Tina Hertel

Title: Director

Library/Organization: Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College

Address: 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104-5586

Phone: 484-664-3550

Email: tinahertel@muhlenberg.edu

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

 

Areas of Expertise: Career Management, Career Development,  Leadership Development,  Library Management,  Professional Networking,  Public Speaking,  Strategic Planning, Technology 


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Administrators & Management, Tailor presentation to audience

Brief Biography:  Tina Hertel is the director of Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College, where she has been since 2011. She teaches two first year seminars at Muhlenberg. Prior to Muhlenberg College, her library experience includes Lehigh University, Marywood University, University of Scranton, and Bloomsburg University. Before becoming a librarian, Tina also gained extensive experience in higher education as a research analyst and instructor at Indiana University, where she earned her Masters of Information Science. Currently, she is the 2018 President of Pennsylvania Library Association, and a member of the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies planning committee.

 

Availabilityvaries

Fees: Reasonable and negotiable 

Speaking Experience:

Presented at PaLA Annual Conferences over several years on topics related to technology, online tools, career development, networking, storytelling, and teaching. Keynote presentations and breakout sessions at the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS). Presentations to PaLA chapters as well as in NY and NJ. Library staff development programs in PA, NJ, and NY.  

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