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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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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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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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Joe Quartullo

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Name:  Joe Quartullo

 

Title: Data Dissemination Specialist

 

Library/Organization: U.S. Census Bureau
  

Address: 100 South Independence Mall WestPhiladelphia, PA. 19106

Phone: 215-756-5238

Email: joseph.p.quartullo@census.gov

 

 

Areas of Expertise: History of the U.S. Census; Giving presentations and hands-on workshops on accessing social and economic census data - especially for small geographic areas; census geographic concepts; how businesses and prospective businesses can benefit from using census data; census data for seniors; census data for service organizations.  


Target Audience: 
Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries, Community Members, Adult Services, Support Staff, Computer/Electronic Resources, Library Instructors

Brief Biography: I have held several positions with the Census Bureau over the past 20 years including Survey Statistician, Area Manager, Program Coordinator and Data Dissemination Specialist. I also have over 20 years experience teaching as an Adjunct Professor (Sociology).  

Availability: Year-round, generally

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

 

AvailabilityAvailable at any time including evenings and weekends.  

Speaking Experience:

I have presented to Rotary Clubs, Seniors Groups, Teachers Organizations, and at Conferences. I also have many experiences speaking to students.  

 

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

Tags:  Academic Libraries  Adult Services  Community Members  Computer/Electronic Resources  Juniata-Conemaugh  Lehigh Valley  Library Instructors  Northeast  Northwest  Public Libraries  School Libraries  South Central  Southeast  Southwest  Support Staff  West Branch 

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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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