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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors formulates policies subject to the approval of the membership and executes these policies acting always as representatives of the membership. The Board establishes immediate and long-range objectives, controls the funds of the organization, appoints the Executive Director, grants Chapter, Division and Round Table recognition as well as the establishment of standing committees, and approves publications.

Board Positions

  • For a one-year term: President, Immediate Past President, First Vice-President (President-Elect)
  • For a two-year term: Two (2) Second Vice-Presidents (Conference Chairs), Secretary/Treasurer
  • For a three-year term: Third Vice-President (Membership Chair), seven (7) At-Large Members of the Board
  • ALA Councilor (term subject to the bylaws of ALA)
  • PaLA Executive Director (Appointed Officer, non-voting member)

The board meets no fewer than five times annually.

The 2020 Board Members are:

President: Michele Legate
1st Vice President, Legislative Chair:
Tom Reinsfelder
2nd Vice President, 2020 Kalahari Conference
: Sylvia Orner
2nd Vice President, 2021 Monroeville Conference: Nicole Henline
3rd Vice President, Membership Chair: Sheli Pratt-McHugh
Treasurer: Kate Shaw
ALA Councilor: Barbara McGary
Immediate Past President: Denise Sticha
Director-at-Large: Brady Clemens
Director-at-Large: Kate Cummings
Director-at-Large: Joann Eichenlaub
Director-at-Large: Dana Farabaugh
Director-at-Large: Kelli Knapp
Director-at-Large: Melissa Rowse
Director-at-Large: Joseph Sherwood
Executive Director: Christi Buker


If you are a member, you can sign-in and then perform a member search by going under the Members Only tab and selecting Member Search. This will give you any contact information you need. 



The Council consists of the Board of Directors and the elected chairpersons of Chapters, Divisions, Round Tables and Committees. The major function of the Council is to identify issues of concern of the membership, which are presented to the board.

The council meets no less than one time annually.

The 2020 Council Members are:


Juniata Conemaugh: Jennifer Powell
Lehigh Valley: Natalie Arnold
Northeast: Marleen Cloutier
Northwest: Janine Strohm
South Central: Brianna Crum
Southeast (SEPLA): Melissa Kohl
Southwest: Barbara Zaboroski
West Branch: Dana Brigandi


College & Research (CRD): Emily Mross
Public Library (PLD): Bronwen Gamble
Youth Services (YSD): Tess Wilson

Round Tables:

Digital Resources:
Teaching, Learning & Technology (TL&T): Samantha Bise
Rural & Small Libraries: Leslie Swope
Technical Services: Anitra Gates

Committee Chairs:

Archives & History Committee: Karen Jury

Awards Committee: Carrie Sturgill & Chris Snyder

Bulletin Committee: Stephanie Campbell

Conference Evaluation Committee: Martina Soden

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Robbin Degeratu

Ex Libris Society: Jack Sulzer & Janis Stubbs

Finance Committee: Michele Legate

Intellectual Freedom Committee: Sukrit Goswami

Leadership Development--PALS: Jessica Miller

Legislative Information Committee: Kimberley Hrivnak & Tom Reinsfelder

Membership Committee: Sheli Pratt-McHugh

Nominating Committee: Brenda Beikert

Organization & Bylaws Committee: Carrie Turner

PA Forward Steering Committee: Joann Eichenlaub

Public Relations/Marketing Committee: Claire Williams

Scholarship Committee: Katie G. Martin

Website Committee: Melissa Rowse


If you are a member, you can sign-in and then perform a member search by going under the Members Only tab and selecting Member Search. This will provide contact information.


The Board of Directors is charged with appointing the Executive Director of the association and selecting the location of the association headquarters. Through the Board's confirmation of the budget, additional employees on regular payroll or by contract, are hired by the Executive Director. Currently, staff positions include:

  • Executive Director
  • Meetings & Finance Manager
  • PA Forward Project Manager
  • Administrative Assistant

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Orientation Materials

These documents will be helpful to the current leadership of the organization.


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