Thirty-two public librarians chosen to attend PLA Leadership Academy

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/25/2014


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing


CHICAGO – Following the review of more than 115 applications, members of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee chose 32 exceptional PLA Leadership Fellows to attend the upcoming PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. PLA and PLA President Larry Neal extend their congratulations to:  

1.       Maureen Ambrosino, Westborough (Massachusetts) Public Library

2.       Angelina Benedetti, King County (Washington) Library System

3.       Audrey Betcher, Rochester (Minnesota) Public Library

4.       Kimberly Bishop, Dayton Metro (Ohio) Library

5.       Mary Anne Bowman, St. Mary's County (Maryland) Library

6.       Bernard Bulemu, South Georgia Regional Library, Valdosta, Georgia

7.       Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library

8.       Rachel Fewell, Denver (Colorado) Public Library

9.       Corey Fleming, Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library

10.   Julie Forkner, E.G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, Tennessee

11.   Mary Jo Giudice, Dallas (Texas) Public Library

12.   Katie Hill, Orange County (Virginia) Public Library

13.   Libby Holtmann, W.O. Haggard Library, Plano, Texas

14.   Martha Hutzel, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, England Run Branch, Stafford Virginia

15.   Anita Jennings, Pearl Bailey Library, Newport News, Virginia

16.   Joy Kim, Pierce County (Washington) Library System

17.   Richard Kong, Skokie (Illinois) Public Library

18.   S. Rebecca Lubin, Albany (New York) Public Library

19.   Ivonne Martinez, Mountaintop Public Library, Thomas, West Virginia

20.   Emily Nanney, Charlotte Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Library

21.   Meaghan O'Connor, District of Columbia Public Library

22.   Tomika Price, Houston (Texas) Public Library

23.   Julie Robinson, Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library

24.   Elsworth Rockefeller, Oak Park (Illinois) Public Library

25.   Trina Rushing, Henderson County (North Carolina) Public Library

26.   Jennifer Sackett, Lincoln County (North Carolina) Public Library

27.   Elizabeth Schoettle, Beech Grove (Indiana) Public Library

28.   Angela Semifero, Marshall District (Michigan) Library

29.   Kelley Siegrist, Farmington (Michigan) Community Library - Farmington Branch

30.   Suzanne Walker, Indiana State Library

31.   Christopher Warren, Auburn (Alabama) Public Library

32.   Janine West, Eleanor London Cote Saint-Luc Public Library, Quebec, Canada                                         

The PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community is a program developed in partnership with the International City and County Management Association (ICMA) and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This career-changing program is designed to empower public librarian participants with the knowledge necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change. Its groundbreaking focus develops the skills needed to work with municipal officials to enhance the position and effectiveness of the library and its activities within the community.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact PLA at or (800) 545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

About the Public Library Association                                                                            
PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at

About the International City/County Management Association
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to 9,500 appointed city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Center for Leadership
The Center for Leadership at Northwestern University offers leadership coaching and consulting services to students, faculty, alumni, trustees, researchers, authors, and other leaders around the world.