PLA Board of Directors

The PLA Board of Directors consists of the President, the President-Elect, the Past-President, the ALA Division Councilor, six Directors-at-Large, and the PLA Executive Director.


Felton Thomas, Jr.Felton Thomas, Jr.
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland, Ohio

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Pam Sandlian SmithPam Sandlian Smith
Anythink Libraries
Adams County, Colo.

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Vailey OehlkeVailey Oehlke
Director of Libraries
Multnomah County Library
Portland, Ore.

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ALA Division Councilor

Rivkah SassRivkah Sass (2014–2017)
Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, Calif.

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PLA Executive Director (Ex-Officio)

Barbara Macikas - photo by Erin Drewitz PhotographyBarbara Macikas
PLA Executive Director
American Library Association
Chicago, Ill.

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Dr. Rhea Brown LawsonDr. Rhea Brown Lawson (2015–2018)
Executive Director
Houston Public Library
Houston, Tex.

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Melanie HugginsMelanie Huggins (2014–2017)
Richland Library
Columbia, S.C.

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Richard KongRichard Kong (2016–2019)
Skokie Public Library
Skokie, Ill.

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Gina MillsapGina Millsap (2015–2018)
Chief Executive Officer
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Topeka, Kans.

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Manya ShorrManya Shorr (2014–2017)
Director of Public Services
District of Columbia Public Library
District Of Columbia, D.C.

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Tracy StrobelTracy Strobel (2016–2019)
Deputy Director
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Parma, Ohio

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