Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Public Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Staff email addresses are listed below.

Telephone: 312-280-5PLA (5752)

Toll Free: 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752)
Staff extensions are listed below.

Fax: 312-280-5029

Who to Ask About…

Feel free to contact the office any time you have questions. Office hours are 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central, Monday–Friday. If no one is available when you call, please leave a message. All staff have voice mail and will respond as quickly as possible.

PLA Staff Directory

Scott Allen - photo by Erin Drewitz PhotographyScott Allen
Deputy Director, Operations
ext. 5858

Responsible for special projects including digital literacy, family engagement, health, and EDISJ, along with grant fundraising, PLA budget management, and other administrative duties.

Nellie Barrett - photo by Tori Soper PhotographyNellie Barrett
Program Coordinator
ext. 5023

Responsible for supporting PLA continuing education programs and conferences.

Larra ClarkLarra Clark
Deputy Director, Policy
ext. 5861

Responsible for working with the PLA staff, board, and external organizations to leverage and support research and outcome measurement, digital literacy, and partnerships.

Laurence DeutschLaurence Deutsch
Manager, Communications
ext. 5864

Responsible for PLA communications activities, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy, as well as the coordination of PLA’s outreach to key external audiences.

Lian Drago - photo by Erin Drewitz PhotographyLian Drago
Program Officer
ext. 5021

Responsible for meeting management for PLA Conference and ALA conferences. Supports the work of the Continuing Education Manager for programs such as PLA Leadership Academy, PLA Dynamic Planning Institute, and other educational offerings.

Mary Hirsh - photo by Erin Drewitz PhotographyMary Hirsh
Deputy Director, Programs
ext. 5039

Responsible for development, management, and coordination of grant-funded activities. Represents PLA in partner initiatives.

Steven Hofmann - photo by Erin Drewitz PhotographySteven Hofmann
Manager, Web Communications
ext. 5047

Responsible for management of PLA web and digital media initiatives and programs. Heads development of PLA web properties and implementation of web-based education.

Kathleen Hughes - photo by Erin Drewitz PhotographyKathleen M. Hughes
Manager, Publications
ext. 4028

Responsible for Public Libraries magazine and serves as its editor, and manages PLA publications program and Public Library Data Service Statistical Report project.

Samantha Lopez - photo by Liz Farina Markel/Tipping Point PhotographySamantha Lopez
Manager, Marketing and Membership
ext. 5857

Responsible for all PLA marketing activities, including initiatives, continuing education opportunities, and the biennial PLA Conference. Manages all membership promotion, retention, and engagement efforts.

Barb Macikas - photo by Liz Farina Markel/Tipping Point PhotographyBarb Macikas
Executive Director
ext. 5028

Responsible for directing activities of PLA. Coordinates policy implementation and strategic planning, prepares PLA budgets, serves as ex-officio member of PLA's Board of Directors, and serves as official contact for external organizations.

Angela MaycockAngela Maycock
Manager, Continuing Education
ext. 5024

Responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of PLA's educational programs at PLA Conference and ALA conferences, as well as regional educational programs including PLA Leadership Academy and PLA Dynamic Planning Institute; and for creation of online educational programs, distance learning programs, and other new educational offerings for PLA.

Emily Plagman - photo by Liz Farina Markel/Tipping Point PhotographyEmily Plagman
Manager, Impact and Advocacy
ext. 5854

Responsible for  PLA’s performance measurement initiative, Project Outcome, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Public Library Data Service, Impact Survey, and evaluation of other PLA projects.

No photo availableMegan Stewart
Program Coordinator
ext. 5026

Responsible for member contact and assistance, maintenance of committee rosters, coordination of appointment process, support for the work of the PLA Board of Directors, and coordination of PLA Awards program.

Symone VillasenorSymone Villasenor
Project Manager
ext. 5018

Responsible for managing and supporting special projects and grant-funded initiatives, including family engagement.

Leighann WoodLeighann Wood
Program Manager
ext. 5867

Responsible for managing and supporting special projects and grant funded initiatives including, EDISJ, health, fundraising, and the Legacy grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

KGJ Consulting, LLC - Melissa Faubel Johnson, CMP - no photo availableKGJ Consulting, LLC
Melissa Faubel Johnson, CMP
Meeting and Special Events Planner
ext. 5022

Responsible for management of exhibits, site review, hotel contracts, and major events and programs at PLA Conference, including opening and closing sessions, luncheons, as well as major events such as the PLA President’s Breakfast at the ALA Annual Conference.