For immediate release | January 8, 2019

Spring 2019 PLA Leadership Academy participants announced

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee has selected 28 exceptional librarians to participate in the Spring 2019 PLA Leadership Academy, which will be held Mar. 25–29 in Chicago, Ill. The PLA Leadership Academy empowers public library professionals to become innovative and successful leaders of change, shifting their libraries from an internal approach—focused on organizational operations—to an external approach—focused on community needs. The centerpiece of the PLA Leadership Academy is a dynamic in-person event that includes four days of interactive education and networking. The Spring 2019 PLA Leadership fellows are:

  • Dawn Borgardt; Library Supervisor; Hillsboro (Ore.) Public Library
  • Anne Bramblett; Assistant Director of Public Services; Austin (Texas) Public Library
  • Veronica Britto; Administrative Librarian; Free Library of Philadelphia (Penn.)
  • Connie Chow; Branch Manager; Huntsville-Madison County (Ala.) Public Library
  • Midori Clark; Director of Community Relations, Development & Strategic Initiatives; Pueblo (Colo.) City-County Library District
  • Cathy De Leon; Manager of Branch Library Services; Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library
  • Hadiya Evans; Librarian; Denver (Colo.) Public Library
  • Bernie Farrell; Youth Services Coordinator; Hennepin County (Minn.) Library
  • Christina Fuller-Gregory; Makerspace Librarian; Spartanburg County (S.C.) Public Libraries
  • Jill Hutchison; Youth Services Coordinator; St. Mary's County (Md.) Library
  • Lena Kilburn; Assistant Director; Framingham (Mass.) Public Library
  • Portia Latalladi; Branch Manager; Chicago (Ill.) Public Library
  • Amita Lonial; Assistant Director; Tacoma (Wash.) Public Library.
  • Anthony Lucarelli; Head of Adult Services; Indian Prairie Public Library District (Darien, Ill.)
  • Marcos Martinez; Managing Librarian; Austin (Texas) Public Library
  • Rosanna McGinnis; Director; Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library (Opelika, Ala.)
  • Jean Mead; Assistant Director; Athens (Ga.) Regional Library System
  • Amy Mikel; Coordinator of School Outreach; Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library
  • Quintina Mraz; Early Literacy Services Coordinator; Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library
  • Megan Mulvey; Outreach & Program Services Manager; Suffolk (Va.) Public Library
  • Felicia Oliver; Branch Manager; Calcasieu Parish Public Library (Lake Charles, La.)
  • Nataliya Papushina; Branch Supervisor; Indian Trails Public Library District (Wheeling, Ill.)
  • Lindsey Patrick; Library Manager 3; Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library
  • Nanette Peterson; Branch Manager; Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
  • David Quick; Adult Services Coordinator; (Washington) D.C. Public Library
  • Abby Simpson; Southeast Regional Manager; Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Casey Titschinger; Branch Manager; Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (Ohio)
  • Joshua Wolf; Community Engagement & Learning Services Manager; Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library

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, Ill., with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the program’s inception in 2013, a total of four academies have been held and 114 leaders have been trained. Click here for information on past academies.

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About the Public Library Association (PLA)

PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, visit

About the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

ICMA advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. For more information about ICMA, visit

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. They provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. For more information about IMLS, visit

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. To learn more about the Center for Leadership, visit

Related Links

PLA Leadership Academy

PLA Leadership Development Initiative


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)