LAMA announces “Leaders of the Pack” participants

Contact: Arawa McClendon

Communications Officer


For Immediate Release

October 24, 2003

LAMA announces “Leaders of the Pack” participants

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) has selected ten dynamic men and women who aspire to be future leaders of the library profession to participate in LAMA’s
“Leaders of the Pack” mentor project.

This three-year mentoring project gives each participant an opportunity to develop his/her skills and professional networks; while contributing to LAMA's commitment to outstanding programs, life-long learning and leadership development for library administrators and managers. Each participant will have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor and will be appointed to a LAMA committee. Protégés will also receive a one-year LAMA membership, a travel stipend for attending the American Library Association (ALA) 2004 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Calif. and Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., and a host of other benefits.

“I am confident that the Leaders of the Pack program will provide meaningful learning opportunities and contribute to the development of new leadership for our profession and our Association,” says LAMA president Paul Anderson.
“LAMA’s members look forward to welcoming and working with the protégés and their mentors.”

Selected participants are:

  • Maria Casado, reference and outreach librarian, John F. Kennedy Public Library, Hialeah, Fla.
  • Tracy Koch Englert, catalog librarian, University of Southern Mississippi Library, Hattiesburg, Mass.
  • Timothy H. Gatti, head, cataloging services department, University Libraries, SUNY Albany, N.Y.
  • Brian C. Gray, library associate senior, Science and Technology Library, University of Akron, Ohio
  • Jennifer O. Keohane, business outreach librarian, Simsbury Public Library, Conn.
  • Anna K. Lewis, access services librarian, Center for Instructional Materials & Computing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wis.
  • Dorothy A. Morgan, business manager/administrative assistant, Liverpool Public Library, N.Y.
  • Vicki L. Nesting, regional branch librarian, East Regional, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, La.
  • Amelia J. Shelley, youth and outreach services division manager, Laramie County Library Central Branch, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Michelle R. Turvey, cataloging librarian and assistant professor of library science, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.

The “Leaders of the Pack” project is supported by The World Book Grant – ALA Goal Grant, an annual grant of $10,000 that supports specific projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the ALA, and is
donated by World Book, Inc.

For more information regarding the “Leaders of the Pack” program please contact Arawa McClendon, communications officer, 800-545-2433 x5035, or

LAMA is a division of ALA, and promotes outstanding leadership and management practices, while identifying, encouraging, and nurturing tomorrow’s leaders and managers.