PLA announces candidates for 2022 Board Election

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/18/2022


Larra Clark

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) 2022 Nominating Committee has unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s 2022 Election. This year, six nominees will stand for three positions on the PLA Board of Directors: 2023-2024 president and two directors-at-large.

The candidate elected in each race will serve a three-year term from July 2022 through June 2025. The candidate elected to the office of president will serve one year as president-elect (2022-2023), one year as president (2023-2024), and one year as immediate past-president (2024–2025).

The candidates and the offices for which they are running are listed below. Please click on the name of each candidate to learn more about them.

Sonia Alcántara-Antoine; Director; Baltimore County Public Library

Kimberly Johnson; Chief Executive Officer; Tulsa City-County Library

Director-at-Large (Seat A)
Michael Colford; Director of Library Services; Boston Public Library

Ricardo “Rick” Peralez; Deputy Director, Customer Experience; Houston Public Library

Director-at-Large (Seat B)
Ashlee Chavez; Library Director; Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (Corvallis, Ore.)

Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO/executive director, Stark Library (Canton, Ohio)

PLA personal members should renew their PLA memberships by January 31, 2022, to be eligible to vote. Online voting opens Monday, March 14, and ends Wednesday, April 6. Each eligible PLA member will receive an email containing voting instructions and their unique ballot URL.

PLA sincerely thanks the members of its 2022 Nominating Committee for their service: Ramiro S. Salazar, Chair, with committee members Stephanie Chase, Sari Feldman, Luis Herrera, Michelle Jeske, Richard Kong, Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Patrick A. Losinski, and Marcellus Turner.

Standing for election to the board of directors is one of several ways for members to become more deeply involved with PLA. Learn how to get more engaged with PLA on the PLA web site.

About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (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, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or