The 2020 Toward Gigabit Libraries in Pennsylvania Inaugural Fellows
Christie Brown, Director, Schuylkill Valley Community Library
Christie graduated from Schuylkill Valley High School, which is the school district her current library serves. She earned a BS in Chemistry and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, primarily in Bioanalysis at Sanofi-synthelabo. Christie earned her Masters in Library Science with a teaching certificate from Kutztown University. She was hired as the director of the Schuylkill Valley Community Library.
Schuylkill Valley Community Library website | facebook
Jessica Hilburn, Executive Director, Benson Memorial Library
Jessica Hilburn is the Executive Director of Benson Memorial Library in Titusville, PA. She holds an BA from Mercyhurst University, an MA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and will graduate with an MLIS from Valdosta State University in 2021. She enjoys pop culture, politics, true crime, her cats, and is passionate about advocating for broadband expansion and issues in rural communities and libraries.
Benson Memorial Library website | facebook | instagram
Erin Joyce, District Consultant, Oil Creek Library District
Erin Joyce is the District Consultant for the Oil Creek District. Previously, she held the position of Director at Redbank Valley Public Library. She earned her M.L.S. from Clarion University and her B.S. in Library Science Education from Clarion University.
Oil Creek Library District website | facebook
Leslie LaBarte, District Consultant, Seneca Library District
Leslie has been the Seneca Library District Consultant since January of 2017. The Seneca District is made up of Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, & Warren Counties in NW PA. Prior to becoming the District Consultant, Leslie was the Director at the Sugar Grove Free Library. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration from Empire State College and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from University at Buffalo. Leslie is always looking for ways to easily enhance library services for her libraries.
Seneca Library District website| facebook
Katie Greenleaf Martin, County Coordinator, Blair County Library System; District Consultant, Altoona Library District
Katie Greenleaf Martin is the County Coordinator for the Blair County Library System and the District Consultant for the Altoona Library District, which represents 13 library locations in central PA. She chairs the Scholarship Committee and serves on the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the Pennsylvania Library Association. Outside of work she likes to travel and spend time on the water, usually in a sailboat or kayak with her spouse and son.
Blair County Library System website | facebook
Michelle McIntyre, Director, Roaring Spring Community Library
Michelle has been the Director of the Roaring Spring Community Library since 1997. She earned an AS in Criminology and a BS in Behavioral and Social Science from Mount Aloysius College and an MSLS from Clarion University and a certificate in Non Profit Administration. She is Board Member of Morrisons Cove 1st Federal Credit Union, member of Keep Blair Beautiful and is currently studying to become a Master Gardener through Penn State Cooperative Extension. She enjoys spending time on her homestead and with her husband and three kitties.
Roaring Spring Community Library website | facebook | twitter
Cheryl A. Morgan, Director, Somerset County Library
Cheryl A. Morgan is Director of Somerset County Library and Administrator of the Somerset County Federated Library System, Inc., a consortium of public libraries in Somerset County, PA. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Westminster College, a Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Administration–Non-profit Management from Trinity Washington University, and several computer-related certifications. Her resume includes over 25 years of experience in the library and information science fields. Cheryl has worked in cataloging, reference, technical services, administration and information technology positions in academic, public, and special libraries and has also worked as a Network Field Engineer, Library Systems Specialist, Director of Professional Services and Product Manager in technology companies that serve the library industry.
Somerset County Library website | facebook | twitter
Jennifer Powell, Director, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library
Jennifer Powell is the Director of the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library and serves as the 2020 Chair of the Juniata Conemaugh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association. She is currently pursuing her MLIS through San Jose State University.
Tyrone Snyder Public Library website | facebook
Lori Rounsville, Director, Hamlin Memorial Library
Lori Rounsville is Director, Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethsport, PA. Lori has been at Hamlin Memorial since 1998 and always embraces technologies and services to best support her community. When not at the library, Lori loves to ride Harleys with her husband Greg.
Hamlin Memorial Library website | facebook
Leslie Swope, Director, St. Mary’s Public Library
Leslie Swope is the Director, St. Mary’s Public Library in Kersey, PA. Leslie is an experienced library director and is also the chair of the small and rural libraries group of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA). Prior to St. Mary’s Leslie was an Assistant Director at Mengle Memorial Library. Leslie holds an MLS from Clarion University and a BS from Clarion University.
St. Mary’s Public Library website | facebook
Kristy Wallace, Director, Youngsville Public Library
Kristy Wallace is Director of the Youngsville Public Library in Youngsville, PA where she has served since 2006. Youngsville Public Library is a thriving, independent library that connects people with information, technology, ideas, & experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives, and strengthen the community.
Youngsville Public Library website | facebook
Lann Yurchick, Director, Ridgeway Public Library
Mrs. Lann Yurchick has been a library director in Northwest Pennsylvania for 20 years. Beginning at the Wilcox Public Library in 2000 and then moving to the Ridgway Library in 2004, Lann has honed her library skills in the mainly rural Seneca Library District. The Seneca District is made up of Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, & Warren Counties and she is one of the main opinion leaders within the district. She has her Library Assistant’s Certification in Pennsylvania and has always strived to learn the necessary tech skills to keep moving her library forward and best serve the people of Ridgway and Elk County.
Ridgway Public Library website | facebook
More info about the Toward Gigabit Libraries in Pennsylvania project is available here.
This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.