PSLA Committees

Committee Structure

  • Each committee will have two chairs plus a board liaison.
  • PSLA Members can volunteer to join a committee: Awards, Communications, Conference, Operations, or Teaching & Learning.
  • Task groups and coordinators work on a specific task or duty within a committee.  Committee members are free to join short-term or long-term task groups. 
  • Co-chairs will identify and advertise task group opportunities.

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Awards Committee 

Alice Cyphers  Deborah Hoover

Board Liaison: Erin Bechdel

Contact: [email protected]PYRCA [email protected]

Sample Tasks

Committee Members: Melinda Bender, Anne Bozievich, Michelle Burns Jurkiewicz, Bernadette Cooke, Alice Cyphers, Sue Dahlstrom, Porsche Davis - Taylor, Kristin Douglas, Aimee Emerson, Katie Hammond, Brooke Hauer, Deborah Hoover, Samantha Hull, Lori Jordan, Kate Leisey, Beth McGuire, Marie Mengel, Christina Peterson, Amy Pickett, Nadine Poper, Shannon Resh, Jamie Scott, Ellen Stolarski, Angela Tarr, Michelle Wells, Jen Wentling, Sara White

PSLA Awards: Melinda Bender, Maureen Chilinkskas, Bernadette Cooke, Danielle Corrao, Sue Dahlstrom, Porshe Davis-Taylor, Kristin Douglas, Aimee Emerson, Marg Foster, Katie Hammond, Brooke Hauer, Deborah Hoover, Lori Jordan, Michelle Burns Jurkiewicz, Karen Leisey, Beth McGuire, Marie Mengel, Christina Peterson, Amy Pickett, Nadine Poper, Shannon Resh, Jamie Scott, Angela Tarr, Michelle Wells, Jennifer Wentling, Maria White

PYRCA: Melinda Bender, Maureen Chilinkskas, Sue Dahlstrom, Porshe Davis-Taylor, Tiff Emerick, Aimee Emerson, Kate Hammond, Deborah Hoover, Lori Jordan, Keith Koehler, Martha Lambertsen, Beth McGuire, Marie Mengle, Christina Peterson, Amy Pickett, Nadine Poper, Kate Ramos, Shannon Resh, Kristi Addleman Ritter, Ellen Stolarski (co-coordinator), Angela Tarr, Michelle Wells, Jennifer Wentling

 Communications Committee

Lauren Kubiak Laura Ward

Board Liaison: Caitlin Linsenmann

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks:

    • Develop or curate the content of messages to be shared with Association stakeholders
    • Disseminate information using appropriate delivery platforms

Committee Members: Rachel Sebastian, Beth Heuchert, Carol Messa 

Conference Committee

Executive Director of Conference

Lisa Weiss Samantha Hull

Board Liaison and Vice President: Samantha Hull

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks:

    • Planning Conference Schedule, Program, and Events
    • Registration
    • Sponsorships and Exhibits
    • Evaluation and Professional Act 48 Credits

Committee Members: listed below

Task Coordinators:  Lisa Weiss, director, Sam Hull, co-chair, Lindsey Mason, author co-chair, Nadine Poper, author co-chair, Sandy Reilly, registrar, Jeff Weiss, Jane Farrell, Krista Leonard, Megan Aranyos, Lauraine Lindbloom, Christina Peterson, Monica Reinnagel, Jenn Roth, Tiff Emerick, Deborah Brown, Donald Walutes, Elizabeth Heuchert

Advocacy Committee


 Amy Pickett 
Sarah DeMaria

Board Liaison and President-Elect: Sarah DeMaria

The Advocacy Committee spearheads PSLA’s local, state, and federal advocacy efforts towards passage of state legislation specific to school library programs, funding, and staffing. The work of this committee also addresses building coalitions, communicating legislative alerts, working with school library allies, and developing advocacy training, toolkits, and other communication tools as needed. The Advocacy Committee is also responsible for the Take Action portion of the PSLA website. PSLA’s Intellectual Freedom Task Group (IFTG), which falls under the umbrella of the Advocacy Committee, monitors intellectual freedom issues in the Commonwealth. They provide information, guidance, and support to Pennsylvania school librarians facing censorship, challenges to library materials, and related threats to intellectual freedom.

Committee Members: Kim Borden, Amanda Deck, Aimee Emerson, Cathi Fuhrman, Matthew Good, Kelly Gustafson, Lillian Hobbs, Deb Hoover, Deb Kachel, Ellen Stolarski, Barbara Stripling, Angela Tarr, Joyce Valenza, Ila Verdirame, Laura Ward

IFTG: Cathi Fuhrman, Co-Chair, Amanda Deck, Co-Chair, Danielle Correo, Hannah Howe, Maryalice Bond, Matthew Good, Michelle Nass, Samantha Hull, Sandra Reilly, Sarah DeMaria, Aimee Emerson, Leah Lindemann, Beth Shenefiel. Catherine Schroth, Rachel Nichols

Operations Committee


Jackie Fulton Dustin Brackbill

Board Liaison: Catherine Horan

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks:              

    • Governance
      • Maintain, monitor, and update the official records (ex. Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws), documents (ex. archives, mission, vision, and strategic plan) and inventory associated with the governing of the Association.
    • Membership
      • Maintain the official membership file and collection of dues
      • Advise the Board on matters related to membership structure and dues
      • Collect data on the status of school library programs within the Commonwealth
    • Leadership Development
      • Identify and develop leadership within the Association
      • Conduct nominations and elections in accordance with the provisions in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association

Affiliate Task Coordinator - TBD

Archives Coordinator - TBD   

Budget Coordinator and Association Treasurer - Jeff Weiss

Governance Coordinators - Sharon Breeden and Peggy Mourer

2022 Leadership Development Task Group - Jackie Fulton, Dustin Brackbill, Laura Ward (Immediate Past President), TBD (Committee Co-chair) and TBD (Member-at-Large).

Membership Task Coordinators - Randi Wall and Lindsey Long -  [email protected]

Committee Members: Leslie DeVries, Bethany Lewis, Jeff Weiss, Jennifer Nawri, Catherine Horan, Bob McConnell, Ila Verdirame

 Teaching & Learning Committee


Kevin McGuire Maryalice Bond

Board Liaison: Jane Farrell

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks

    • Develop, review and inform members about content related to teaching and learning
      • Curriculum
      • Standards (academic standards, program standards, certification standards)
      • Diverse Learners
      • Teacher Effectiveness
      • Digital Resources (apps, websites, management tools) 
      • Library Administration
      • Promotional Events
    • Deliver content related to teaching and learning utilizing various platforms

Committee Members: Maryalice Bond, Anne Bozievich, Dustin Brackbill, Laura Bryant, Rachel Burkhouse, Candice Bustos, Tiffany Clark, Bernadette Cooke, Janice Conger, Danielle Corrao, Liz Doll, Victoria Dziewulski, Marcie Erickson, Erin Faulkner, Cynthia Feimster, Krista Fitzpatrick, Jackie Fulton, Jillian Gasper, Elizabeth Henry, Emily Hoffman, Catherine Horan, Brooke Huebner, Samantha Hull, Melissa Johnston, Michelle Burns Jurkiewicz, Natasha Lewis, Caitlin Linsenmann, Lindsey Long, Allison Mackley, Beth McGuire, Kevin McGuire, Mary McEndree, Anne McKernan, Denise Medwick, Nancy Nadig, Michelle Nass, Jennifer Nawri, Amy Pickett, Brent Pollock, Annette Prezioso, Julie Ritter, Melissa Scott, Melanie Solano, Kathy Stattel, Sarah Strouse, Nancy Summers, Hannah J Thomas, Ila Verdirame. 

General Members: Erin Bechdel, Anne Bozievich, Jessica Brecht, Michelle Jurkiewicz, Beth Henry, Beth McGuire, Allison Mackley, Michelle Nass, Kathy Stattel, Ila Verdirame

Lit Review Task Group: Amy Pickett, Anne Bozievich, Annette Prezioso, Bernadette Cooke, Danielle C. Corrao, Denise Medwick, Elizabeth Henry (co-chair publishers), Emily Hoffman, Erin Faulkner, Julie Ritter, Mary Hyson, Maryalice Bond (co-chair communications), Melissa Scott, Nancy Nadig, Rachel Burkhouse, Candice Bustos, Victoria Dziewulski, Natasha Lewis, Anne McKernan, Melanie Solano. 

Teaching and Learning Standing Task Group - Leadership Academies - Project Director, Dr. Yvonne English Roebuck