PSLA LSTA Steering Group (2020/21)

Dr. Yvonne English Roebuck, Project Director: [email protected]

Yvonne, a business consultant and adjunct faculty, has accumulated more than 35+ years in marketing, communications, teaching, diversity, equity and inclusion facilitation and business leadership while working in corporate, higher education and nonprofit organizations. She is excited to work with the steering committee to bring this important conversation to PSLA!

Cathi Fuhrman, Ed.D., PSLA Immediate Past President, LSTA Grant Coordinator:  [email protected]

Cathi is the Immediate Past President, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.  She has been a school librarian in the Hempfield School District, Landisville, PA since 1994 and was the Library Department Supervisor from 1999-2020. Currently, Cathi is one of the Hempfield High School Librarians. Cathi is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty, Kutztown University in their Library and Learning Technologies Program. She has been a member of PSLA since 1991, served on the PSLA Board from 2011-2014, Co-Chair of the former Legislation Committee, 1998-2002 and a current member of the PSLA Local and State Advocacy Committee. Cathi is currently the Chair of the AASL Chapters Assembly, a member of the ALA EDI Assembly and was a Lilead Fellow, 2015-2016.

Robin Burns, PSLA President:  [email protected]

Robin Burns is originally from New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. She has been employed by the Salisbury Township School District since 2012 where she is a library media teacher at Salisbury High School.  In addition to holding a Master in Library Science, Robin is a certified educator in 7-12 Citizenship, English, Social Studies and K-12 Library Science instruction in Pennsylvania and Florida.  Robin currently serves as President for the PSLA, Membership Chair for the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology, and on the Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee.

Jayne Downing, PSLA Member:  [email protected]

Jayne Downing has been a librarian in the School District of Philadelphia for 37 years. During her tenure she has worked in an elementary school, a middle school and is currently working at Penn Alexander School (K-8). Jayne has earned a BSED and MSLS in Library Science, and a MED in Reading. She also has the distinction of being the first librarian in the School District of Philadelphia to earn the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Library Media Certification. Serving as president, and in other offices, of two Philadelphia based Librarian groups, as well as participating in PSLA, has broadened her horizons in the field of librarianship. Diversity has become an important factor in selecting books for her multiracial school. Jayne chose this profession as an elementary school student and has loved it ever since!  

Molly Magro, PSLA Member:  [email protected]

Molly Magro (she/her/hers) has been the Library Media Specialist at Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District since 2011. She is K-12 Library Department Chair, faculty advisor for Eyer's Gay-Straight Alliance, co-director of the spring musical, and serves on her building's Instructional Leadership Team. She is passionate about sharing books that open hearts and minds, being an anti-bias, anti-racist educator, and making positive changes in her community.

Lauren Strohecker, PSLA Board:  [email protected]

Lauren Strohecker (she/her) is a white elementary school librarian who lives and teaches on Lenni-Lenape land in the Philadelphia area. She is currently a PSLA Board Director and is excited to be part of this important work.

Laura Ward, PSLA President-Elect:  [email protected]

Dr. Laura C. Ward is currently the President-Elect of PSLA and a member of WPSLA, ALA, AASL, and YALSA.  As the high school librarian at Fox Chapel Area High School, Dr. Ward strives to create an inclusive and welcoming spot for all student learning.  She is the faculty sponsor for both FC Book Club and the school’s Social Activism Club, in addition to being a part of the FCAHS Diversity Council and head coach for the Girls Tennis Team. In her community, Dr. Ward serves as Treasurer for the Dormont Public Library Board and is a member of both the Dormont Athletic Booster Association and the Dormont Elementary Parent/Faculty Organization.  She received her Ed.D. in Leadership and Administration from Point Park University and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences with a School Library Certification from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Ward enjoys playing tennis competitively for both her local Pittsburgh Tennis League and USTA teams while also teaching tennis through Dormont Athletic Booster Association.  Originally from Chester, WV, Dr. Ward currently resides in Dormont, PA with her husband and twin sons.