Executive Director – Susan McClellan
Susan has been with the Library since November 2017. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Susan worked as Director of Coraopolis Memorial Library for the past seven years. She is a currently volunteer at Artissama Studio and Repurposed Store. One of her favorite hobbies is watercolor painting and she often sells her work at various art and craft shows.
She lives in Reserve Township with her husband and two cats. Pumpkin and Boots. Susan is excited to start great new programs and services for all ages at Millvale Library.
Maker Program Director – Roman Benty
Roman Benty is our Maker Program Director. A recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Roman is an educator interested in developing project-based learning experiences that foster creative planning and problem solving. Roman started out as a volunteer with MCL when he was still a high school student at Shaler Area HS, and has remained involved with the organization throughout his college years. He is excited for this new opportunity with MCL, and looks forward to expanding our maker programming through partnerships with other like-minded local organizations.
When he’s not in the maker space, Roman spends time writing short stories and making music with his rock band, The Zells. He also loves cats and cheeseburgers.
Outreach and Resource Development VISTA – Sheena Carroll
Sheena Carroll is our 2017-18 AmeriCorps VISTA. Her role at the Library includes building the capacity for sustainable community development, developing effective programs for Millvale residents, and designing and implementing best practices for outreach and volunteer training and coordination.
Sheena lives in Brookline, where she’s active in Girls Write Pittsburgh and runs the all-ages Brookline Community Open Mic. She received her Master of Arts in English from Slippery Rock University in 2016 and is a voracious reader. In her spare time, Sheena likes to sing, paint, write poetry, and take naps.
Library Clerk – Maria Mongelluzzo
Maria first became involved in Millvale while studying at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating, Maria served as the Resource Development VISTA at the Library, working with volunteers and overseeing the creation of the Tool Lending Library. Having completed her service in October, Maria now splits her time between the Library and Tupelo Honey Teas until she figures out her next adventure.
In her free time, Maria enjoys many outdoor activities, especially hiking and swimming, and is looking forward to traveling in the future and learning more about community development and nonprofit work.
Sustainability Coordinator – Zaheen Hussain
Zaheen Hussain is a transplant to Pittsburgh from Bangladesh by way of Connecticut. A former employee of GTECH Strategies, Zaheen brings a lot to the table as the Millvale Sustainability Coordinator. Funded by a Neighborhood Allies Catalytic Grant and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, this position is a shared community resource supported by New Sun Rising.
The focus of his work will be activating the next steps of a community planning process, Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot 2.0. This plan for sustainable development in the Borough of Millvale features projects to address issues related to food, water, energy, air, mobility, and equity. Zaheen also serves on the Boards of Directors of Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Watershed Alliance.
When Zaheen isn’t working, he can be seen playing any number of sports with his Pittsburgh Sports League team, the Sneaky Snakes, or trying out good eats around Pittsburgh.
Board of Directors
President – Mallory Womble
Mallory Womble is a lifelong bookworm and proud alumna of Wofford College, and recently completed her Master of International Development degree at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs. After moving to Millvale with her husband, Tyler, in 2013, she completed a year of service with Public Allies Pittsburgh, an AmeriCorps program, and began volunteering with MCL. Currently, Mallory is the Member Engagement Manager for Moms Can: Code and volunteers in a number of capacities around the Pittsburgh region.
Mallory loves classical and historical fiction and one of her all-time favorite books is A Little Princess, though she is currently on a sci-fi and fantasy kick.
Vice President – Ryan Coon
Ryan Coon lives in Millvale and works at The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting creative people and innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in the Pittsburgh region. Prior to moving to Millvale in 2014, Ryan collaborated with library staff and board members on the Kidsburgh: Destination Millvale project in spring 2014 that celebrated the work of youth and family-serving organizations in the borough. As a new resident of Millvale, Ryan is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the library board. While he can’t pick a single favorite book, Jorge Luis Borges story collection Ficciones will probably always be on his bookshelf.
Founder and Board Secretary – Brian Wolovich
Brian Wolovich is a Millvale resident, the president and co-founder of the library. He has a lovely wife, Mandy and they have an energetic son, Elijah and a new baby, Orion. Brian is also a 6th grade teacher at Quaker Valley Middle School, and Millvale Borough Council member. He is especially excited about providing educational resources to our community members, and efforts to make Millvale a greener, safer, and happier place. Currently (always liable to change!), his favorite book is The Gift: Poems by Hafiz.
Treasurer – Brian Romine
Brian Romine is the Accounts Payable Coordinator at the United Way of Allegheny County. His many years of nonprofit experience include over a decade of work in public libraries. Brian first became involved with the Millvale Community Library while serving with AmeriCorps in 2007. In addition to his love for libraries, Brian’s passions include reading, running and travel. He regularly competes in races (from miles to marathons) and hopes (eventually) to travel the globe with his wife, Rita. Choosing a favorite book is an impossible task for Brian. However, you can view his reading list on LibraryThing for a complete account of his current picks and all-time favorites.
“Pages” comes to us from his creator, Artist James Simon, who made the statue of our iconic dog that sits just outside our front door at the library. In 2011, before the library opened to the public, a panel of 3rd grade judges from Marzolf and Reserve Primary Schools in Shaler chose his name from more than 60 submissions. Read about it!
Shortly after opening our doors in 2013, Cartoonist Dave Klug brought Pages to “life.” Today, Pages appears throughout the library as our official mascot!