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 Clerk – Sheena Carroll
Sheena’s 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 is a recent Millvale transplant! She’s active in Girls Write Pittsburgh and co-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.
Teaching Artist/Library Clerk – Abigail Beddall
Abigail Beddall is a multi-media performance artist, curator, and educator working and living in Millvale Pennsylvania, with a small menagerie. In working with the Millvale Community Library, Beddall hopes to help expose and expand upon the pulse of Millvale’s art scene. Beddall’s focus on performance art has guided her practices for over a decade. Her interest in interweaving international and local perspectives drives Beddall’s curatorial series, Pittsburgh’s Performance Art Festival (PGHPAF), coming to Millvale in 2019. She is known for organizing carnivalesque worlds that blur the line between art, artist, and audience.
Beddall has led workshops at Antalya International University (Turkey), the Manchester Craftsmanship Guild (PGH), and Bunker Projects (PGH), and taught Art at the Smithsonian Institute (DC), Penn State Center for Arts and Crafts (State College), and now the Millvale Community Library!
Board of Directors
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 Vice President – 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 – Alison Altemus
Alison works at Eden Hall Foundation, a non-profit foundation that focuses on assisting organizations that serve families in southwestern PA. Alison is thrilled to work with the library to provide resources and services to all of Millvale’s residents. She and her husband, Aaron, are residents of the city of Pittsburgh and have a shared love of neighborhood libraries all over the area. While a favorite book would be hard to identify, it’s very likely that you’d see her reading a historical biography.
Secretary – Melissa Mason
Melissa is a Child Development Specialist for Family Resources, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through a compassionate, holistic approach to strengthening families. She is also a Teaching Artist for The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse where she educates adults and children about sustainability and reuse through art. A resident of Millvale since 2015, Melissa has volunteered for the Millvale Music Festival, helped organize an updated version of Millvale-Opoly, is a member of the Girty’s Run Watershed Association and can be seen regularly in the community supporting a wide variety of local businesses and organizations.
Maria Christina works for North Hills Community Outreach, a non-profit serving the needs of families experiencing hardship, poverty and crisis. She also has a private practice in the North Hills providing counseling and mediation services. Maria has a deep love for the borough of Millvale, has been a part of the Millvale working community since 2004, and shares the library commitment to serve as an agent of positive community change. Maria has long adored children’s literature and one of her favorite activities is offering dramatic readings to youngsters (as you might suspect, she has a background in theatre). She is delighted to serve on the library board.
“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!