Executive Director – Lisa Seel
Lisa has been with the Millvale Community Library effort since 2010. She has a bachelor of Arts in Communication and Writing and a Master of Arts in Teaching – each from Chatham University. She is currently working on a Post-Masters Certificate in Library Leadership and Management at San Jose State University. Lisa has worked in education all of her adult life and believes that education is a life-long process.
Lisa lives in Hampton Township with her husband and one-eyed cat, Jack. She has two grown children, Max and Maddie, both of whom were involved in the formation of the library. She is proud to be a part of the Millvale Community Library. Lisa’s favorite book series of all time is Harry Potter, because of its appeal to both the young and the young-at-heart!
Librarian – Erinn Batykefer
Erinn earned her Master of Fine Arts in writing from the Creative Writing Department and her Master of Library Science from the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. She is co-founder and editor of the Library as Incubator Project and its sister site, The Book to Art Club, along with fellow librarian Laura Damon-Moore. Erinn and Laura were jointly named Change Agents for the Library Journal’s 2014 Movers and Shakers, for “shaping the futures of libraries” with their work on the Library as Incubator Project.
Maker Program Director – Nora Peters
Nora Peters joins the library as our Maker Program Director, designing and facilitating the library’s youth and adult maker programming.
Nora received her BA from Alfred University where she studied welded sculpture, photography, and foreign languages. In Pittsburgh she considers herself an artist working primarily in fiber, something she loves to share with the kids at the library.
She lives in Millvale with her best friend and their two cats. Taking the identity of a Maker to heart, Nora always has about 4 projects going simultaneously.
Her favorite series of books is Harry Potter, but if she had to choose, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (#5) would be her favorite. .
Millvale Library 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 the Millvale Library.
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 – Sara Jane Lowry
Sara Jane Lowry is a consultant, coach, and writer, working in the nonprofit sector for 24 years. She has always had a love of libraries, most recently having led two capital campaigns for regional libraries, and writing a successful federal grant for the current STEM training for librarians in Allegheny County. She moved to Millvale in 2013 and is inspired by the Millvale Library’s approach to library service to kids and community building. Sara Jane has a special interest in the arts having formerly been an opera singer, and currently serves on the board of the Society for the Preservation of the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanko. She is generally reading 4 to 5 books at any time (you can find her list on GoodReads.com) where she is 9 books behind on her goal of reading 32 books in 2015.
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.
Rachel Rearick lives in Stanton Heights and is Assistant Director for Education at Contemporary Craft, in the Strip District. In addition to her full-time position there, she is a consultant specializing in grant writing and program evaluation, as well as maintaining a studio practice as a printmaker.
With a dedication for working with youth, Rachel first became involved with the Millvale Community Library when partnering to launch an apprenticeship program between the Library and Contemporary Craft. Since then, she has been actively involved and enjoys spending time in the Millvale community.
Rachel’s favorite book is Corner Office, by Adam Bryant.
Mallory Womble is a lifelong bookworm and proud alumna of Wofford College, and moonlights as a part-time student 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 works as the Assistant to the Co-Directors of Conflict Kitchen 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.
This Could be YOU!
We currently have an opening on our Board of Directors! If you are passionate about libraries and what they can do as part of the community they serve, you may want to consider a position on the Millvale Community Library Board of Directors. Interested candidates should send an email, including a curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If joining a board of directors is not your thing, there are always other ways to help!
“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!