Jason Vey is Millvale Community Library's first ever professional librarian! He received his MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and is thrilled to be a part of growing the library.
Jason has many passions in life--among these are reading, writing, music, sci-fi/fantasy, and coffee. He has been writing stories as long as he can remember, from superheroes to swords and sorcery to space ships to Gothic horror. Telling tales that evoke emotion in other people is his passion. He published his first novel, Broken Gods, in April of 2011, and is hard at work on several other writing projects. His second novel, a young adult fantasy work entitled, The First Battle, is currently with his publisher. Jason has celebrated his 29th birthday several times over, and lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Julie and their crazy cats, Seamus and Finnegan. He spends too much time on the Internet, reading blogs and webcomics, and social networking.
Lisa Seel is the Vice President of the MCL Board of Trustees, and has been with the Millvale Community Library since 2010. She lives in Hampton Township with her wonderful husband, Steve, and has two super kids, Max and Maddie, both of whom were involved in the formation of the library.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Writing and a Master of Arts in Teaching – each from Chatham University. Lisa has worked in education all of her adult life, and believes that education is a life-long process. 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!
Nora Peters joins the Millvale Library as our Maker Educator, running various maker programs from Mini Makers to Maker Wednesdays.
Nora has a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Art and Foreign Language from Alfred University. There she studied welded sculpture and photography. This arts background really informs her approach to Maker Education and STEAM learning.
Nora's favorite book is Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.
Zaheen Hussain is a transplant to the Pittsburgh Area 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, this position is a shared community resource supported by the 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.
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 3 year old 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.
Online Presence: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-wolovich/17/18a/594
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.
Randi Berliner has worked for PNC bank for over 20 years starting as a teller and working her way up the ladder. She has held several different jobs at PNC over the years. She is an AVP and the current manager of both the Millvale and Etna branches.
She has lived in Cranberry Township for 23 years. She has been married for 34 years to her wonderful husband Marc and has twin sons that are 30 years old.
In her free time, Randi loves to travel. She looks forward to being part of the Millvale Library Board.
Her favorite book is Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.
Rachel Saul 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 maintains 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 the Corner Office, by Adam Bryant.
Mallory Womble is a lifelong bookworm and proud alumna of Wofford College. She is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Bountiful Catering 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 represents Millvale as part of the Inaugural Neighborhood Allies Community Leadership Forum and Grassroots Grantmaking Committee, serves on the Millvale EcoDistrict Leadership Team, 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.
If you’ve driven past the
Millvale Community Library, you may have noticed Pages, the handsome dog
sculpture that adorns and guards the entry of the Library! That sculpture, which was created by James Simon, (a talented local artist, community volunteer, and
all-around-good-guy) is a permanent installment at the Library. Through the whimsical art of renowned
Klug, Pages comes alive! You’ll be seeing a lot more of our fun little
pup in the near future!
Favorite books: The ones on his head!
Online Presence: For more information, see the article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette from November 10, 2011
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