Meet Our Staff
Amy McDonald, Library Director
Our fearless leader! Amy worked so hard as our Director of Development & Partnerships, spreading the word about all the amazing things we do up here on the hill, that when Amanda moved on in 2019 we just had to have Amy as our new library director! Amy is happily married and has three very energetic sons: Connor, Colby, and Caiden (we "C" where she was going with that!). Now, despite her being from New England and cheering on both the Patriots and the Red Sox, we do allow her out in public; you might see her at community events or some big library fundraiser, where her extraordinary people skills shine.
Heather Auman, Head of Library Services
Heather is Head of Library Services, i.e. “jack-of-all-trades” at the library, where she teaches some tech classes, manages the collection, coordinates adult programming, creates the newsletter and website, and yells at the computers when they don’t behave. Heather’s also a registered notary public and a self-published author (under H. L. Blake). Her dearest obsessions include sci-fi/fantasy (especially Ender's Game and Lord of the Rings), the ocean, newborn kittens, adventure games, and of course libraries of all shapes and sizes. Heather’s usually hidden in the back office so you may never see her, but her handiwork is all around. If you need some tech help, just ask - she enjoys the chance to get away from her desk!
Becky Proie, Youth Services Manager
Becky Proie is our Youth Services Manager. She is a self-admitted theatre geek and has a penchant for costumes. Did you see her dressed as Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus for Halloween? It was AMAZING! When she's not doing storytimes and running the show in Youth Services, Becky is a Pens fan and a sucker for a good brewery. Her "guilty pleasure" TV show is The Masked Singer, and though she doesn't have a lot of time to sit down with a good book, she does multi-task by listening to audiobooks on Overdrive while working. Gotta get the reading in somehow!
Guendalina Guidotti, Youth Services Programming Specialist
Guendalina recently moved to Pittsburgh from Houston, Texas with her husband, two little girls, and two dogs. She is a former early childhood and elementary school teacher with over ten years of experience in the classroom. She also worked as an ESL classroom teacher in Italy for six years, and she speaks fluent Italian and Spanish. When she isn’t working, Guendalina loves spending time with her family, cooking, and doing anything crafty. She is very excited to bring her background and experience to the library!
Laura Kulin, Operations Manager
Our caffeine-loving Library Mama, Laura is another staff member who dons many a hat. Among other things, she sends thank-you notes for donations and is responsible for all the pretty stickers and protective covers on our books. Laura has a Bachelor’s in Business Admin and also works full-time consulting with companies who export into high risk countries, to help them establish Letters of Credit and present documents on their behalf to U.S. banks. Sounds complicated! Laura loves her eggs straight up hard boiled and might charm you by doing a little soft-shoe when answering a question; it depends on the day. She is involved in Italian Greyhound Rescue and has a German Shepherd named Gunner who will kiss you death if you’re not careful.
Marie Brajdic, Bookkeeper
Marie is our bookkeeper and has her Bachelor's in accounting from Robert Morris College. Her full-time job is as an accounting consultant for a diverse clientele, including non-profits (like us!). Marie resides in North Fayette with her husband, daughter, and their dog, Sadie. When she's not crunching numbers, you can find her at her daughter's soccer or track events, shoe shopping, or watching HGTV.
Norene Ruggiero, Circulation Desk Supervisor
Norene has worked here for many moons, since the library first opened! So she has ALL the answers to ALL the questions. Norene is the Circulation Department Supervisor and keeps us all in tip-top shape around here. Norene is a licensed Cosmetologist, and she enjoys working on her computer, gardening, caring for her cat, cooking, baking, and reading.
Donna Shemon, Library Assistant & Systems Specialist
Donna may just be our most orderly circulation clerk. She grew up in Freeport and raised triplets (who are now in college) which we’re pretty sure is the reason she’s so very organized. Donna works behind the scenes with a lot of our library reports and lists, drawing heavily on her B.S. degree in Management Information Systems. A seriously hardworking and amazing multi-tasker, she also hunts for missing and lost books around the library (it's like a treasure hunt!). She is totally into watermelon, Rocky I and II, and claims she cannot remember ever receiving a gift she wasn’t truly grateful for (now that’s a nice person!).
Carli Oswald, Library Assistant
Carli is another of our overqualified library assistants, having her Master's in Education with a specialty of working with children. She was raised on a farm but transplanted to the city recently. She loves animals and shares her home with two dogs, a cat, and a bunny...oh, and a husband and three children too! Carli loves to read and eat, so if you want to get on her good side, give her a good restaurant, recipe, or book recommendation.
Elaine Vattimo, Library Assistant
You may never meet a kinder person than our Elaine! Elaine loves her library so much that she just had to work here, and she is happy to help you out at the front desk or in the youth services department. Besides loving her library and Harry Potter (of course!), Elaine loves and lives for her family. She has a sweet daughter named Lauren, an adopted kitty named Pepper, and a BFF who happens to be her husband. She's lucky to live close to extended family and just as lucky to live in the West Allegheny community. Elaine likes to stay as busy as a honeybee, so you may see her out and about in the community, at school, or hunting for a great bargain. She also keeps buzzing by working as an adult education instructor and is currently teaching classes for English language learners.
Julian Matucheski, Library Assistant
Julian began as a volunteer at the library for about five years, and then decided to make it official and join us on staff. He is currently taking a gap year before pursuing a Bachelor's in Political Science. In his spare time, Julian enjoys writing/journaling and spending time with his dogs Raven and Harper (cool names!). Plus, he's always there to help out his busy family with their busy lives!
Laura Zottola, Library Assistant
Laura is another of our staff with an interesting "day job." She has her Master's Degree in English and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris University - impressive! Laura was born in Hawaii and grew up as a "military brat," where she had the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and live in Colorado, South Dakota, and some other cool places. When not working, Laura is busy at home with her husband, two girls, and a new puppy named King.
Mackenzie Partyka, Library Assistant
Mackenzie is the newest friendly face on our front desk team! Besides her part-time gig at the library, she is also working towards achieving a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University (she is of course taking classes remotely...that would be quite a commute!). Her favorite pastimes are spending time with family and friends, listening to music, taking road trips, and swimming (but obviously only in the summer!).
Nancy Holston, Library Assistant
Nancy is another smiling face at our circulation desk. She’s lived an interesting life (one wonders how she ended up in in Western PA?!) and has a beautiful cherry red Pontiac Solstice convertible she calls the Doll Shoe. Nancy is a US Army Veteran and retired from a 33-year career with the FAA Air Traffic Technical Operations as Electronics Technician and Manager at the Pittsburgh Airport. After three years as a volunteer at the library, she decided it was time to join the official staff! Nancy loves Charlie’s Angels and enjoys munching on Necco Wafers while watching movies, when she's not going on an amazing safari or cruise to some exotic destination (we're so jealous, but we love hearing her stories when she comes back!).
Shadan Rizvi, Library Assistant
In addition to working part-time as a library assistant at WACL, Shadan currently attends the University of Pittsburgh. During his free time (if he has any!) you will probably find him hanging out with friends, creating art, making or listening to music, watching or playing sports, watching tv shows or movies...or reading, of course!
Stephen Auman, Library Assistant & Maintenance
Stephen is one of our circulation clerks, but he does much more than that, especially after hours when he turns into "Maintenance Man"! You might occasionally see him doing some heavy lifting or with his head in the ceiling, but don't be concerned - he's just doing his job. Stephen is married - to our own Heather Auman (they met working at the library...awwww). He’s also a self-published author and our resident artist, happy to draw a pony or superhero right on the spot for any child who asks. Before coming to WACL, he worked for the government (it’s classified).
Susan Osborn, Library Assistant
Susan has worked as a college career counselor, corporate trainer, and preschool teacher - not to mention her favorite full-time job, mom to her two amazing kids, kitties, and a new puppy! Susan loves kayaking with her husband, taking long walks, and reading books with happy endings (us too!).
Library Board of Trustees
Members of the board are listed below with their representative borough, township, or organization.
Erin Carlisle, President (NF)
Pam Perry, Vice President (NF)
Michele Conti, Secretary (NF)
MaryAnn Wiesner, Treasurer (F)
Aleksandra Kocelko (F)
Robert Mizwa (O)
Jude "Skip" Shemon (F)
Patty Giura (NF)
Zac Wassel (O)