Meet Our Staff
Amanda Kirby, Library Director
Our fearless leader! Amanda was the Head of Youth Services here for six years until Marianne retired and she became the Director in 2016. Amanda is full of staggeringly great ideas that have given our library a new energy. She and her husband have two adorable sons (Jack and Liam). She loves yard work (and has taken time off work to do it - ahh, relaxing!). Amanda has an affinity for old movies and will happily recommend some you’ve never heard of that you’ll really enjoy. She loves Ethel Merman and can do a great impression of her if you ask nicely and the sun is shining that day!
Amy McDonald, Development Director
As the library's Director of Development and Partnerships, Amy works hard to spread the word about all the amazing things we do up here on the hill. She’s also responsible for raising a lot of the money so we can continue to offer more programs and services! 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 our We Be Book'n Book Club, an "Exciting Excursion," or some big library fundraiser, where her extraordinary people skills shine.
Heather Auman, Technical Services Librarian
Heather is Technical Services Librarian and “jack-of-all-trades” at the library, where she teaches some tech classes, catalogs books, manages the website and newsletter, and yells at the computers when they don’t behave. Heather’s a published author (under H. L. Blake) and 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!
Nicole Battaglia, Youth Services Specialist
Nicole was a public school teacher for six years, but got the idea to try us out as her mom, sisters, and brother all worked in a library (it's kind of a family thing). She was born and raised in Cleveland, so she loves all their sports teams (sorry Pittsburgh fans!). But she does like Pittsburgh, too, especially exploring neighborhoods downtown and eating fries & coleslaw on sandwiches. Nicole takes fitness classes in her spare time (it’s a good way to work off all those fries!).
Gee Bolland, Early Literacy Outreach Specialist
Gee Bolland is one of our youngest staff members here at WACL, so she knows her memes as well as she knows her books! As the Early Literacy Outreach Specialist, Gee is always on the go, visiting local preschools and daycares to spread the love of reading. When she gets a chance to sit down, she loves knitting, listening to true crime podcasts (SSDGM!), and playing with her two dogs, Tinkerbell and Alfalfa Sprout. She is currently pursuing her Associate's Degree at the Community College of Allegheny County. Much to the chagrin of her twelve-year-old self, her favorite color is pink.
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!).
Carolyn Lake, Library Assistant
Carolyn’s came to us after teaching school for 19 (NINETEEN?!) years! Way to go, Carolyn! She’s another lovely person who helps you check out and return books. She was such a thorough and dedicated volunteer that we snatched her up and hired her after only a few weeks at the library. Carolyn also worked at Phipps Conservatory (we bet she took her lunch breaks with the butterflies!). She believes some kind of chocolate ice cream with fun toppings best represents her in her dairy terms, and her earliest crushes were The Monkees (she alternated between different members each week).
Elaine Vattimo, Library Assistant
You may never meet a kinder person than our Elaine - but she is oh so much more than her kindness. If money were no object, Elaine would take it upon herself to open up this area’s only coffee and cookies café, as she loves to bake. But lucky for us, Elaine works as one of our circulation clerks, helping you check out and return your books each day. She has a sweet daughter named Lauren, a newly adopted kitty named Pepper, and an amazing metallic gold tote bag each and every one of us has threatened to steal (well, maybe not Stephen). If given the choice, Elaine would rather be an orange than an apple (citrus rules!) and she loves Harry Potter. She also prides herself on her bargain hunting skills.
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.
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!).
Nilanjana Sen, Library Assistant
Nilanjana (just call her Nila!) has a Master's Degree in Psychology, but lucky for us she decided working at the library would be a lot more fun. She along with her husband is currently raising two high schoolers, which she says has helped her become an organized multitasker, as well be patient in stressful situations! You can find Nila on your next visit to the library, ready to help you at the front desk with a smile on her face.
Preethy Nalluri, Library Assistant
Preethy was born and raised in India. She achieved her Masters in Business Administration in India, later a Masters in Project Management in Virginia, and she has 7+ years of experience in Employee Relations and as a Business Analyst. With all that expertise and experience, why does she work at our little library? She must just love books! Preethy also loves spending time with her husband and son, exploring Pittsburgh (especially the country side), cooking (especially spicy food), and watching her all-time favorite TV series, Monk.
Stephen Auman, Library Assistant
Stephen is the token man on our staff. Lucky him! But not to worry, he's married - to our own Heather Auman (they met working at the library...awwww). He’s a published author and our resident artist, happy to draw a pony or superhero right on the spot for any child who asks. 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 doing his job. Before working here, he worked for the government (it’s classified).
Library Board of Trustees
Members of the board are listed below with their representative borough, township, or organization.
Tim O’Sullivan, President (F)
Terri Conoscuito, Vice President (NF)
Patty Giura, Treasurer (NF)
Barb Piskorik, Secretary (O)
Pam Perry (NF)
Erin Carlisle (NF)
Loretta Hennemuth (O)
Bill Stout (F)
Marilyn Walters (F)
Tracy Pustover, WA School Board Representative
Ed and Lin Nalesnick, WAFEL Representatives
Board Meeting Minutes