Meet the Candidates for the MLA 2021 Election

We are pleased to announce the candidates for the MLA 2021 Board of Directors Election. MLA will hold elections for the Board of Directors from April 5 - April 19.

One of the benefits of membership is the right to vote for the leaders that will help chart MLA's course into the future. MLA members will vote for the next President-elect and three member-at-large board members, who will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2024.

Voting will close promptly on Monday, April 19 at 11:59 pm.

Cast your vote! Elections - Board of Directors 2021-2022

Please note:

  • According to MLA Bylaws, you must be an active member in the following categories to vote: Organizational Members, Affiliated Individual Members, Unaffiliated Individual Members, Unaffiliated Library Directors, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Trustee Members, Retirees, Lifetime Members, and Students shall be entitled to vote in all matters submitted to a vote of the Members. Please note, Linked Trustees are not eligible to vote.

  • The ballot form can only be submitted once so please review your options carefully before hitting submit.

  • When voting for Member-at-Large board positions, please select a maximum of three candidates. If you wish to select less than three, please also select the checkbox next to "No Additional Votes". Ballots with more than three candidates selected will be considered void.

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Questions? Please feel free to contact MLA Executive Director Deborah E. Mikula at [email protected] or (517) 394 -2774 ext. 224.

President-elect

Ryan Wieber

Library Director
Kalamazoo Public Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Member-at-Large

Amber Alexander

Library Director
Presque Isle District Library

John Clexton

Library Director
Gladwin District Library

Dillon Geshel

Library Director
Portage Lake District Library

Anne Heidemann

Tribal Librarian
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries

Cathleen Russ

Library Director
West Bloomfield Township Public Library

Tiffany Russell

Social Services Manager
Niles District Library

 

 


Ryan Wieber
Library Director
Kalamazoo Public Library

Ryan Wieber has served as Director of the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) since 2017. Prior to KPL, he was Director at Van Buren District Library in Van Buren County for four years and Director at Otsego District Library in Allegan County for 13 years. He has also worked as an Archivist at Cranbrook Educational Community and a Reference Librarian at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Wieber holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public History from Western Michigan University. He has served on the MLA Board of Directors since 2018 and the MLA Legislative and Advocacy Committee since 2016. He has also served several terms on the Board of the Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative (President 2009-2010), and as past-Chair of the Allegan County Library Association. He is a member of the City of Kalamazoo’s Downtown Development Authority Board, and the Downtown Economic Growth Authority, as well as a member of the Oshtemo Township DDA. He is also a member of the Kalamazoo Rotary Club and volunteers on the Rotary is for Reading Committee. Wieber has authored two books on local history and served as chair of a historical society for several years. He also served as a city commissioner in Otsego, Michigan for four years.


Amber Alexander
Library Director
Presque Isle District Library

Amber Alexander currently serves as the Library Director of Presque Isle District Library in Rogers City Michigan. She has worked as Library Director since 2015. Before that, she worked as a Reference Librarian for ten years at the Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Alexander has a Master of Library and Information Science with an archival concentration and emphasis on public libraries from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and History with an emphasis on early American and British Literature from Lake Superior State University. Alexander currently serves on the MLA Board of Directors, with a term expiring in June 2021. She was a member of the 2019 and 2020 MLA Annual Conference work groups. She has moderated sessions at prior MLA conferences and participated as a mentee in the MLA Mentor Program. Alexander has served as Advisory Board Chair for the Northland Library Cooperative and has previously served as a member of the Chippewa County Historical Society Board and the Sault Co-Op Nursery School Board.


John Clexton
Library Director
Gladwin District Library

John Clexton has served as Library Director of Gladwin County District Library (GCDL) in Gladwin, Michigan since January 2019. Prior to his role at GCDL, Clexton served for nearly one year as Library Supervisor/Director for the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Before that, he served for 19 years as Branch Coordinator for Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. He also served as a Children’s Librarian from 2000-2002 while at Gross Pointe Public Library, before transitioning to the role of Adult Librarian from 2002-2018. He has worked as an independent research and reference professional for tutor.com, and has previously worked as a Children’s Librarian for Detroit Public Library, and a Youth Librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library.

Clexton has a Master of Library Science Degree from Wayne State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Geography from Wayne State University. He has been an MLA member since 1998, is a 2016 MLA Leadership Academy Graduate, and has attended many of MLA’s annual conferences throughout his career. Clexton is a board member of Gladwin County Economic Development Corporation, the Beaverton Activities Center Board, and the Gladwin County Community Arena Board. He is a member of the White Pines Cooperative and has previously served as President of the Valley Library Consortium.



Dillon Geshel
Library Director
Portage Lake District Library

Dillon Geshel has served as Library Director of the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, Michigan since 2015. Before his role as Director, Geshel worked as Technology Manager and Senior Reference and briefly served as Interim Director at Portage Lake District Library. Prior to that, Geshel worked at Northern Michigan University Lydia M. Olson Library, Marquette, MI as Senior Library Assistant, Circulation.

Geshel has a Master of Library Information Science Degree from Wayne State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Michigan Technological University. Geshel has been an MLA member since 2016 and has participated as an annual conference volunteer for multiple years. He has participated in MLA’s Mentor Program as a Mentee in 2016 and now participates as a Mentor. In 2018, Geshel received MLA’s Up and Comer Award that honors rising stars in the library profession. He serves as the treasurer of the Keweenaw Family Resource Center, and the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of Librarians for the Superiorland Library Cooperative.



Anne Heidemann
Tribal Librarian
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries

Anne Heidemann has served as the Tribal Librarian for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan in Mount Pleasant Michigan since 2013. Prior to her work at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries, Heidemann worked as a Librarian for the Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso IN in 2013. She was Department Head of the Children’s, Tween and Teen Services department at Canton Public Library in Canton, MI, from 2006-2012, and served as Co-Department Head of the Technical Processing Workgroup from 2010-2012. Before her work at Canton Public Library, she served in the youth department at Chippewa River District Library System in Mount Pleasant Michigan, starting out as a Youth Services Associate before moving into the role of Youth Services Coordinator Librarian from 2001-2006.

Heidemann holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University. Heidemann currently serves on MLA’s Board of Directors as a Member-at-large and served on the Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021 Conference committee. She is a long-time MLA member and has served on numerous committees beginning in 2000, including serving as Chair of MLA’s Thumbs Up! Award Committee in 2007, and the Teen Services Division Chair-elect, Chair and Past Chair from 2005-2007. Heidemann was the recipient of the 2011 MLA Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth.


Cathleen Russ
Library Director
West Bloomfield Township Public Library

Cathleen Russ was named the Director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in West Bloomfield Township, MI, in December 2020. Before that, Russ served as Director of the Troy Public Library in Troy, Michigan for 13 years. From 2010-2014, she was an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, teaching Library Administration and Management. Russ has also served as Director of the Chelsea District Library, Chelsea, MI, and before that, the Assistant Director at the Macomb County Library, Clinton Township, MI, and Director at the Center Line Public Library, Center Line, MI.

Russ holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, Communications from Loyola University Chicago. Russ previously served as a member-at-large on the MLA Board of Directors from 2017-2020. Honored as the MLA 2019 Librarian of the Year, Russ has been an MLA supporter and member since 2000. She served on the MLA Awards Committee in 2020 and has served as MLA Conference Chair, 2009; MLA Awards Committee Chair, 2006-2008; and MLA Conference Programs Committee Co-Chair, 2006. She is a member of MLA Leadership Academy, Class of 2006, and has presented at MLA conferences numerous times. Russ has served as a mentor in MLA's Mentor Program for three years.



Tiffany Russell
Social Services Manager
Niles District Library

Tiffany Russell, LMSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the Social Services Manager at Niles District Library in Niles, Michigan. In her role at Niles District Library, Russell oversees the Social Workers in Rural and Small Libraries (SWIRSL) program, a grant-funded project, which provides patrons with information, referrals, and resources as well as develops collaborative relationships with local social service agencies. Russell is also a part-time instructor for Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work.

Russell received her Master of Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Field Instructor of the Year award for Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work Southwest Campus. Russell is a new member of MLA but has presented at MLA events including an MLA Connect Coffee Hour in 2020. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Public Library Association (PLA) Social Work Task Force. Russell also serves as a Community Advisory Board Member at Western Michigan University School of Social Work and as a Board Member of the City of Niles Housing Commission.

 


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