Meet the MLA Staff

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Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
(517) 881-1266
[email protected]

Since June 2019, Debbie has served as MLA’s Executive Director. She places a high priority on any organization or project that creates a sense of place, showcases a community’s authentic heritage, and contributes to the economic prosperity of a region. Libraries are no exception. For over 35 years, she has been a passionate advocate of arts and culture in the state and on a national basis – leading the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, ArtServe Michigan, Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, and the League of Historic American Theatres. Debbie has a bachelor's degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and earned her Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from The American University in Washington DC. She currently serves as a board member on the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, is the President of the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan, and also serves on the faculty at Michigan State University teaching Arts and Cultural Management.

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Rachel Ash headshotRachel Ash
Membership and Communications Director
(517) 881-6652
[email protected]

Rachel serves as MLA's Membership and Communications Director. She joined MLA in 2015. Libraries and library professionals have made a deep and lasting impact on her life from a young age. Access to books, summer reading programs, and an amazing school librarian fostered her love of learning, curiosity about the world and a lifelong love of literature. Rachel received a general associate's degree and an associate's degree in computer programming from Lansing Community College and has a background in fine art. Prior to her employment with MLA, she worked for many years for a small family-owned business. Rachel lives in Mason, Michigan with her son and her cat Zuko. She enjoys reading, cooking, doing art projects and hanging out with family.

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You can also contact Rachel to:

  • Share a great story or breaking news about your library
  • Schedule a library visit


Lisa Buttigieg headshotLisa Buttigieg
Administrative Assistant
(517) 881-1683
[email protected]

Lisa Buttigieg joined the MLA team in 2019. In her administrative role, Lisa provides the highest level of customer service to members and key constituencies. Lisa serves as the primary contact for the MLA office and also assists her colleagues with special projects, meetings and conferences. She is a native of Detroit and moved to Lansing where she earned her associate degree in Commercial Art/Graphic Design from Lansing Community College. Prior to her employment with MLA, Lisa worked eight years for Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as the Communication Coordinator and office administrator, while sharing her creative skills to promote the organization's educational offerings. Lisa loves to visit art galleries and museums, enjoys music and is a huge fan of Detroit Red Wing Hockey.

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Elise Penhollow, CHS, CTA
Database Coordinator
(517) 881-0496
[email protected]

Elise Penhollow joined the Michigan Library Association team in March 2021 as the Database Coordinator. Her passion for assisting in developing important community resources is what drew her to MLA, and she thrives in organizational support roles. She attended Michigan State University, where she studied Hospitality Business and Sustainable Natural Resource and Recreation Management, and has prior experience with membership organizations. Elise loves spending time with her family, playing ice hockey, doing DIY crafts/projects, and trying new recipes.

Contact Elise with questions about:

  • Accessing or updating your member record
  • Login and password resets

 



Amber Sheerin, CMP, DES, CTAAmber Sheerin Headshot
Program and Event Director
(517) 881-3194
[email protected]

Amber is responsible for helping to provide the best conferences and other professional development opportunities to MLA members. Amber holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources from Ferris State University, and a Certificate in Event and Convention Management from New York University. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) with the Lansing Convention Bureau, a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), a Digital Event Strategist (DES), and is certified in Virtual Event and Meeting Management (VEMM) from the Event Leadership Institute. Prior to her employment with MLA, Amber spent several years as a hospitality sales manager and served as the Lansing Women in Leadership Events Chairperson for the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association. When she isn’t working Amber enjoys practicing her photography skills, biking and kayaking, and exploring new travel destinations.

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Ryan LoganRyan Logan
Graphic Designer
(517) 394-2774
[email protected]

Ryan’s family of creatives influenced his decision to become a designer and he enjoys contributing to the region’s arts and cultural community through his work with us at the Michigan Library Association and at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. In his free time, he enjoys biking, traveling, movies, and exploring all of Greater Lansing's nooks and crannies with his camera. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Graphic Design.

 


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