Board Biographies

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President: Mary White, University of North Carolina

As the Global Public Health Librarian, Mary provides consultation, training and research support for students, faculty and staff affiliated with the Gillings School of Global Public Health.She has held adjunct lecturer positions in health informatics at Johns Hopkins and Drexel Universities, and worked as a knowledge management librarian with the NC TraCS Institute. She has volunteered and worked in local and federal disaster response.Her research interests include public health, health communication, health behavior, global health, disaster management, mHealth/eHealth, and public health informatics.Mary is also a part-time doctoral student in the UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science.

Vice President: VACANT
Recording Secretary: Jean Sack, Jhpiego

As a solo librarian for Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University International NGO with offices in 40 LMI Countries, I attend staff and technical meetings, perform requested lit searches for new grants, project reports, and training.  I tutor colleagues on using best search strategies for a variety of medical and social sciences databases (including HINARI overseas), in setting up alerts and saving searches in citation software – in person and on Skype or Adobe Connect. Often I can post links to essential information while on Jhpiego webinars.  I participates as research librarian in the Manuscript Development and Publications project begun in 2012, with increase of yearly journal articles from 8 to over 70 in the past year. In addition to a small print collection with digital links on ENDNOTE, we have created SharePoint depositories of current digital materials and archival resources from Jhpiego’s 45 years work and are shifting from Dropbox to TEAMS on Office 365.  Visit

Treasurer: Nykia Perez Kibler, University of Pennsylvania

Since 2001, I have been a full-time special academic and embedded librarian at the Demography Library at the University of Pennsylvania’s Population Studies Center. My current title is Director of Information Management. My title and my role have changed over time to shift with the needs of our researchers and changes to the scholarly communications landscape. I supervise two full-time employees and one part time employee. For sixteen years, I was a solo librarian, this year we had an opportunity and need for hiring a second librarian, which has been an amazing addition to our team. While we have a physical collection, my main responsibilities involve the collective management of data about our center’s researchers and Ph.D. students as well as the preparation of that data for administrative, outreach and dissemination, and grant related purposes including compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. In addition, my team and I provide a variety of research related tasks, administrative tasks, and A/V and both print and web design services that enable or assist in the conduct of research, scholarly communications and other research activities. LinkedIn profile.

Board Members

Past President: Amanda Berry, Guttmacher Institute

From 2012 to 2016, Amanda managed the day to day functioning of the Guttmacher Institute’s internal library and assisted staff in accessing journal articles and trained staff to use the Guttmacher library and reference management software. She also supported the Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination, aiding preparation of grant proposals and reporting (including Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy and creating and maintaining biosketches), coordinating the Center’s conference presence at the annual Population Association of America meeting, and managing requests for the Center’s public use datasets. In her current position as Senior Research Assistant, she has helped lead the Institute’s roll out of Zotero for citation management and serves in an ad hoc advisory capacity to staff currently managing the library. While more of her time is now spent on research projects, she continues to be involved in Zotero training and trouble-shooting. She is completing her Masters of Public Health at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.

Class of 2019 Board Member: Elana Broch, Princeton University

Elana Broch Is the Assistant Population Research Librarian at Princeton University, as well as the selector for Education. She supports the Office of Population Research (i.e., demography, very broadly defined) as well as the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her focus is on domestic social policy issues including, but not limited to, education.

Elana holds a Ph.D. in Psychometric Methods, which she earned before attending library school. After working as a measurement statistician on the GRE at Educational Testing Service for 10 years she left to go to library school She has been at Princeton since earning her MLIS degree in 2001.

Elana is interested in educational assessment and the methodological issues involved in conducting educational research. She is a proponent of data and statistical literacy for librarians. The majority of her recent presentations are designed to hopefully increase librarians’ comfort with statistics and (avocationally) Jewish genealogy.

Class of 2019 Board Member: Sarah Burns, Pathfinder International
Class of 2019 Board Member: Julia Cleaver
Class of 2020 Board Member: Joann Donatiello, Princeton University

Joann Donatiello is the Population Research Librarian at Princeton University’s Donald E. Stokes Library for Public and International Affairs and the Ansley J. Coale Population Research Collection. In this role, she collects worldwide censuses and vital statistics, provides reference assistance, manages the Population Research Collection, and assists Princeton’s Office of Population Research affiliates with NIH Public Access Policy compliance. Prior to her arrival at Princeton, she was the Information Specialist at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she started the library, and before that she was the Government Documents and Special Collections Librarian at Monmouth University. In her previous careers, she conducted quantitative and qualitative research projects in the United States and Europe, and worked as an assistant lobbyist for a health professional organization. Joann holds an M.L.S., and an M.A. in Political Science with specializations in survey research and public policy from Rutgers University, where she was an Eagleton Fellow, and a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology from Drew University. She is a recipient of the Daniel T. Richards Prize for Writing Related to Collecting in the Health Sciences from the Medical Library Association Collection Development Section. Joann is currently working with the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation to archive Statistical Agency websites throughout the world.

Class of 2020 Board Member: Debbie Dickson, Johns Hopkins University

Debra is responsible for the leadership, management, and oversight of the POPLINE database—a web-based collection of population, family planning, and related reproductive health and development literature. LinkedIn profile.

Class of 2020 Board Member: Nicole Pettenati, Public Health Accreditation Board
Class of 2021 Board Member: Erin McGee, Guttmacher Institute

Senior Research Administrative Assistant, Guttmacher Institute. Erin started at Guttmacher over 3 ½ years ago. She spends most of her time at work talking about contracts, payments, and IRB issues. She loves the city, mountains, AND the beach; you could say that she truly is a Jersey girl.

Class of 2021 Board Member: VACANT
Class of 2021 Board Member: VACANT

Resource Leads

Archives: Lori Delaney
Archives: Katie Fortier
Membership: William Fennie
APLIC Listserv lists: William Fennie

William is an Information Management professional specializing in data management, user research, design, and information architecture at the University of Maryland Population Research Center. LinkedIn profile.

Communications: VACANT
Audit Committee: Lori Rosman

Lori is a Public Health Informationist at the Welch Medical Library through the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. LinkedIn profile.

Audit Committee: VACANT
Nominating Committee: Amanda Berry