Meet Us— Administrative Staff
Ashley N. Flynn
Ashley has a B.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science in Library Science degree from Clarion University. She has previously worked as the District Consultant for the Johnstown District, and has also worked as the director of the Highland Community Library, the Gallitzin Public Library, and the Cresson Public Library. She currently serves as the Chair of HSLC (Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting), and has volunteered on numerous conference planning committees for the Pennsylvania Library Association. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS) and has written content for the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Bulletin and the Compendium blog. She loves to read, particularly fantasy, young adult, and classics. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and baking.
Barb serves the county by helping all system libraries with training, research and other tasks. As a librarian, Barb’s favorite part of the job is helping with research through the state-wide Chat with a Librarian system.
Joel E. Koss
Joel has been with the Cambria County Library System since 1990. He started as a shelver in the children’s department, then after several years in circulation, he took the position of Network Administrator. When he does have time to read he enjoys Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Patty joined the CCL Staff in November 2019. She loves having such a creative and rewarding role—keeping the community informed about all of the amazing services and programs offered at the library. Her goals include growing the library’s community relationships, social media presence and fundraising efforts. She loves music, comedy and shopping thrift stores for vintage treasures.
Stephanie has worked for the Cambria County Library for 14 years. She began her career as the senior bookkeeper of the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center. After four years, she left that position to begin a family. After raising her family, she reentered the workforce at the library as the administrative assistant to the director. Stephanie took over the business manager position in 2016.
She lives in rural Cambria County with her husband, her dog and four cats. Stephanie has four grown children who are spread out throughout the east coast.
Stephanie loves the outdoors, animals, reading and watching mysteries and she especially loves working with numbers.
Bryan has held many job titles at the Library such as Circulation Clerk, Delivery Driver, IT Assistant, and more. He has always had a passion for helping others and enjoys being able to do that as his job. When he’s not at work, he loves to cheer on all of the Pittsburgh sports teams! Go Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and Pitt Panthers!
Meet Us— Children’s Staff
Youth Services Coordinator
Leah has a B.S. in Elementary Education and is pursuing her MLIS. She has a passion for early literacy, library programming and public service. For the past nine years in the Children’s Department, she has enjoyed sharing her love of reading and learning with families and children of all ages. Silly picture books and suspense are her favorite things to read. She loves animals of all kinds, the beach and spending time with her family.
Youth Services Assistant
Kristen enjoys working with children and their families, especially planning and providing Storytimes and family events (both in person and virtually!). Some of her hobbies include hiking the trails of Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters as well as teaching children’s yoga.
Jodi has a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in education from San Diego State University. She’s taught children ages preschool through middle school for the past 24 years in classroom settings as well as in summer enrichment programs. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and a troop leader. Jodi enjoys reading children’s books and developing activities to enhance them, hoping to inspire children to become lifelong readers. Her favorite hobbies are crafting, antiquing, hiking and camping with her husband, son, daughter and Luther the Labrador–and reading children’s books, of course!
Terry loves to travel and enjoys camping and hiking. He enjoys sports and is a cheer coach for local All StarTeams at Turners. Terry also loves doing crafts.
Meet Us— Circulation Staff
Having worked in libraries for the better part of 20 years, the library is a way of life for Nicole! She loves reading just about anything but science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery are her favorites. A purring kitty in her lap, a hot cup of tea, a good book and a rainy day is her idea of heaven. Nicole loves checking out books and giving book recommendations!
Jessie moved to Johnstown during the summer of 2020 after retiring from the Marine Corps. She joined the library staff in December 2020. She’s never worked at a library before, but is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and loves her time at the library! Her favorite genres are military history, historical fiction and science fiction/fantasy.
Robert has been on library staff for 18 years, during that time he has worked in most departments but calls circulation home. Robert enjoys classical music and keeping up on current events. He enjoys training showing new hires the ropes.
"Dolly" Rose Rosenbaum
Since 2006, Dolly has worked in all three departments of the library. She could write a book about the memorable friendships she’s enjoyed with our staff and patrons! She is a proud mother of three successful children and Grandma to a precious grandson, Robbie.
With over 30 years experience in customer service, Adam’s biggest goal is helping you access your desired resources. Assisting you in building a positive and dynamic relationship with your library is what he considers his greatest success!
Vicki has been part of the CCL team since 2018 and is originally from Lancaster, PA. She enjoys working in interlibrary loan, shipping and receiving books from all over the country! She is currently pursuing a library science degree from Clarion University and can’t wait to join the ranks as a full-fledged librarian. Vicki also serves on the board of trustees at the Windber Public Library. In her free time, she enjoys lounging in the hammock with a good book and playing board games with her family. She also loves the ocean, camping and traveling to new places.
Meet Us— Inclined to Read
Reference Department Support Staff
After volunteering in her high school library, Mickey worked for eight years at The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh followed by 16 years at Price Waterhouse in their Tax and Audit Library. She went on to work in other careers, but missed the atmosphere and work from her library days. She’s returned to the library work she loves and is thankful to CCL for bringing her “home”. She enjoys assisting patrons and making their trip to the library an enjoyable and successful experience. The thing that makes her the happiest is making someone smile and laugh. Mickey has three children, and she also enjoys cooking, knitting, sewing and reading.
Meet Us— Maintenance Staff
Steve joined the CCL staff in August 2020 to oversee the daily maintenance of the library. Having a curious mind Steve will read almost anything nonfiction. His interests include magic, variety entertainment, woodworking and hiking.
Joe likes working at the Cambria County Library, where he’s worked for 21 years. He also works at Grandview Cemetery. He enjoys going to sporting events and watching movies.
Delivery & Maintenance
Jim loves books as well as being as helpful as possible, so delivering materials to the 13 system libraries is a perfect fit for him! When he isn’t working, Jim enjoys nearly any outdoor activity whether it be camping, hiking or trail running. To relax, he likes meditation, yoga and spending time with his family and friends. His favorite thing to do, though, is spend time with his cat Tommy!
Meet Us— Reference Staff
Head of Reference
As a sophomore in college, Esther was assigned a work-study position as a student assistant in the library’s circulation department. She enjoyed the job well enough to choose it as her career. Esther has had a variety of library positions in both public and academic libraries. For the past two decades, she has been part of the reference staff at the Cambria County Library. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, reading and long walks.
Reference Librarian & Adult Programming Coordinator
Laryssa has a MLS from Clarion University and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and a Certificate in Film Studies, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to CCL, she worked in academic libraries for about 15 years as a conservation technician in the preservation field repairing and rebinding books. She has also interned in museum archives in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Laryssa loves books, the older and rarer the better! She also loves history, going to concerts, talking about music and film, being a Thoreauvian, hockey (Go Pens!) and living back here in Western PA after a long time away.
Richard worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years before retiring in 2014. Being a lifelong reader and library patron, he applied for a library position and began working at CCL’s third floor Information Desk in 2016. He considers it a privilege to be the book selector and facilitator of the “Books On Tap” book discussion group.
Joyce’s duties include working with our area’s teens as well as assisting patrons with genealogy and local history. She is the former Executive Director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. In her spare time, she loves to read, screenprint, do yoga, climb her and others’ family trees and listen to her teens read their MadLibs during the library’s Open Mic Night.
Meet Us— Technical Services Staff
Technical Services Department Head
Jenny is in charge of receiving and cataloging all of the library’s books, music and movies and getting them ready for circulation. She studied Library Science at Clarion University and has been with the Cambria County Library since 2002. In her spare time she enjoys reading and knitting.
Judy has worked at the Cambria County Library since 2011. She likes processing, cataloging and covering books and this is a good role for her because she loves getting to see all of the new books first! Audiobooks are her favorite books to process. She likes reading books by V.C. Andrews. When she is not at work, she is either caring for her two cats or two children.
Meet Us— Board of Directors
Alan R. Metzler P.E.
Alan is a strong supporter of the Johnstown region. He works as a Plant Manager for NRG Energy Services. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. Alan was certified in the MBA Essential Program, University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business. He has received several certifications in engineering, safety and finance. He started his career with Penelec and has experience in engineering, mergers & acquisitions, business and strategic planning. He prides himself in the critical role as a promoter of safety at work, at home and on the road.
Alan was first introduced to his library board volunteerism at Richland’s Highland Community Library, and eventually joined the Cambria County Library as well. He currently serves as Board President of the Cambria County System Library, and Secretary of the board of Highland Community Library.
In addition to Alan’s volunteerism for the Library community, he is also a member of UPJ’s Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Board for Utilities Employees Credit Union, headquartered in Reading, PA.
Alan and his wife, Elaine, have been lifelong residents of Johnstown. They have 2 grown children.
Bill Lantzy graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with an Associate of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is retired from A/C Power – Colver Operations, where he worked as a Lead Technician. He has previously worked for Bechtel at Hope Creek and Limerick Nuclear Generating Stations.
Bill serves as the Board President of the Northern Cambria Public Library and is a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Also serves on the Northern Cambria Planning Commission.
The Cambria County Library System is a vital service to our community and we are lucky to have the various local libraries, they are the crown jewels of Cambria County.
Marlin Plymette, II
Marlin taught junior high mathematics and computer skills for 23 years and worked for 25 years as an instructional designer in the hospitality and automotive industries, and developing training for the military and defense department. He has a B.S in Secondary Education from Bloomsburg State College, M.S in education from Bucknell University, and M.S. in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. He retired from IBM in 2016. He enjoys reading, attending book sales to add to his huge collection, fishing, wood working, assisting the Johnstown United Methodist Parish building handicapped ramps and small construction projects, and serving on property committee at St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mundys Corner. Marlin has been a member of the Nanty Glo Public Library Board of Trustees since 2012 and President of the board since 2017.
Cara M. Ferrante
Cara M. Ferrante is a CPA and Manager at Wessel and Company with 10 years of service at the firm. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a Minor in the Legal Environment of Business. She currently serves as the Treasurer for both the Cambria County Library and the Beaverdale Public Library. Cara spent her summers visiting the Beaverdale Public Library as a child where her mother also served as the Treasurer for a few years. She enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and volleyball.
Leanna is project manager at the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health. She became involved with the Cambria County Library when her son was born and found both the library staff and children’s programming to be remarkable. She believes that public libraries serve as community connectors for people of all backgrounds and agents of social change for the most vulnerable among us.
She holds a Master of Public Policy and Management and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Sociology from Westminster College. In addition to serving on the CCLSYS Board of Directors, she serves on the Recreation Economy Committee of the Cambria Regional Chamber. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Christine Trotz-Cosgrove is an attorney with Spence Custer Saylor Wolfe & Rose, LLC, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She serves on several boards in the area, including the Cambria County Library, Gallery on Gazebo and The Art of Tea, and has been active in the Laurel Highlands On/Off Road Bicycling Association, and the Benscreek Canoe Club. She enjoys book clubs, and participates in several small groups sponsored by Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in the Westmont section of Johnstown. She is an alumni of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where she studied political science, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She enjoys birdwatching, reading science fiction, and watching superhero movies. She holds a black belt from Joe Goss Karate.
Aletha is a 1976 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School. She earned an Associate Degree in Business (medical) from Cambria-Rowe Business College, a BA in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh; a certificate in film from New York Film Academy, and studied at New York University for Professional Studies in Production. She worked for 17 years at the Pennsylvania Electric Company as a Business Office Specialist.
Aletha has been active in her church community for the last 40 years, holding various offices in the church, including Sunday school teacher, trustee, and deaconess. She has been a licensed minister since 2008 and presently teaches classes, ushers, serves in the woman’s ministry, and in any other capacity that fulfills her calling to be a servant of God in Christ. Aletha is a member of Peniel Praise Community Church. She is a wife and the mother of 7 children, grandmother of 16, and a great-grandmother of 3. Aletha is a life-long resident of Johnstown, Pa.
John is a longtime resident of Johnstown, PA who is committed to the continued success of his community and region. John recently retired after 13 years as the vice president – Human Resources for JWF Industries here in Johnstown. Along with his wife Joselle (Joy), a retired Westmont Hilltop elementary school teacher of 33 years, they have spent their entire married life together in Johnstown and have two grown children.
John completed his undergraduate work at Purdue University and has received numerous training and team-building certifications. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University as well as a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Saint Francis University. He stays active in education and research in human resources topics and is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts in Human Resources and MBA Programs at Saint Francis.
John is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, having served 30 years in both active and reserve command and staff assignments. He was deployed to Southwest Asia with the 2nd Marine Division as a Motor Transport Officer and Company Commander of a Truck Company comprising 230 Marines of the Ebensburg, Connellsville and Erie Marine Reserve units in 1990-91 for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired from military service in 2008.
John’s volunteer and community service extends well beyond his career in Human Resources. In addition to the Library, he is a board member of the Alternative Community Resource Program, the president of the Our Lady of Knock Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Board of Trustees and past member of the Executive Board of the United Way of the Laurel Highlands. He has served for many years as the Lead Facilitator for the Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual John B. Gunter Leadership Initiative and is Parish Council President of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, where he has been a lector for many years. In 2018, he was awarded the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award by the Veterans Community Initiatives organization.