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.
Maria serves the Johnstown District by acting as a resource and liaison between the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the libraries in the district. The district is made up of 21 libraries from Cambria County, Indiana County, and Somerset County. In her spare time Maria likes to garden, bake, and make crafty gifts for her family and friends.
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 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.
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!
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!
After several years of moving across Pennsylvania, Amanda and her family decided to make Johnstown their home in September 2019. When she’s not at the library assisting patrons at the Information Desk, Amanda enjoys puttering around in her pollinator garden, reading historical fiction and Revolutionary era nonfiction, helping people discover their ancestors and serving as a Chapter officer in the Daughters of the American Revolution and U.S. Daughters of 1812.
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!
Lisa is new to the library staff in 2022. She is currently an Administrative Assistant by day for the Conemaugh Health System, where she has worked for the last 20 years. You will see her at the Circulation Desk a few evenings a week and most Saturdays. Working at the library is a dream job for Lisa, as she has loved reading for as long as she can remember. Her favorite thing to do is spend a quiet afternoon curled up with a good book and her dog on her lap. She loves historical fiction, romance, fantasy, and magical realism.
Hattie joined the CCL staff in 2021. She is currently working for an engineering company however you can catch her at the library on Saturdays. In her free time, she enjoys going hiking, thrift shopping, finding new coffee spots, and exploring the world around her usually with a good book in her bag. She will read anything you recommend but enjoys biographies, psychological thrillers, and historical fiction.
After spending time in the healthcare field, Bayley joined the library in 2022. She loves just about anything to do with true crime, horror, documentaries, and psychological thrillers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking, being outdoors, and gardening.
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.
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
After serving public libraries in different roles for over fifteen years in four states, in Spring 2022 Ryan was hired as the Manager of Inclined to Read bookstore at the Library. A few months later, he also became the Library’s first Digital Literacy Navigator, as part of a pilot grant project offering free computer workshops to residents across Cambria County. Ryan enjoys reading, cooking, art, movies, photography, and travel.
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
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.
Jetty hails from Central Michigan, originally specializing in Rare Books and Museum Studies. Here at CCL, they are building upon 5 years of prior library experience working at The New York Public Library, where they presented award-winning programs in Technology and Career Services. They are especially passionate about Diversity and Equity initiatives, and they possess additional experience in Marketing and Design. As Reference and Teen Librarian, they aim to bring high quality events for young people in topics including Arts, Health, and College Prep. Outside of work, they can be found strumming their electric ukulele, crocheting, or doing crossword puzzles.
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.
With four years of customer service experience, Jen joined the Cambria County Library team in 2022 and works at the information desk on the third floor. This being her first experience working in a library, she is excited to work with staff and patrons alike, and see the library and the community grow. She enjoys spending time with her two cats, reading manga, and drinking iced coffee.
Tyler joined the Cambria County Library in September of 2021 after more than ten years at the New York Public Library. He has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama and an M.S. in Library Science from Long Island University. He enjoys spending time with his three cats, trying to keep fit at the gym and on hiking trails, and providing readers’ advisory and reference services at work. His favorite genres include history, classics, and science fiction.
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 is retired from being 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.
Yamila Audisio has been a resident of Johnstown for many years. A transplant from Argentina, she studied History as Secondary Education and Licenciatura in History at Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (Argentina), and holds a B.A in history from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Yamila is currently employed at the Center for Metal Arts and is an intern at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. She is passionate about Johnstown’s remarkable industrial past and loves reading about it.
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.
Reverend Sylvia J. King
In 1995, Reverend King, answered the call into the ministry and became an Ordained Elder with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During her studies through the AME Church she became involved in Prison Ministry. This work exposed her to the many disparities that are present in our society today. Since that time, she has worked extensively with persons who are disenfranchised, displaced, and ostracized in the community.
Reverend King’s ministry is that of a community servant. One who has been called by God to fulfill the dictates found in the 25th chapter of Matthew, verses 35- 40. Her motto is: give favor and expect nothing in return. Which is the paraphrase of Matthew 25:40, Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it unto me.
This passion and commitment have led her to involvement in various community organization throughout Cambria County. Currently, Rev. King is involved with the following boards:
JARI Growth Fund, Vision Together 2025, Community foundation for the Alleghenies, United Neighborhood Association, and the Flood City Youth Academy.
Rev. King is employed by Ameriserv Financial as a Community Development Officer, she is a member of Johnstown City Council, and Pastor of Christ Centered Community Church.
Rev. King has one son Brandon (Jessica) and one grandson Brandon Jr.
Warren "Tripp" Crilly