Staff & Board of Trustees

Ashlee Kiel, MLIS

Ashlee Kiel, MLIS

Library Director

Ashlee Kiel earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a Master of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Before she came to Highland, Ashlee was the Library Director at Meyersdale Public Library, and she also held positions at Somerset County Library and the Mangarella Library at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Ashlee is grateful every day for the privilege of serving the Richland and Geistown communities through her work at Highland. In her free time, she loves to read, play with her four cats, and hang out on the couch with her husband and a good true crime documentary.



Kathy DeCoske

Kathy DeCoske

Interlibrary Loans

Kathy DeCoske may be the most familiar face at the library — she has worked at Highland for 23 years. Kathy enjoys a good suspense or romance novel. She loves the feel of a book in her hands. Kathy’s a mom to two grown children, as well as her special fur-baby Jax, a Siberian Husky. She loves the fall season and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and her co-workers at HCL are the best.




Vickie Horner

Vickie Horner

Children’s Programming

Vickie Horner has been at the Highland Community Library for many years helping patrons young and old. The smallest patrons know her as Miss Vickie. She has a passion for programming, especially her BabyTime storytime. Watching the babies develop and learn as they do bounces and shake their shakers is a precious privilege to her. Vickie is a daughter, wife, mom and grandma. Spending time and spoiling her grandchildren and grandpets is her favorite thing of all.



Jackie Allison

Jackie Allison


Jackie Allison has a garden mentality the size of Montana, but with the actual space of a tiny corner in Johnstown. A jack of all trades, she’s a published writer, blogger, artist, wife, mom, and a dog toy medic. Her reading tastes cross all genres, but she has a fondness for humor. Give her a good story above all else. She feels privileged to be a part of the Highland Community Library family and to be of service to her community.



Devin Malcolm

Devin Malcolm

Children’s Programming

Mr. D, also known as Devin Malcolm, first used the Highland Community Library over twenty five years ago. Since then he has received graduate degrees in theatre history and performance studies from Villanova University and the University of Pittsburgh, worked as a theatre professional in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and become an educator working with a wide range of students from the preschool to college levels. He enjoys reading a variety of literature with a special love for fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction – the quirkier the better. He recently returned to the Richland area where he now lives with his wife, their two children, five cats, and two dogs. In his spare time Mr.D enjoys woodworking, playing video games and of course reading.

Board of Trustees

Robert B. Heffelfinger

President (Richland Township Representative)

Dr. Russell E. Moore


Alan R. Metzler


James J. Cook


Timothy C. Leventry


Lois R. Montag

Trustee (Richland School District Representative)

Lorraine M. Scott

Trustee (Geistown Borough Representative)





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