Vice President/President Elect
Elizabeth McKinney (GPLS)
Elizabeth received BA degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Louisville and an MLS from Syracuse University.
In her free time she leads two local running groups and works on several health and fitness projects. She coordinates the annual Pat Carterette Memorial Run/Walk at the Georgia COMO conference each year.
Geri Mullis (Marshes of Glynn Libraries)
When not working at the library, you can find Geri and her husband catching waves with friends off St. Simons Island and reading good books.
2nd V.P./Membership Chair
Mack Freeman (West Georgia Public Library)
Mack was the recipient of the 2013 Beard Scholarship Award from the Georgia Library Association and the 2014 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship from the Freedom to Read Foundation. In 2015, he was named as the GLBT Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association’s first Emerging Leader.
He has a history of involvement in both state and national professional networks. He has been on the GLA Scholarship Committee since 2014, currently serving as Vice-Chair in charge of the selection process. Previously, he served on the 2014 COMO Conference Program Committee. Also on the state level, he contributes monthly to GLEAN Magazine, the continuing education blog of Georgia Public Library Service (http://glean.georgialibraries.org/author/johnmackfreemangmail-com/).
In ALA, Mack is a 2015-2017 member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. In addition, he currently chairs and acts as editor of GLBT News, a weekly publication of the GLBTRT (http://glbtrt.ala.org/news).
Mack’s professional goals are to expand access to underserved communities, to act as a champion of intellectual freedom and patron’s rights across the quickly evolving information terrain, and to continue the work of the library world’s professional organizations in supporting librarians, library staff, and libraries. When he’s not working, Mack enjoys cooking Mexican food, walking the laziest dog in the world, watching The West Wing, and going on adventures.
For more information about Mack, please visit his website at www.johnmackfreeman.com.
Jennifer Lautzenheiser (Middle Georgia Regional Libraries)
Jennifer has a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University, B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Urbana University, and A.A. in Accounting from Sinclair Community College. While attending Valdosta, she was a recipient of the Laura Bush “Librarians Build Community” Fellowship Scholarship and served as Vice President of the Student Organization of Library and Information Sciences. This unique educational background and experience in business and military service has served her well in library administration.
She understands the value in bringing together professionals to exchange ideas and best practices. Because of this we’ve increased our staff training and encouragement of membership in GLA. I appreciate the opportunity to bring this enthusiasm to the Executive Board.
Casey Long (Agnes Scott College)
Jean Cook (University of West Georgia)
Jean has taken a leadership role in Georgia libraries. She served three years organizing the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group annual conference as vice president, president, and past-president. She has been chair of the GLA Awards Committee for three years and hosted the GA COMO joint awards ceremony. She also coordinates the Western Regional Bowl of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl in conjunction with media specialists and English teachers across the state. In doing so, she brings 300-400 students and community members to her campus, organizing rooms, meets, volunteers, and administration. The success of these ventures provide evidence of her thoroughness and attention to detail.
Eli Arnold (Oglethorpe University)
Eli has been active in GLA serving as Programming Committee Chair for COMO 2014, Exhibits Co-Chair for COMO 2015 and current Chair of the GLA New Members’ Round Table. He serves the ALA GLBT Round Table Reviews Committee as an editor and has written book reviews for the Georgia Library Quarterly and Lambda Literary. Recently, he co-presented with two Kennesaw colleagues at the LOEX international conference in Denver, Colorado, on the collaborative standardization of information literacy instruction. Eli also represents Oglethorpe on the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project and the ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education) Archives Council. When not helping Oglethorpe students and faculty with their research needs, he enjoys spending time with his dog Madi and his partner John, a marketing coordinator for Turner Classic Movies.
Pamela McCreles (Chattahoochee Valley Libraries)
Pamela’s passion for helping teens is evident in the initiative she began in January 2014, RRPY (Reading & Resources for Parenting Youth). Through the unique relationship between the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and the Muscogee County School District, Pamela is invited to go to area high schools and conduct literacy programs with teen parents and their children.
Pamela served as the 2014-2015 Columbus Area Library Association (CALA) President and currently serves as a 2015-2016 Publicity Committee member. As CALA President, she was honored to receive the 2015 National Library Week Proclamation from the Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus.
In her former life, Pamela worked as a paralegal as well as a financial assistant. She and her husband, Gary enjoy spending time with family, serving at their home church, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers. The highlight of their day is having fun with their rescue dog, Otis, a Black Labrador-Pit Bull mix.