The Colorado State Library and Ready Teams partnered to provide a webinar for Colorado library staff as they begin planning for re-opening libraries across the state. Representatives from a variety of health, mental health, and library agencies will shared their perspectives on how organizations can support library staff and their patrons as they reopen.
- Carl LoFaro is a social worker with 15 years of experience working in mental health care and prevention. He has served challenging populations in high-stress situations including while deployed with the Army to Iraq and in crisis centers in Colorado. His belief that other community members are often the best resources for people who are struggling guides his current work as a suicide prevention researcher and a doctoral student.
- Olivia Zarella is a public health professional focused on infectious disease and climate change. She is currently a doctoral student in public health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Currently she is working to strengthen the systems that prevent and control infectious diseases and focuses on improving public health intervention sustainability through the education of and inclusion of at-risk communities in decision making. To support Colorado communities during this pandemic, Olivia created the ColoradoSPH COVID-19 Student Response Initiative.
- Alyssa Henneboehle is a family nurse practitioner with nine years of experience in healthcare. Her focus during her RN career was obstetrics, and as an NP she provides primary care to residents of assisted-living facilities. She is passionate about caring for underserved populations and is particularly concerned about the current COVID-19 outbreak because of the increased risk the virus poses to her patient population.
- Deborah Conklin is the director of Ready Teams. She has 18 years of experience helping nonprofits and government agencies more effectively serve their clients through customized training, financial analysis, and strategic planning. She is passionate about providing tools and information to people and organizations to empower them to achieve financial stability.
- Polly Gallagher is an executive director of a small to mid-sized rural Colorado library district. She has led non-profit and government agencies through a variety of pivots and significant changes in operations and service models. She believes that libraries are recognized as trustworthy resources in our community and are positioned to support and direct people within our building and beyond.
- Robert Ayala is the division manager of customer experience at the Loveland Public Library, with primary responsibilities for customer service, circulation, facilities, and security. He has been with LPL for 6 years with previous positions at the Converse Public Library and San Antonio Public Library. Other areas of experience are in adult services, community partnerships, large-scale programming and events, and project management.
- Christine Kreger is the Professional Development Consultant for the Colorado State Library, bringing over 25 years of training and continuing education experience to the table. She is passionate about learning at all levels and connecting library staff to the information and resources they need to all of they great work they do .