PPLD Administration

Leadership Team

 

Teona Shainidze-Krebs

Teona Shainidze-Krebs
Chief Librarian and Chief Executive Officer

Teona Shainidze-Krebs is chief librarian and CEO for Pikes Peak Library District. She is at the helm of Colorado’s second largest public library district, which serves all the residents of El Paso County. Teona leads more than 400 employees at 15 Library locations and 3 mobile library units with a large online hub of resources in carrying out the District’s mission, to cultivate spaces for belonging, personal growth, and strong communities.

In her executive role, Teona supports PPLD’s mission by implementing short- and long-range goals in alignment with overall strategies. She assures integrity and excellence in customer service and community engagement, along with the optimal use of District staff, spaces, services, and resources, including PPLD’s vast collection. Teona also guides all daily Library operations, establishes budgets, and ensures effective and efficient management practices.

Prior to assuming her current role, Teona served as chief public services officer and deputy chief librarian for PPLD, where she led Library services and operations before, during, and after COVID-19. She also served as PPLD’s director of Adult Education for several years, where she expanded public services for those seeking educational and job opportunities to improve their lives. 

Teona has a Master's in Library Science and holds a B.A. in foreign language (English) and two master's degrees in communications and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) and has previously held leadership committee positions with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. 

Teona was born and raised in the country of Georgia. She speaks Georgian, Russian, and English.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her family and friends.


Tammy Sayles, Deputy Chief Librarian

Tammy Sayles
Chief Public Services Officer and Deputy Chief Librarian

Tammy brings a variety of education and experience to PPLD. She has an undergraduate degree in paralegal studies, a Master of Science in Library and Information studies (MLIS), and a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. Prior to becoming a librarian, Tammy had a career in state government. She learned the inner workings of state government, building consensus, and advocacy. The ability to connect people with resources inspired Tammy to become a librarian. 

Tammy spent a brief time working for a state-wide nonprofit association, where she learned the inner workings of board/executive director relationships, budgeting, and grant writing. When Tammy received her MLIS from Wayne State University, she obtained her first position as the marketing and outreach librarian at Western Illinois University. There she was responsible for the University library’s marketing materials and content, coordinating all outreach events, and signature library programs. 

In 2014 Tammy moved to Colorado and stepped into her first position with Pikes Peak Library District as the El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center librarian. This position remains one of her favorite jobs because she shared all her past work experiences to teach others how to navigate nonprofit governance, fundraising, and grant writing. She accepted a role as director of Adult Education in 2019, where she successfully ensured the renewal of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant for the 2020 - 2024 grant cycle. 

Appointed interim chief public services officer and deputy director in the spring of 2022, and permanently appointed to the role in June 2023, Tammy oversees all of public services, including 15 locations and mobile library services, Library programming, Regional History & Genealogy, Adult Education, and Collection Management.


Randy Green, Chief Financial Officer

Randy Green
Chief Financial Officer

Randy Green serves as the chief financial officer (CFO) for Pikes Peak Library District. He was named CFO in April 2002. He began working for Pikes Peak Library District as the controller in 2018. In his role as CFO, he is responsible for producing and presenting the annual budget and audited Annual Comprehensive Financial Report to the Board of Trustees, as well as monitoring and approving all financial activities of the District, providing cash, investment, risk, and contract management advice, guidance, and insights to the CEO and other management team members, and the Board of Trustees.

Randy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with an emphasis in financial accounting, from Metropolitan State College of Denver. His career has spanned over 40 years. He began his accounting career in college as a part-time accounts payable clerk. Since then, he has taken on roles with increasing responsibility, including 30+ years in a variety of accounting/finance management roles, with 25+ years of those years as controller, director of finance, vice president of finance, and currently chief financial officer.

Randy has lived in Colorado much of his life after moving from Michigan with his family at the age of nine. He and his wife and children moved to Colorado Springs from the Denver area and have loved living at the base of the Rockies and Pikes Peak for over 20 years.


Heather Laslie, Chief Operating Officer

Heather Laslie
Chief Operating Officer

Heather Laslie currently serves as the chief operating officer at PPLD, where she has worked for the past seven years. Prior to this role, she served as talent management supervisor, HRIS/benefits manager, and chief human resources & organizational development officer. She has been an associate member of the El Paso County Retirement Plan Board of Directors since August 2022. She holds the Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. Heather has spent a total of 19 (nonconsecutive) years in the Colorado Springs community throughout her life and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she served as a personnel officer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University and several graduate degrees, including a master’s in family studies and human services, with a focus in personal financial planning from Kansas State University. In her spare time, she is a Girl Scout troop leader who loves traveling with her husband and two teenagers.


Denise Abbott, Chief Communications Officer

Denise Abbott
Chief Communications Officer

Prior to joining Pikes Peak Library District in 2021 as the director of PR & marketing, Denise spent 20 years leading public relations and marketing activities for several organizations, including The Broadmoor World Arena, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, World Arena Ice Hall, The Professional Bull Riders, and the INDYCAR Series in Indianapolis, IN. In the early 2000s she worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in athlete relations. Her work has taken her across the country and around the world with NFL, NBA, and Major League Soccer athletes, Indy 500 champions and drivers, world champion bull riders, and celebrities. She attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; has captained a ship through the Atlantic Ocean; and spent a week training with Marines in Quantico, VA. 

Wherever she landed, Denise most enjoyed the time she spent filling Make-a-Wish requests and pursuing philanthropic endeavors. She delights in giving back to her community, mentoring youth, and just putting a smile on someone’s face. She feels that working for PPLD allows her to put her experience and skills to effective use to help someone achieve their goals. In her spare time, she designs and makes handknit sweaters!


Michael Brantner, Chief Safety

Michael Brantner
Chief Safety, Community Resources & Security Officer

Michael Brantner is a Colorado Springs local who grew up utilizing East Library. Michael is married and has two children who enjoy taking weekly trips to Cheyenne Mountain Library. Michael is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor member, and he and his wife are active in their local Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scouts of America troop with their children. Michael enjoys skiing, rock climbing, hiking, Spartan obstacle races, and all that Colorado has to offer in both summer and winter seasons.

Michael has a bachelor's degree in public management and many national and federal safety and security certifications. Michael has worked as an EMT and both as a wildland firefighter and law enforcement officer for the federal government. Additionally, Michael has over 15 years of security experience working for museums, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and the Library District. Michael serves on the Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District board, and he is deeply passionate about making sure that the Library is a safe place for every single patron who walks through its doors.


Gary Syling, Chief Facilities Management Officer

Gary Syling
Chief Facilities Management Officer

Gary Syling has served as the chief facilities management officer for Pikes Peak Library District since 2006. Prior to joining the PPLD team, he worked as a regional maintenance director for a Denver-based national property management firm, where he oversaw the maintenance, repair, and construction of residential facilities throughout Colorado. Gary has more than forty years of experience in building and property maintenance management, thirty years of which have been in a management capacity.

Gary holds a degree in graphic arts with an emphasis in advertising design from the Colorado Institute of Art. He still exercises his abilities as an artist in painting, pen and ink, woodworking, and other media; and his passion for building repair, maintenance, and construction started in his earlier years. He considers it an art in and of itself, which fueled the passion that brought him to where he is today.

Gary is married to his seventh-grade sweetheart, is father to three successful children, and grandpapa to eight grandkids. What gives him immense pride and captures his interests are his family, his faith, and flyfishing.


 

Justin Goodwin, Chief Information Technology Officer

Justin Goodwin
Chief Information Technology Officer

Justin began his professional career in the IT field in the summer of 1997 when he worked for INX, a dial-up internet provider based out of Rushville, IL. He worked on a help desk team that assisted internet users out of New York City across all available platforms at the time: Windows 95, Windows 3.1, and Macintosh System 7.

After that summer, Justin attended Western Illinois University for four years studying computer programming with a minor in Graphic Design and graduated in December of 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

In 2005, Justin was hired by First State Bank of Western Illinois based out of LaHarpe, IL as an IT Technician and was soon promoted to Network Administrator. At First State, Justin quickly learned how to operate and manage a network environment through efficient data processing and network security management.

In 2007, Justin became the systems administrator at Farm & Home Supply in Quincy, IL. There he completely overhauled Farm & Home's network environment, upgrading their security practices through PCI DSS standards while transforming their systems to be more efficient and better suited for disaster recovery. After 11 years with Farm & Home Supply, Justin decided to relocate to Colorado Springs. In 2018 he joined the IT team at Pikes Peak Library District where he remains serving the District's staff and patrons of the El Paso County community today!


Timothy Allen Sr. Director of Human Resources

Timothy Allen
Sr. Director of Human Resources

A native of Los Angeles, Timothy Allen spent his youth surrounded by books as more of an indoor kid rather than one heavily engaged in sports and outdoor activity. 

Timothy enrolled in Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in writing before moving onto that college’s law school and attaining his Juris Doctor in 2013. After law school, Timothy accepted a position at Focus on the Family and he, his wife, and their two children moved to Colorado Springs in 2014.

Timothy’s experience in human resources (HR) spans almost twenty years and includes starting a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) with a former boss. Of the many areas of responsibility in Human Resources, training is his favorite. He has delivered various HR training programs across the nation before groups of up to 300 employees and managers at a time. Timothy is thrilled to support PPLD’s mission of providing resources and access to all patrons of the District. 


Kim Hoggatt, Controller

Kim Hoggatt
Controller

After spending a few years establishing her career in the for-profit industry, Kim decided to make a change and began working with nonprofits as a way to give back to the community she loves. After several years serving as a finance, HR, and IT executive at a local nonprofit, she was excited to discover an opportunity to join the Pikes Peak Library District team and further develop her passion for her industry and serving her community. Kim brings with her both a masters and bachelor's degree in accounting and loves the puzzles and challenges that finance offers. When she is not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two rescue puppies while hiking, fishing, and exploring the great state of Colorado. During the colder months of the year you can find Kim curled up reading her latest book pick.


Laura Foster, Executive Assistant for Pikes Peak Library District


Laura Foster
Executive Assistant for Pikes Peak Library District

Laura Foster is the Executive Assistant for Pikes Peak Library District. Laura began working at PPLD in early 2020 and provides administrative support to the Chief Librarian and CEO, the Chief Public Services Officer and Deputy Chief Librarian, and the Board of Trustees.

After earning a B.A. in Psychology, Laura worked in various private and public industries throughout her career. These industries included technical and administrative recruiting, project management, process documentation, academic support in higher education, and small business management.

Laura was inspired by the mountains to move to the Pikes Peak region from Maryland 30 years ago. She loves spending her free time reading, hiking, cooking, and taking care of the many birds and animals who are part of the Foster family.



PPLD Department Directors  

 

  • Melody Alvarez, Director of Programming

    Melody Alvarez
    Director of Programming

  • Becca Cruz, Director of Creative Services

    Becca Cruz
    Director of Creative Services

  • Michael Doherty, Director of Regional History & Genealogy

    Michael Doherty
    Director of Regional History & Genealogy

  • Janina Goodwin, Director of Branches

    Janina Goodwin
    Director of Branches

  • Sandy Hancock, Director of Adult Education

    Sandy Hancock
    Director of Adult Education

  • Cristina Jaramillo, Director of Benefits, Compensation, HRIS and Compliance

    Cristina Jaramillo
    Director of Benefits, Compensation, HRIS and Compliance

  • Juanita Lanaux, Director of IT Systems & Technical Support

    Juanita Lanaux
    Director of IT Systems & Technical Support

  • Shirley Martinez, Director of Multicultural Outreach & Accessibility

    Shirley Martinez
    Director of Multicultural Outreach & Accessibility

  • Jenny Pierce, Director of Collection Management

    Jenny Pierce
    Director of Collection Management

  • Joanna Rendon, Director of Organizational Development

    Joanna Rendon
    Director of Organizational Development

  • Abby Simpson
    Director of Patron Experience

  • Dan Stone, Director of IT Infrastructure

    Dan Stone
    Director of IT Infrastructure