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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Welcomes
Directors of External Relations and Information Technology

Press Contact: Suzanne M. Thinnes
Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
412-688-8609 (fax)
412-491-6889 (cell)

For Immediate Release

(PITTSBURGH, PA - January 3, 2006) Dr. Barbara K. Mistick, Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, announced the appointment of two senior staff personnel. Michele Atkins, Director of External Relations, and Mike Nangia, Director of Information Technology, have joined the team that oversees operations of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's neighborhood locations, Main facility in Oakland and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

"For more than a century, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has been an anchor in the community," said Dr. Mistick. "As experts in their respective fields, Michele and Mike exemplify great vision, leadership and commitment. I am confident that the addition of their talents will ensure a stronger Library system that engages the community and continues to meet the challenges of the future."

In her role as Director of External Relations, Atkins will implement new fundraising programs, including a Capital Campaign, increase the Library's visibility in the community and lead all marketing, public relations, special events and development efforts. Prior to joining Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Atkins served as president of Sutton Solution Inc. in New York City, a full-service not-for-profit consulting firm that specializes in organizational strategic planning, annual giving planning and special events management. She was appointed in 2003 as Chief Executive Officer of Gilda's Club where she was on pace to aggressively grow the organization from a $2 million annual budget to a $10 million annual budget by 2010. A Pittsburgh native, Atkins lead the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Western Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia for fourteen year as president and CEO where she successfully grew the organization into one of the region's premier non-profits with five field offices serving 56 counties throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

With over fourteen years of experience in information systems, Nangia has been tapped to oversee the Library's Information Technology department. Prior to joining the Library, Nangia directed projects for several Fortune 500 companies. He began an independent consulting business in 2004 where he developed relationships with suppliers around the globe and was responsible for the IT infrastructure for worldwide offices. Prior to his consulting business, Nangia served as the executive director of the Information Technology Groups for Servicelink, llp, where he was responsible for the daily operations, capital projects for office automation and personnel development.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: "Free to the People" since 1895
Through its Main Library and network of neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania. The Library is a vital community anchor that provides universal access to literature, culture, art, music, history, business and technology.