Meet Mary Ellen Icaza
CEO / Executive Director, Stark Library
Mary Ellen brings more than 15 years of experience working in urban public libraries to her role as CEO/Executive Director of Stark Library. Her career includes expertise in library technologies, programming, budget, strategic planning, and community engagement. Icaza most recently comes from the Montgomery County Public Library in Maryland, a system of 21 branches, where she oversaw all programming, community outreach, and special events.
Mary Ellen is passionate about early childhood literacy and likes to think of libraries as the dynamic center of the community, where everyone is welcome and everything is free. She is also an advocate of using technology to provide services and evaluating existing offerings to serve patrons in new and surprising ways.
“I am excited to lead the team at Stark Library,” said Icaza. “This is a wonderful library system and I look forward to building upon the board’s directive to be innovative in transforming ourselves to meet Stark County’s changing needs. I have a collaborative, community-based leadership style and intend to become very involved in community partnerships and organizations to continue to engage and delight our patrons.”
Icaza received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and Bachelor degree from The Catholic University of America. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Collaboration Council and the JCA Heyman Interages Center Advisory Board. In 2004, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was selected as a participant in the 2015 American Library Association Leadership Institute. She also received the 2018 EPIC Award for Education from Montgomery Community Media.