Vice President/President Elect: Michele Gernhardt
Michele has worked as a reference librarian at the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams LLP since November 2005. In addition to her reference duties at Hunton & Williams, Michele is responsible for coordinating cataloging and serials management in the firm's library information system. She also creates and conducts training programs regarding various library resources. Michele has been a VALL member since 2004. Over the past 5 years, she has served on the VALL Membership and Program committees, served as Membership committee chair (2007-2008), and is presently a Director on the VALL Board. She received her JD from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 2002 and her MSLS from the Catholic University of America in 2007. Michele resides in Chesterfield County with her husband (Alan), 2 1/2 year old daughter (Sabrina), two cats and six goldfish.
Amy is the Research and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the University of Virginia Law School Library. She recently authored the VALL column in the December 2009 issue of The Virginia Lawyer, "Web 2.0: What's in it for Lawyer 1.0?" and oversees the VALL Wiki (vall.pbworks.com). If elected VALL Secretary, Amy will do her part to ensure the timely publication of meeting minutes and a smooth election process. As an Executive Board member, she pledges to work with the Board and the VALL community to find creative ways to turn our common challenges into shared successes.
Patty is director at the Walter T. McCarthy Law Library; the Arlington Public Law Library located in the Arlington County Courthouse. In 1999, she returned to the library and information services profession after practicing law for five years as an Assistant Commonwealth ’s Attorney in Arlington , and one year with a law firm. During her early years in the library profession, she was director of several law firm libraries in Washington , D.C. , including Sidley & Austin and Carr , Jordan , Savits & Lopata.
Patty received her J.D. from George Washington University , her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany .
She enjoys travelling with her husband and teenage son and daughter. Yoga and reading are two of her favorite hobbies. Patty’s time out of the library is often spent driving her teenagers to various music lessons, performances and other afterschool activities. She has served as president and vice president of the elementary and high school PTAs.