Professional Staff

Dave Zilka – Director

Interacting with people is one of Director Dave Zilka’s favorite things about working in a library. Zilka loves that the Monessen Public Library provides educational, recreational and cultural opportunities and events for the entire community. “Reading is important because it develops your mind and strengthens brain connections, which leads to more highly developed language and comprehension skills, “ says Zilka who has worked at Monessen Public Library for 25 years.Zilka received his MLS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from California University of PA. In his spare time, Zilka enjoys spending time with his family, including his two dogs, two cats and guinea pig. He also likes to golf, bowl, listen to music, read and watch black & white movies.

Daniel Zyglowicz – Cataloger

Mary Matovich – Reference Librarian

Allen Feryok – Reference Librarian

Allen Feryok, Reference Librarian, interacts with patrons on a daily basis and has a vast knowledge on the library’s current offerings. Feryok loves the “large, in-depth, high quality non-fiction collection” available at Monessen Public Library.

Feryok has a Masters in Library Science. He explains the importance of reading as “You can take in and evaluate new information at your own pace.”

Marsha Adams – Children’s Coordinator

Marsha Adams, Children’s Coordinator, is in her first year at Monessen Public Library. “My favorite thing about working for Monessen Public Library is the people…the aunts, uncles, moms, dads, grandparents, friends and neighbors who bring the children to learn and have fun,” Adam says.
Adams received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Life Span Sciences and Psychology from Penn State University. She is married and has three children and 12 grandchildren. She enjoys raising goats, chickens and organic produce on her farm.

Support Staff

  • Loma BenedettiCirculation Desk
  • Barb CharleyCirculation Desk
  • Dorothy SadlerCirculation Desk
  • Wendy WadeCirculation Desk

Library Board of Trustees

Mary Jo SmithPresident

Susanna Swade – Treasurer
Years Served on Board: 7
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, MLS (Master in Library Science), Principal and Superintendent Certifications
Ms. Swade was the Supervisor of School Libraries in Columbus, OH, for 15 years and the Principal of the Literature Based Magnet School for 9 years. Retired since 2000, she is very involved with the Catholic Business & Professional Women’s Club, the Catholic Women’s College Club, the YMCA Book Club and the Library Book Club. Her interests include travel, reading and genealogy.

Virginia MonaghanSecretary
Years Served on Board: 4
Education: B.S. in Secondary Education/English/Speech
Ms. Monaghan, now retired, was an educator at Monessen High School for 36 years. She volunteers with the American Heart Association and the Edward V. Monoghan Charitable Youth Foundation. In addition to reading and gardening, she enjoys spending time with her family and two granddaughters.

Delmar Hepple

Candis Kelley

Rosalie Nicksich