Committees 2020-2021

Standing Committees

Bylaws Committee
Charge: Review the PTRCA bylaws and recommend language for updates; coordinate with the PTRCA webmaster to ensure that the most recent bylaws are on the website.

Marian Armour-Gemman, Morgantown, WV [email protected]  (CHAIR)
Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX  [email protected]

Andrew Wohrley, Auburn, AL, [email protected]

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA [email protected] (Ex-officio)


Conferences Committee
Charge: Coordinate all arrangements necessary for the PTRCA portions of the Annual PTRC Training Seminar and PTRCA Conference.

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA [email protected] (CHAIR)
Patrick Griffis, Las Vegas, [email protected]

Stella Mittelbach, Los Angeles, CA [email protected]

Ran Raider, Dayton, OH [email protected]

Kathy Berry, Dallas, TX [email protected]


Database Committee
Charge: Encourage USPTO, WIPO, EPO or any other interested parties to extend field, proximity, and Boolean search to major sections of patent and trademark databases as well as other database improvements.

Lisha Li, Atlanta, GA  [email protected] (CHAIR)

Jim Miller, College Park, MD  [email protected]

Alfred Mowdood, Salt Lake City.UT [email protected]

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA [email protected] (Ex-officio)


Election Committee
Charge: Run the Election for Officers and Divisional Representatives; includes call for nominations, recruiting candidates, and running the electronic election.

Leena Lalwani, Ann Arbor, MI  [email protected]

Chris Byrne, Seattle, WA [email protected]

Pauline Borrego, Amherst, MA [email protected]


Membership and Mentoring Committee
Charge: Coordinate the matching of new members and first-time attendees with either their divisional representative or a seasoned PTRCA veteran to ensure that they feel welcome and informed at the annual seminar.

Jim Bettinger, Cleveland, OH, [email protected]

Rebecca (Missy) Murphey, Orlando, FL [email protected]

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA o[email protected] (CHAIR)

Kathy Berry, Dallas, TX [email protected][email protected]
Patrick Griffis, Las Vegas, 
[email protected]

Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX [email protected]

Stella Mittelback, Los Angeles, LA [email protected]
Ran Raider, Dayton, OH [email protected]

Dave Zwicky, West Lafayette, IN [email protected]
Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA o[email protected] (Ex-officio)


Publications Committee

Charge: Coordinate the publication of the Association’s annual newsletter and maintain the Association’s website and archives.

Suzanne Reinman, Stillwater, OK s[email protected]  (CHAIR & Associate Editor)
Dave Irvin, Las Cruces, NM [email protected] (JOURNAL EDITOR)
David Zwicky, West Lafayette, IN [email protected] (Associate Editor)

Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX [email protected] (Associate Editor)
Tallie Casucci, Salt Lake City.UT [email protected]

Tara Radniecki, Reno, NV [email protected]
Rebecca (Missy) Murphey, Orlando, FL 
[email protected] (Ex-officio)

Russ Allen, [email protected] WEBMASTER

Ad Hoc Committees
Program Committee

Charge: Plan programs presented by PTRCA Members at other conferences, such as ALA, SLA, etc.