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  (CHAIR)
Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX

Andrew Wohrley, Auburn, AL,

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA (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 (CHAIR)
Patrick Griffis, Las Vegas,

Stella Mittelbach, Los Angeles, CA

Ran Raider, Dayton, OH

Kathy Berry, Dallas, TX


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 (CHAIR)

Jim Miller, College Park, MD

Alfred Mowdood, Salt Lake City.UT

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA (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

Chris Byrne, Seattle, WA

Pauline Borrego, Amherst, MA


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,

Rebecca (Missy) Murphey, Orlando, FL

Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA (CHAIR)

Kathy Berry, Dallas, TX
Patrick Griffis, Las Vegas,

Jared Hoppenfeld, College Station, TX

Stella Mittelback, Los Angeles, LA
Ran Raider, Dayton, OH

Dave Zwicky, West Lafayette, IN
Sharyl Overhiser, Philadelphia, PA (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  (CHAIR & Associate Editor)
Dave Irvin, Las Cruces, NM (JOURNAL EDITOR)
David Zwicky, West Lafayette, IN (Associate Editor)

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

Tara Radniecki, Reno, NV
Rebecca (Missy) Murphey, Orlando, FL (Ex-officio)


Ad Hoc Committees
Program Committee

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