Our Team

Amanda Doherty: Amanda became the Director of the library in January of 2018, though she started here in 2013. Amanda moved to the area in 2008 while she was pregnant with her youngest child, Liam. Amanda and her family, husband Chris, daughter Maggie, and son Liam live in the outskirts of Illiopolis. Amanda grew up in Du Quoin in Southern Illinois. Amanda loves the small-town atmosphere of Mt. Pulaski and has been involved in many committees and activities since moving to town. Currently, Amanda is the Secretary on the Executive Board of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, sits on the Membership Committee for ARSL, is a member of the SHARE Finance and Policy Committee, Chairs the Mt. Pulaski Holiday Meal Program, and is very involved in her children’s lives. If you have questions about the library or are nervous about coming in, reach out and talk to Amanda. She wants the library to be a place everyone can enjoy.

Kate Davis: Kate is a transplant to Central Illinois and moved from Du Quoin, Illinois to attend college in 2013. She is a member of city council and has worked at other businesses in town and has attended many events within the community. She and her husband, Mat, settled down in Mt. Pulaski with their daughter, Isla, and are very thankful for small town life! She hopes people in the community will take full advantage of all the services the library offers and is looking forward to seeing some new faces.

J’Lei Jackson: J’Lei is 16 years old and a junior in high school. She enjoys doing makeup and working with horses. She is currently fixing up an old truck that she purchased with her own money. She has two siblings and 9 pets. She would like to work within the criminal justice field and plans on attending college to accomplish her goals. She likes books and loves working at the library and with her coworkers.

Jaden Scassiferro: Jaden grew up in Mt. Pulaski, and graduated from  Mt. Pulaski High School in 2018. She graduated from Richland Community College, and plans to further her education in pursuit of becoming a teacher. She has always been a book worm and was excited to join the  library staff in July of 2023. Her and her husband, Sebastian, have worked at The Old Brickyard in Mt. Pulaski for several years, so she may be a familiar face. Jaden loves spending her time in nature and around animals, as well as spending time with her family.