Liz discovered the PTLL when her family moved back to Pittsburgh in 2015 after living in the Midwest. She has three children and too many pets. In another life, Liz earned a BS in Interior Design from IUP and worked in appraisal management. Along with volunteering at the PTLL, she leads her son's Cub Scout Den and has previously worked with Family Readiness Groups, MOMS Club, and Little Apple Mommies. When she isn't going on adventures with her family she spends her time starting craft projects and forgetting to finish library books.
CHIN YEN TEE
Chin Yen is the mother of two kids, three dogs, and a cat. She is originally from Malaysia and moved to Pittsburgh in 2011. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy and previously worked as a technology consultant. After having her own kids, she discovered her passion for promoting child development through play. She believes that all children should be given the gift of play and that families should be better supported to encourage play in children. When she is not busy with her family, she works on her own consulting business and spends her time exploring opportunities to leverage her technical skills to help non-profits and families with young children.
Lisa heard about the PTLL from her mom-in-law who during the first summer of the pandemic - desperate for entertainment and social interactions for her son Eddy. Lisa is originally from Berlin, Germany and fell in love with Pittsburgh and her husband during her semester abroad at Pitt. She has a M.A. in Strategic Marketing and works for the German American Chamber of Commerce as Event and Apprenticeship Director. In her free time Lisa loves to spend time with her family, throw dance parties with Van Halen on repeat and then calm her nerves with yoga and boxing or a walk in one of the many beautiful parks around Pittsburgh.
LYUDMILA "MILA" BATINOVA
Lyudmila "Mila" is originally from Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Mila holds an MA degree in Economics and currently works as an accountant for KinderCare. While in the USA, she had an opportunity to live in several cities from Boston to Seattle, but she thinks that Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live. She learned about PTLL from Pittsburgh Public Schools when her son started daycare.
She believes that play is how our children learn, grow, develop and PTLL is the best place for this. In her spare time, she connects with her family and friends, meets new people, gardens, cooks, and reads books.
Current Board Members
Shea grew up in Pittsburgh but spent most of her adult life living in Boston. She returned to Pittsburgh a couple years ago and is enjoying getting reacquainted with the city - including the Toy Library, where she came to play as a child! Shea is passionate about travel and works with schools and educators to help build international travel programs for students. She and her son live in Shadyside and look forward to meeting other families in the area!
Stephanie has a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a Masters in Child Psychology. She has been teaching in the Pittsburgh community for 18 years and just started a new position at The Ellis School. She enjoys introducing the city and all it offers to her daughter.
Lending Toy Coordinator
Kendall has been assisting with many toy library events for many years.
Ever since his wife Elizabeth has taken on roles on the board, Kendall has been in the background keeping up with his 3 kids, and being voluntold how to help. He has worked for the U.S. Army for many years as a Supply specialist, and is now using his technical knowledge to work with lending and inventorying all of your favorite lending toys. Kendall works for ARGO AI, and hosts bar trivia for Radical Trivia. In his few minutes left in the day for spare time, he works on 3D printing and enjoying his favorite video games.
ELIZABETH MICHAEL ROSS
Elizabeth Michael Ross discovered PTLL as a new mom during the (first) pandemic winter, when the ability to borrow a constant rotation of toys proved a lifeline. She is pastor of a Protestant church in Oakland and finds her vocation in the intersection of spirituality and social justice. She lives with her family of three in Lawrenceville; when there is free time, she loves to hike, read, and make a mess in the kitchen. Elizabeth is new to Pittsburgh and is excited about helping PTLL be a place of welcome and community for newcomers.
Floor Toy Coordinator
Raneen is a mother to two kids ages 2 and 4. She is originally from Palestine and moved to Pittsburgh four years ago. PTLL was the first place she discovered when they moved to Pittsburgh and since then this is her kids favorite place. Raneen finished her master degree in social work and worked with several human rights NGOs. She loves music and has played piano for 10 years.
Jenni lives in Bellevue with her boyfriend, Cameron, and their dog and four cats. Jenni has a BS Developmental Psychology from Pitt, and MEd School Counseling from Westminster College. She is attending Duquesne Law with hopes to practice Child Advocacy Law in the future. Currently, Jenni works as a full-time nanny in the city and loves to bring the kids to visit the toy library. In her free time, she enjoys colorguard, reading, yoga, gardening, and hiking!
Julie lives in the South Side with her husband and rambunctious preschooler. She first learned about the PTLL through a local mom group and has found the great variety of toys for borrow and the large play space to be clutch to providing play-based learning opportunities for her son throughout these early years. As Mr. Rogers once said, "One of the most important things about being a child is you can take time to learn to play well."
Jessica is a marketing and brand consultant in the food & beverage industry, as well as a freelance food writer and recipe developer. She has been a fan of the PTLL for over 15 years: first introduced to the space by a family she nannied for in college, she now enjoys bringing her own two kids to play and considers the PTLL to be a vital part of the Pittsburgh parenting community. Originally from Washington, DC, she and her Jersey-native husband live in Greenfield with their two kids, Ember-Claire (whose favorite PTLL amenity is the art room) and Konen (who loves the Jumparoo). Jessica's favorite spots in the toy library are the free bookshelf, and the coffee maker.
Friends of the Board
Vicky lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Justin, two children, Daniella (7) and Elizabeth (3), two cats, dog and fish. Vicky works part time as an occupational therapist. Graduate school is where she first learned that play is the work of children and how vital creative play is for development. Vicky discovered how great PTLL years ago when Daniella was a baby. However it was most appreciated during the beginning of the pandemic when she volunteered to clean toys and had a safe space to come outside the house. When not taking care of kids/animals or working, Vicky likes to garden, hike, cook, dance and practice yoga.