Ortega has been serving as Interim Director since February 2015. She joined PLS as manager of the Willmar Public Library in 2004. She began working at PLS headquarters in 2008 as the Assistant Director and as the Director of Library Operations since 2012.
Prior to coming to PLS, Ortega was employed as the librarian for the USGS EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Ortega has a BA in English & Journalism from the University of North Dakota, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Texas.
Ortega stated, “I am pleased and grateful for this opportunity to continue my work in PLS as
their Executive Director.”