Dr. Michael J. Brna
Dr. Michael J. Brna is director of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources teacher professional development program. In February, 2004, he was appointed director of Adventure of the American Mind, the predecessor program to Teaching with Primary Sources. Dr. Brna served as co-chair for the Library of Congress Digital Collections and Educational Curriculum Transitional Advisory Board and he currently serves as a member of the TPS newsletter editorial committee.
Prior to this position, Dr. Brna was the Executive Director of the Mon Valley Renaissance program at California University of Pennsylvania, where he was active in workforce, economic, small business, and community development. He wrote and received the inaugural Workforce and Economic Development Network job training grant in PA in 1999, and has been responsible for helping local companies secure over $3.3 million of PA job training grants to train over 6,400 employees. He has written over 125 business plans for entrepreneurs, helping them to secure in excess of $5.5 million for business startups or expansions.
Dr. Brna earned his Ph.D. at Penn State University, where he graduated from the Workforce Education and Development doctoral program with an emphasis in Training & Development and Human Resources. He earned both his B.S. Finance and M.B.A. degrees with honors from California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brna has appeared before the PA House of Representatives Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee for Workforce Development and also served as a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Science and Technology Task Force.
Dr. Brna is also the founder of InspirePA, an organization with a mission of inspiring individual and organizational excellence in order to raise the collective well-being of all. He is an accomplished public speaker, small group facilitator, and life coach who works with individuals and small and large groups in various settings.
In his spare time, Dr. Brna enjoys golf, billiards, reading, traveling, cooking, music, theater, and the outdoors.