Meet Us

 

Chair

Wanda Mae HuffakerWanda Mae Huffaker is a Librarian Salt Lake County Libraries and a trustee for the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is a 2018 recipient of the PLA Gordon Conable Award, and was chair of the Utah Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee, for 10 years, one of which they won the first Gerald Hodges Award. She watches movies more than reads but does turn on closed captioning.

Chair Elect

Samantha HelmickSamantha Helmick is the Public Services Manager at the Burlington Public Library in Iowa. Sam is a past ALA Emerging Leader and Digital Marketing Instructor for her community's college. She enjoys cosplay, attending comic cons, travel, jogging, and taking photos of her rescue kitty, Rilke. Her favorite book and quote come from Daphne du Maurier who wrote “a dreamer, I walked enchanted, and nothing held me back” in her thriller Rebecca.

Past Chair

Audrey BarbakoffAudrey Barbakoff is the Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager at King County Library System in Washington state. Audrey is a past Freedom to Read Foundation Gordon M. Conable Scholar and Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She loves to read science fiction and any books that help her DIY her old farmhouse and vegetable garden. Her favorite audiobook is China Miéville's Embassytown.

IFRT Councilor

Martin GarnarMartin Garnar is the director of the Amherst College Library. A recent transplant to Massachusetts, he grew up in New York and spent 24 years in Colorado before moving to the Pioneer Valley. Outside of work, he is a doctoral student in educational leadership, research, and policy; husband to Mark; servant to two miniature dachshunds; and perpetually overcommitted within ALA.

Treasurer

Ashley J. BrownAshley J. Brown is the Engagement and Outreach Librarian at the Auburn Public Library in Auburn, Alabama. She has a very hard time choosing a favorite book, but she does love Jane Eyre. Her favorite movie is The Cutting Edge. Yes, the figure skating movie from 1992. When not working at the library, she enjoys performing improv with her troupe, hand sewing, and spending time with her beloved Chow mix, Sammie. War Eagle!

Secretary

Rebecca MoormanRebecca Moorman is Head of Technical Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library. Rebecca enjoys reading dystopian fiction and frequently challenged books. For the last several years, she has organized and hosted Battledecks ("Powerpoint Karaoke") at the Alaska Library Association's annual conference, and she relishes being shushed in the library.

Director-at-Large

Stephanie BarnabyStephanie Barnaby just completed her Masters' in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University's School of Information. She currently works at the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries at Boston University's School of Law as the Evening Library Supervisor. She loves books, vegan comfort food, traveling, meeting new people, music, and Doctor Who.

Director-at-Large

Angela OcanaAngela Ocaña is a not so secret unicorn. She is the Teen Services Supervisor for the Eugene Public Library, where she is often found beating teenagers at Exploding Kittens, murdering their D&D characters, and helping them navigate the real world. Her favorite books are the graphic novels that she tries to read while fighting her dog for fresh baked cookies.

Director-at-Large 

Kristin Joy AndersonKristin Joy Anderson is an academic librarian in the Western Chicago Suburbs. She grew up in West Central Illinois where there was nothing to do except read and chase down the outside kitties. She has a MS in Mass Communications and an MLIS. Her favorite books are American Gods and Ready Player One. In her spare time she reviews for Library Journal and School Library Journal, and still enjoys chasing kitties. She is super into graphic novels and super hero movies, and can't wait for the next books for Game of Thrones because she hopes they redeem the last season.

Director-at-Large

Jeremy Brett

Bylaws and Organization Committee

Trish HullTrish Hull is the manager of the West Valley Branch of the Salt Lake County Library System; former president of Utah Library Association; City Councilperson for Magna City and Chair of Strategic Planning for Magna. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with BA in Political Science and MLS from Emporia State University. She is the mother of 6; grandmother of 13 and loves to read and ski and camp and hike with her grandkids.

Coalition Building Committee Chair

Shane RoopnarineShane Roopnarine is the Interim Business and Instruction Librarian at the University of Central Florida. Prior to his current foray into academic libraries, he was a reference librarian at the Orlando Public Library. He served as chair of the Florida Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee from 2016-2017, which motivated him to become more active in IFRT. He earned his MLIS from Florida State University and is currently finishing a M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology at UCF. In the 3rd grade he started watching Star Trek and remains a dedicated fan of science fiction.

Education Committee Chair

TBD

Immroth Committee Chair

Cyndi RobinsonCyndi Robinson is the Deputy Director of the Illinois Library Association and a past IFRT Chair and Treasurer. She reads widely, but especially loves historical fiction, mysteries, and horror. Her favorite movie is Casablanca and she has spent most of the last 37 years thinking too much about Doctor Who. A native South Sider, she is a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan. She lives in a village that is designated a National Historic Landmark with her husband, two nearly grown-up children, their greyhound Sparky, and a tortoise named Baxter.

Membership Promotion Committee Chair

Johanna Genett

Merritt Fund Promotion Committee Chair

Ma'Lis Wendt

Nominating Committee Chair

Audrey BarbakoffAudrey Barbakoff is the Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager at King County Library System in Washington state. Audrey is a past Freedom to Read Foundation Gordon M. Conable Scholar and Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She loves to read science fiction and any books that help her DIY her old farmhouse and vegetable garden. Her favorite audiobook is China Miéville's Embassytown.

Oboler Committee Chair

Charles KratzCharles Kratz was dean of the library at the University of Scranton, a position he has held 1991-2019. Upon retirement, be became Dean Emeritus. Prior to his current position, he was assistant dean of public services at the Hofstra University from 1985-1991. Kratz has been an active member of ALA, especially in service to Round Tables. He is Past Coordinator/Chair of the Social Responsibilities Round Table and Past Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. He is a member of the Rainbow Round Table, the Retired Members Round Table, the International Relations Round Table and the Sustainability Round Table. Other service includes the ALA Committee on Legislation (2018-2022); the ALA Executive Director Search Committee (2019); the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (2014-2018); ALA Council (1999-2008); the ALA Executive Board (2007-2010), the 2007 ALA Nominating Committee as Chair, the LAMA Board of Directors (1992-1999) where he served as LAMA President (1997-1998) as well as service on several ALA committees. Kratz began his career in the New Members Round Table where he served as President. He is also an active member of ACRL and LITA and a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation and REFORMA.

Program Committee Chair

Jennifer Steele

Publications & Communications Committee Chair

Amanda Vazquez

IFRT Staff Liaisons

Kristin Pekoll  and Ellie Diaz

Kristin Pekoll and Ellie Diaz both love "West Wing", Trevor Noah's memoir, Born A Crime, the new King Arthur movie and working on weekends. Wait, that's just Kristin that likes to work on weekends. Ellie can often be found correcting Kristin's grammar and sending her hilarious gifs. Kristin uses gifs and sarcasm to escape the insanity of her two littles, Joe and Annie. 

Updated July 2020