Meet Us

 

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.

Chair Elect

Wanda Mae HuffakerMy name is Wanda Mae Huffaker. I'm a librarian, and I don't read. I watch Netflix. I'm going to put that on the table. Though I do read books when they get challenged so I can provide better support. I recently took up knitting and crocheting again after many years to make presents for my naughty grandchildren (who do at least want my books when I die). I have recently gotten very involved in pulling many skeletons out of the closet in family history research. Family members hate the conversation that starts " Hey, guess what I found out?".

Past Chair

John Mack FreemanJohn "Mack" Freeman is the Branch Manager of the Peachtree Corners branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. His favorite book is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It has the quote that provided his first (but probably not last) tattoo. He's moved over 20 times in 25 years and has often considered transforming his moving expertise into a semi-professional gig. When he's not enmeshed in the library world, he's typically dabbling in a ton of hobbies and going on adventures with his husband Dale and their mess of a Boxer puppy, Bess.

IFRT Councilor

Martin GarnarMartin Garnar is the dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Outside of work, he may be found hiking in the beautiful Pikes Peak region, singing with the Out Loud Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus, or reading fantasy and science fiction books instead of doing chores. He’s a sucker for British baking shows even though he knows his weekly sourdough loaves would never win a technical challenge, though his husband Mark things they’re pretty tasty.

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

Isabel KleinIsabel Klein is the Teen Librarian at the Warrensville Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio. Isabel is a graduate of the University of Maryland--College Park with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. She served as the 2017 Chair of the Ohio Library Council's Intellectual Freedom Committee and is a current member of the Cuyahoga County Archives Advisory Commission. Isabel and her beloved Black and Tan Coonhound mix, Mazel Tov, enjoy volunteering in the Cleveland area as a Therapy Dog team.

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 and Publications & Communications Committee Co-Chair

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

Eric JohnsonEric Johnson is the Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian at Miami University in Ohio. His favorite authors include Lawrence Watt-Evans, C. Dale Brittain and others in the speculative fiction genre. As a graduate of the University of Illinois Engineering, Agricultural, and Library and information Science programs, he has seen the importance of information freely crossing subject boundaries. When not at work, he enjoys cooking, canoeing, and playing with his pet cockatiels.

Bylaws and Organization Committee

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.

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

Mary Kickham-SamyCurrently, Mary Kickham-Samy is the library director at Marygrove College in Detroit, an educational institution devoted to social justice, which has served the community of Detroit proudly for almost 100 years, and which, sadly, is closing, December 17, 2019. Mary discovered the wonders of librarianship 20 years ago, when she accepted a job in a public library as a temporary, part-time, assistant librarian. She had such a great experience that she decided to go to library school and complete her MLIS degree. Mary continued her studies, and in 2013, obtained a PhD in education with a specialization in instructional deign and technology. Informed by the framework, she is exploring ways to develop web-based, self-instructional modules that guide students in information literacy from a critical perspective. Mary's bio is not complete without mentioning that, after graduating from college, Mary accepted a two-year fellowship to traveled to Egypt to obtain a master's degree in teaching English as a foreign language at the American University in Cairo. With this degree, she taught writing and research skills to graduate and undergraduate students in Egypt for over 25 years. As of now, Mary's favorite writer is Salmon Rushdie. A favorite book is Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: A Life. Currently, she is reading Edward Said's Representations of an Intellectual, and Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. She also enjoys reading book reviews.

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

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.

Merritt Fund Promotion Committee Chair

Ma'Lis Wendt

Nominating Committee Chair

John Mack FreemanJohn "Mack" Freeman is the Branch Manager of the Peachtree Corners branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. His favorite book is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It has the quote that provided his first (but probably not last) tattoo. He's moved over 20 times in 25 years and has often considered transforming his moving expertise into a semi-professional gig. When he's not enmeshed in the library world, he's typically dabbling in a ton of hobbies and going on adventures with his husband Dale and their mess of a Boxer puppy, Bess.

Oboler Committee Chair

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.

Program Committee Chair

Sara DallasSara Dallas is the director of the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS), a public library consortium located in rural NY. She is trustee on the board of the Freedom to Read Foundation and former chair of ALA's Committee on Professional Ethics.

Publications & Communications Committee Co-Chair

Kyle Binaxas. More Coming Soon!

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 2019