Board of Directors

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Meet YALSA's 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors.

2019-2020 YALSA Board of Directors

Top row (left to right): Melissa McBride, Ryan Moniz, Amanda Barnhart, Todd Krueger, Crystle Martin, Abigail Phillips, Josie Watanabe, Tammy Dillard-Steels

Front row: Traci Glass, Karen Lemmons, Trixie Dantis, Valerie Tagoe, Kate Denier, Colleen Seisser, Charli Osborne

This listing includes their name, email address, Twitter handles and committee liaison responsibilities in parenthesis. Tweets from these individuals are coming from their role as private citizens, and not as YALSA Board Members.

*denotes this position also serves on the Executive Committee


Amanda Barnhart*, President-Elect.

(ALA Liaison, Advancing Diversity Taskforce, Organization & Bylaws, Teen Read Week)

Amanda Barnhart has worked +20 years for the Kansas City Public Library (KCPL). She has held every position available at a KCPL branch and currently manages her childhood library, which is also where she received her first job. During her time as a teen librarian, she started the organization's initiative in building teens' 21st century skills using tabletop gaming.




Trixie Dantis, Director. Twitter: trixupmysleeve
(Interest Groups Liaison)

Trixie Dantis is Youth Services Manager at Arlington Heights Memorial Library. She has over ten years’ experience working with youth. In her work at the library, she’s focused on STEM initiatives and services for English Language Learners (ELLs). She also co-chairs Illinois Library Association’s Diversity Committee.



Kate Denier, Ex-officio, Twitter: dulibkat
(Great Books Giveaway Jury)

Kate Denier is the Senior Branch Manager for the North Central Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. She has over ten years of experience in youth services and has been an active member of YALSA since 2005.





Tammy Dillard-Steels, Ex-officio

Tammy Dillard-Steels is the Executive Director of YALSA.







Traci GlassTraci Glass, Ex-officio and Director. Twitter: xlibrarianx

  1. Traci Glass is an Information Services Administrator at the Central Library for the Multnomah County Library system. She has over a decade of experience working with teens and is currently in charge of Central's Youth Services team serving youth from birth to 18. She is passionate about advocating for and working with teens as well as promoting graphic novels to youth. She is also the coordinator of the Oregon Young Adult Network's Graphic Rave, a yearly list of the best comics and graphic novels for teens compiled and voted on by library staff from across the state.




Jane Gov*, Fiscal Officer. Twitter: MissJaneGov
(Summer Learning TF, Hub Advisory Board)

Jane Gov is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Public Library where she designs and implements youth programs, events, and services, purchases teen books for the system, and oversees the teen volunteer program. She tweets as @MissJaneGov.



Todd Krueger*, President. Twitter: toddbcpl
(Annual Conference Marketing & Local Arrangements TF, Awards Oversight Committee)

Todd recently completed a term as YALSA Division Councilor. He served as a member of the 2012 Printz Award and the 2015 Nonfiction Award. A native of Wisconsin, Todd's previous jobs include bookseller, researcher, and rare books librarian. He has been employed for the past fourteen years in the Collection Development department at Baltimore County Public Library in Towson, Maryland. 





Karen LemmonsKaren Lemmons, Director. Twitter: adwoacamara

Karen Lemmons is a Teacher/Librarian at the Detroit School of Arts. She has over 20 years' experience in working with children and youth. In this role, she focuses on reading, research, and supporting the school's curriculum. She is also a Robotics Coach with FIRST Robotics Team.





Gregory LumGregory Lum,Financial Advancement Committee Chair. ex-officio. Twitter: @JesuitClarkLib

For the last 37 years, Gregory has been in education as a classroom teacher or school librarian. He has taught all levels from kindergarten to graduate-level college courses and is currently the library director at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon.





Melissa McBride, Director. Twitter: SESLibraryLand
(BWI Award Jury, School & Public Library Cooperation Committee)

Melissa McBride is a K-6 elementary school librarian at Southold Elementary on the North Fork of Long Island. She has also worked in Teen Services and as a high school librarian. Her favorite things, in no particular order, are: her husband, her cat, the NY Islanders, Mets, and Jets, reading, Jack Johnson, and paddleboarding. 




Charli Osborne, Director. Twitter: amirable

Charli Osborne is the Youth Services Coordinator at Southfield Public Library. She has more than 20 years of library experience with youth and teens and has been a YALSA member since 1996. She is a genre reader, cat lover, and pop culture fan.




Abby Phillips*, Division Councilor. Twitter: abigailleigh
(Writing Award Jury, YA Symposium Local Arrangements TF)

Dr. Abigail Phillips is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. Dr. Phillips received her Ph.D. from the School of Information at Florida State University in 2016.





Colleen Seisser, Director. Twitter: colleenTS81
(Division & Membership Promotion Committee)

Collection Services Manager, Librarian, YALSA Member since 2008, Booklist Reviewer, artist, audiobook fanatic, data nerd, jammin' on my planner, gardener, strategic planning thinker, owl/unicorn mixed spirit animal, & generally crafty person.






Valerie Tagoe, Director. Twitter: Amele77
(Annual Conference Scholarships Jury, Organization & Bylaws Committee)

Valerie Tagoe is a high school librarian in Texas. She is the immediate past president of the Dallas Association of School Librarians and is also active in the Texas Library Association as a member of its legislative committee. She holds a Master of Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University and an MLS from Texas Woman's University. 






Josie Watanabe, Secretary. Twitter: josielovesramen

Josie Watanabe sets the vision and strategic direction for K-12 academic support programs at The Seattle Public Library. She is dedicated to working with the community to close the opportunity gap for students and is strongly committed to issues of race, equity and social justice.





Standing Board Committees

In 2013 YALSA's board voted to establish standing board committees--one for each goal in the Organizational Plan.  Committee make-up for 2018 - 2019 is:

  • Advocacy :  Josie Watanabe (Chair), Amanda Barnhart, Karen Lemmons, Melissa McBride, and Abby Phillips
  • Fund & Partner Development: Colleen Seisser (Chair), Trixie Dantis, Kate Denier, Jane Gov, and Gregory Lum
  • Leading the Transformation of Teen Services: Chair Position: Vacant, Traci Glass, Ryan Moniz, Charli Osborne, and Valerie Tagoe

Additional Information