Board of Directors

Roster of Board Members  I Standing Board Committees  I  Additional Information

Meet YALSA's 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors.

Top row (left to right): Crystle Martin, Melissa McBride, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Franklin Escobedo

Middle row: Ryan Moniz, Todd Krueger, Colleen Seisser, Kate Denier, Derek Ivie

Front row: Valerie Tagoe, Mega Subramaniam, Abigail Phillips, Josie Watanabe,Trixie Dantis, Jane Gov, Dora Ho, Anita Mechler

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

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, Financial Advancement Committee Chair. [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.





Dora Ho, Fiscal Officer. Twitter: DoraHo7
(Financial Advancement Committee, YA Symposium Planning TF)

Dora Ho is a Young Adult Librarian/Program Specialist at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has over 20 years of experience in Youth Services. She has served on numerous ALA and YALSA committees. She enjoys doing needle crafts and is an expert in K-Pop.




Franklin Escobedo*, Secretary. Twitter: Adrithian
(Teen Programming HQ, Teens' Top Ten Committee)

Franklin Escobedo is currently the Principal Librarian at the Coronado Public Library.  Has been an active YALSA member for the past ten years since graduating from library school.  He has served on a number of committees, PPYA, the Greenwood Jury, Outstanding Books for College Bound, and the 2016 Printz Award Committee.




Jane Gov, Director. 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.



Sandra Hughes-Hassell*, Immediate Past President. Twitter: bridge2lit
(Board Development Committee, Research Committee)

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues in youth library services, reflective youth literature, and culturally responsive professional development





Derek Ivie, Director. Twitter: TheBeardedBook
(Liaison to ALA Affiliates & Round Tables)

Derek Ivie is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Derek has served on YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee as a member and then chair, YALSA's 2016 Michael L. Printz Award Committee, and two years as a judge on WNDB’s Walter Award Committee. 




Todd Krueger*, President-Elect. 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. 





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. 




Crystle Martin*, President.  Twitter: CrystleM
(Executive Committee, President's Implementation TF)

Crystle Martin is YALSA President and Director of Library and Learning Resources at El Camino College in Torrance, California. She has been active with YALSA since 2013. She has a PhD in Education and studied how youth learn and develop information skills in their online interest spaces.



Ryan Moniz, Director. 
(Presidential Advisory Taskforce)

Ryan Moniz is the Learning & Growth Librarian for Markham Public Library where is his responsible for the development and coordination of professional learning/development opportunities for all staff and volunteers. He’s also a YALSA Trainer and the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Taskforce focusing on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. On top of his work he makes a mean coffee cake and is convinced he learned all of his important life lessons from The Simpsons (seasons 1 through 9 of course!).





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.






Mega Subramaniam, Director. Twitter: mmsubram
(Henne Jury, Midwinter Paper Presentation Committee, YALS/YALSAblog Advisory Board)

Dr. Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor and leads the Youth eXperience (YX) Lab at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.  Her research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of emerging digital literacies that are essential to STEM learning among underserved young people.



Valerie Tagoe, Organization & Bylaws Chair. 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, Board Fellow. Twitter: josielovesramen (District Days TF, National Library Legislative Day TF)

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. She currently serves as the YALSA Board Fellow and is on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion YALSA Presidential Task Force.





Dorcas Wong, Director. Instagram: o_oohmy

Dorcas Wong is a Teen Services Librarian for San Francisco Public. She’s been a member of YALSA for over a decade and served as chair of the 2014 Morris Award for Debut YA authors and the 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. During her breaks, she loves trying new foods, and usually has a list of eateries she plans to check out at each ALA Annual and Midwinter conference. She is also open to suggestions.




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 & Activism: Franklin Escobedo, Jane Gov, Melissa McBride (chair), Valerie Tagoe, Josie Watanabe
  • Fund & Partner Development: Kate Denier, Vicki Emery, Franklin Escobedo, Todd Krueger, Colleen Seisser (chair)
  • Leading the Transformation of Teen Services: Trixie Dantis, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Derek Ivie (chair), Kafi Kumasi, Abby Phillips, Mega Subramaniam

Additional Information