Board of Directors

Roster of Board Members  I Standing Board Committees  I  Additional Information

Meet YALSA's 2017 - 2018 Board of Directors and watch this video of them sharing tips on how everyone can be an advocate for teens and libraries.

Back row (left to right): Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Beth Yoke, Jessi Snow, Franklin Escobedo, Kate McNair, Todd Krueger, Kafi Kumasi, Sarah Hill, Crystle Martin

Front row (left to right): Melissa McBride, Mega Subramaniam, Jane Gov, Kathy Ishizuka, Clara Bohrer, Kate Denier

Not pictured: Diane Colson, Derek Ivie

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.

Clara Bohrer*, Fiscal Officer. Twitter: N/A
(Financial Advancement Committee, Leadership Inititives Fundraising TF)

Diane Colson, Director.  Twitter: recklessread
(Interest Groups liaison)

Kate Denier, Financial Advancement Committee Chair. [ex-officio], Twitter: dulibkat
(Frances Henne Award Jury, Great Books Giveaway Jury)

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

Jane Gov, Director. Twitter: MissJaneGov
(Summer Learning TF, Writing Award Jury)

Sarah Hill*, Immediate Past President. Twitter: glibrarian
(Awards & Selected Lists Oversight Committee, Governance Nominating Committee)

Sandra Hughes-Hassell*, President. Twitter: bridge2lit
(Executive Committee, President's Planning Taskforce)

Kathy Ishizuka, Director.  Twitter: kishizuka
(BWI Award Jury, Midwinter Marketing & Local Arrangements TF, School & Public Library Cooperation Committee)

Derek Ivie, Director. Twitter: TheBeardedBook
(Annual Conference Marketing & Local Arrangements TF, YA Services Symposium TF)

Todd Krueger*, Division Councilor. Twitter: toddbcpl
(Research Committee, Volunteer of the Year Jury)

Kafi Kumasi, Director. Twitter: dr_kumasi
(JRLYA Advisory Board, MAE Award Jury)

Melissa McBride, Organization & Bylaws Chair. Twitter: SESLibraryLand
(O&B Committee)

Crystle Martin*, President-Elect.  Twitter: CrystleM
(Board Development Committee, Hub Advisory Board)

Kate McNair, Director.  Twitter: k8mcnair
(District Days TF, National Library Legislative Day TF)

Jessi Snow, Director. Twitter: jessiclemens
(Teen Read Week Committee, Teen Tech Week Committee)

Heather Sparks, Board Fellow. Twitter: BigBooksNoLies
(Annual Conference Scholarships Jury, Outstanding Award Jury)

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

Beth Yoke*, Executive Director. [ex-officio] Twitter: yalsa_director
*denotes this position also serves on the Executive Committee

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 2017 - 2018 is:

  • Advocacy & Activism: Diane Colson, Sarah Hill, Derek Ivie, Kate McNair (chair), Heather Sparks
  • Fund & Partner Development: Clara Bohrer, Kate Denier, Franklin Escobedo, Jane Gov, Todd Krueger (chair), Mega Subramaniam
  • Leading the Transformation of Teen Services: Kathy Ishizuka, Kafi Kumasi, Crystle Martin, Melissa McBride, Jess Snow (chair)

Additional Information