Board of Directors

Roster of Board Members  I Standing Board Committees  I  Additional Information

Meet YALSA's 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors.

Left to right: Jane Gov, Valerie Tagoe, Trixie Dantis, Melissa McBride, Josie Watanabe, Todd Krueger, Franklin Escobedo, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Derek Ivie, Kate Denier, Colleen Seisser

Not pictured: Vicki Emery, Kafi Kumasi, Crystle Martin, Abigail Phillips, Mega Subramaniam

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.

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

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

Vicki Emery*, Fiscal Officer. Twitter: vmemery
(Financial Advancement Committee, YA Symposium Planning TF)

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

Jane Gov, Director. Twitter: MissJaneGov
(Summer Learning TF, Hub Advisory Board)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Moniz, Director.
(Presidential Advisory Taskforce)

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

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

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

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

Josie Watanabe, Board Fellow. Twitter: josielovesramen
(District Days TF, National Library Legislative Day TF)

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 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