Board of Directors

Roster of Board Members  I Standing Board Committees  I  Additional Information

Meet YALSA's 2020 - 2021 Board of Directors.

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


Kelly Czarnecki*President

(ALA EDI Assembly member, Advocacy Committee member, Board liaison to Division & Membership Promotion, Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant Jury, and the YALS/YALSAblog Editorial Advisory Board )

Kelly Czarnecki has worked +10 years for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at ImaginOn in the Teen Department. She moved from the midwest to Charlotte for a Librarian position and then became the manager of the Teen Loft three years ago. Kelly is an author of books and articles,. primarily regarding teens and technology in the library. 


Amanda Barnhart, Past President









Franklin Escobedo, President-Elect

Franklin Escobedo is the Community Services Director for the City of Larkspur, CA, overseeing the Larkspur Library and Larkspur Recreation.  He began his career as a Young Adult Services Librarian for the City of Oceanside and has served on numerous YALSA committees, juries, and taskforces, from Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Outstanding Books for College Bound, The Printz Award Committee 2016, and as Secretary of the YALSA Board.  






Kate Denier*, Fiscal Officer. Twitter: dulibkat

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.





Elizabeth Nebeker, Division Councilor


Abby Phillips*, Director. 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.






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.




Charlynn Osborne, Director


Dawn McMillanDawn Kirkpatrick, Director.

Dawn Kirkpatrick is a Teen Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She has worked for 19 years in public libraries as a Reference Associate, Youth Services Librarian, Branch Manager as a Teen Librarian since 2007. Dawn has been a member of YALSA since 2005.






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.




Susannah GoldsteinSusannah Goldstein. Director. Twitter: @SusInTheLibrary

Susannah Goldstein is a school librarian who has worked in both public and independent schools, at all age levels. She is currently a librarian at The Brearley School in New York. Susannah reviews YA literature and writes about research instruction for School Library Journal. Susannah lives in New York City (Bronx) with her family.





Traci GlassTraci Glass, Director. Twitter: xlibrarianx

  1. Traci Glass has been a librarian and library administrator for 15 years. She is currently the Assistant Library Director for the Lincoln City Libraries in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has over a decade of experience working with youth and teens in Arizona, Oregon, and Tennessee. She is passionate about advocating for teens as well as promoting graphic novels to youth. Traci reviews graphic novels for Library Journal, Booklist, No Flying No Tights, and School Library Journal. She was 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 Oregon. She was also a 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry judge along with other comics professionals.  



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.




Elizabeth Molina, Ex-Officio 

A west coast native, Libby moved to New York City in 2015 to pursue her MSLIS degree at Pratt Institute. She is currently the Middle School Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan.






Joel Shoemaker, Ex-Officio 

Joel Shoemaker has an MLIS from Dominican University and has been the library director for the Illinois Prairie District Public Library for more than four years. Previously, he was the library director for the Oakwood Public Library District, also in Illinois. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in community theatre and has been a magician since he was seven years old. He is married and has a dog named Maximus. He longs one day to have a smaller dog called Minimus.





Stacey ShapiroEx-Officio

Stacey Shapiro is a teen librarian in Cranford, New Jersey. She was previously on the Printz 2020 Committee and an ALA Emerging Leader in 2019.







Tammy Dillard-Steels, Ex-officio

Tammy Dillard-Steels is the Executive Director of YALSA.







Tess Wilson, Ex-Officio 

Tess Wilson is a librarian who loves talking loudly about digital literacy, equitable access, and citizen science. She currently serves as the program manager for the University of Pittsburgh's All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center, and is the former outreach librarian at the Carnegie Public Library of Pittsburgh. Beyond her library work, Tess is an arts educator, mentor trainer, and zine enthusiast. She's a collector of many things, from small rocks to big books.





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

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