President: Sheryl Wittig
Sheryl Wittig has been the librarian & music teacher at Auke Bay Elementary since 2009. In a diverse teaching career prior to becoming a school librarian, she was the gifted & talented teacher at Riverbend Elementary for the twelve years prior to becoming a librarian, and spent the first eight years of her teaching career teaching in logging camps for Southeast Island School District. She earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in Music and Politics, an MAT from Alaska Pacific University with a major in Elementary Education, and completed the University of Washington School Library Professional program in 2011. She lives in Juneau with her husband and two children, 12 and 11 and plays the bassoon with the Juneau Symphony.
President-Elect: Karla Barkman
District Librarian/Technology Coach, KPBSD
Karla currently works as the District Librarian/Technology Integration Coach for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Her duties include providing support and professional development to school library staff as well as providing technology support and professional development for KPBSD teachers. Karla has worked as a Teacher/Librarian for the KBPSD for more than 20 years. She has experience working in elementary, middle and high school libraries. Karla completed a Masters in Library and Information Technology in 2010. She lives with her husband, daughter, 3 cats and a horse in Soldotna.
College Gate Elementary School, Anchorage
Dona Helmer has been the librarian at College Gate Elementary School in Anchorage since 1998. Prior to that time, she was an associate professor and director of the Curriculum Resource Center at Montana State University-Billings. In addition to her MLS from Northern Illinois University, Helmer has an MA in American Intellectual history, an Educational Specialist Degree in Media and Technology and her doctoral work in Administration and Curriculum Articulation is from the University of Southern Mississippi where she also taught in the school of library science. She has been lucky to have spent over 30 years in a profession which she loves. During that time, as a librarian, university professor and reviewer, she has seen many changes in collection development, book publishing, reference, reviewing and children’s services. She has served on a variety of AkASL, AkLA and ALA committees including the Caldecott, Newbery, and Sibert Award committees. She feels her major accomplishments are yet to come.
Secretary: Deborah Rinio
Hutchison High School, Fairbanks
Deborah Rinio is the librarian at Hutchison High School. She moved to Alaska in 2003 after finishing her MA from the University of Arizona. Since she began pursuit of her masters, she has worked in elementary, middle, and high school libraries as well as governmental, academic, and public libraries. She is currently pursuing her doctorate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Treasurer: Laura Guest
Turnagain Elementary School, Anchorage
Laura Guest is the librarian at Turnagain Elementary School in Anchorage. She worked as a high school librarian and as a library/media adjunct professor at Indiana State University. Prior to becoming a library teacher she was a high school vocational business teacher and adjunct professor for several community colleges. Guest holds a Masters of Business Education, Library Certification from Indiana State University and is a National Board Certified Library Teacher K-12. She lives in Wasilla and enjoys camping, fishing and exploring Alaska by ATV.
Region 1 Rep (Northern): Jim Hameister
Library Technician, Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District
Region 2 Rep (South Central): Jill Gann
Kenai Peninusula School District
Jill is currently the librarian at Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School in the KPBSD school district. Prior to this she spent 14 years working as an elementary librarian and PE teacher, a middle school librarian and a high school librarian in the Anchorage School District. She has a passion for teaching, a love of reading and share that excitement with anyone who will listen. Living on the Kenai Peninsula provides many opportunities for adventures in the outdoors. She loves to fish, hike and bike if she is not curled up with a good book.
Region 3 Rep (Anchorage): David Adkins-Brown
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, Anchorage
David Adkins-Brown is currently working as the librarian at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. Born in Fairbanks and raised in Oregon, he has traveled the world and returned to Alaska. He recently finished his degree in Management of Library and Information Science and has a love for information literacy and continuing education. In his free time (who is he kidding. Free time?) He enjoys coding, cultures, and corgis.
Region 4 Rep (Southeast): Julie Leary
Harborview Elementary School, Juneau
Julie Leary is the librarian at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau. She has worked as a school librarian for 13 years. Prior library experience includes over 10 years working in various departments with Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a BA in Management and the Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast, and she just completed the School Library Endorsement from University of Montana. In her spare time she plays hockey, and loves to explore the Arctic regions of our state and looks forward each summer to a river rafting trip.
Membership: Katie Conover
Mat-Su Central, Wasilla
Over the past 18 years she has taught children in grades K-8, serving as a physical education teacher, classroom teacher, Title I teacher, reading specialist, technology specialist, and middle school math and science teacher. Then, nine years ago, she discovered school library and fell in love. She completed a Masters in Arts in Information and Communication Technology in 2002 (University of Otago, New Zealand) and a School Library Professional Certificate in 2008 (University of Washington). In 2011, Katie completed her National Board Certification in Library Media. She is currently the librarian at Mat-Su Central School.
Grants Coordinator: Lynn McNamara
Scenic Park Elementary School, Anchorage
Lynn McNamara has been the librarian at Scenic Park Elementary in Anchorage for the last 12 years. Before that she was librarian at Polaris K-12 for 6 years, Girdwood K-8 for 3 years and Nikiski Jr./Sr. High for 3 years. Prior to getting her Masters of Library Science degree at the University of Arizona she taught 5 years as an elementary teacher in Silverton, Colorado and an additional 5 years teaching classes for the gifted and language arts K-12 on the Kenai Peninsula.
Awards Chair: Karla Barkman
District Librarian/Technology Coach, KPBSD
Ex-Officio & Appointed, Non-voting members:
Battle of the Books: Shelly Logsdon
Wasilla High School, Wasilla
Battle of the Books: Erika Drain
Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
Battle of the Books: Laura Guest
Turnagain Elementary School, Anchorage
Puffin Online Newsletter: Cayla Armatti
East Anchorage Senior High School, Anchorage
Cayla Armatti is enjoying her second year in Alaska as Librarian at North Pole High School. Before becoming a librarian, she taught 2nd grade in Florida, but has now been in K-12 Media Centers and Libraries for 17 years. She has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Major: K-12 Media Specialist) from UF, and an Ed. Specialist Degree from Valdosta State in Instructional Technology Design. Cayla has been active with state library associations throughout the south, and has served as a district trainer in Florida and Tennessee. She shares her home with three dogs and lots of books. She also enjoys photography and travel.
Alaska State Library, School Library Consultant:
Alaska State Library/SERRC
Jared Shucha has worked in libraries of all types, including five years in school libraries in Wisconsin and Alaska. He has also worked in the non-profit education world for over ten years and is currently an education specialist at SERRC. Jared has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and MA in Information and Learning Technologies from University of Colorado – Denver. He lives in Juneau.