President: Wendy Stout
Larson Elementary School, Wasilla
Wendy Stout is the librarian at Larson Elementary in the Mat-Su Borough School District for 11 years. Currently, she is ½ time at Larson and serves ½ time as District Librarian. Before starting a very fulfilling career as school librarian and Information goddess; she stayed home with her two adorable (and now grown up!) daughters until Kate, the youngest, went to preschool. Now she spends time reading, playing oboe, crafting with paper, ink and stamps and writing lots of tuition checks to Portland State University, where Emily (her oldest) is pursuing a degree in Microbial and Molecular Biology. When not pursuing her own interests, she is busy doing the mom thing, buying art supplies for Kate or scraping the extra paint off her used-to-be-nice dining room table after Kate has had some sort of great but sloppy artistic idea. Her family also includes one husband (Norm, paramedic/fire fighter for AFD), two border collies (Brenna and Lyrial), one very fat cat (Benzie) and two growing beef calves (Sally and Quaffle). Recently, Syracuse University accepted Wendy’s application for graduate school and granted her a leadership scholarship. Wendy anticipates finishing her Master’s Degree in Summer of 2015.
President-Elect: Deborah Rinio
Nicole Roohi is currently the librarian at Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage, where she has worked for seven years. She has worked previously at North Star Elementary in Anchorage, and Hill City Elementary and Jasper Primary both in Jasper, Georgia. She has been a school librarian for twelve years. She loves cats, hiking, and of course, books.
Secretary: Janet Madsen
West Valley High School, Fairbanks
Treasurer: Laura Guest
Turnagain Elementary School, Anchorage
Region 2 Rep (South Central): Valarie Kingsland
Seward Elementary School, Seward
Valarie, a life long Alaskan, has been a library aide at Seward Elementary School since 2006. She is currently working on a Master’s of Library & Information Science from San Jose State University. She counts it a privilege to inspire others to explore, discover and learn.
Region 3 Rep (Anchorage): Dona Helmer
College Gate Elementary School, Anchorage
Sheryl Wittig has been the librarian & music teacher at Auke Bay Elementary in Juneau since 2009. She was the gifted & talented teacher at Riverbend Elementary for the twelve years prior to that, and spent the first eight years of her teaching career teaching in logging camps for Southeast Island School District. She completed the University of Washington School Library Professional program in 2011.
Membership: Deborah Mulcahy
Begich Middle School, Anchorage
Deb Mulcahy has been a librarian in the Anchorage School District for 8 years. Prior to that she followed her Army husband around the US and Europe, sometimes working as a Special Education Teacher. She’s glad to be in one place for so long and really enjoys Alaska, especially the winter when she can either be caught reading some middle school level novel (occupational hazard) or out on the trails on a snow machine.
Battle of the Books: Shelly Logsdon
Wasilla High School, Wasilla
Battle of the Books: Erika Drain
Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka
Puffin Online Newsletter: Alta Collins
Northern Lights ABC School, Anchorage
Alta Collins is currently the librarian at Northern Lights ABC School in Anchorage. She has been an Anchorage School District librarian for 14 years, and previously taught English in Texas. She loves hanging out with family and friends, living in Alaska, and of course, reading.
Grants Coordinator: Karla Barkman
Ex-Officio, Alaska State Library, School Library Coordinator: Jacque Peterson
Alaska State Library and Talking Book Center
344 W. 3rd Ave. Suite 125, Anchorge, AK 99501