Board of Trustees 2017-2018

Executive Board

President:  Lisa Bakanas

Lisa Bakanas has been a School Library Media Specialist for 8 years at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ. She received her Master of Arts in School and Public Librarianship from Rowan University. She received the NJASL Villy Gandhi award in 2011 and became an Executive Board Member of NJASL in 2012, serving as Corresponding Secretary. The past two years she has served on the NJASL Executive Board as Member-at-Large, co-chairing two NJASL Spring Meetings and volunteering on many NJASL committees.

President-Electt: Christina Cucci
Christina Cucci has been a School Library Media Specialist for 7 years, working with K-2 students in Upper Saddle River, NJ. She served as a classroom teacher for 11 years prior, educating students in grades K-3. Christina was selected as the 2015 ALA Emerging Leader and helped co-write a toolkit for AASL called Promoting School Library Programs. She is the former Co-President of the Bergen/ Passaic affiliate of NJASL.  Christina lives in Morristown, and gardens every summer and snowboards in the winter.
  • Vice-President: Jill Mills
  • Recording Secretary: Michelle McGreivey
  • Treasurer: Jean Stock
  • Member-at-Large: Beth Thomas
  • Member-at-Large: Kim Zito

Committee Chairs

  • Finance: Jean Stock
  • Membership:  Betsy Quinn
    • Student Affiliate: Open
    • Credentials: Mary Jane McNally
    • New Member Orientation: Pat Slemmer
    • County Affiliates: Open
    • NJASL-R: Leslie Blatt and Susan Teitelbaum
  • Nominations/Elections: Janet Clark
  • Professional Development & Resources: Deb Schiano & Arielle Goldstein
    • Standards: Amy Rominiecki
    • Urban Libraries: Ellen Pozzi
    • SLMS Evaluation: Amy Rominiecki
    • Intellectual Freedom: Karla Ivarson
    • Legislative: Angela (Ang) Crockett Coxen
  • Public Relations, Communication, ad Publications: Pat Massey
    • Newsletter: Casey Schaffer
    • Electronic Discussion List Sub-Committee: Kay Baggs
    • Professional Outreach: Anastasia Hanneken
    • Website: Elizabeth Ullrich
    • Social Media: Anne Piascik
  • Scholarships and Awards: Karen Brill
    • Enthusiastic Reader: Leslie Blatt and Karen Brill
    • Battle of the Books: Elizabeth Ullrich
  • Standing Conference Committee: Leslie Blatt and Fran King
    • Authors & Illustrators: Pam Gunter

Formal Affiliates

  • AASL Affiliate Assembly: LaDawna Harrington
  • AECT Liaison: Leslie Blatt
  • ISTE: Elissa Malespina
  • New Jersey Education Association: Angela (Ang) Crockett Coxen


  • LibraryLinkNJ: Michelle McGreivey
  • Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Committee of NJ: Mary Lewis
  • New Jersey Center for the Book: Phyllis Anker
  • New Jersey Library Association (NJLA): Carol Collins
  • New Jersey State Department of Education: Susan Akers
  • New Jersey State Library: Sharon Rawlins
  • Legislative Consultant: Mary Moyer Stubbs

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