President: Amy Rominiecki
Amy has been a School Library Media Specialist at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ since 2004. She earned an MLS at Drexel University, where she won the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association Student Librarian award in 2003. Amy was the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Book Evaluation Coordinator from 2006-2008. She has served on the NJASL board since 2008 as Corresponding Secretary, was a board member of the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative from 2009-2010, and served as the Registrar for NJASL's 2010 Conference. Amy was selected as an American Library Association Emerging Leader for 2009-2010, sponsored by NJASL.
President-Elect and 2012 Conference Chair: Pam Gunter
Pam been the librarian for Emma Arleth Elementary School in Sayreville for the past 14 years, where she received the Governor's Teacher of the Year recognition in 2003. She also serves as Arleth School's web assistant. Pam earned her Master's in Library Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. From 1982 to 1989, Pam worked for the Brooklyn Public Library in NYC. She continues her public library involvement working part-time for the Sayreville Public Library.
Pam has served as NJASL's Recording Secretary and Vice President. In addition, she has been a Member-at-Large, multiple term Vice-President, and past President of the Union Middlesex Association of School Librarians.
Vice-President: Arlen Kimmelman
Arlen has been the school librarian at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill since 2008, and earned her National Board Certification in School Library Media K-12 in 2009. She was a HS/MS librarian at Clayton MS/HS (2004-2008) and an English teacher from 1990-2004. She earned her Masters of School Librarianship from Rowan University in 2006 with the help of NJASL's Al Saley Scholarship. As a member of six state and national professional organizations in addition to NJASL, she hopes to bring a diverse perspective of the role of school librarians.
Treasurer: Michelle Marhefka
Michelle has been a library media specialist at Clearview Middle School since 1981 and a member of EMAnj/NJASL since the 1980s. She has been a member of the EMAnj/NJASL board since 1993 and currently serves as the NJASL treasurer. In addition, she is the coordinator for the Tri-County Librarians organization for Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties. She received her BA from Trenton State College and her MLS from Rutgers University.
Recording Secretary: Kay Baggs Kathleen (Kay): Kay has been the librarian at Lindenwold High School since 2002. She's been a librarian for over 25 years, working in corporate and museum libraries, and in the private schools sector in Haddonfield NJ. Kay earned her M.S.L.S. in Library Science from Villanova University in 1984, where she received the outstanding student award from the Special Libraries Association. Kay joined ALA in 1984, and AASL and YALSA in 2003. She was the Membership Chair for the Camden County Association of School Librarians from 2004 until 2008, and is now the CCASL president. She worked with Pat Slemmer, Mary Moyer and Sharron Knauss to develop the first NJASL Mentoring Handbook.
Corresponding Secretary: Lisa Bakanas Lisa has been a school library media specialist at Cherokee High School in Marlton NJ since 2007. She received her Masters from Rowan University in 2009. A career changer, Lisa spent 15 years working in the information technology field before taking time off to raise her family and attend graduate school. She was NJASL's Villy Gandhi Leadership scholarship award winner in 2011. She also volunteers her time as a Trustee of the Medford Education Foundation and as President of the Shawnee Band Parents Association.
Member-at-Large: Marci Zane
Marci is a Library Media Specialist at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, and earned her MLIS from Rutgers University in 2010. She started her career as an English teacher, implementing guided inquiry projects to improve student learning. As an ETTC instructor at Hunterdon Central, Marci co-teaches professional development courses on inquiry learning, 21st century skills, the Information Search Process, Moodle, and various electronic resources. Marci has presented at state and national conferences, and co-authored two articles in the crowd-sourced ebook School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come edited by Buffy Hamilton and Kristin Fontichiaro. She is a member of NJASL, AASL, HCLA, and Beta Phi Mu.