Board of Trustees 2021-2022

Executive Board

President: Lisa Straubinger

Lisa Straubinger is a teacher librarian at the T. Baldwin Demarest School in Old Tappan. Prior to having the best job in the school she taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade and technology. Lisa has a BA in education, a Masters in reading and received her library certification from William Paterson University. She has served as the County Affiliates Liaison, is a member of the EDI committee and runs the NJASL book club. Her library is the "living room" of the school where there is always a welcoming and comfortable space for anyone who enters. When she’s not in the library Lisa can be found on her yoga mat, hiking one of the many beautiful trails near her home or curled up with a good book.

President-Elect: Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott

Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott: MA, MLIS is a media center specialist librarian at Lawrence Township Lawrence High School in  Lawrenceville, NJ. Ewa holds a master's degree in Polish from University in Kielce, Poland, EU, and master’s in library and information science from Rutgers University. Email:

Ewa is a second generation librarian who considers school library world to be a perfect balance between her love of libraries and education. She believes that education professionals should always continue on their self learning path by being active in their communities. If she is not busy taking classes, working on new initiatives and programs, she takes time to explore vegetarian cooking and traveling with her family. 

Vice-President: Beth Raff

I am a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.), Rutgers University Graduate School of Education (M.Ed) and Rutgers School of Communication and Information (M.I.).  

After teaching fifth grade in the Hillsborough Township public schools for many years, I decided to pursue a degree and career as a school librarian.   Currently, I am the media specialist at Mt. Tabor Elementary School in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District.  

Last fall I was selected as an Emerging Leader 2019 by the ALA and sponsored by NJASL. Our project, “Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens,” can be found here.

I am the proud mother of two adult sons, Joshua and Benjamin.  My husband, Steve is a high school math teacher.   

Recording Secretary: Casey Jane Schaffer

My name is Casey Jane Schaffer and I am the Library Media Specialist at DeMasi Schools for K-8.  I currently serve NJASL as the Bookmark editor and Secretary. I just recently ended my term as BCASL's President. I was honored to win the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Media Program in the fall of 2018.  I have been a librarian for 7 years and enjoy advocating for librarians and volunteering my time to NJASL. I am an alumna of Dickinson College and Rutgers University where I became a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.  When I'm not in my library, I can typically be found at the shore or in Disney. 

Treasurer: Elizabeth (Beth)  Willoughby

Beth has been a member of the Finance Committee for NJASL for several years.  She is the librarian for Dunellen Public Schools and works at John P. Faber School and Lincoln Middle School.  Currently she is treasurer of UMASL, vice-regent of her local Catholic Daughters and serves on the Municipal Alliance.  She was appointed by Dunellen’s Mayor to be on the library trustees and is proud to serve as a member. Beth has been working in Dunellen since 2013.  Prior to that she was the Media Specialist at Red Bank Middle School. Beth has served on the conference committee and for the past conference she was head of the photography committee.

Member-at-Large:  Steve Tetreault

Steve Tetreault has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. He has earned an M.Ed. and and Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and in 2019 completed an M.I. degree in Library and Information Science, with a certification as a School Library Media Specialist. He is a member of the NJEA Editorial Committee, as well as a member of the NJASL/NJLA Task Force. As an educator, Steve firmly believes that the purest education taking place in schools happens in school libraries; when students are able to pursue their interests, it encourages intrinsic motivation and a love of life-long learning. Therefore, school libraries staffed by qualified school librarians are a must for any future-ready school.  

Member-at-Large:  Karen Grant

Karen Grant, MEd, MLIS has been a media specialist for the Ewing Township Public Schools since 2015. She began her career in education as a special education teacher in the district. Her experiences with struggling readers over the years led her to become a reading specialist. In this role, Karen realized the depth of her love of literature and information literacy. With the encouragement of a beloved school librarian and colleague, she began her studies at Rutgers University to become a librarian. As a Board member and co-chair of NJASL’s Diversity Taskforce, Karen is especially motivated to continue in the work of strengthening NJASL’s impact in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion in school library programs.   

Immediate Past President: Beth Thomas

Beth Thomas has been a school librarian at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, NJ since 2001. Prior to working in Summit, she taught Language Arts in West Orange. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University, a BA in English from Drew University, and a minor in Secondary Education from The College of St. Elizabeth. Beth has presented workshops at the district level and conference sessions for NJASL and NJECC. She has also volunteered for AASL and NJASL. Beth has gained much from her membership in NJASL and is honored to serve as president.


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