2022 NJASL Election

2022-2023 Slate of Candidates

Vice President


It will be the duty of the Vice President to serve as President in the absence of the President and President-elect. The Vice President will serve as chair of the Ad Hoc Annual Conference Committee and serve on the Standing Conference Committee. This officer will continue as President-Elect, President and Past President.

Karen Grant, M.Ed., MLIS

I am so very excited to be considered for the position of NJASL vice president. As I celebrate my 25th year in education, I am grateful for the experiences I’ve had in teaching. I began my career as a special education teacher. After ten years, I decided to earn my graduate degree and reading specialist certificate. The training I received at

Holy Family University truly prepared me to support struggling readers in their reading development. Later, I became a resource room teacher for reading and language arts. I loved to visit the library with my students! It was during this time, a beloved librarian suggested that I consider becoming a school librarian. I am grateful for her insight and

encouragement, which led me to attend the Rutgers University Library Program! These experiences have come together in a unique way to make me the librarian I am today.

During my year as a member at large, I have learned a great deal about NJASL and seen its impact in school libraries throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond. It’s truly one of the greatest examples of teamwork I have ever known. I am honored to have been a part of NJASL’s Board of Trustees and hope to continue in its most

important work as vice president. I am a natural leader who seeks to build positive relationships, encourage, motivate, and inspire my colleagues. Additionally, I am very much a critical thinker who thinks outside of the box to engage others and solve problems. I especially enjoy taking part in collaborative opportunities. 


Thank you for considering me for the position of NJASL vice president. I am eager to continue in what has already been a mutually beneficial relationship with NJASL’s Board and its members.


It will be the duty of the Secretary to keep a record of the proceedings of all business meetings of the Association and of meetings and online voting of the Board; to keep a record of the membership of all committees and subcommittees; and to keep an official copy of the Bylaws of the Association and of the Policy Manual for Officers and Committee Chairs at all times. Once the minutes have been approved, he/she will forward the minutes to the webmaster to be posted to the website and archived. It will be the duty of the Secretary to send and receive correspondence for the Association and the Board; to maintain a file of important communications received and copies of those sent; to notify the Board of its meetings; and to distribute copies of the Bylaws and of the Policy Manual for Officers and Committee Chairs to each new Board member. He/she will assist the Conference Chair in sending thank you notes. The Term of office is one year.

Jessica Piazza

Jessica Piazza began her career in education as an Early Childhood Educator in 2004 and spent twelve years as a classroom teacher, until she became a School Library Media Specialist/STEAM teacher at Harmony Township School in Phillipsburg, NJ in 2016. She received her teaching credentials through The College of New Jersey and her MA in Educational Technology with a School Library Media Specialist Certification through New Jersey City University. Over the past few years, she has presented several professional development workshops locally regarding the integration of technology into the library classroom. Jessica is excited to be considered for the position of Secretary and to become more involved with NJASL.


It will be the duty of the Treasurer to receive, deposit and account for all dues and all other funds of the Corporation; to disburse funds; and to submit monthly reports. The Treasurer will submit financial records to the auditor in time to meet the fiscal year deadlines for an audit and IRS filing. Each spring the Treasurer will work with the President-elect to prepare and submit to the Board for approval, a proposed operating budget for the following fiscal year. The Treasurer will also chair the Finance Committee.

Beth Willoughby

I am a graduate of Rider University  (B.A.), and Simmons College (now University), Boston, MA. At Rider my Majors were Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education and Communications.  I was a substitute teacher for many years and received the opportunity to attend graduate school.  After working with the school librarians in Dunellen and also talking with the local public librarian, I decided to receive my masters in Library Science. 

My involvement with NJASL began when I attended my first conference, when it was EMANJ, I was recruited to help with the conference and have never looked back.  I was on the finance committee where I was encouraged to run for Treasurer.  I have enjoyed every minute of being Treasurer and look forward to continuing to help the organization.   

I am also an active volunteer in the community I work in, I grew up in Dunellen and am now the District Librarian there.  In addition to working in the schools, I am part of the DEA Scholarship Committee, DEA PRIDE, President of the Dunellen Public Library Trustees, District Deputy for the Local Catholic Daughters of the Americas, President of my Condominiums Association  and a member of the Dunellen Municipal Alliance.

I am honored to have been asked to continue working as treasurer with the board. I look forward to many years helping the board and NJASL.


It will be the duty of the Members-at-Large to represent the membership on the Board, to plan the Spring Association Meeting, and to carry out special duties as assigned to them by the President. The term of office is two years.

Iveth Mollinedo

I am a School Library Media Specialist in Cliffside Park, NJ. I have been an educator for the past 10 years and began my career as a 3rd grade teacher. I received my B.A. and M. A. in Ed Tech from New Jersey City University and have also completed the Supervisors Certification Program. I was the recipient of the 2020 Ruth Toor Outstanding Library Media Specialist of the Year Award and am the current Vice President of the PTO at my school and am very involved in working with the 3 public libraries in my area. 

My professional career began as an employee of the public library long ago and it was then that I knew that someday I would want to be a librarian. Now, as a School Library Media Specialist, I am able to have a connection with 400 students and over 30 colleagues and work hard to ensure that they have the best library program and experience, and I couldn’t be happier. It is my mission to be proud of my profession and show others the positive effects and influence having a School Librarian in the school system can have on the school community. I am involved in communicating with parents on a daily basis, assisting in running numerous programs at school that began when I took over the role of school librarian and am constantly looking for new ways to make the program better than before. 

I  have reached a point in my career in which I would like to do more to advocate for my profession. After the wonderful success of the NJEA librarian commercials, I have found a new passion in advocating for our roles and the value we bring to the school communities we work in. I have been a member of the advocacy team this year and together we have been working on making sure all high level officials in NJ can see and value the position of a SLMS. NJASL has been an amazing organization for me to be able to voice how much I admire all of you and your hard work as well as how much I have learned from all of you in some way or another. I thrive in a busy environment and working on projects and with people that are collaborative and a part of what I am passionate about. I would like to take this positive energy with me as a representative on the Board and continue to work with all of you as we gear towards gaining more support for school library media specialists.

AASL Chapters Assembly Representative

This representative along with the current President will serve as liaison and official NJASL representative to the AASL Chapter exclusively for educational purposes. He/she will represent the interests of NJASL to the leadership of AASL. This representative must be a personal member of AASL and must have previous experience as a delegate to the Chapter Assembly regulations. He/she will write a monthly column on AASL and Chapter Assembly and keep NJASL members aware of and connected to actions and issues as disseminated by AASL and /or ALA through regular postings on the Electronic Discussion List. 

    Hilda Weisburg

    Hilda Weisburg was a school librarian for over 30 years and is now an author, speaker, and adjunct instructor at William Paterson University (NJ) and Montana State. She received the 2016 AASL Distinguished Service Award. Hilda co-authored seventeen books for school librarians including five for ALA Editions, the last two being Classroom Management for School Librarians (2020) and Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option (2017). Her new one, Successful Communication for Librarians will be published later this year by Libraries Unlimited. She is a past president of NJASL and serves on ALA and AASL committees.

    ISTE Representative

    This representative will serve as the Corporation delegate and official NJASL representative to the International Society for Technology in Education exclusively for educational purposes. He/she will represent the interests of NJASL to the leadership of ISTE. This representative must be a personal member of ISTE. He/she will write a monthly column on ISTE and our affiliation for the NJASL Bookmark newsletter and keep NJASL members aware of and connected to actions and issues as disseminated by ISTE through regular postings on the NJASL Electronic Discussion List.

    Arielle Denrich

    Arielle is a knowledgeable and passionate educator dedicated to supporting teachers in their lifelong learning. Over her career as an educator, her interests and expertise have led her to work with and support teachers. Currently, Arielle is the Director of 21st Century Education, a consultant, and a trainer where she develops quality and rigorous professional development. Education is more than a career for her; it is a passion. Arielle works alongside teachers to create innovative and impactful learning experiences for all students. As an award-winning educator, Google Certified Trainer, and Lego Education Master Educator, Arielle provides motivating and encouraging training. Currently, she is an advisor to the NJECC Board of Trustees and the ISTE Rep and Google Administrator for NJASL. 

    Thank you to this year's Nominations Committee:   

    Lisa Bakanas, Leslie Blatt, Karen Brill, Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott, Jill Mills, Beth Raff, Lisa Straubinger, and Elizabeth Ullrich

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