Kathie Weinberg is a library consultant with the Library of Congress Young Readers Center, and a Program Coordinator with An Open Book Foundation. Formerly she was head of Teen Service at the Bethesda Library in Montgomery County Maryland. She has a Masters in Science from Simmons College, and a BA Degree from the University of Wisconsin. An active member of the American Library Association, YALSA Division, she has presented at annual meetings on programming and space planning for teens in public libraries. She is on the board of Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens. @KathieLibrarian
Terry Hong (WALTER co-chair) created and maintains Smithsonian BookDragon, an extensive multi-culti book review blog for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where she was media arts consultant for eight years. She’s an Advisor for Girl Rising, a global action campaign highlighting girls’ education; she was the Writer Wrangler for the film of the same name. She taught for Duke University’s Leadership in the Arts, a New York City-based performance and public policy program. She co-authored two books, Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism and What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature; other publication credits include Booklist, Christian Science Monitor, Library Journal/School Library Journal, NYT, San Francisco Chronicle, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and many others. She served for three years on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books Committee. @SIBookDragon
Derek Ivie is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport, NY. Before his time in Suffolk County he graduated with his MLS from Queens College in 2011 and worked at the New York Public Library. Derek has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee as a member in 2012 and then as chair in 2013. He recently served on YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award Committee. When he is not being a librarian he is either watching reality TV with his partner or obsessing over their dogs, Max and Dallas. @TheBeardedBook
Shannon Lake is the Teen Educator/Librarian at Providence Public Library. Over the past nine years, she has worked with teens across the country in both public schools and public libraries. She creates library programs that address the diverse needs of young people and is an advocate for teens locally and nationally. She has been an active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association for five years and is committed to collaborating with other youth serving organizations. She aims to connect teens to their passions and increase their skills in an engaging manner. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Speech Communications and Theater from Tennessee State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. You can find her sporadically on various forms of social media with the handle @SwankALaMode.
Karen Lemmons is currently a high school librarian/teacher at the Detroit School of Arts. She has served on several committees including Newbery, CSK Book Award, Caldecott, Carnegie Medal, and the Black Caucus Literary Awards. She is also a co-founder of an adult book club, the African American Reading Club, which has met monthly since 1994. She is very passionate about and an advocate for multicultural literature for all ages. Her other passions and hobbies include sewing, knitting, quilting, roller skating, and playing wallyball. @adwoacamara
Nayantara Mhatre is a middle school English and History teacher at Bank Street School for Children in New York, NY. She teaches courses focused on the intersections of identity, history, and social justice. Nayantara also facilitates affinity groups for middle school students of color. She studied creative writing and school leadership at Sarah Lawrence College and Bank Street College of Education. @nayantaramhatre