Meet the Board

Newly Elected Board Members


Cindy Sturdivant 

I currently work as the librarian at Charles D. Owen Middle School in Buncombe County where I have been for the past sixteen years. Before coming to Buncombe County, I worked at the NC School for the Deaf in Morganton. I earned my MLS at UNC-CH in 1997, and I have been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2008. 

Three year term begins with Conference 2019

President Elect

Jenny Umbarger 

I am finishing my 19th year as a School Library Media Coordinator at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham, and currently serve as the Library Media Lead for the Middle School Cohort for Durham Public Schools. I earned a BA in Middle Grades Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and, after teaching 6th grade for four years, began working as a teacher librarian while earning my MLS from North Carolina Central University.

In addition to serving on various committees at the school and district levels for the past 23 years, I participated in the first NC Digital Leaders Coaching Network cohort, served on the NCDPI DTL ITES revision committee, and have been active in NCSLMA. I have been a member of the middle school Battle of the Books committee for the past 12 years and have served on the board as Secretary, Archives Chair, AASL Standards Representative, and am currently the Marketing Director.

I was a regional finalist for the NCSLMA Media Coordinator of the Year award in 2015 and was recognized as Employee of the Month for Durham Public Schools in January of 2016. I completed the School Library Supervisor certification in 2016 and am a member of the 2017-2018 Lilead Fellow Cohort.

Three year term begins with Conference 2020

Past President

Bitsy Griffin 

Bitsy Griffin has served as school librarian and technology facilitator since she received her MLS from East Carolina University in 2012. She has 25+ years experience in elementary, middle, and high schools as a math teacher and librarian. She has served on the on the NCSLMA Board as Advocacy and Governance Director, President Elect, President, and Past President. In addition, Mrs. Griffin served as a councilor-at-large for ALA (2019-2021), and as the Region 4 Rep for AASL Chapter Assembly (2018-2020). She writes for AASL’s Knowledge Quest, and you can follow her on the following social media:


Jen Baker 

I am in my 9th year as the librarian at Pamlico County High School. I was in the 2013-2014 NCSLMA Emerging Leaders Cohort, was the Coastal Region Director for the 2017-2019 term, and served as the NCSLMA Emerging Leaders/Leadership Academy coordinator for three years. I can't attend a meeting (or watch a webinar, a TED Talk, or even some YouTube videos) without taking thorough notes and appreciate the opportunity to put that idiosyncrasy to good use by serving the NCSLMA Board as Secretary.

Two year term begins with Conference 2020

Treasurer (Appointed)

Jennifer Abel

Jen Abel started as a media assistant in 2003 at Flat Rock Middle School before  earning her MLS from ECU in 2008.  She worked as a media assistant at East Henderson High School until 2011 when she became the media coordinator at North Henderson High School. In 2017, she earned her ITF certification from ECU. When not working at North Henderson High School and for NCSLMA as the treasurer, Jen stays busy with her three sons. 

To meet state requirements and keep fees cost at a minimum, this position has no length of term requirements. 

Lead Regional Director

Robin Rhodes 

Robin Rhodes has loved the librarian life in elementary, middle, and high school libraries, as reference librarian at the public library, and as adjunct professor at App State in the MLS program. She has presented many times at NCSLMA and NCTIES conferences and led technology PD for teachers, administrators, and colleagues across the state. For three years, she served as the Mountains Regional Director for NCSLMA. She loves helping other librarians, laughing loudly and often, books, tech tools, dogs and her sweet children. 

Two year term begins Conference 2020  

Coastal Director

Delandrus Seales 

Ms. Seales is a School Library Media Coordinator in New Hanover County. She teaches K-5 students library, technology, information, inquiry, and digital citizenship skills through the integration with ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Arts standards. Ms. Seales also provides training to K-5 staff on technology, software, research models, PBL/Inquiry-based Learning, and digital tools. Ms. Seales was a 2017-18 NCSLMA Emerging Leader, and she was a 2018-19 NCDLCN East member. She currently serves on two ALA Coretta Scott King Awards committees.

Check out her featured interview with NCLA in their June 2019 edition. 

Two year term begins Conference 2019   

Independent Director

Angela Finn 

Angela Finn is the Director of Library Services at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, overseeing two campus libraries. This is Angela’s ninth year at Ravenscroft.  She has over 19 years library experience in public and private school districts at all levels. Angela enjoys providing ongoing professional development to her colleagues and peers on authentic integration of information literacy and research. She has presented at many national, state and local conferences, including recently the Association of Independent School Librarians, the National Geographic Educators Conference, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and the ECU Librarian to Librarian Summit.  In her spare time, she loves to travel, antique shop and spend time with her family and friends.

Two year term begins Conference 2019 (appointed to fill newly created position)  

Piedmont East Director

Kari Elkins 

I am the Media Coordinator of Cliffdale Elementary. I spent three years as Media Coordinator in Hoke County while I attended ECU. Before this, I taught in the classroom for 23 years. Reading and teaching the love of reading has always been my focus.

I was hired at Cliffdale to rebuild the library at my school. Loving a good challenge, I accepted. The entire space was pulled apart and I created something incredible and inviting...a Learning Commons and MakerZone in an Elementary School. I love to encourage students to give everything a try. You never know what you might be good at. While students have fallen in love with this space, circulations have increased drastically as well. I asked for a flex schedule so that I am able to keep circulation going all day long. I have introduced so many new series and students still can not get enough. I would love to have a member of the NCSLMA come to visit my space! One of our county leaders recently came into my space and announced that she wanted my library to be the model for the county.

Two year term begins Conference 2020  

Piedmont West Director

Tammy Hancock 

Tammy Hancock is the Media Coordinator at Vienna Elementary School in Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She has been an educator for 21 years, starting as a Teacher Assistant in Carteret County, NC. She earned her MLS from ECU and has been a Media Coordinator for 7 years. She is married (almost 30 years!), has 2 grown sons, and  loves getting out and exploring North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast.

 Appointed to fulfill a one year term beginning Conference 2020

Mountains Director

Vickie Blankenship 

I am the school librarian at East McDowell Middle School. I have worked as a school librarian in McDowell County for 25 years. I am especially proud of several accomplishments in the field of Library Media and Technology. I was chosen to participate in the North Carolina Digital Leadership Coaching Network in 2017-2018 and for the 2018-2019 school year, I have been chosen to serve as a mentor for this program. I am a Google Certified Level One Educator, a Flipgrid Certified Educator, and a Book Creator Ambassador. I was selected to present at the 2018 and 2019 North Carolina School Library Media Conference and the June 2018 Transylvania County Step It Up Digital Showcase and the 2019 NCTies conference. I am currently participating in the North Carolina School Media Association Leadership Academy.

Two year term begins Conference 2020 

Appointed Directors:


Crystal Joyce 

I am currently a middle/high school teacher-librarian/digital teaching and learning specialist. I absolutely love being a librarian in the digital age and my role in promoting a love of reading and developing young minds into becoming lifelong learners, creators, responsible digital citizens, and critical thinkers. I currently serve as the NCSLMA Advocacy and Governance Section Chair. Being very vocal and passionate about the role of school librarians, I love advocating and sharing about the tremendous benefits of having certified librarians in every school. Not only do we help to transform the minds of all students, but we are also collaborative partners with teachers. It is vitally important to also share our importance and needs with state and federal legislators on behalf of our fellow librarians. I am also currently enrolled at Appalachian State University pursuing an Instructional Technology Facilitator graduate certificate for NC 079 licensure. I am married to Stephen. I have 2 children, Sarah and Stephen (both are AppState students studying Recreation Management). I currently serve on the AppState Parent and Family Association Executive Board, plus I am an Assistant Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 922. I love a good cup of coffee, tea, Low country food, reading, traveling, hiking, cats, old movies, sports, and hanging with my kids.

Two year term begins Conference 2019

Awards, Grants, & Scholarships

Sarah Justice 

Sarah Justice is the media specialist at Rosman Middle and High Schools in Transylvania County, NC. She was the 2016 North Carolina School Library Media Association Media Coordinator of the Year. Mrs. Justice has worked her way across the state of North Carolina in pursuit of her education. She received her undergrad from Appalachian State University, MLIS from University of North Carolina Greensboro, and her MAEd IT from East Carolina University. Her passions include reading young adult literature and stalking authors—all to make her a better media specialist since she has to know what to recommend to the students, right? You can follow her adventures on Twitter at @sarahpjustice Facebook @rosmanmedia and Instagram @rosmanmedia

Two year term begins Conference 2020

Book Programs

Stacy Hersey

My name is Stacy Hersey and I am the media coordinator at Northeast Elementary in Pikeville, NC.  This is my tenth year in the media center and in my former life I was a fourth grade teacher.  I love the digital aspects of my job and love learning new programs and ways to enhance the tech skills of both my students and staff.  I've been a part of EBOB since I was in the classroom and I've been a part of the state committee since 2015.  I look forward to continuing to be involved with BOB since I truly believe it's a great program.  

Two year term begins Conference 2020


Faith Huff

I've been a middle school educator since 2005 and a school librarian since 2016. I'm a graduate of UNCG with a degree in Middle Grades Education (2005) and MLIS (2019) and Elon University with an M. Ed in Gifted Education (2009). I'm the current school library media specialist at York Chester Middle School in Gastonia, NC. I've also previously worked on the Advocacy Committee at NCSLMA as the Legislative Chair. When I'm not reading or making TikToks that make my students call me "cringey" I'm cuddling with my dogs and serving as the Director of Music at First UMC Maiden. Please find me on all the social medias @teachinaTARDIS. 

Two year term begins Conference 2020  

Technology -- Information

Kristy Sartain 

Kristy Sartain is a North Carolina native and has lived all over the state, from the mountains to the coast. She earned her BA from UNC-Charlotte, MLS from ECU (We are the Pirates of ECU!), and is pursuing an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. She has two kids, a freshman and senior in high school, a husband who is also a teacher, and two dogs. When she's not reading for class, she's probably reading Fantasy, SciFi, or a Dystopian. She has wanted to be a librarian since she was in 2nd grade and firmly believes that being a librarian is the absolute best job in the world. 

One year term begins Conference 2020

Technology - G-Suites

Bitsy Griffin 

Bitsy Griffin has served as school librarian and technology facilitator since she received her MLS from East Carolina University in 2012. She has 25+ years experience in elementary, middle, and high schools as a math teacher and librarian. She has served on the on the NCSLMA Board as Advocacy and Governance Director, President Elect, President, and Past President. In addition, Mrs. Griffin served as a councilor-at-large for ALA (2019-2021), and as the Region 4 Rep for AASL Chapter Assembly (2018-2020). She writes for AASL’s Knowledge Quest, and you can follow her on the following social media:

Two year term begins Conference 2019

    Technology -- Membership Services

    Laura Aldridge 

    Laura Aldridge is the school librarian at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh.  Previously, she worked with literacy non-profits and the Wake County Public Library.  When not working, she loves reading, eating Mexican food, and listening to pop culture podcasts. 

    Two year term begins Conference 2020

    NC DPI Representative

    Kathy Parker

    I was "called" to the education profession beginning as a high school English teacher, becoming an elementary then high school SLMC, and transitioning to the Department of Public Instruction. My expertise in school library media derives from my UNCG MLIS, National Board Certification, the many amazing SLMCs that I learn from daily, and my students. I am passionate about and committed to NC's school libraries! They make our children's lives better!

    Preferred Vendors 2020-2021




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