Meet the Board

President


Jenny Umbarger

Jennyumbarger@ncslma.org 

Jenny Umbarger is the librarian at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham, and currently serve as the Middle School Cohort Media Lead for Durham Public Schools. She earned her BA in Middle Grades Education (Social Studies & Science) from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MLS from North Carolina Central University. She has served on the NCSLMA Board as Secretary, Archives Chair, AASL Standards Chair, Marketing Director, and President-Elect. She completed the School Library Supervisor certification in 2016 and is a Lilead Fellow (2017-2018 Cohort).


Jenny Umbarger


President-Elect


Jennifer Abel

jenniferabel@ncslma.org

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. 


Jennifer Abel


Past President


Cindy Sturdivant

cindysturdivant@ncslma.org 

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. 

Cindy Sturdivant

Treasurer (Appointed)


Bitsy Griffin

bitsygriffin@ncslma.org 

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:

Bitsy Griffin





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

Secretary


Elizabeth Pickering

elizabethpickering@ncslma.org 

Elizabeth Pickering is a media specialist at Northern High School in Durham Public Schools. Prior to her time in Durham (and high school) she served as media coordinator at Graham Middle School and Broadview Middle School in Alamance county. She is passionate about building a love of reading, creating equitable access to information, and growing critical thinking skills in research. Outside of work, Elizabeth loves spending time outside with her family, or betting dish duty on a Mario Kart race with her husband. 

**Elizabeth is filling the remainder of the term through 2022


Lead Regional Director

Robin Rhodes

robinrhodes@ncslma.org

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. 

Robin Rhodes


Coastal Director


Sara Levin

saralevin@ncslma.org 

Sara Levin is going on her 16th year as a Media Coordinator and 19th year as a librarian. A graduate of the ECU MLS Program, Sara has presented curriculum, collection development, robotics, and grant writing sessions at NCSLMA, NCTIES, and the Joyner Library L2L Networking Summit. Sara is the Media Coordinator at Kinston High School and currently serves as a HBOB Committee member for Region 2 and is a member of the 2021 NCSLMA Leadership Academy. She believes that collaboration is the key to an effective learning environment and loves teaching research skills. In her spare time, she enjoys puzzles, reading (of course!), hanging with her family, and snuggling cats.  



Piedmont East Director


Lori Munroe

lorimunroe@ncslma.org 

I currently work as the librarian at Wake Forest  Middle School in Wake  County where I have been for the past twelve years. Before coming to Wake County, I worked in Hinesville, Georgia as a high school English teacher.   I earned my MLS at ECU in 2011, and I have been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2012.  I was a part of the 2020-21 leadership cohort.  


Piedmont West Director

Amy Ralph

amyralph@ncslma.org

My name is Amy Ralph and I have been an educator for thirteen years. I am currently in my eighth  year as a media specialist in Lexington City Schools.  I have a strong passion for teaching both students and teachers. One of my greatest strengths is providing and planning professional development for educators. Over the last 7 years I have provided a monthly professional development for my staff at the school level. I have also presented at our district’s beginning on the year professional development every year. I have helped educators grow using their own expertise by presenting  and or organizing  Edcamps at the district, state, and national levels. I have presented at nErDcampMI three times, assisted my district in planning our own Edcamp, and I am the primary organizer and a co-founder of @nErDcampNC.  I love participating in NCSLMA events. I have presented  at the NCSLMA annual conference five times and I was a state expert during the first year of the mentor/mentee program.  Currently I am on the professional development team at the district level. I am also a member of the district technology team (I3 team). I have a passion for our profession and believe that we play a major role in supporting the students and educators in our state. 


Mountains Director


Vickie Blankenship

vickieblankenship@ncslma.org 

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.


Vickie Blankenship

Independent Director

Vacant



Appointed Directors:

AASL Delegates

Laura Aldridge

lauraaldridge@ncslma.org 

Laura Aldridge is the school librarian at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh. She earned her Master's in Library Science through North Carolina Central University in 2014 and participated in cohort 2 of NCSLMA's Emerging Leaders in 2017.  Previously, she worked with literacy non-profits and Wake County Public Library.  Her favorite part of her job is to build a more inclusive space for students and their learning.  When not working, she loves reading, eating Mexican food, and listening to podcasts. 

Sarah Justice 

sarahjustice@ncslma.org 

Sarah Justice is the media specialist at Rosman Middle and High Schools in Transylvania County, NC. She was t

he 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


Advancement


Faith Huff

faithhuff@ncslma.org

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. 

Faith Huff


Advocacy & Governance


Susan Sawin

susansawin@ncslma.org 

Susan Sawin has been the Library Media Coordinator at First Flight High School for twelve years. She holds an MSLIS from North Carolina Central University, a JD and a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a National Board Certified K12 Library Media Specialist. Her focus for the last several years has been media and news literacy and civic education.  Ms. Sawin is a 2019-2020 NCSLMA Leadership Academy and has served on the NCSLMA High School Battle of the Books Committee for 6 years. When not at school, Ms. Sawin enjoys the company of her four adult children and most adorable grandson.




Awards, Grants, & Scholarships


Sarah Justice 

sarahjustice@ncslma.org 

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


Sarah Justice




Book Programs


Stacy Hersey

stacyhersey@ncslma.org

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.  


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Michelle Burton

michelleburton@ncslma.org

Michelle has worked as a school library media coordinator for 27 years in North Carolina Public Schools, serving in Alamance, Durham, and Wake Counties. She currently serves as the teacher-librarian at Spring Valley Elementary School in Durham County. She received her BA in Speech Communication from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MLS from North Carolina Central University. Believing strongly in the power and influence of school librarians, she currently serves as President of the Durham Association of Educators (DAE) and President of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Student Services Division.


Ness Shortley

nessshortley@ncslma.org

Ness Shortley is the librarian at George Moses Horton Middle School, a 5-8 grade middle school in Pittsboro. She is currently on the blogging team for Great Graphic Novels for Teens and has previously served on the committees for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the Odyssey Award. Ness received her associate degree in print journalism and sociology from the County College of Morris (2005), her bachelor’s degree in journalism and comparative politics from East Carolina University (2007), and her master’s of library science from UNC-Chapel Hill (2018).

Technology -- Website

Kristy Sartain

kristysartain@ncslma.org 

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 and her MLS from ECU (We are the Pirates of ECU!). She has two kids - a sophomore in high school and a freshman in college. Her favorite genres are Fantasy, SciFi, and Dystopian, but she'll read almost anything if it's a good story. Her claim to fame is that Neil Gaiman once retweeted one of her tweets. She has wanted to be a librarian since she was in 2nd grade and firmly believes that it is the absolute best job in the world. 


Technology - Social Media

Alicia Luke

alicialuke@ncslma.org 

Alicia Luke has been the librarian at AC Reynolds Middle School since February of 2016. Prior to joining the ACRMS team, she earned her B.A. in History from the University of Northern Iowa and then her Master’s in Library and Information Studies at UNCG. Her favorite parts of being a school librarian are working with students on research and helping students find a book they will love. She has presented at the NCSLMA Conference every year since getting her own library and has enjoyed becoming a part of NCSLMA leadership and working with librarians across the state. In her free time she loves exploring around Asheville and going on adventures with her husband Greg and dog Magnus, who is the best doggo ever

Technology - G-Suites

Cindy Sturdivant

Cindy Sturdivant

cindysturdivant@ncslma.org 

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. 


    Technology -- Membership Services

    Shelly Cloninger

    shellycloninger@ncslma.org

    Shelly Cloninger is the Media Specialist at North Buncombe Middle School in Weaverville, North Carolina.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Elementary Education in 2002. Shelly taught lower elementary grades for about 10 years. She obtained her National Board Certification in 2008 in the area of Early Childhood Literacy. 
    After starting her family, she earned her graduate degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University in 2015.  Shelly enjoys building relationships with students and staff.  When she’s not at school, you’ll most likely find her baking, reading a good book, and outdoors enjoying the mountains with  her husband, two kids, and two dogs.



      NC DPI Representative


      Kathy Parker

      kathy.parker@dpi.nc.gov

      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!

      Kathy Parker



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