Karen Nguyen, Co-President
MLIS Area of Interest: Children and youth services
Favorite Children’s Books: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, and “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
I am: a Fan of all things Austen and Tolkien
Marisa Soltz, Co-President
MLIS Area of Interest: Library services/ youth services
Favorite Children’s Book: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, and baking gluten free and Paleo goods
Weird Fact: My sister and I were born on the same day, but two years apart.
Favorite Children’s Book: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
Weird Fact: I’m left handed, is that weird? I speak Pig Latin and Farsi, but not at the same time…
Helen Koo, Vice President/Publicist
Favorite Children’s Book: Jamberry by Bruce Degen; Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White; Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
MLIS Area of Interest: Library Services – Reference, Early Literacy, and ILI
Dream Job: Being a children’s librarian at a library/doggie daycare. Storytime with puppies everyday!
Tim Chu, Treasurer
Favorite Children’s Book: Sherman Alexie taught me Comparative Ethnic Literature at UW, and he would be very upset with me if I didn’t list his book…. so Hey, Al. jk jk, The Absolutly True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Weird Fact: I have a very hard time understanding why the friends in Friends are friends
Dream Job: NBA player, but I didn’t hit the genetic lottery.
Emily Meehan, Secretary (2nd-Year)
Favorite Children’s Book: “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak for YA, “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen for children’s.
Weird Fact: I absolutely love to study Soviet Russian history.
Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast – the original Disney version. I can probably quote and sing the entire film by heart.
Interests & Hobbies: Doing crosswords, finding ways to replace unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones in baked goods recipes, winetasting (I grew up in Central Coast wine country), and of course READING.
Alexa Romero, Secretary (First-Year)
5 Words: Clever, stubborn, creative, overly protective, always hungry
Hobbies: Watching the Star Wars series with a bottle of red wine surrounded by lots of puppies and donuts.
Christina Thompson, Web Administrator
Favorite Children’s Book: Golden Son by Pierce Brown, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Interests & Hobbies: In my humble opinion, the best present entails a bottle of good wine and a great book. But a spa day, flying trapeze class, or a plane ticket to a tropical island with good surfing will work too.
MLIS Area of Interest: Informatics, Children’s and Young Adult Library Services
Melissa Carroll, Web Administrator
Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite books of all time are the Harry Potter series-they are what got me interested in reading when I was a kid. If I had to narrow it down to one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favorite of the seven.
Weird Fact: According to my mom, my thumbs are on the wrong hands…I’m not sure I believe her but she swears by it.
Hogwarts House: My hogwarts house is technically Slytherin, however I like to think of myself as a cross between Ravenclaw and Slytherin. I guess that makes me a Slytherclaw!
Melissa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org