Duong Duong, Hmong American Peace Academy
Duong Duong has been the Support Staff Director at Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) main campus in Milwaukee for the past four years where she teaches middle to high school students and performs administrative duties. For the past 20 + years, she has taught in grades K - college and worked in the business sector.
Shahara Falk-LeFay, Marathon County Public Library, Athens Branch
Shahara Falk-LeFay works at the Marathon County Public Library system and has been a Library Assistant for almost a year and a half, in the small town of Athens. She is Chief Poll Inspector and Secretary of Zoning Commission in Halsey township, and works at neighboring organic farms. She has lived as a Caretaker in an offgrid intentional community for 15 years.
Karen L Howell, School District of Shell Lake
With 5 years of experience in school librarianship, Karen Howell is currently in her 2nd year as the Library Director of Shell Lake School District. Her previous teaching experience was at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Adult Basic Education, and at North St. Paul/Oakdale as an elementary reading interventionist.
Kay Koepsel-Benning, Elmbrook Schools
Kay Koepsel-Benning is beginning her 28th year serving as a school librarian and is in her fifth year as the Director of Library Services for Elmbrook Schools in Brookfield. Additionally, she serves as the Elmbrook Schools' Representative on Brookfield Public Library's Board of Trustees. A lifelong learner, she is a PhD student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Wisconsin Idea Executive Cohort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is privileged to work with a talented Library Services family, and is passionate about strengthening community partnerships and leveraging digital content to promote literacy and engagement for all learners.
Renee Laird-Adelon, Milwaukee Public Schools
Renee Laird-Adelon is a librarian at Milwaukee Public Schools. She has been in that position servicing multiple schools for the past six years. Before becoming a librarian she was a French teacher.
Zander Miller, Kenosha Public Library
Zander started at Kenosha Public Library as the Digital Strategies Librarian in June 2019. He received his MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Julie Pohlman, University of Wisconsin System Administration
Julie Pohlman has been the Library Program Director for the University of Wisconsin System Administration for over four years. In this role she provides systemwide library resources and administers the UW consortial activities. She has worked professionally in libraries for 21 years, primarily in collections and reference and public services.
Katie Roberts, Wisconsin Technical College System
Katie Roberts has worked for the past eight years as Education Director of Education, Hospitality/Tourism and Human Services program areas for the Wisconsin Technical College System office in Madison, Wisconsin. She is responsible for working with the 16 technical colleges in the realms of curriculum development, policy dissemination and serves as the liaison to various statewide committees in her fields of responsibility.
Roberts is in the midst of work on her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Edgewood College, has an Ed.S. in Career and Technical Education and an M.S.Ed. in Adult and Continuing Education.
Julie Schultz, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Julie Schultz has been the Adult Education Coordinator/GED Instructor for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin since 2017. Previously, Julie taught and supported children and families through Head Start. She is a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, a wife, a mother of five, and lifelong educator.
Julia Waggoner, Northland College
Julia Waggoner has been at Northland College for 25 years, 21 of them in her current position as library director. Previous to that, she was director at Washburn Public Library for a year and volunteered at NWLS for a year, serving in several capacities. She moved to northern Wisconsin from Omaha, Nebraska, where she worked at Creighton University as a reference librarian. Waggoner earned her MLS at the University of Iowa and has an MA in English from Iowa State University, from which she also earned her BA.