Slate for 2016 FAME Board of Directors and Officers
Thank you to all who voted, and an especially big THANK YOU to all who agreed to run for the FAME Board. It was a very close election, but FAME is proud to announce your new officers and Board of Directors for 2016-2017:
Andrea Parisi (Region 3)
My name is Andrea Parisi and I have been an educator for 35 years. The first 24 years were spent as an elementary school teacher; the past 11 have been as a Library Media Specialist. As a Library Media Specialist, I have worked 6 years at the elementary level, 4 years at the middle school level, and currently, I am completing my first year at the high school level.
Continual learning is important to me, so during my transition from the classroom to the media center I earned a post graduate degree in Educational Media from UCF. My professional development training spans from the district, state, and national level. One of the highlights of my year is attending FAME Annual Conference; I so look forward to this conference! There is always something new, exciting, and innovative to learn, as well as beneficial ideas to share with others.
I have been a longstanding member and past president of my local media organization, OCAEM, FAME, ALA, and AASL since 2011. I believe it is extremely important to be involved in groups which support, educate, and foster best practices in Library Science.
Our role, as Media Specialist, is continually evolving. Keeping up to date with new initiatives and evaluating how best to serve our students, staff, and community is vital. Having served, each year, on various committees, holding positions as chairpersons, assisting with FAME’s state conferences by participating as part of the Author sub-committee and working with the Exhibit Hall sub-committee, and I am currently finishing my two year commitment as Recording Secretary, for FAME Board, this fall.
It is my belief that my level of commitment, dedication, and enthusiasm will serve well as FAME President. It would be my honor and privilege to serve as your President. It is my hope that you will allow me to represent you, by your vote. Thank you for your consideration.
Ashlee Cornett (Region 3)
Ashlee is the school librarian at the "Pirate Library" in Osceola Public Schools. In her few years there she has transformed not just the physical space, but the learning environment as well. Ashlee currently serves as the secretary for her school's SAC and the Community Projects Lead for the school's IB MYP program. She is the former president of her local library association: OSCLA. While a member of FAME, she has served on the SSYRA committee, the Conference Committee as the exhibits chair, and this year is serving as the Chair of the Conference Committee. She is an avid cheerleader for her students, her library program, and tech integration.
Jan Macauley (Santa Rosa County)
Jan Macauley been a school librarian/media specialist at Holley Navarre Primary School since earning her M.S. in Information Needs of Youth with a certification in school library from Florida State University in 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an environmental scientist for almost 20 years. Holley Navarre Primary has been a Florida Power-Library since 2012. “I have been fortunate in working with a dedicated group of professional educators that has achieved the title of Florida Power-Library in 2012 and 2015. The analysis and reflection required in the FPL
application process changed my perception of my role and how I interact with others in my school and beyond.”
Mrs. Macauley is currently the chair of the FAME Awards Committee, helping to promote and
publicize the profession through award programs for school librarians and library advocates.
She has also been involved in the PALS Project (Panhandle Autism Library Services) with Nancy Everhart as well as the Syracuse University’s Project ENABLE team, both of which create awareness and offer training in meeting the special needs of students with disabilities.
“My goal in being part of the FAME Board of Directors is to understand, promote, and improve media education at the state level and to share knowledge with the school librarians of this state. The year I have served on the FAME Board of Directors has been exciting and enlightening. I will gladly accept the challenge of sustaining FAME's forward momentum and strengthening our profession through shared goals. Strong librarians make strong libraries, which make strong learners, which make a strong society.The 21st century learner needs us more than ever."
Kate Neff (St. Johns County)
Kate Neff has been a media specialist for five years at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine. Before that she worked for the Alachua County Library District in Gainesville. Kate and her school were awarded with the Florida Power-Library Award this year. Kate was named Teacher of the Year for her school in 2013.
Kate has been a member of the FAME Communications Committee for the last four years, and took over as chair of the committee this March. Kate is also a member of the Florida Teens Read Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. She is a current member of the Year 12 class of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute, a statewide professional training group, and is scheduled to graduate in July 2016. Kate is passionate about libraries and the work they do, and tries to inspire students to read by connecting them to the right books for them.
There are no Board openings for Region 3 this year.
There are no Board openings for Region 3 this year.
Josh Newhouse (Hillsborough County)
In 11 years in a middle school media center, I have lived by a few simple truths. Be nice to people, and good things will happen. Share everything in pursuit of learning and innovation. Read everything and help the best books flourish in the right reader's hands. Connect with a larger learning and literature community. My first experience with FAME actually was as a presenter before I even graduated the USF Library Program! I brought together a panel of a current middle school and high school librarian and a comic store owner to share about the greatest graphic novels and the benefits of including them. This was before the dam had broken in media centers, and at the time this was still not commonplace. I was able to distribute over 12 boxes full of graphic novels just by asking nicely. The following year at FAME as an attendee I connected with the SSYRA committee as a rare male librarian, and I was involved in that committee as a reader, then committee member then future selections coordinator and scout for nearly 10 years. I am very proud of the lists we came up with both as an active committee member and as a scout selecting materials for consideration. They were diverse and spotlighted new authors, some of whose books needed the well-deserved spotlight to succeed! I also got my first taste of hanging out with authors, as an author's helper for Janet Tashjian. We bonded very nicely and she remains a friend. Over the ensuing years I have only missed FAME once, and that was for the birth of my son!
As a member of the FAME Board of Directors I want to have a positive impact in helping keep the FAME organization moving in the right direction. I want to represent you in making sure we are keeping our profession relevant and professional, and continuing to build positive connections with publishers and authors! I am proud of the range of connections I have made through FAME, FETC and even IRA. A few years ago speaking to a publisher, those connections and my general philosophy of niceness helped bring Brad Meltzer to FAME. I have watched baseball with Gordon Korman, organized author tours of Tampa for Tommy Greenwald, been bought a giant pretzel by Chris Grabenstein, and had dinner with Rick Riordan, Roland Smith, Margaret Peterson Haddix (and her mother), among others! If chosen to serve on the FAME board, I will continue to help our organization and its conference be shining stars in the country's media world.
Laurie Arnez (Collier County)
I have been an Elementary Library Media Specialist for 20 years in Collier County. Prior to that, I taught Pre-K, 1st and 3rd grades in Bolivia, California and Florida. I was also a Media Resource teacher while I was working on my Masters in Library Science, which I received from USF. I am an active member of FAME. I have served on the SSYRA Committee, served as the SSYRA Chair and am the current SSYRA Jr. Chair. For two years I have been one of the Authors’ Chair for the FAME Conference.
I am very excited for the future of FAME. It is such an amazing organization, with so many energetic and dedicated professionals. I would be honored to serve on the FAME Board and to assist in moving our profession forward.
Committee for Nominations
Kris Smith (Region 3)
Kris Smith is a High School Media Specialist in Volusia County at Atlantic High School where she loves serving. She is previously from Osceola County where she was on the OCSLA Board and has served FAME as a Board Member, Exhibit Hall Conference Chair, Legislative Committee Member and most recently the FAME Conference Chair, where she enjoyed working with a wonderful team to plan the state's Professional Development. Kris earned her MLIS from the University of South Florida in 2011.
Jenn Underhill (Region 1)
Jennifer Underhill is the K-12 school librarian at Florida State University Schools (the FSU Lab School) in Tallahassee, FL. She earned her MLIS from Florida State University in 2007, after working in state government and politics for over a decade. Jenn serves on the FAME Strategic Planning Committee and chairs the Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Committee. She is a member of ALA, AASL and ALSC.