Dina Tsourdinis

11 Questions: Dina Tsourdinis

January 11, 2022

A licensed certified public accountant, Tsourdinis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Tsourdinis has worked in finance at several nonprofit and educational institutions in Chicago, including UIC, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, … Continue reading 11 Questions: Dina Tsourdinis

11 Questions: Dan Freeman

November 30, 2021

Dan is a Chicago native who lives in the near-north suburbs with his wife and two sons. He holds an MLIS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Freeman answered our 11 Questions to reintroduce himself to ALA members. Coffee, tea, other? Loose green tea—consumed hot when it’s cold out, iced when it’s warm. What’s the … Continue reading 11 Questions: Dan Freeman

11 Questions: Robert “Jay” Malone

September 8, 2021

As ACRL’s new executive director, Malone will lead the largest of ALA’s eight divisions, which includes more than 9,000 individual and institutional members. Prior to ALA, Malone worked at the History of Science Society, where he served for 23 years, helping the organization further its advocacy goals; promote equity, diversity, and inclusion; create a fundraising … Continue reading 11 Questions: Robert “Jay” Malone

Kevin Strowder

11 Questions: Kevin Strowder

July 9, 2021

As head of ODLOS, Strowder will oversee a unit that manages prominent programs, initiatives, awards, and relationships that support equity and inclusion through a lens of social justice. Strowder answered our 11 Questions to introduce himself to ALA members. Coffee, tea, other? Tea is the best! I specifically love a brand of Earl Grey tea … Continue reading 11 Questions: Kevin Strowder

Mary Davis Fournier

11 Questions: Mary Davis Fournier

June 16, 2021

Prior to ALA, Fournier worked in neighborhood development, as program director at the nonprofit Near South Planning Board in Chicago. There she directed the Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, and the Authors in the Schools literacy program. She also worked in higher education as programming associate at … Continue reading 11 Questions: Mary Davis Fournier

George Kendall, editor and publisher of Booklist

11 Questions with George Kendall

July 10, 2019

Kendall studied literature and literary studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. When he’s not working or spending time with his family, he writes poetry and plays the French horn. As editor and publisher of Booklist, he drives both content and revenue. He answered our 11 Questions to … Continue reading 11 Questions with George Kendall

Melissa Kay Walling

11 Questions: Melissa Kay Walling

June 18, 2019

A former US Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, Walling studied business administration at University of Michigan and is pursuing an MBA at University of Illinois. At ALA, she’ll lead efforts to develop, implement, and measure strategic initiatives around membership and oversee a fast-paced customer service center. Walling answered our “11 Questions” to introduce herself to … Continue reading 11 Questions: Melissa Kay Walling

Sheryl Reyes

11 Questions: Sheryl Reyes

May 16, 2019

Reyes has previously held roles in the American Health Information Management Association in Chicago and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Park Ridge, Illinois. She studied health information management as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has a dual master’s in public health and management information systems from Benedictine University. … Continue reading 11 Questions: Sheryl Reyes

YALSA Executive Director Tammy Dillard-Steels

11 Questions: Tammy Dillard-Steels

May 7, 2019

She brings extensive experience in top roles at professional associations, including the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She has graduate degrees in business and public health, and is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives. Dillard-Steels answered our “11 … Continue reading 11 Questions: Tammy Dillard-Steels

Earla J. Jones

11 Questions: Earla J. Jones

January 24, 2019

She previously served as vice president of meeting services at Cygnus Corporation in Rockville, Maryland, and convention coordinator at SmithBucklin, an association management company in Chicago. Jones has been an assistant professor at Northern Virginia Community College since 2005, providing instruction in meeting planning, and was previously an adjunct faculty member at Kendall College in … Continue reading 11 Questions: Earla J. Jones

Stephanie Hlywak

11 Questions with Stephanie Hlywak

October 2, 2018

Hlywak previously served as national director of content marketing at the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Chicago. While there, she helped build the organization’s content marketing program, including developing strategies and evaluating metrics, workflows, and goals for social media, email marketing, and blog content. Prior to that, Hlywak was account supervisor at Kathy Schaeffer Consulting, an … Continue reading 11 Questions with Stephanie Hlywak

Anita Mechler is the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

11 Questions with Anita Mechler

August 20, 2018

Mechler previously served as project manager and archivist at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) at the University of Chicago Library. In that role, she designed, developed, managed, measured, and evaluated BMRC grant-funded programs and carried out its strategic plans and policies. She has an MSLIS, with rare books and manuscripts certification, from the University … Continue reading 11 Questions with Anita Mechler