Mary Ann is passionate about providing children with authentic reading, writing, listening, and speaking opportunities in and outside of the classroom, and believes that literature can change lives. A resident of Stratham, New Hampshire, Mary Ann has been teaching children’s literature and literacy at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education since 2006.
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A northern NH native from Colebrook, Deborah began her library career began across the river from there as the Director at the Alice Ward Memorial Library in Canaan, VT. She served as the Media Specialist at Canaan’s K-12 school for three years as well.
Katie Robbins is a child and family clinical psychologist in the Upper Valley of NH/VT specializing in social-emotional-behavioral difficulties, parent-child relationships, school psychology, and health psychology. She has worked as a researcher, clinician, and college professor. For part of her professional practice she spends time in schools providing consultation, assessment, and counseling services for students with learning difficulties, which often include difficulty with reading.
Michele Gravelle is a senior consultant with Triad, where she applies her 25 years of experience to helping professionals cultivate their leadership capabilities and develop masterful communication skills.
Michele’s clients include, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Capital One, Coca Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Duke University, NASA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Wallace Foundation and the U.S.
Rubi Simon is the Library Director at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. She recently moved to New Hampshire after having worked in Vermont since 2009. Her prior management experience in Vermont includes the Director of the Fletcher Free Library in the city of Burlington, and the Burnham Memorial Library in Colchester.
Cass Mabbott joined the Vermont Department of Libraries as the youth services consultant in 2017. She is also a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before pursuing her doctorate, she was a youth services librarian and manager for seventeen years, mostly, at Seattle Public Library.
Laura is the Development Director at WISE, a non-profit organization based in Lebanon, NH whose mission is to lead the Upper Valley in ending gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change. Prior to joining WISE, Laura worked for thirteen years at The Mentor Network, a national network of health and human services providers offering home- and community-based services across the country, where she oversaw the integration of company acquisitions, the re-structuring of the human services division, and the strategic planning function of the organization.
Rick Roesch retired from Citigroup in 1999 after 35 years in its international operations, including postings in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and New York. Since moving to Etna, NH he has served as a Vice Chairman of Ledyard National Bank, Chair of The Upper Valley Land Trust and the American Precision Museum, President and Trustee of the Montshire Corporation and Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth.
Jess Kell is the Parenting Program Coordinator for Lund’s Kids-A-Part program, based at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.