Gili Warsett, President (2019-2021)
Gili Warsett joined Brooklyn Friends School as a Pre and Lower School Librarian in the fall of 2016. Prior to BFS, she worked as a school librarian in a New York City public school, and in a Montessori school, and as an academic librarian in Brooklyn. Before becoming a librarian, Gili taught Creative Writing and English to students ranging from the middle school to graduate school levels. She has served on the board of Friends of the Brooklyn Public Library for the past four years. Her writing has been published in various publications including Bookslut, The Rumpus, and The New York Times, and she sporadically blogs at juniorshelfie.com. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Library and Information Science. She maintains an ever-growing list of children’s book ideas with every intention to get those words on the page someday soon. Gili lives with her partner, children, and basset hound in Manhattan. When she’s not in the stacks, she is frequently swimming at the Y, where she imagines she’s training to become the next Gertrude Ederle, “Queen of the Waves.” She has found that being a librarian is the best outlet for her information insatiability.
Natasha Goldberg, Vice President (2020-2022)
Natasha Goldberg is a trusted confidante, cheerleader, and advisor to librarians, and library students, near and far. Her history with HVLA goes back 15 years, when she first began serving on the Board as its Communications Coordinator. More recent collaborations have included working on the newly-formed Sora/Overdrive Consortium Committee. Originally a software developer, Natasha began her library career at the Brooklyn Heights branch of BPL as a Juvenile Specialist. She then landed her dream job working with grades 4-7 as the Middle School Librarian at the Chapin School. A lifelong learner, Natasha studies drawing and painting at Art Students League. When she’s not collaborating with colleagues and students, she can be found at any piano taking requests.
Christine Nassar, Vice President (2019-2021)
Christine Nassar is a librarian at The Dalton School, working with grades K-3. She obtained her Master’s of Information from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Library and Information Sciences, and a specialization in School Media. She is a lover of graphic novels and picture books. Some of Christine’s favorites are Journey, by Aaron Becker, Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers, and Cardboard Kingdom, by Chad Sell. Christine speaks English, French, Arabic, and some rather rusty Italian, which she is always happy to practice.
Megan Westman, Secretary (2020-2022)
Megan Westman is the Lower School Librarian and Lower School DEI Coordinator at the Nightingale-Bamford School. She holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and dual Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Musical Theatre from the American University. When she’s not reading or writing, Meg can be found baking, playing the ukulele, or moonlighting as a sustainable living enthusiast (find her @wastelesswestman on Instagram). She lives in Brooklyn with a grumpy senior chihuahua and many plants.
Gwen Kaplan, Treasurer (2020-2022)
Gwen Kaplan is a Lower Division Librarian at the Horace Mann School. As an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, she was interested in so many different topics that she realized the library was the place to be! Since completing her M.S. LIS and School Library Certification at Drexel University, she has served as a librarian at Abington Friends School and Saint David’s School. She loves it when children ask “why?” and she is usually reading at least a couple of nonfiction books and mystery novels. A graduate school repeat offender, she is currently indulging her curiosity by working on a M.A. in American History, which means she has deep empathy for every student up against a deadline. In between parenting, teaching, and studying, she uses a time turner to make opportunities for quilting and baking.
Bethany Martin, Communications Coordinator (2019-2021)
Bethany Martin is a “Navy brat” who studied sociology at New College of Florida, before moving to New York City. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt and worked as the Director of Library Services at Dwight School for ten years before becoming Director of Libraries at Trinity School. She’s spent quite a bit of time thinking about using games to teach research skills. Predictably, Bethany enjoys reading. She lives in Queens with her husband and son. She is usually up for a board game or a cup of tea, and her Instagram feed is full of different playgrounds she’s visited with her son and odd books she’s weeded from her library’s collection.