Board Member Bios

Karen Grenke, President (2017-2019)

Karen Grenke is a second generation librarian, hailing from Canada by way of Taiwan. She is the librarian at The Town School and a past vice present of HVLA. She received her M.L.S from Pratt Institute and her B.A from Sarah Lawrence College. Karen was a Library Manager with New York Public Library and a children’s librarian at the Roosevelt Island branch of the NYPL. She has been published in School Library Journal Teen and twice been a panelist of Book Expo America (she was the one in the weird hat at that steampunk panel). Before her life as a librarian Karen worked in development for New York Theater Workshop and founded the company Cagey Productions. She is a longtime company member of the experimental theater group The Nerve Tank. Karen lives in Brooklyn with her husband and twins.

Cheryl Wolf, Vice President (2018-2020)

Cheryl Wolf is the librarian for The Neighborhood School (PS 363) and Star Academy (PS 63), two co-located elementary schools in the East Village. She earned her M.L.I.S. from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining the field of librarianship, she was a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  She studied painting (Bard College (B.A.); Art History (Hunter College, M.A.) and Curatorial Studies at The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her work as a parent volunteer at the Collegiate School library, under the tutelage of Maggie Dixon, was her introduction to the field of school librarianship. In 2009-10 she was Co-President of the New York City School LIbrarian Association (NYSCLA). She is partial to picture books, and maintains the premiere collection of children’s cookbooks and food-related books in New York City, through the Cooperative Collection Development (CCD) program. Cheryl lives with her husband on the LES and has two grown sons. As a public school librarian, she is looking forward to help bridging the NYCSLA and HVLA communities. Cheryl enjoys looking at art and making textiles (weaving, knitting, sewing).

Gili Warsett, Vice President (2017-2019)

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.

Patty Aakre, Recording Secretary (2018-2020)

Patricia Markert was born and grew up in Syracuse, New York. She was educated in Catholic schools her whole life until she left Georgetown University in her sophomore year, and transferred to the University of Iowa, where she studied English, continued her French major, and took writing classes with Denis Johnson, Marvin Bell, and other poets.  She moved to New York City where she worked in publishing for over ten years, mostly at McGraw Hill. She began her library career with a “lone ranger” position at the Town School, teaching pre-K through eighth grade classes, managing all A-V requests, and processing catalog records. She moved to Little Red School House as a high school librarian, and finally joined the Brearley School, first as an A-V librarian, moving into the head librarian position, and most recently teaching classes in all three divisions.   She writes poetry, appreciates birds, and works in a community garden in her neighborhood.

Anna Murphy, Treasurer (2018-2020)

Anna Murphy is the Upper School Librarian at The Berkeley Carroll School where she also teachers the 8th grade digital literacy course. She received her MLIS with New York State Teaching Certification from Pratt in 2016. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU and a BA in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Georgetown. She loves to read about the intersection of humanity and technology, as well as memoirs and graphic novels of all kinds.

Celia Dillon, Communications Coordinator (2017-2019)

Celia Dillon is the lower school librarian at The Brearley School, a K-12th grade independent school for girls. She began her career in education as a first grade teacher. As a teacher she saw the importance of having librarians that instilled a love of reading in students and admired the way school librarians were able to collaborate with classroom teachers to create and share effective instruction. She decided to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science from Queens College in a part-time program as she continued to teach first grade. She graduated from Queens College in 2014 and began her school librarian career as a K-8th grade librarian at a DOE school in Brooklyn. She came to Brearley and has happily been there for the past two years. She is also a reviewer for School Library Journal. Outside of working as a librarian, she loves hiking, running, bike riding and eating.

Dacel Casey, Membership Coordinator (2017-2019)

Dacel Casey is an Upper School Library Media Specialist and the Upper School Community Service Director at Trevor Day School. In her role as the Upper School Library Media Specialist, Dacel collaborates with a number of teachers on implementing research activities and projects into their curriculum as well as helping English teachers incorporate and promote independent reading into their courses. When she isn’t working on those tasks, she’s coordinating and running the High School Community Service Program, which involves advising a student community service committee, planning and executing school-wide community service days, as well as organizing (and leading) service trips to places such as Washington, DC, Arizona, Ghana, India, China, and Haiti. Dacel has a strong love of reading (especially Young Adult Literature), traveling, and community service.