Board Member Bios

Christine Nassar,   President (2021-2023)

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.

Natasha Goldberg, Co -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.

Angela Perna, Co-Vice President (2021-2023)

Angela Perna is a K-8 librarian at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s. Born in Montréal, Quebec, she attended McGill University where she obtained her MLIS.  Angela worked at NYPL for three years as a YA librarian and, at various junctures, in specialized libraries including medical, art and research.  She finally found her professional niche as a school librarian, now celebrating her twentieth year. A picture book aficionado, she enjoys discussing the role illustrations play in telling a story, reflecting her love of art and undergraduate background in art history.  She lives in The Bronx with her husband and hopefully one day, a yellow Lab to be named after one of her many favorite literary characters.

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, Membership & 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.

Daniel A. Sabol, Communications Coordinator (2021-2023)

Daniel A. Sabol started his career in academic libraries. Throughout the years he have always had a big interest in learning all he can. He was especially interested in computer science. While working as a librarian he returned to school for a Masters of Information Technology and Doctoral studies. By luck he found himself in the classroom and discovered he had a passion for teaching ever since.  He is currently a School Library Media Specialist with the Yonkers Public Schools. He enjoys working on instructional design projects and lives to read.  He has twin daughters, Kate and Elizabeth and his wife, Amy where they reside in Westchester County. You can find Danny on twitter @l1brarian1

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