The members of of the Let’s Move in Libraries Advisory Board work in public libraries and library support agencies in Alberta, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. We work in small towns and big cities. We include presidents of state library associations and recent grads of MLIS programs. We include librarians with certifications in Yoga, Zumba, and Personal Training, as well as Early Literacy experts who know who to get kids moving from a young age. We are Gardeners, CrossFitters, Roller Derby Players, Runners, Bicyclists, Hikers, and Walkers.

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International Vision

This group focuses on the overall vision of Let’s Move in Libraries. Providing crucial advice and input on current and future initiatives.

MICHELLE BENNETT-COPELANDLibrary Director of the Fayette County Public Library in Georgia
Michelle Bennett-Copeland is the Library Director of the Fayette County Public Library in Georgia. She previously worked in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for 18 years. As a Branch Manager, she received a Community Champion Award, from Adamsville-Collier Heights Business District, for excellent community engagement. As a Youth Services Manager, she was recognized for building partnerships with schools and other organizations. Michelle is also a dance instructor, and has been trained with various forms of dance. Michelle believes all types of physical exercise are as important as traditional literacy; it’s a need for all.
JENN CARSONLibrary Director of the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick

Jenn Carson is a professional yoga teacher and the director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. She is the creator of the website and has been delivering movement-based programs in schools, libraries, and museums for a decade. She also blogs about her physical literacy adventures at the ALA’s Programming Librarian website. She is the award-winning author of Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy for All Ages (ALA Editions, 2018) and Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). She was a 2019 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her physical literacy advocacy. You can find her at

DEBORAH DUTCHERYouth and Adult Services Consultant at the New Hampshire State Library

Deborah Dutcher is the Youth and Adult Services Consultant at the New Hampshire State Library where she provides advisory services to public and school libraries. She coordinates statewide library literacy and family engagement initiatives and develops continuing education workshops for librarians. She serves on state, regional and national committees that foster development of library services to public and school libraries. A current Let’s Move in Libraries National Advisory Board Member, she has been Vice President/President/Past-President of the Vermont Library Association and the New England Library Association. She has previously worked in public and school library settings.

CHRISTY DYSONAssistant Branch Manager, Fulton County Libraries, Georgia

With thirteen years of librarianship Christy Dyson, Assistant Branch Manager for Fulton County Libraries is loving every minute of her career and her hobby. Originally from Denver, Colorado and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University School of Library Information studies, she worked as a public services librarian and as the coordinator of teen service programs for the Fayette County [GA] Public Library. Working at the Roswell Branch and throughout the county promoting the Let’s Move in Libraries Initiative, she finds that providing wellness & fitness services builds partnerships in and outside of the library walls. As a fitness enthusiast, fitness instructor, and a lover of wellness, she says that “providing movement based programming and librarianship at the same time, you can’t go wrong.”

BOBBI NEWMANCommunity Engagement and Outreach Specialist, Greater Midwest Regional Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker. She is currently a Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine where she helps public libraries meet the health information needs of their communities. She has been involved in national library initiatives including past service on the National Information Standards Organization committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems and the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age.

DONNA PIERCEDirector of the Krum Public Library, Texas

Donna Pierce has been the director of the Krum Public Library since March 2007.  During that time the library has grown from a small “used book store” to a wonderful, modern library.  She has worked in libraries off and on her entire life (including volunteering at the age of nine.)  She received my MLS from TWU.  She tries very hard to practice mindfulness and physical movement in my personal life and in the library, and has a 64 lb. Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback who “keeps me from being a total couch potato when I get home!”

STACI STANTONAssistant Director at the Knoxville Public Library, Iowa

Staci Stanton has been Assistant Director at the Knoxville Public Library in Iowa for 10 years and is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at San Jose State University. During this time, she has learned to appreciate the invaluable benefits of reducing stress and improving overall mental and physical health through exercise, using CrossFit as that means for the past five years. Her passion for health has inspired her to be a better advocate for others’ well-being, recently earning the CrossFit Level 1 Training Certification and Medical Library Association Consumer Health Specialization.

LISA WEEKESManager of Partnership and Community Development, Chinook Arch Regional Library System, Alberta

Lisa Weekes is Manager of Partnership and Community Development for Chinook Arch Regional Library System, which consists of 33 member libraries across southwest Alberta. Physical literacy and lifelong active living are personal and professional passions that guide her program and project development. She has worked in the public library world for over 10 years. On the personal side, Lisa enjoys family trips across Canada and beyond with her husband and two teen sons.

Adult and Rural Programs

This group focuses on supporting adult programs, including older adult programs, related to Let’s Move in Libraries, as well as programming for all ages in small and rural library contexts.

NICOLE MILLERLibrary Director, Cannon Falls Library, Minnesota
Nicole Miller is the Director of the Cannon Falls Library and a certified group fitness instructor. She is a long-time fitness devotee and former gymnastics coach. She always looks for new ways to engage the community and share valuable information, and thought fitness seemed like a fun and bold new frontier.
KATE OLANDBranch Manager, Baddeck Public Library Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Kate has managed a small, rural library for the past 11 years, and sees a strong role for libraries in community development and wellness. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Adult Education (Community Development) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her research centers on the Community-Led Library’s potential to nurture individual and community transformation. She is happiest when her library is buzzing with folks doing yoga, knitting, learning, chatting, visiting the geckos, asking a million questions, creating, and connecting. She’s open to virtually any community-driven programming idea, as long as it’s legal and doesn’t involve fire.
Kate’s life also involves being a mom to three fabulous teens/young adults, singing, writing, and pondering life on a small, organic homestead.

AUSTIN PERSINGERDirector, Summers County Public Library, Hinton, WV

Austin Persinger began his library career as a bookmobile driver in 2014 and became Director of Summers County Public Library in 2016. He is passionate about physical health and how movement impacts mental health and fitness. He is enamored of the term “physical literacy”. Austin strives to create a culture of wellness in his community by offering movement based activities as well as excellent library materials relating to mental and physical health. When not in the library, Austin enjoys training at the gym, trail running, and dog walking.

LISA MAIDENAdult Programming Coordinator at the Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro, KY

Lisa Maiden has worked at DCPL for 7 years.  In her current position, she realized older adults in the community didn’t have a free place where they could attend fitness classes.  Now, DCPL is a main spot on the list where older adults can go for fitness classes, including yoga, strength training, Drums Alive, Pilates, and more.  Outside of work, Lisa loves to spend time playing outside with her family, which includes her husband, son, and two cats.

SANDY MAYERLibrarian, Orange County Library System/Southwest Branch, Orlando, Florida

Sandy Mayer began working as a librarian at the Orange County Library System in 2001 after spending many years in the mental health field. She holds degrees in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, and received her MLIS from Florida State University in 2008. Currently, Sandy plans and facilitates all things adult at the Southwest branch. She is delighted her experiences and passions have come full circle in her work as a librarian. In addition, her training in dance and fitness instruction, as an Ageless Grace educator, and love of the outdoors has inspired her to create movement and fitness programs for adults and seniors with a goal of increasing their physical health and mental well-being.

SUSAN CRAVENAssistant Library Director, Davidson County Public Library; Branch Manager, Denton Public Library

In 1997, Susan began her library career at the Thomasville Public Library as a Smart Start provider. A year later, she moved to the Lexington branch where she worked in the Technical Services department. She was in acquisitions for 5 years, then moved up to Technical Services Supervisor. During that time, she graduated from High Point University with a degree in Elementary Education. She was the Technical Services Supervisor for 13 years, taking a short break in-between to teach for a year and a half. She went back to school and received her MLS from NC Central, then took a job as branch manager at the Denton Public Library. In 2019 she was promoted to Assistant Director of the Davidson Public Library System.

KIMBERLY HEASTERBranch Librarian at Crook County Public Library in Sundance, Wyoming

Kim began volunteering in libraries in 2006, and has been the Branch Librarian at the Crook County Library since 2015. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with her BA in English Secondary Education and completed the Library Media Specialist Graduate Program through Montana State University. She runs Crook County Library’s Geri-Fit exercise program, leading five classes a week with an average of 35 patrons attending each week. She has three teenage daughters and three dogs, and they all get outdoors to hike, fish, and play as often as they can.

Youth Programs

This group focuses on supporting programs for youth, including early literacy, children’s, and teen services, related to Let’s Move in Libraries.

DANIELLE FORTINTeen & Adult Services Technician, in Lewiston Public Library, Maine

Danielle Fortin is the Teen Services Librarian at the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine and the Chair of the Youth Services Section for the Maine Library Association. She believes that the library is an ideal venue for whole body wellness, promoting self care, healthy living, and fun, all in one central location. She enjoys creating engaging programs and activities that incorporate health and physical literacy while still being entertaining. In her spare time she plays and officiates roller derby for Maine Roller Derby, and enjoys relaxing with her very spoiled cats.

CATHERINE JELLISONEarly Literacy Specialist at the Crofton Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library, Maryland

Catherine Jellison is an Early Literacy Specialist at the Crofton Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library in Maryland, where she provides storytimes for children under 5, sensory storytime, family music and movement programs, and downloadable content/mobile device training for all ages. In her free time she loves to cook, run and hike with her dog, and putter around the garden.

BARBARA SCOTTChildren's Librarian at the Bucyrus Public Library, Ohio

Barbara Scott has been Children’s Librarian at Bucyrus Public Library in Ohio for 33 years. She is also Executive Director of Crawford Reads 20, a county-wide initiative. For the past 5 years, Barbara has written United Way grants for and co-taught a wildly successful Music, Movement, and More program at her library. Total attendance has reached over 11,000 folks! She has spoken on this program at Ohio Library Council chapter conferences and at an ALSC National Institute.

CHELSEA SWINFORDYouth Services Associate at Boone County Public Library, Kentucky

Chelsea Swinford is a Youth Services Associate at Boone County Public Library in Northern Kentucky. She’s currently attending SJSU for her MLIS. Chelsea hosts a storytime series called “Stories and Stretches” for preschoolers that incorporates elements of yoga and mindfulness, and she’s working on expanding her branch’s outdoor programming space to promote physical and environmental literacy. She lives with her husband, Nash, and their dog, Kramer (who always gets her moving).

HEIDI WHELANYouth Services Librarian at Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham, Maine
Heidi Whelan is Youth Services Librarian at Baxter Memorial Library in Gorham, Maine. She has a Bachelor’s degree in LIS from the University of Maine at Augusta and is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at Kent State. She is an early literacy expert who works to keep current in the field. Her enthusiasm for mindfulness, body awareness, and physical movement led her to incorporate these philosophies into programming for children aged birth to eighteen.
ANNA ZANARINISenior Librarian in Early Learning Outreach and Programming with the Salt Lake County Library in Utah

Anna Zanarini is a Senior Librarian in Early Learning Outreach and Programming with the Salt Lake County Library in Utah. She has nearly 25 years of experience working with children in libraries doing storytimes and other programs, usually adding a movement component to whatever she does. She is also a fitness instructor who began this second career in 2010 when she discovered the fun of Zumba and wanted to share it with everyone she met, especially children at the library.

Outdoor Programs

This group focuses on supporting programs for all ages that take place outdoors, related to Let’s Move in Libraries.

DAVID MILLERLibrary & Cultural Resources Director for the Town of Farmville, North Carolina
David Miller is the Library & Cultural Resources Director for the Town of Farmville, North Carolina. He enjoys the opportunity for the Farmville Public Library to expand its role as its area’s information center to fill a variety of community needs, including health initiatives. Some of his library’s health programs that he is most proud of include an annual 5k, bicycle repair learning clinics, and a pedometer checkout program. When David is not at his library, you can find him outside either running or cycling.
SARAH McGOWANAdult Services Manager at McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, KY

Sarah McGowan is the Adult Services Manager at McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, KY, and is a 2001 graduate of the MLIS program at University of Kentucky. The public library’s potential in communities for providing welcoming and accessible heath, wellness and physical activity-based programming is a professional passion. Equally passionate in her personal life about the mental and physical benefits of movement and the outdoors, she enjoys practicing yoga, camping and cycling.

KAYLEIGH THOMASAssistant Director for the Gilford Public Library, New Hampshire

Kayleigh Thomas is the Assistant Director for the Gilford Public Library in Gilford, NH. She received her MLIS from University of Rhode Island, and a BA in Psychology from University of Maine at Orono. It is Kayleigh’s goal to offer intellectually, physically, and emotionally stimulating programming and resources for the community. Programs she’s headed have included a Race to Summer Reading 5K in 2015, a bi-weekly GeriFit class for seniors, as well as weekly Tai Chi class and Line Dancing class. When not at the library, you can find Kayleigh baking, hiking, reading, or playing with her dog.

KELLY SENSERChildren’s services library assistant for Loudoun County Public Library, Virginia

Kelly Senser is a children’s services library assistant for Loudoun County Public Library in northern Virginia. Equal parts reader and nature explorer, she regards libraries and the great outdoors as treasured spaces to nurture one’s sense of wonder. During her 20 years at National Wildlife Federation, gardening for wildlife and the benefits of outdoor play were centerpieces of the content and programs she created. Passions for these subjects and community-building now fuel her local efforts to connect people with nature. Kelly has been a certified Virginia Master Naturalist since 2015.


HEIDI BEKE-HARRIGANLibrarian and Member Services Coordinator, OhioNET, Columbus, Ohio

Heidi Beke-Harrigan is a yoga teacher, medical communicator and health sciences librarian. At OhioNET, she coordinates, promotes and co-develops continuing education opportunities and member services that support librarians in their work. In her role as a yoga and yoga nidra teacher, Heidi strives to make movement and self-care accessible to everyone. She also co-facilitates the Day of Mindful Living, a program at River’s Edge in Cleveland that introduces law enforcement to mindfulness practices.

LISA HARTZELLYouth Services Librarian for the Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville, North Carolina

Lisa Hartzell is the Youth Services Librarian for the Haywood County Public Library in North Carolina, where she has worked for the past 25 years. At Haywood, she developed Rompin’ Stompin’ Storytime, a music and movement program. She is a 2015 graduate of the MLIS program at UNC-Greensboro. She is married and has 4 sons, all grown ranging in age from 20 to 29. She lives in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina not far from where she was raised.

ANDI JACKSON-DARLINGLibrary Director at Falmouth Memorial Library in Falmouth, Maine

Andi Jackson-Darling is the Director of the Falmouth Memorial Library in Maine. She Received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina and BA from the University of Southern Maine in Media Studies/Creative Writing.  She practice yogas, chases grandchildren and walks her two labs for exercise.  She feels moving our bodies is key to not only a healthy body, but good mental health as well. She is a past president (2011-2013) of the Maine Library Association.

AMY MAPELDirector of the Carnegie Library in Newnan, Georgia

Amy Mapel has over 21 years of experience in public libraries (and a 1 ½ year stint in a private school library). Currently she is the director of the Carnegie Library in Newnan, Georgia, where she has worked since it’s re-opening in 2009. The library offers several movement programs including Exercise is Medicine, Gentle Yoga, and very active Story Times. Amy is enthusiastic about fitness herself and enjoys Jazzercise, yoga and bike rides with her family.

COSETTE RATLIFFSupervising Librarian with the Alameda Free Library in California

Cosette Ratliff is a Supervising Librarian with the Alameda Free Library in California. She has a varied background of military (USAF), the Peace Corps (Marshall Is. 85-88), and 911 Dispatch. She earned her MLIS at San Jose State University and worked at the Dallas Public Library before coming to Alameda. Cosette’s passionate about helping others explore the outdoors, and developed the Libraries Outside program to help provide access to information and supplies for the community.

BETSY SUMERFORDChildren's Services Manager at May Memorial Library in Alamance County, NC

Betsy Sumerford is the Children’s Services Manager at May Memorial Library in Alamance County, North Carolina. She has been teaching yoga since 2012 and is excited to combine movement-based programming with library services (and to hear how others do so as well!).