The YALSA Board is comprised of dedicated, thoughtful, lively member leaders who come together to discuss the direction of our association.’  Recently, Board member Sandra Payne resigned from the Board due to personal reasons.’  We thank Sandra for her service and will miss her.’  According to the YALSA Bylaws,’ ‘ Vacancies other than those provided for in these Bylaws shall be filled by the Board of Directors by appointment until the next annual election, at which time two candidates shall be nominated to fill each unexpired term.” (Article XIII, Section 15) The Board of Directors has appointed Jerene Battisti to fill this position.’  Jerene will begin serving immediately and through the next Annual conference.

YALSA’s member leaders are a big part of the success of our organization.’  Members can become chairs of a variety of types of groups (taskforces, committees, juries), convenors of discussion or interest groups, and can run for a number of different offices, including President, Secretary, Councilor, Fiscal Officer, and Director of the YALSA Board.’  Being a member leader is a valuable experience that can help you develop leadership skills to use in your own workplace, as well as contributing to this association.’  As you know our annual election is held each spring.’  I encourage you, though, to consider these leadership opportunities year-round.’  The Nominating Committees is always interested in finding good candidates for the election slate.’  You can learn more about YALSA governance at

Sarah Debraski

YALSA President

About Sarah Debraski

YALSA President, 2008-2009

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