Ever wanted to get to know the YALSA Board of Directors more? Here’s your chance! All month long, we’ll be posting fun mini-interviews with each board member so you can get to know them a little better. 

Photo of YALSA Fiscal Officer, Kate Denier
Kate Denier, YALSA Fiscal Officer

Name: Kate Denier

Title & Library: Senior Branch Manager, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library- North Central Branch

Role on the Board: Fiscal Officer

Year on the Board: 3rd year as Fiscal Officer

What does YALSA mean to me?

KD: I have been an active YALSA member for several years now. I’ve been on many different types of committees and have been chair of committees and a taskforce. I’m really thankful to be on the Board now. Not only has YALSA helped build my leadership skills, being on Board allows me to give back to an organization that has done a lot for me and the teens I have served. I think I have used just about every resource YALSA has to offer and I try and encourage others to do the same. YALSA has directly impacted my ability to serve teens at my organization and my ability to lead.

What are your hopes for the future of teen services?

KD: My hope is that ALL teens have a space to go to in their local library (wherever that library may be) where they can be safe, be themselves, be heard and get the resources and information they need without judgment. I hope teen services staff are given the support they need to provide the highest level of service to teens. I also hope that people who work with teens continue to advocate for teen services, both locally and nationally.

What is your favorite YALSA Committee or Committee that would love to be on again?

KD: Morris Award Committee. It was really fun and rewarding.

What’s your ultimate comfort food?

KD: Apple Cider Slushies- because if they are available, it means it’s fall!

What TV show or Movie do you watch on repeat? Or a book that you love reading when you’re in between new books?

KD: Schitt’s Creek!

What would you do or where would you go if you won the lotto? 

KD: I would buy a beach house on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Want to run for YALSA Board?  We’re looking for candidates for the 2024 ALA Election. If you will be at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer join us at YALSA 301 to learn more about YALSA Governance. Want to find out the duties and responsibilities of the YALSA Fiscal Officer? Find them in the YALSA Handbook here.   If you’ve been thinking about it why not fill out the nomination form today? Just click here.

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