In a podcast during the 2011 elections, Sarajo Wentling urged YALSA members to get involved.’  Having been with YALSA for 13 years and serving on various boards and committees, our 2012 secretary certainly practices what she preaches.’  I had an opportunity to talk with Sarajo about her experiences with YALSA and her plans for her term as secretary.’  Here’s what she had to say.

What was your reaction when you found out that you’d won the election?

When I got the call from Beth Yoke telling me I’d won, I was super-excited.’  I’ve been serving on the Board in an ex-officio capacity for the last two years, and I’m really looking forward to having a more active role in both the Board and Executive Committee over the next three years.

How long have you been involved with YALSA, and what made you want to get involved?

I’ve been a member of YALSA since I was a grad student about 13 years ago. Time flies!’  I started on my first committee, YALSA’s Division and Membership Promotion in 2000.’ ‘  I knew that I wanted to work with youth, but it was the teen end of the spectrum that I was really drawn to.’  It seemed a natural fit, joining YALSA, to make connections and use the resources available to me.
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