Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Executive Board

President: Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott

Ewa has 10 years of experience as a K-12 librarian, including work in both elementary and high school settings. She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University and an MA in Polish Language and Literature with a minor in Speech Therapy from Jan Kochanowski University, Poland, EU. She also holds NJ supervisor and principal certifications. Her research interests include research skills of high school and first year college students; diversity and equity in collection management; and barriers to information, especially in the immigrant, multicultural, and bilingual communities. She has published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship and Library Connections.

President-Elect: Beth Raff

I am a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.), Rutgers University Graduate School of Education (M.Ed) and Rutgers School of Communication and Information (M.I.).  

After teaching fifth grade in the Hillsborough Township public schools for many years, I decided to pursue a degree and career as a school librarian.   Currently, I am the media specialist at Mt. Tabor Elementary School in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District.  

Last fall I was selected as an Emerging Leader 2019 by the ALA and sponsored by NJASL. Our project, “Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens,” can be found here.

I am the proud mother of two adult sons, Joshua and Benjamin.  My husband, Steve is a high school math teacher.   

Recording Secretary: Casey Jane Schaffer

My name is Casey Jane Schaffer and I am the Library Media Specialist at DeMasi Schools for K-8.  I currently serve NJASL as the Bookmark editor and Secretary. I just recently ended my term as BCASL's President. I was honored to win the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Media Program in the fall of 2018.  I have been a librarian for 7 years and enjoy advocating for librarians and volunteering my time to NJASL. I am an alumna of Dickinson College and Rutgers University where I became a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.  When I'm not in my library, I can typically be found at the shore or in Disney. 

Treasurer: Elizabeth (Beth)  Willoughby

Beth has been a member of the Finance Committee for NJASL for several years.  She is the librarian for Dunellen Public Schools and works at John P. Faber School and Lincoln Middle School.  Currently she is treasurer of UMASL, vice-regent of her local Catholic Daughters and serves on the Municipal Alliance.  She was appointed by Dunellen’s Mayor to be on the library trustees and is proud to serve as a member. Beth has been working in Dunellen since 2013.  Prior to that she was the Media Specialist at Red Bank Middle School. Beth has served on the conference committee and for the past conference she was head of the photography committee.

Member-at-Large:  Steve Tetreault

As a monthly contributor to AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog, Steve has been writing about school library issues since 2018. He's been published in School Library Connection and the NJEA Review. In addition to his Master of Information degree, he achieved both a masters and a terminal degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. After 24 years as a classroom English Language Arts teacher and six years as a “hobbyist librarian”, Steve moved into a school library media specialist role in January 2022. He is an old dog constantly learning new tricks! Steve firmly believes that the school library has become the last, best place for students to engage in authentic learning that will stay with them and help propel them to become life-long learners. Therefore, school libraries staffed by qualified school librarians are a must for any school.

Member-at-Large:  Karen Grant

Karen Grant, MEd, MLIS has been a media specialist for the Ewing Township Public Schools since 2015. She began her career in education as a special education teacher in the district. Her experiences with struggling readers over the years led her to become a reading specialist. In this role, Karen realized the depth of her love of literature and information literacy. With the encouragement of a beloved school librarian and colleague, she began her studies at Rutgers University to become a librarian. As a Board member and co-chair of NJASL’s Diversity Taskforce, Karen is especially motivated to continue in the work of strengthening NJASL’s impact in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion in school library programs.   

Immediate Past President: Lisa Straubinger

Lisa Straubinger is a teacher librarian at the T. Baldwin Demarest School in Old Tappan. Prior to having the best job in the school she taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and technology. Lisa has a BA in education, a Masters in reading and received her library certification from William Paterson University. She has served as the County Affiliates Liaison, is a member of the EDI committee and runs the NJASL book club. Her library is the "living room" of the school where there is always a welcoming and comfortable space for anyone who enters. When she’s not in the library Lisa can be found on her yoga mat, hiking one of the many beautiful trails near her home, or curled up with a good book.


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