Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Executive Board

   President: Christina Cucci

Christina Cucci has been a School Library Media Specialist for 7 years, working with K-2 students in Upper Saddle River, NJ. She served as a classroom teacher for 11 years prior, educating students in grades K-3. Christina was selected as the 2015 ALA Emerging Leader and helped co-write a toolkit for AASL called Promoting School Library Programs. She is the former Co-President of the Bergen/ Passaic affiliate of NJASL.  Christina lives in Morristown, and gardens every summer and snowboards in the winter.


President-Elect: Jill Mills

 Jill Mills is an elementary librarian for Preschool through Grade 3 students in Chatham. In her fourteen years as a school librarian, she has worked across Morris County, and in 2010 she received Lakeland Hills YMCA  Educator of the Year and Lake Parsippany School’s Teacher of the Year.  As an active participant of Morris County School Media Association, Jill has served as President, Programming Coordinator, and currently serves as the Regional Consortium Chair.  Jill also sits on the Board of the New Jersey Literacy Association.

        Vice President: Beth Thomas

   Beth Thomas has been a school librarian at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, NJ since 2001. Prior to working in Summit, she taught Language Arts in West Orange. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University, a BA in English from Drew University, and a minor in Secondary Education from The College of St. Elizabeth. Beth has presented workshops at the district level and conference sessions for NJASL and NJECC. She has also volunteered for AASL and NJASL. Beth has gained much from her membership in NJASL and is honored to serve as a Member-at-Large.


Recording Secretary: Christina Halstater

   Christine Halstater has been a Library Media Specialist for five years.  She works at Ryerson Elementary School in Wayne, NJ. Prior to her role as a Media Specialist she worked in River Edge Elementary School District as a Technology Teacher. She began her career as an educator in 1996 as a 5th grade teacher in the New Milford School district.  Christine is the 2017-2018 Ryerson Elementary School’s Educational Services Professionals of the Year. She served as the 2017 Fall Conference Facilitator and has been a member of the Fall Conference Engagement Session Team since 2017.

Treasurer: Jean Stock


  Jean is the Library Media Specialist at Larchmont Elementary, a K-4 school in Mount Laurel. She began her position at Larchmont in 2012 after graduating from the Rutgers MLIS program. Jean has been NJASL’s Treasurer since August 2014 and before that served on the Website Committee. NJASL sponsored Jean as an ALA Emerging Leader in 2014.


Member-at-Large: Kim Zito

Kim Zito, MLIS Rutgers 2001, has been the Library Media Specialist at Crossroads North Middle School in South Brunswick since 2001, where she is a frequent provider of staff development.  Prior to that, she was a survey specialist at Mathematica Policy Research and a middle school Social Studies teacher. She has served as the Schools Representative to the South Brunswick Public LIbrary Board since 2008.  Kim was selected as the Miss Rumphius Award winner in 2011 for her work with South Brunswick Reads. She is a frequent presenter at NJASL and is co-founder and host of LitCamp/ Team Edcamp. Kim also works part-time as a Reference Librarian at the Monroe Township Public LIbrary.  @kimzito / @XrdnLib

Member-at-Large: Amy Gazelah

    Immediate Past President: Lisa Bakanas

     Lisa Bakanas was proud to serve as the NJASL President for 2017-18. Lisa has worked for the last 11 years as a HS librarian at Cherokee High School in Marlton NJ. Prior to serving as NJASL President, she served on the NJASL Board as Secretary and Member at Large. She was an NJASL Villy Gandhi Scholarship winner and has been a presenter at AECT and NJASL's Annual Conference.Follow her on social media @lisabakanas

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