Board and Succession Information

Please feel free to contact the Board with ideas, suggestions, and concerns.


The Capitol Choices Editorial Board will include 8-12 members representing librarians, teachers, booksellers, and children’s literature specialists with work experience in the field.


Members of the Editorial Board will solicit and select new members to meet specific needs within the organization.  When looking for replacement members, Board members consider experience with Capitol Choices and in the field as well as a breadth of representation for the Board across the many children’s literature fields.


Current Board members will be reappointed after the January meeting, if they agree, for a  3-year term to allow for a staggered rotation on the Board.  Future Board members will serve 3-year terms, but may be reappointed once.


The full Editorial Board will meet in January, February, June, and October, and as needed. All except February will be held after the general member meeting.  2017 Board meeting dates are:

January 13, 2017  12:30-3pm

February 24, 2017  10:00-1:00

April 21, 2017 12:30-3pm

June 16, 2017 12:30-3pm

October 20, 2017 12:30-3pm

February 23, 2018 10-12:30pm


The Board has the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee and implement strategic plan for the organization;
  • Approve major initiatives (e.g., new direction for the website, new approach to training, etc.);
  • Make final selection of titles for annual list, in conjunction with reading group facilitators;
  • Oversee production of annual list;
  • Advise on bylaws and other legal and financial matters.

Some Board members will have specific duties as needed such as:

Questions prospective board members might want to consider are at

 Current Board Members and Terms

 Board Member  Responsibility  Term Ends
Mary Alice Garber Public Relations  1/2019 (2nd term)
Edie Ching Meeting co-facilitator and Public Relations  1/2018 (2nd term)
Kathleen Neil Agenda  1/2020 (1st term)
Kathie Meizner Editor, Board co-chair, Financial  1/2019 (2nd term)
Todd Krueger Social Media (Twitter)  1/2019 (2nd term)
Sylvie Shaffer Social Media (Facebook)  1/2020 (2nd term)
Alicia Blowers Public Relations  1/2020 (2nd term)
Jamie Watson Board co-chair  1/2018 (2nd term)
Kit Ballenger Meeting co-facilitator, Legal  1/2020 (1st term)
Darcie Caswell Liaison to Central Rapphannock  open-ended
vacant Liaison to Arlington and Reading Group Facilitators