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.  2019 Board meeting dates are:

February 15, 2019 10-12:30pm

June 14, 2019 12:30 – 2pm

October 18, 2019 12:30 – 2pm


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:

  • Meeting facilitators
  • Liaison to reading group facilitators
  • Liaisons to Central Rappahannock (website host) and Arlington (meeting host) Libraries
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Editor
  • Legal/financial

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)
Darcie Caswell Liaison to Central Rapphannock  Open-ended
Kathleen Neil Agenda  1/2020 (1st term)
Kathie Meizner Editor, Board co-chair, Financial Open-ended
Todd Krueger Social Media Co-Coordinator  1/2019 (2nd term)
Sylvie Shaffer Social Media Co-Coordinator  1/2020 (2nd term)
Alicia Blowers Meeting co-facilitator, Operations  1/2020 (2nd term)
Jamie Watson Board co-chair  Open-ended
Kit Ballenger Meeting co-facilitator, Legal, Webmaster  1/2020 (1st term)
Isaiah West Reading Group Facilitator 1/2021 (1st term)