We’re excited to announce our new Executive Board for the 2016 to 2017 term beginning this March 2016! For more information about the members of our Executive Board, please read their biographies below.
President: Mariśca Mozeleski
Mariśca grew up living on Vashon Island, near to Seattle, in Washington State. After completing Running Start, she traveled to Murray, Kentucky to attend Murray State University, participating in the NCAA-sanctioned Precision Rifle Team. She graduated in three years from Murray State with her Liberal Arts BA. Upon her graduation, she left the US to teach English as a Foreign Language in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. She taught in China for two years, then returned to academia in University of Rhode Island’s MLIS program, starting in the fall of 2016. Mariśca intends to pursue Public Library Service after completion of her degree, with a special interest in Teen/YA and Adult services, ranging from reference to Reader’s Advisory. She enjoys video games, reading, occasionally writing, and loves to travel in her spare time.
Vice President: Taylor St. Pierre
Taylor St. Pierre is from Dartmouth, MA, but is currently enjoying living in Kingston. He is in his second year of the dual MLIS and History programs. In high school, Taylor was a successful student athlete, winning several awards in track and cross country, as well as a National Merit award for academic achievement. He was considered for Valedictorian at his first college stop at Bristol Community College. He subsequently earned a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. As well as serving on the SALA Executive Board, he works at URI’s Carother’s Library, as the Reference Librarian at the Holmes Public Library in Halifax, MA. This past summer, he began an ongoing internship at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Prior to enrolling in the GSLIS program, Taylor spent nearly seven years working in direct care social work while completing school. In his free time he enjoys billiards, Star Wars, rock climbing and good company around a campfire.
Secretary: Susan Chakmakian
Susan is about to begin her third and final year in URI’s dual-degree program in English and Library and Information Studies (and her second year as SALA secretary). Her academic interests relate to Shakespeare, Renaissance and early modern culture, and the history of the book. As a professional librarian, she hopes to work in a rare books library and/or an academic library. In between all of her studying, Susan enjoys working at the Cranston Public Library (her original hometown library), obsessing over musical theater, getting emotionally invested in several TV shows, and spending time with her fantastic family.
Treasurer: Tayla Cardillo
Tayla will enter her second year in the GSLIS Fall 2017. Tayla’s undergraduate degree is in English and she hopes to use both her knowledge of the humanities and her training from the GSLIS to provide reference services at an academic library after she graduates. She currently works as a circulation clerk at East Greenwich Free Library. As treasurer, Tayla hopes to be able to help the Executive Board provide interesting programing to students within the GSLIS to help improve their experience in the program and provide them opportunities to network with both professionals in the field, and other future professionals.
Webmaster: Steven M. Miller, Jr.
Steven enters his third and final year in the GSLIS program. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, he worked for seven years within the field of athletic communications at Worcester State University. Steven is pursuing a career as a reference librarian in an academic library. In addition to having a special interest in metadata, this semester he is conducting research with URI professor Dr. Yan Ma on technology for teaching and learning within LIS schools and programs in North America. He also volunteers his time at the Old Colony History Museum in Taunton, Massachusetts as a librarian/cataloger. Steven, an avid chess player, enjoys traveling, reading, catching up on current events, listening to music, being infatuated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, photography, and spending time with his wife and family. He graduated in January of 2008 with his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Bridgewater State University.
Past President: Sam Simas