Nominations & Elections Committee

The Nominations & Elections Committee is appointed annually to nominate candidates for Association offices to be filled in the upcoming year. This Committee consists of three (3) members: two (2) appointed by the President, with the immediate Past-President serving as the third member.

Contact: Sharon Jenkins


NMLA Members,

Voting is officially open to choose the next slate of NMLA officers. This poll will close on August 31st at 5pm. Please check your email for the link to the ballot.  Below are the bios of candidates running for board offices. 

Respectfully submitted, Nominations and Elections Committee

Sharon Jenkins, Chair
Paulita Aguilar
Kathleen Dull


Vice-President/President-elect candidate – (choose 1)  

John Sandstrom 

“A lifelong library user, John Sandstrom began using libraries in 1966 at the Carnegie Library in Lawton, Oklahoma and working in them in 1983 at the University of Tulsa. He received his MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and has continued working in the library industry ever since. His library jobs include academic and public libraries, as well as special projects consulting with school, government, and special libraries. He is active in the New Mexico Library Association, where he served on the local arrangements, site selection, and program committees; The Border Regional Library Association, where he is a past-President and current board member; REFORMA; American Indian Library Association; the American Library Association, where he has served in a wide variety of positions including a total of nine years as a Councilor; and is a volunteer on the local arrangements committee for the 2018 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, which will be held in Albuquerque.

 I am running for Vice-President/President Elect of the New Mexico Library Association because I have seen firsthand the importance of an active state-wide library association. This becomes especially important in times of fiscal and political transition, such as we find ourselves in at this time. With my broad background in libraries, including Academic, Public, School, and Special libraries, I believe that I am well suited to representing the variety and importance of libraries in the State of New Mexico. My goals as Vice-President/President Elect are to expand the awareness of all types of libraries, to broaden the programmatic bonds between both various types of libraries as well as between libraries in general and our allied institutions such as museums, schools, and businesses; and to represent a united profession to the people and government of New Mexico.”

Treasurer – (choose 1

Michael Gutiérrez

Michael Gutiérrez is currently Department Head, Reference & Research Services at New Mexico State University. His most recent position was as Librarian in the Reference & Instructional Services Department at the University of Delaware. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in information and library science from the University of Arizona, and a doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Gutiérrez has been active in national and local library associations. He has served on several ALA and ACRL committees and elected three times to serve as Treasurer for the Delaware Library Association.

Interest – Treasurer Position

I recently became a member of the New Mexico Library Association and I believe serving as Treasure would be an optimal way to contribute to the association. As the Treasurer for the Delaware Library Association, I directed the finances and investments of the organization, which included authorizing payments, disbursements, and investments of funds relating to its budgets. In addition, I prepared financial reports and developed policies and procedures for managing organization’s accounts.

As NMLA Treasurer, my goal will be to learn more about the association, its membership, and their mission and value to libraries and librarianship throughout out the state. More importantly, my aim will be to ensure the financial strength of the organization.

Bridget O’Leary-Storer

After ten years as a librarian and manager at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), I am energized for public service. I enjoy collaborating with people from diverse organizations and contributing to a shared vision. Working on ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, acquiring and administering the NEH Muslim Journeys grants, and my current pursuit of a $100,000 grant with the CNM Business Office, environmental science faculty, and the Physical Plant, demonstrate my commitment to the community.

I am conscientious about my fiduciary duties to the college and any organization that entrusts me with their funds, and I would be honored to serve NMLA. 

Member-at-Large – (choose 2)  

Cordelia Hooee

Cordelia Hooee, an enrolled member of the Zuni Tribe, is the Archivist/Librarian for the Pueblo of Zuni Governor’s Office. Cordelia has 25 years of experience working in libraries, the majority as the librarian for the Pueblo of Zuni’s Public Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Arizona, School of Information (Knowledge River Scholar, Cohort 13). She previously served on the NMLA’s Education Committee and as chairperson for the Native American Libraries Special Interest Group.

Now more than ever, advocacy is critical for sustaining all of New Mexico’s libraries and by running for the position of Member-at-Large, Cordelia hopes to add her voice in conveying the importance of libraries and librarianship.

Kyla Johnson

Librarian Teacher at Farmington High School. I moved here in 1999 and can now say that this is the longest I have lived anywhere in my life. I love to read and travel, preferably at the same time. I was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright grant to study school libraries in Sheffield, England and am trying to plan my next course of study abroad! In the mean time I take trips in the US and to France with our French teacher. I have been working in schools for over 30 years and as a librarian for over 20.

Purpose: I enjoy serving the entire school through the library and see serving my profession the same way. Currently I have been throwing my passion into supporting more teachers achieve National Board Certification and serving on committees for the American Library Association. I look forward to this opportunity to serve NMLA.

Alyssa Russo

Alyssa Russo is a Learning Services Librarian at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches information literacy to first year students. She is a native New Mexican and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UNM in 2010. She later earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014, where she was involved with the Community of Scholars program and the Inclusive Illinois initiative. Alyssa started working in libraries at the Central New Mexico Community College in 2013, where she first attended an NMLA mini-conference. Since then she has served as the webmaster for the Bonds for Libraries special interest group during the 2014 election cycle. As the Collections and Instruction Librarian at the Santa Fe Community College from 2015-2016, she presented at NMLA Annual Conferences about her experience collaborating with the community and incorporating technology to improve the college’s information literacy program.

As an early career librarian having appreciated the opportunities provided by NMLA, Alyssa would like to serve the association as a Member At-Large by preparing and organizing conferences, liaising with special interest groups, and promoting membership in order to support libraries in New Mexico.

Katherine Skinner

My main motivation would be to serve and give back to my profession, especially to dedicate energy to the cause of librarianship in New Mexico.

My professional librarian career to date has spanned several continents and an island archipelago (Hawaii), mostly in public libraries, with a special focus on rural areas and library service to indigenous populations, though I did spend around a decade in User Services of an academic library in the 1990’s.

I am currently the Library Director of Aztec Public Library in San Juan County in far northwestern New Mexico. I am in a strong position to be a voice for public libraries especially those smaller libraries, which serve remote/rural communities.

Besides the obvious ALA membership, in the past, I have been an active member of the smaller regional library associations where I have been employed in the USA: for example the Pacific Northwest Library Association, the Washington Library Association, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (continue to be a member). I am a founding member of the Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.