Board Contacts

HVLA 2016-2017 Board

Karen Grenke, President (2017-2019)
The Town School
grenke {at}

Karen Grenke is a second generation librarian, hailing from Canada by way of Taiwan. She is the librarian at The Town School and a past vice present of HVLA. She received her M.L.S from Pratt Institute and her B.A from Sarah Lawrence College. Karen was a Library Manager with New York Public Library and a children's librarian at the Roosevelt Island branch of the NYPL. She has been published in School Library Journal Teen and twice been a panelist of Book Expo America (she was the one in the weird hat at that steampunk panel). Before her life as a librarian Karen worked in development for New York Theater Workshop and founded the company Cagey Productions. She is a longtime company member of the experimental theater group The Nerve Tank. Karen lives in Brooklyn with her husband, twins, and a library hamster named Shy. 

Maria Falgoust, Vice President (2016-2018)
International School of Brooklyn
mfalgoust {at}

Maria Falgoust is the Librarian at ISB, a Nursery-8th grade independent school in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. ISB offers French and Spanish language immersion programs as well as an international Baccalaureate curriculum which is reflected in the multilingual collection. Previously, Maria ran the elementary school library at the American Overseas School of Rome in Italy. In 2008-2010, Maria served as the the vice-president of the HVLA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from Long Island University (The Palmer School) with a School Media Specialist certificate. Maria loves traveling, cooking, reading, and hiking. 

Gili Warsett, Vice President (2017-2019)
Brooklyn Friends School
gwarsett [at] 

Gili Warsett joined Brooklyn Friends School as a Pre and Lower School Librarian in the fall of 2016. Prior to BFS, she worked as a school librarian in a New York City public school, and in a Montessori school, and as an academic librarian in Brooklyn. Before becoming a librarian, Gili taught Creative Writing and English to students ranging from the middle school to graduate school levels. She has served on the board of Friends of the Brooklyn Public Library for the past four years. Her writing has been published in various publications including Bookslut, The Rumpus, and The New York Times, and she sporadically blogs at She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Library and Information Science. She maintains an ever-growing list of children’s book ideas with every intention to get those words on the page someday soon. Gili lives with her partner, children, and basset hound in Manhattan. When she’s not in the stacks, she is frequently swimming at the Y, where she imagines she’s training to become the next Gertrude Ederle, “Queen of the Waves.” She has found that being a librarian is the best outlet for her information insatiability.

Mary Beth Lemoine, Recording Secretary (2017-2018)
Professional Children's School
mlemoine [at]

Mary Beth Lemoine serves as the solo librarian and teacher at the Professional Children's School in New York City. She joins us with considerable librarian experience, having served in a number of independent schools at the primary and secondary level.  She also worked as a French teacher at a number of schools at all levels. Most recently Mary Beth spent two years in Lesotho, Southern Africa, as a member of the Peace Corps from 2014-2016, where she taught both English as a Second Language and Life Skills & HIV/Aids education to primary school students. She prides herself on tinkering with computers and technology and practicing yoga daily.

Hannah Mermelstein, Treasurer (2016-2018)
hmermelstein [at]

Hannah Mermelstein is in her sixth year as a librarian at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, where she works in the middle and upper school (4th-12th grade). She coordinates the Saint Ann's Mock Newbery Committee, a vibrant program with 30-40 students in grades 4-6 and a similar number of titles. Before her time at Saint Ann's Hannah worked with the NYPL, bringing mobile library service to Rikers Island and conducting "Daddy and Me" and "Mommy and Me" reading programs at several of the island's facilities. Hannah is a founder of Librarians and Archivists with Palestine, and spent many years doing human rights work and leading solidarity delegations in Palestine. She lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with her partner and 8-month-old daughter (as of 10/16), whose favorite books include I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore, and What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth.

Celia Dillon, Communications Coordinator (2017-2019)
The Brearley School
cdillon [at]

Celia Dillon is the lower school librarian at The Brearley School, a K-12th grade independent school for girls. She began her career in education as a first grade teacher. As a teacher she saw the importance of having librarians that instilled a love of reading in students and admired the way school librarians were able to collaborate with classroom teachers to create and share effective instruction. She decided to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science from Queens College in a part-time program as she continued to teach first grade. She graduated from Queens College in 2014 and began her school librarian career as a K-8th grade librarian at a DOE school in Brooklyn. She came to Brearley and has happily been there for the past two years. She is also a reviewer for School Library Journal. Outside of working as a librarian, she loves hiking, running, bike riding and eating. 

Dacel Casey, Membership Coordinator (2017-2019)
dcasey [at]

Dacel Casey is an Upper School Library Media Specialist and the Upper School Community Service Director at Trevor Day School. In her role as the Upper School Library Media Specialist, Dacel collaborates with a number of teachers on implementing research activities and projects into their curriculum as well as helping English teachers incorporate and promote independent reading into their courses. When she isn't working on those tasks, she's coordinating and running the High School Community Service Program, which involves advising a student community service committee, planning and executing school-wide community service days, as well as organizing (and leading) service trips to places such as Washington, DC, Arizona, Ghana, India, China, and Haiti. Dacel has a strong love of reading (especially Young Adult Literature), traveling, and community service.