Board Contacts

HVLA 2016-2017 Board

Joy Piedmont, President (2015-2017)
Little Red Schoolhouse & Elisabeth Irwin High School

jpiedmont [at]

Joy Piedmont is a librarian and technology integrator at LREI. When she isn't collaborating with teachers on classroom technology, she's in the library working with students and talking about books. Prior to earning her MLIS from Rutgers, Joy reviewed and reported for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch. She currently reviews YA literature and nonfiction for School Library Journal and its Printz blog, Someday My Printz Will Come. She has previously served on the HVLA board as Treasurer and continues to co-host the monthly Book Club. In most of her free time she is reading or writing. Moments not spent reading are devoted to compulsively consuming culture of all kinds, learning to fly (on a trapeze), and taking naps with her cat, Oliver. Follow her on Twitter or Tumblr @InquiringJoy. 

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 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.

Karen Grenke, Vice President (2015-2017)

Williamsburg Northside Schools
kgrenke [at]

Karen Grenke is a second generation librarian, hailing from Canada by way of Taiwan. Karen is in her 5th year as Librarian at Williamsburg Northside School. 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 NYPL.  She has been published in School Library Journal Teen and twice been a panelist at 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 Theatre 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, toddler twins, and a library hamster named Mackerel.

Susannah Goldstein, Recording Secretary (2016-2018)
The Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice
susannah (dot) goldstein [at]

Susannah is the school librarian at the Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice, a NYCDOE public school serving grades 6-12.  She graduated from Rutgers with her MLIS in 2013, following a decade in fundraising and volunteer management (and time off with children).  Before working at LGJ, Susannah worked in the Lower/Middle School library at Convent of the Sacred Heart.  Susannah is currently serving on Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult readers, and has reviewed YA literature for School Library Journal for several years.  Her entrĂ©e into HVLA was the fabulous book club, which she has been attending since grad school.  When Susannah is not working/ parenting/reading, she can be found knitting, baking, obsessing over pop culture, and sporadically tweeting via @SusInTheLibrary.  She lives in Riverdale with her husband, daughter, son, and cats Babka and Kugel.

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.

Sarah Kresberg, Communications Coordinator (2015-2017)
skresberg [at]

Sarah Kresberg is in her fifteenth year as Library Director at The Allen-Stevenson School. She teaches research, digital fluency and promotes reading in grades four, five and six. She uses Twitter to model for her students how social media can be used for learning cool stuff and can be followed @skresberg. She enjoys all kinds of middle grade novels, but especially historical and contemporary realistic. When she has time, she sneaks in some YA novels. Sarah serves on the NEIT committee for  NYSAIS. In her downtime she enjoys cooking, tennis and learning Korean. She recently moved to Astoria with her husband, son and daughter. Having grown up in the UK and lived in several other countries she especially loves the international atmosphere and food of her new neighborhood.

Rebecca Duvall, Membership Coordinator (2015-2017)
rduvall [at]

Rebecca Duvall has been the Librarian at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, since 2004, serving students from Preschool through Grade 8.  Despite having calling herself a "junior librarian" through elementary school, skipping recess to shelve books in the library, and taking a annual birthday trips to the New York Public Library through high school, Rebecca never imagined she'd be a librarian. It took years of existential wandering, considering alternative school models, working on farms, collecting a Masters degree in Philosophy and Education, and generally worrying that she'd never find work that would pay a salary and not kill her soul, before she realized that the answer had been there all along.  Connecting with readers and thinkers of all ages, chasing curiosity and hunting information, touting and protecting free access to knowledge —  Rebecca feels fortunate to have found the profession that combines all of these, in a school that values creativity and joy. She also likes to draw.