ARSL Elections

View the 2023 Candidate Statements 


Vice President/President-Elect
Patrick Bodily, Director, Independence Public Library, Independence, OR
Jenniffer Stephenson, Assistant Director for Public Services, First Regional Library, Hernando, MS

Krist Obrist, Director, Monmouth Public Library, Monmouth, OR
Amanda Doherty, Director, Mt. Pulaski Public Library, Mt. Pulaski, IL

Erin Busbea, Director, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, Columbus, MS
Chris Stoner, Circulation Manager, Hiawatha Public Library, Hiawatha, IA

Regional Representative, South
Phillip Carter, Director, Starkville-Oktibbeha Public Library System, Starkville, MS
Kathy Atchley, Public Services Coordinator, Western Plains Library System, Clinton, OK
Cailin "Callie" Cortner, Director of Library, Arts, & Culture, City of Miami, OK
Galen Hodges, Library Director, Jonestown Community Library, Jonestown, TX
Savannah Kitchens, Library Director, Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL
Beth Anderson, Director, Burnsville Public Library, Burnsville, WV

Regional Representative, Northeast*
Kevin Bourque, Library Director, Boxford Town Library, Boxford, MA
Kimberly Benjamin, Library Business Manager (Director), D. R. Evarts Library, Athens, NY
Crystal Schimpf, Library Director, Tracy Memorial Library, New London, NH

 *These special elections will fill partial terms due to the departure of a Board member. These positions are currently held by interim representatives.


2023 Elections Timeline

At the request of the ARSL Elections Committee Chair, we have shifted the two week voting period forward slightly to allow a little more time between that process and the start of the annual ARSL Conference.

Nominations Open | Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Nominations Close | Monday, August 8, 2022
Candidates Announced | Wednesday, Aug 9, 2022
Elections Open | Thursday, August 25, 2022
Elections Close | Thursday, September 8, 2022
Candidates Notified | Friday, September 9, 2022
Membership Notified | Monday, September 12, 2022
New Leadership Term | January 1, 2022

Candidate Eligibility Guidelines

All candidates must be ARSL members in good standing, and must maintain active ARSL membership for the duration of their leadership term.

No more than one application from any one organization for candidacy shall be accepted. This is to limit conflict of interest and to keep a wide range of representation among all regions of ARSL.

In the event we receive more than one, each application will be returned to both candidates for an “In-house” agreement. If it cannot be resolved internally, the Election Committee will make a decision as a whole and all decisions will be final.

In the event an application comes from an organization from which another current member currently sits on the board, preference will be given to the current board members until they reach maximum terms.

 Open Positions - 2023 Board of Directors

Vice President/President-Elect (3-Year Term; 1 year each as VP, President, and Past-President)

Secretary (2 Years)

Treasurer (1 Year*)

Regional Board Representative - South (2 Years)

Regional Board Representative - Northeast (2 Years)

Regional Board Representative - West (1 Year*)
*This special election is to fill a partial term due to the departure of a Board member. The position is currently held by an interim representative.