ARSL Regional Focus Groups

Each of our four ARSL Regional Focus Groups works with their respective Regional Board Representative to identify key issues and opportunities of regional significance for small and rural libraries. Their findings are then passed on to the relevant ARSL Committee to be put into action! Some examples of potential Focus Group areas of investigation are listed below, though the lists are not comprehensive.

Regional Focus Groups meet at least bimonthly, with email communication conducted between meetings. If you are interested in joining your region's Focus Group, email the ARSL Office at [email protected].


  • Region-specific grants
  • Continuing education partners
  • Outreach & community engagement strategies

Issues & Calls to Action

  • Legislative advocacy opportunities
  • Futureproofing libraries
  • Ongoing support & needs assessment

Northeast RFG


Southern RFG


Midwest RFG


Western RFG

NE Regional Representative

Amy Stone, ME


S Regional Representative

Phillip Carter, MS


MW Regional Representative

Tyler Hahn, IA


W Regional Representative

Sarah Vantrease, CA

Focus Group Members


Focus Group Members


Focus Group Members


Focus Group Members

  • Circe McKenney, NY
  • Claire Williams, PA
  • Christine Johnson, CT
  • Julie Styles, CT
  • Laura Clerkin, NH
  • Lea Chisum, PA
  • Rebecca Finberg, PA
  • Anne Reever Osborne, TN
  • Beth Anderson, VA
  • David Scott, MS
  • DeAnna Dillon, AR
  • Erika Needham, OK
  • Janine Miller, AR
  • Jennifer Eason, FL
  • Jennifer Golston, VA
  • Jessica Crowe, AL
  • Kathy Atchley, OK
  • Laura McWilliams, KY
  • Lisa Thompson, VA
  • Patti Lehman, OK
  • Sarah Crisler-Ruskey, MS
  • Sheila Killebrew, NC
  • Aimee Adams, OH
  • Casey Copeland, OH
  • Diane Adams, MN
  • Emilie Braunel, WI
  • Gloria Fordyce, MO
  • Heather Gaines, IL
  • Jennifer Garden, IL
  • Jessy Morriss, IA
  • Kelley Nordberg, KS
  • Lara Lanphear, NE
  • Mary Soucie, ND
  • Merideth Johnson, MO
  • Michelle Andersen, IA
  • Paulina Poplawska, MI
  • Shayne Phillips, IL
  • Wendy Moulton, KS

  • Carrie Bushman, OR
  • Clay Ritter, ID
  • C.L. Quillen, NV
  • Jessica Anderson, NV
  • Kimberlee Wheeler, CA
  • Mandy Walters, WA
  • Meghan Sullivan, WA
  • Sarah Jones, NM