C.A.L.L. Presenter Biographies

Keynote Address

Heather Heimerl Brunold, M.Ed., Ed.D.

With more than two decades as a thought leader in education, Heather Heimerl Brunold has established herself as a specialist in adolescent development and family/school dynamics. After completing her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Dr. Brunold became recognized as an expert in school-type and its role in college preparation. Her research involved more than 34,000 college applicants at over 8,000 different high schools. Dr. Brunold has worked on faculty, as Dean of Students, and as Principal at myriad types of K-12 schools: College preparatory, secular, independent, progressive, and faith-based. She also worked as an admission counselor at the University of Southern California, as well as serving in the Viterbi School of Engineering as an academic advisor, and later in the Office of the Provost as the manager of the Women in Science and Engineering Program. This eclectic background led her to establish PreparedToLaunch, LLC: a cutting-edge education consulting firm which strives to cultivate healthy partnerships between parents and high schools, high schools and colleges, and across cultures, in order to establish real long-term success for a young person’s future. In her spare time, she enjoys leading TEDxPasadenaWomen as their Executive Director/Licensee, where she works passionately to promote the voices of girls, women and their advocates. Heather is, by nature, a helper, a healer and a teacher. She is truly happiest when someone is understanding something, learning something, or enhancing themselves in a way they have never before thought possible. This passion, merged with her specialized skillset, is the approach she takes with each and every relationship, especially that of her two children, ages 11 and 14. She credits them, above all else, for her deep compassion, understanding and eagerness to support families in the (potentially) stressful educational spectrum.

 

Building Bridges: Promoting Public Library Literacy at a Two-Year Technical College

Tracy Helixon has been teaching writing and creative writing at Western Technical College in La Crosse since 1999. She enjoys working with students to help them discover new ideas and develop information literacy. She is also a freelance children’s author.

Sheila McDermott Allard is a poet and storyteller who has been teaching composition, creative writing, and public speaking, for 20 years; 15 of those years at Western Technical College.  An incorrigible lover of all of the steps involved in the process of writing, she enjoys aiding students in fine-tuning their own inquiry and research skills.  When not teaching and writing, Sheila enjoys being a Moth Storyteller, and playing and singing in the folk/bluegrass trio Vaguely Swayed.

Rochelle Hartman has been an adult public services librarian for more than 20 years, half of those as a manager.  She is active in ALA and WLA, and is kind of a social networking monster.  The best part of her work is that she manages to be constantly surprised and delighted by it.

 

Breaking the Ice: Creating a Successful School/Public Library Winter Literacy Program

Marge Loch-Wouters is a consultant and educator in library youth services with an focus on change-making and innovative problem solving to create user focused service. She formerly worked as a children’s librarian/manager at the La Crosse (WI) Public Library, Menasha (WI) Public Library and Cook Memorial Library in IL. Marge is an adjunct lecturer for UW-Madison SLIS iSchool and  is active in state and national library associations. She is the vice president/president elect of the Wisconsin Library Association.

 

Scaffolding the Threshold Concepts from K to 16: Building an IL curriculum for the ACRL Framework

Elizabeth  Andrejasich Gibes is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Marquette University. In this role she provides instruction, consultation and support to instructors and students working on multimodal and digital projects, including partnering closely with the University’s First-Year English program. As part of her professional interests, she enjoys keeping up with new pedagogical approaches to building digital fluency in students. She has previously worked as both a School Media Specialist for an elementary school and as an instructional librarian at a small liberals arts college.

Heather James is the Coordinator for Digital Programs and Collections at Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University. She also holds liaison responsibilities to the departments of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry and coordinates the library’s role in the First Year English program. Her work and research has centered on collaborations between faculty and librarians in the classroom as well as faculty perceptions of aspects of scholarly communication.

 

Gaining Ground: Building College-Level Information Literacy Skills

Teri Holford-Talpe is the academic engagement & curriculum librarian. As part of the outreach and instruction team, she works to engage students, departments, and community members in Murphy Library. She is also the liaison librarian with UWL’s School of Education, and co-founder of the Gaining Ground: Building College-Level Information Literacy Skills high school to college bridge program.

Liz Humrickhouse is an academic librarian at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  She specializes in instruction and instructional technology and is interested in the intersection of community outreach and information literacy instruction. She is the co-founder of the Gaining Ground: Building College-Level Information Literacy Skills high school to college bridge program.

Dr. Darci Thoune is an Associate Professor of English and the First-Year Writing Program Coordinator. She just finished her eighth year at the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse and frequently teaches upper-level courses for the Rhetoric and Writing Major in addition to first-year writing. Her research interests include: rhetorical genre studies, writing assessment, writing program administration, and feedback.

A Collaboration of Zombies in the Library

Nathan Dowd has been Assistant Library Director at Oscar Rennebohm Library at Edgewood College since 2011. He also holds a doctorate of Educational Leadership from Edgewood and teaches several courses at Edgewood at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Outside of work Nathan is avid board gamer and not so flexible yogi.

Jen Champoux is currently Reference and Instruction Librarian at Oscar Rennebohm Library at Edgewood College. She started at Edgewood’s library as Evening Reference Librarian in 2013. She is very happy to now be participating in instruction and interacting with faculty and students on a more regular basis. Outside of the library, Jen enjoys backpacking in northern Wisconsin’s woods and trails.

Panel Discussion: If They Only Knew   

Teri Holford-Talpe is the academic engagement & curriculum librarian. As part of the outreach and instruction team, she works to engage students, departments, and community members in Murphy Library. She is also the liaison librarian with UWL’s School of Education, and co-founder of the Gaining Ground: Building College-Level Information Literacy Skills high school to college bridge program.

Liz Humrickhouse is an academic librarian at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  She specializes in instruction and instructional technology and is interested in the intersection of community outreach and information literacy instruction. She is the co-founder of the Gaining Ground: Building College-Level Information Literacy Skills high school to college bridge program.

Linda Jerome is a Youth Services librarian at La Crosse Public Library and specializes in all things teen, from collections to programming to outreach. She is passionate advocate for all teens and is always striving to collaborate within her community to create opportunities for teens so they can become happy, healthy and successful adults.

Cindy Halter is a school librarian at La Crosse Central High School in the School District of La Crosse.  She devotes herself to developing life-long learners.  An advocate of all literacies, informational literacy is cornerstone to her professional efforts.  In addition to teaching, Cindy serves on the school district technology committee and delivers professional development opportunities to district staff.