Committees/Task Forces

WSRA's goals are accomplished through the work of statewide committees. WSRA members are encouraged to serve on one of the committees listed below.  To express your interest in serving on a committee, click here for the self nomination form.

If you have questions about self-nomination or committees in general, please contact the WSRA Committee Coordinator, Deb Zarling at


Click here to search the Committee Member Directory.

Advocacy Chair Mike Ford

PI 34 Chair Luann Dreifuerst

Authors Festival Co-Chairs: Ginny Laurent and Sue Bradley 
  • Awards & Honors

  • Children's Literature  The WSRA Children's Literature Committee members dedicate themselves to reading widely in order to evaluate the newest books published each year.  This is done to recommend the most interesting and valuable books for educators and children to read.  The committee considers titles published during the 15 months prior to the convention calendar year and evaluates books based on the quality of the literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.  The committee creates two lists to help educators select titles for use in their specific areas. The "Just One More Page" list highlights the committee's recommendations for the best of the newest chapter books through eighth grade, while "Picture This" highlights the recommendations for the best of the newest picture books.  The lists are revealed at the annual WSRA convention in February and can be found after the convention on the WSRA website.

Children's Literature Chair  Jillian Heise
Convention Planning Chair Deborah Cromer
Early Childhood Literacy Co-Chairs Karen Kercher and JoEllen Lieck
Early Literacy Intervention Chair Mary Swan

Elementary Reading Co-Chairs Pam Welter and Kelly Luedeke

Task Force Co-Chairs Kathy Champeau and Deb Zarling
Families and Literacy Chair Amy Sippert
High School Literacy Chair Patricia McIntyre
Intellectual Freedom Chair Aimee Jahns
International Partnership Chair Linda Lustig
Legislative Chair Kathy Champeau
Membership Chair Terri Dolloff
Middle Level Literacy Co-Chairs Rachel Quill and Patty Sankey
Nominations Chair, Past President Sue Boquist
Preservice Teachers Chair Mary Lou Kaeppel
Publications Chair Judy Hartl
Reading and Technology Chair Keith Schroeder
Reading Specialist Chair Penny Antell
Research Co-Chairs Amy Frederick and Krissy Lize
Title I Chair Sue Madsen