Wednesday, November 25, 2020

WHSLA Election - Candidates for 2021 open board positions

WHSLA Members in good standing will be invited to vote on four open 2021 Board positions:

  • One President-Elect
  • One Secretary
  • Two Board Members-at-Large

All members in good standing will receive an email the week of November 30 with their invitation to vote. 

Thank you to the following WHSLA members for volunteering to run as candidates! 

President Elect Candidate:

Kathy Koch, MLIS, AHIP

 Past Experience: I have been a medical librarian at Advocate Aurora Health since November 2016, and my job responsibilities focus on reference and instruction. I also have 15 years’ experience as an archivist. My MLIS is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and I received my AHIP credential in 2018. 

Past experience/degrees:  I am currently helping to plan the WHSLA 2021 meeting and serving on the Midwest Chapter/MLA Fundraising Committee. My previous professional activities include the Midwest Chapter/MLA Professional Development Committee, the WHSLA/SWHSL planning committee for the 2019 joint meeting with Midwest Chapter/MLA, and numerous committee positions with the Midwest Archives Conference

Secretary Candidate:

 Eileen Severson, MLIS


Current experience:  Supervisor, Library & Patient Education Services, Gundersen Health System, 2008-present

Past experience/degrees:  Electronic Resources Librarian, Gundersen Health System, 2001-2007. Youth Outreach Librarian, La Crosse Public Library, 2000-2001.  BS, Microbiology, 1995. MLIS, 2000.

Information about myself: What I enjoy about being a librarian:  The amazing, talented, and creative people I get to work with and learn from.


 Board Member at Large Candidates:  

Dora Davis, MLIS

 Current Experience: I am the current Professional Development Coordinator for WHSLA and past Midwest Chapter State Rep. 

Past Experience/Degrees: I worked as the solo part time librarian at ProHealth Care for over 7 years until the library was permanently closed last spring. Prior to working in libraries I was an operations manager for a major retailer. My MLIS is from UW-Milwaukee.   

Information about Myself:  I live with my husband and three boys who keep me busy, but when I have time I like to knit and read and participate in a health equity book club with the non-profit PatientsRWaiting. 


Brenda Fay, MLIS, BA

Librarian Specialist at Advocate Aurora Library

Past experience/degrees: I’ve worked as a librarian since 2000, having positions at Milwaukee Public Library, North Shore Library, and Aurora/Advocate Aurora Health. My undergraduate degree is in Conservation Biology.

Information about myself: I’m enjoying new episodes of The Mandalorian with my family. “This is the way!” My current nighttime reading is the Anita Sundstrom series by Torquil MacLeod. I really like traveling and was able, despite COVID, to visit Bemidji, MN and the headwaters of the Mississippi this summer.

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