Project Team

Anthony Chow – project director

Dr. Chow, an Associate Professor at Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a PhD in instructional design and technology and MS in educational psychology from Florida State University and a BS in human development from San Francisco State University. He served as the Montana State Library’s LSTA 2013-2017 Five-Year Evaluator where he first became aware of a potential gap in library services for Montana’s eight tribal nations; he is known for his work in community assessment, patron needs and library services, analytics and informatics, systems design, organizational management and leadership, and information seeking behavior. He recently was awarded a 2017 ALA writing award for best journal article in the The Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults and serves as chair of the Legislative and Advocacy committee for the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). He is a mixed-methods researcher with particular expertise in analyzing large data sets and quantitative analysis. Read More

Lynette Dial – Project Manager

Katie Kuipers – Research Graduate Assistant

Katie is a graduate student in the MLIS program at San Jose State University. She has a BA in history with a minor in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Katie manages the social media pages and website for the Reading Nation Waterfall project.

Melissa Casey – Former research graduate Assistant
Melissa Casey Photo

Melissa is a graduate student in the MLIS program at UNCG. She received a BA in interdisciplinary social sciences, with a minor in trauma studies from Kansas State University. She then received an MA in psychology from American Military University. Melissa formerly worked as a graduate assistant for the Reading Nation Waterfall project and the Faculty Senate, focusing on web and social media.

steering committee

Jason Cummins (The Crow Tribe of Montana)

Principal, Crow Agency Public (Elementary) School

Karla Clark (The Crow Tribe of Montana)

Librarian, Crow Agency School

Roberta Harris (Northern cheyenne)

Director, Head Start

Adam Lambert (the eastern band of cherokee indians)

Director, Qualla Boundary Tribal/Public Library

kim sellers phd (the lumbee tribe of North Carolina)

Program Director Reading Education

cynthia aguilar (Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Director, Santo Domingo Pueblo Tribal/Public Library

Renée Gokey (Eastern Shawnee/Sac and Fox -Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian) – Consultant, Parent Literacy Partner
Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee)

Renée Gokey (Citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) is the Teacher Services Coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She develops creative classroom resources and has created new formats for teachers and collaborations with organizations to amplify access of quality resources and teaching strategies through the Native Knowledge 360° National Education Initiative. Through her position at NMAI and in her work with her own tribal nation, Renée Gokey has worked in social justice and education issues for Native peoples and in promoting tribal knowledge systems and cultural practices. Read more

Lesley S.J. Farmer, Ed.D.- Consultant, Parent Literacy Partner Program
Lesley Farmer_Dist. Fac.Scholar. & Creative Acheivement

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program, and was named as the university’s Outstanding Professor. She also manages the CSU ICT Literacy Project. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer chaired the IFLA’s School Libraries Section, and is a Fulbright scholar. A frequent presenter for the profession, she won several honors, including American Library Association’s Phi Beta Mu Award for library education and the Ken Haycock Award for Leadership, the International Association of School Librarianship Commendation Award, and the Catholic Library Association St. Katharine Drexel Award. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include digital citizenship, information and media literacy, and data analytics. She has written hundreds of articles and book chapters, and has over thirty professional books published. Her latest book is  coming out next month, which supports the program: Impactful Community-Based Literacy Projects.

Katie Grogan – Evaluator