Project Team


Dr. Anthony Chow
Project Director

Dr. Chow is the Director and Full Professor of the School of Information at San Jose State University. He holds a PhD in Instructional Design and Technology, an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Florida State University, and a B.S. 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

Lynette has spent two decades serving Hoke County Public Library as Program Coordinator and Staff Supervisor. As a Leadership Hoke member, her community affiliations include Raeford-Hoke Museum, Hoke Native American Scholarship Association, Raeford Turkey Festival and Raeford-Hoke Expo. She has a B.A. in English with an Emphasis in Literary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Kali Gifford
Project Manager

Kali Akers Gifford is a first-generation M.L.I.S. graduate student at San José State University’s School of Information and serves as Project Manager for the Reading Nation Waterfall team. Her goal is to work in either public libraries or archives, after completing her degree. She is also a military spouse; her husband is currently in his 12th year as an active duty service member of the Navy. Being a military spouse has given her the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, and from all around the country, something that she looks forward to continuing in post-military life.

Sophia LaMonica
Graduate Assistant

Sophia received her B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and her M.L.I.S. from San José State University’s School of Information, where she is currently enrolled in the M.S. Informatics program. For the Reading Nation Waterfall project, Sophia serves as a liaison between the iSchool and the tribal partner libraries to collect usage statistics.

Taylor Hummel
Graduate Assistant

Taylor (Skarù·ręˀ/Tuscarora) is a first-generation M.L.I.S graduate student and Bridging Knowledge Scholar at San José State University’s School of Information. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and a certificate in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College. She resides on the Tuscarora Nation territory in New York where she works as a Curriculum Development Assistant for the Nęyękwawętaˀθkwáhshek Tuscarora Language Program. She is also a member of the Tuscarora Historical Society which promotes the sharing and preservation of Tuscarora history and knowledge for their community.

Guadalupe Martinez
Graduate Assistant

Guadalupe is a first-generation M.L.I.S. graduate student at San José State University’s School of Information. She received her B.A. in Black Studies and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Guadalupe oversees all social media platforms and serves as webmaster for the Reading Nation Waterfall project.

Steering Committee

Karla Clark
The Crow Tribe Of Montana
Librarian, Crow Agency School
Cynthia Aguilar
Santo Domingo Pueblo
Director, Santo Domingo Pueblo Tribal/Public Library
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
Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee)

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

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 created new formats for teachers and collaborations with organizations. Together, they amplify access to 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 connects social justice and education issues for Native peoples in promoting tribal knowledge systems and cultural practices. Read more.

Lesley Farmer_Dist. Fac.Scholar. & Creative Acheivement

Lesley S.J. Farmer, Ed.D.
Consultant, Parent Literacy Partner Program

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

Katie Grogan

Katie Grogan, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, leads research and evaluation studies across a variety of content areas, including literacy, school safety, postsecondary training programs, and teacher development. Prior to joining WestEd, she worked as a postdoctoral associate at Georgia State University and an education policy assistant at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her published work in peer-reviewed journals has utilized a variety of analytic approaches, including factor analysis, linear growth curve analysis, and hierarchical linear modeling. Grogan earned her PhD in developmental psychology at Georgia State University and holds a BA in history and psychology from the University of the South.