ARSL Regional Focus Groups

Each of our four ARSL Regional Focus Groups works with their respective Regional Board Representative to identify key issues and opportunities of regional significance for small and rural libraries. Their findings are then passed on to the relevant ARSL Committee to be put into action! Some examples of potential Focus Group areas of investigation are listed below, though the lists are not comprehensive.

Regional Focus Groups meet at least bimonthly, with email communication conducted between meetings. If you are interested in joining your region's Focus Group, email the ARSL Office at [email protected].


  • Region-specific grants
  • Continuing education partners
  • Outreach & community engagement strategies

Issues & Calls to Action

  • Legislative advocacy opportunities
  • Futureproofing libraries
  • Ongoing support & needs assessment

Northeast RFG


Southern RFG


Midwest RFG


Western RFG

NE Regional Representative

Crystal Schimpf, NH


S Regional Representative

Phillip Carter, MS


MW Regional Representative

Erin Silva, IA


W Regional Representative

Krist Obrist, OR

Focus Group Members


Focus Group Members


Focus Group Members


Focus Group Members

  • Amy Stone, ME
  • Beth Johnson, VT
  • Cindy Jewett, NH
  • Circe McKenney, NY
  • Holly Williams, ME
  • Joyce Conroy, NY
  • Keturah Cappadonia, NY
  • Kevin Bourque, MA
  • Kim Benjamin, NY
  • Lauren Stara, MA
  • Lea Chisum, PA
  • Rebecca Finberg, PA
  • Tina Dalton, NY
  • Anne Reever Osborne, TN
  • Bianca Roberts, LA
  • Brenda Hornsby Heindl, NC
  • CL Quillen, FL
  • David Scott, MS
  • DeAnna Dillon, AR
  • Erika Needham, OK
  • Jennifer Golston, VA
  • Kathy Atchley, OK
  • Laura McWilliams, KY
  • Patti Lehman, OK
  • Pattie Mayfield, TX
  • Sarah Crisler-Ruskey, MS
  • Sharon Townson, AL
  • Susan Craven, NC
  • Will Robinson, NC
  • Ashley Bryant, MO
  • Chelsea Price, IA
  • Emilie Braunel, WI
  • Heather Gaines, IL
  • Jennifer Garden, IL
  • Jessy Morriss, IA
  • John Clexton, MI
  • Kelley Nordberg, KS
  • Lucretia Calonder, KS
  • Michelle Andersen, IA
  • Paige Crawford, WI
  • Paulina Poplawska, MI
  • Rachel Gray, MN
  • Rachel Winner, IN
  • Beryl Shea, OR
  • Clay Ritter, ID
  • Darby Porter, NV
  • Debbie Winlock, AZ
  • Jamie Kurumanji, CA
  • Jennifer Ball, MT
  • Jessica Anderson, NV
  • Kerry Burnham, UT
  • Kristen Brodbeck-Kenney, OR
  • Loly Gomez, WA
  • Mandy Walters, WA
  • Maryanne Hirning, OR
  • Sarah Jones, NM