Meet Your Board

The ALTA Board meets four or five times a year, and may also meet via conference calls. At its Annual General Meeting, held during the Alberta Library Conference each spring, the Board reports to the membership, adopts a budget, and considers resolutions. The Association President and regional Directors are elected.

The ALTA Board consists of:


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President

Jenn Anheliger
2022-2024

Originally with a background in banking and finance, at my core I am an avid reader, lover and supporter of libraries. I reached a point in my life, where I was ready to find ways to become involved within my community. I thought, I’ll join the Town of Morinville Library Board! Originally as the Treasurer, and now serving as Board Chair. Little did I know that I would be thrust into being part of such an integral part of my community. I am regularly in awe of the people who make libraries exactly what they are today. Being a board trustee is such a privilege to have, and such a role requires a strong basis of support which ALTA makes a point to provide. I would love the opportunity to collaborate and contribute my enthusiasm for library services to such a great organization as ALTA. I aim to be able to continue my advocacy for libraries by expanding my access to the people who share my enthusiasm for libraries.


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Area 1 (Peace)

Denise Joudrey

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Vice-President / Area 2 (YRL)

Hank Smit
2022-2024

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Treasurer / Area 3 (Parkland)

Bob Green
2020 – 2021

I have lived in Alberta for the past 44 years, and I have been in Carstairs since 1996. I have retired from a 38 year career in the airline industry, where I worked in many different areas, mostly in the customer service area, and the sales area. I am in my fourth term as a town of Carstairs councilor, having served 11 years to-date, and I have been on the board of the Carstairs Public Library for the past 8 years. I am also a current executive committee member sitting on the board of the Parkland Regional Library. In addition, I have also served on the Alberta Library Trustees Association board for the past 3 years. I am involved in a number of other community and charitable organizations. At present, I am the president of the Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey Society, a non-profit organization whose goal is to financially assist young athletes with scholarships to continue to play hockey at a competitive level, and also pursue their education at post-secondary school. I have served on this society for 35 years. I am also involved with the Carstairs and District Historical Society, and I am active in the Carstairs Bancroft United Church.

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Area 4 (Marigold)

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My expertise lies in researching trends and developing cohesive strategies to obtain desirable results.  I am talented at designing learning resources, educational technology, and programming.  Creating clear, attractive, and meaningful programs is my passion and I love exploring the intersection of UX design and education.  I have worked with many professionals to help them develop strategies that will further enhance their desired outcomes.  In the EdTech field, I strive to assist educators to enhance hybrid classroom situations.  I am an advocate for technology in the classroom and strive to make coding/robotics part of government mandated curriculum.

Some of my key interests are communication design and marketing, EdTech advances and creating educational materials.  When our messages are well designed, they give our ides the advantage they deserve.

I have been very fortunate with the capabilities of combining research skills with EdTech as well as Marketing roles.  I am a leader in marketing industries due to my ability to research trends and leverage my professional learning. 

Alternate: Melody Christofferson



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Area 5 (Chinook)

Wendy Kalkan

As I write this, I have been a trustee on the City of Lethbridge Public Library Board for four years. During that time, it has been my privilege to be the libraries liaison to The Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library, as well as trustee representative on the Chinook Arch Regional Library System Board where I serve on the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and chair the Planning and Facilities Committee. As a trustee on the libraries board I have served as vice-chair, on the Advancement Committee and on the Strategic Planning Committee. My professional career includes legislative affairs, land use planning and community economic development with several urban and rural municipalities in southern and central Alberta. I have always been passionate about contributing to civil society, with work and volunteer experiences in life-long learning, social justice, First Nations curriculum and the human services sector.

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Area 6 (Shortgrass)

Chris Howells
2022-2024

My name is Christopher Howells I live in the small town of Redcliff Alberta . I have been involved with the library board for two years. However, I have been a library user for 25 years ever since I emigrated here in 1996. A bit about me I have been involved in volunteering for along time. member of 2 lions clubs I also volunteer as a president of a society of non profit organizations in Medicine Hat. I am an amateur astronomer and a keen photographer. But my main passion is steam railways a model railway.i am also involved with a science organization on two levels locally and provincially. I am proud to represent trustees in my area and look forward to bring some new experiences to the board

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Area 7 (Metro Edmonton)

David Atkinson

Having completed PhD in English at the University of Calgary, David Atkinson began his academic and professional career at the University of Lethbridge, eventually serving as Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Dean of Student Affairs. Subsequently, he was Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan before going on to serve as President and Vice Chancellor of Brock University, Carleton University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and MacEwan University. David Atkinson is currently Professor Emeritus of English and President Emeritus at MacEwan University. A dedicated teacher and researcher, David Atkinson has published over 100 essays and reviews and five books, the most recent being a critical edition of the Scottish poet James Melville, published in 2019. David Atkinson is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to higher education. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Ternopil State Medical University in Ukraine in 2017. Upon stepping down as the President of MacEwan University, the Board of Governors renamed the varsity gymnasium as the David W Atkinson Gymnasium. He has served and continues to serve on the boards of numerous international, national, and local organizations, is the incoming editor of Religious Studies and Theology, is a keen classical pianist, and has a lifelong commitment to physical fitness. He is married to Terry and has two sons and five grandchildren.

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Area 8 (Northern Lights)

Jenn Anheliger


For more information see President’s Bio

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Calgary Public

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Edmonton Public

Sandra Marin

Sandra Marin started her own Executive Coaching and Consulting company in 2007. She coaches senior leaders, teams and individuals wanting to increase effectiveness and performance. Sandra is passionate about supporting leaders wanting to create more positive and productive work environments.

Prior to 2007, Sandra held a variety of sales leadership positions with Nestle, Levi Strauss and Co., Hudson Bay. She was responsible for multi-million dollar revenue and operating budgets, and for developing multi-level sales teams. A career change into Human Resources with a focus on Organization Effectiveness and Development saw Sandra leading HR departments and teams, coaching and supporting leaders across organizations.

Sandra has significant Board experience including Edmonton Public Library, Human Resources Institute of Alberta, YMCA Enterprise Centre, Golden Retriever Club of Canada, SkirtsAfire Society.

Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University in Ottawa, a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, a Certificate In Organizational Foundations from Queens University. She holds several coaching certifications and is a member of the International Coach Federation.

In her free time, Sandra enjoys cooking, hiking and hanging out with her dogs, Cedar & Squirrel, and cat Zorro. Sandra’s love affair with libraries began when she was a child growing up in Monterey, California and continues to this day.

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