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:


  • President, elected annually from the entire membership.
  • Vice-President and Treasurer, elected at the first meeting after the AGM from among the Directors.
  • One Director from each of the eight regions on the map below. Even and oddnumbered regions elect Directors in alternate years.
  • One Director each from Edmonton and Calgary Public Library Boards, appointed annually.


Jennifer Anheliger
2020 - 2021

Being a stay at home mother of 3, 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.

Area 1 (Peace)

Denise Joudrey

Alternate: Now open

Vice-President / Area 2 (YRL)

Hank Smit
2020 - 2021

Alternate: Sandy Morton

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.

Alternate: Bill Windsor

Area 4 (Marigold)


Alternate: Now open

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.

Alternate: Now open

Area 6 (Shortgrass)


Alternate: Now open

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.

Alternate: Now Open

Area 8 (Northern Lights)

Jennifer Anheliger

Alternate: Now open

Calgary Public

Jocelyn Phu

Born and raised in Calgary to refugee parents, Jocelyn credits the Calgary Public Library for helping her family settle into their new community and adapt to Canadian culture. Beyond this, the library was a space for many firsts for Jocelyn: where she got her first membership (library card!), set up her first email account and joined her first club. Thanks to the librarians and clerks who encouraged her to share her love of reading with others early on, it was also at the Library that Jocelyn developed a life-long passion for volunteerism, knack for storytelling and deep interest in place making. For Jocelyn, the feeling of wonder and curiosity when you enter the library has never gone away. She considers libraries as essential components in all communities because they are spaces where ideas are born and grow; most importantly, libraries are versatile institutions that serve all of society regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic background. Jocelyn is a fierce advocate for the right for accessible digital literacy education in Alberta and strongly believes that knowledge should be democratic, free and open.

Alternate: Crystal Manyfingers

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.

Alternate: Now open