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About Us

OUR STORY

When lovers of Young Adult literature combine their powers, great festivals are born. That is how the NTBF became an annual event for YA fans in the Washington, DC region. The planning committee is comprised of book sellers, librarians, and educators who love YA lit and the people who read it. Read about the committee below.

OUR TEAM

Danielle Ellison (Founder) is always on the lookout for a new adventure. She’s an YA author, a soon-to-be librarian, and event planner. Danielle has done a lot of really cool things in her life, but nothing has brought her as much joy as creating and organizing NoVa TEEN. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges.

 

April Shroeder (Event Coordinator) is currently a stay-at-home-mom, but spent more than ten years serving teens in public libraries in Maryland and Virginia. If she could cast herself in a YA novel, she’d be the quick-witted best friend who has pockets full of concert ticket stubs.

 

Lelia Nebeker is the book buyer for One More Page Books in Arlington, where she also organizes YA events. Her greatest professional achievement was standing in a parking spot to save it for Maggie Stiefvater’s Camaro.

 

Lisa Myklestad is a high school librarian at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. She loves working with teens and reading young adult literature! Her favorite authors are Marie Lu, David Levithan, and Leigh Bardugo. Working on the NoVa TEEN Book Festival is the highlight of her school year!

Kristen Burnham is a Youth Services librarian for Prince William County, and loves nothing better than to talk about the next great YA book…except maybe reading said great YA book.  NoVa TEEN Book Festival is an awesome adventure, and she’s excited to be a part of it!  And if you have time, come find her to ask why Shannon Messenger is her favorite author in the whole wide world –she’ll keep the fangirling to a minimum.

 

Ted Kavich adores his current job as Events Manager for the Fairfax County Public Library, but he still fondly recalls his first professional job (almost 30 years ago!) as a YA librarian. The Pigman is his all-time favorite YA novel. He loves playing D&D, has been told he has a “radio voice,” and laments that his house has way too many large windows to provide effective shelter during the coming zombie apocalypse.

 

Beth Ebenstein Mulch is currently in her 7th year as a high school librarian at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. She loves exploring and spreading YA literature as her high school’s book club sponsor, through classroom collaboration, and by book talking anytime she gets the chance. Beth was honored as a 2014 AASL-sponsored American Library Association Emerging Leader and is really good at eating ice cream while watching Bravo.

 

Nico Piro is a youth services librarian with Arlington County and is known for her love of pie and books about kissing.