Association of Independent School Librarians

Board Member

Tinsley Silcox, St. Mark's School, TX

Tinsley is Director of Libraries and Information Services and Director of the Upper School Choir at St. Mark's School of Texas. He formerly worked at Southern Methodist University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee and as Director of the Blues Archive. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Carson-Newman University, a Master’s in music from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Tennessee, and the Certificate in Academic Leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Tinsley is a recipient of the National Black Music Foundation Award of Appreciation and the Certificate of Appreciation from the Afro-American Novel Project. He is a member of ALA, LAMA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Association of Anglican Musicians.

Tinsley joined the Board in 2017 as Member-at-Large, and began his three-year term as Annual Conference liaison in 2018.  He began his term as President in April 2023.

Past President

Renee Chevallier, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, TX

Renee is a graduate of Louisiana State University and is an avid Tiger fan—Geaux Tigers! She earned her MLS from the University of North Texas in 1991. Renee served as librarian of an elementary school for seven years before moving to Ursuline Academy of Dallas. This is her nineteenth year at UA where she is the head librarian.

Renee joined the Board in 2015 as a Member-at-Large, and began her three-year term as Treasurer in March 2017. She served as AISL president starting in April 2021, and began her term as Past Present in 2023.


Sarah Davis, Viewpoint School, CA

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Sarah joined the board in 2022 as a Member-at-Large and is currently serving as Secretary.


Kristen ArmstrongGill St. Bernard's School, NJ

Kristen earned her MLS from Syracuse University's School of Information Studies in 2001.  After spending a few years working in corporate and public libraries, she found her passion working with students in school libraries in 2004 at the Flint Hill School  in Northern Virginia and then the Swain School in Allentown, PA. She currently serves as the Head Librarian at Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, NJ.  In addition to her role in the library, Kristen also coaches soccer and teaches one section of geometry.

Kristen joined the Board in 2019 as a Member-at-Large.


 John Byrnes, Isidore Newman School, LA


John is the Middle & Upper School Librarian at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Working in both private and public schools since 2010, John has been a member of AISL since 2015. He enjoys music and investigative non-fiction.

John is responsible for maintaining the AISL's website and listserv, and coordinating AISL social media.


 Nancy Florio, Westover School, CT

Nancy is the Director of Library and Archives at Westover School in Middlebury, CT. Nancy has worked in private, independent schools for 26 years and was previously the library director at Rumsey Hall School (CT), Canterbury (CT), Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, and most recently the Research Librarian at Kent School in addition to serving as an adjunct faculty in the master’s in library science program at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. 

Nancy joined the Board in 2019 as a Member-at-Large and and began her three-year term as Annual Conference liaison in 2023.  


Jen Dawson, Cranbrook Middle School for Boys, Bloomfield Hills, MI


Jen Dawson is Librarian and Technology Teacher at the Cranbrook Middle School for boys. She has worked as a librarian for the last 18 years in both charter and private schools as well as public libraries. She loves finding just the right book for her students and loves using technology to enhance student learning. She coaches rock-climbing and mountain biking, loves to read memoirs and makes a mean vegan chocolate chip cookie! 


Emily Woodward, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA


Emily earned her MLIS at the University of Denver. She worked for several years in Colorado public libraries, in both urban and rural communities, before moving to Pennsylvania. For the past 9 years, Emily has been the Lower School Library Media Specialist at The Baldwin School, an all-girls independent school in Bryn Mawr, PA. During this time she has contributed to the rebranding of the library program and led the renovation of 2 of the school's library spaces, as well as overseeing the design and implementation of a lower school curriculum focused on digital literacy and citizenship. Emily has presented at various conferences on subjects including "Library Refresh and Branding" and "Take & Make Kits."

In her personal time, Emily loves to read (of course), knit, travel, and create stained glass. 



Patricia DeWinterThe Oakridge School, Arlington, TX


Tricia is the Head Librarian at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas where she has worked for the past ten years.  Previously, she was Head Librarian at St. Joseph's Catholic School and Nolan Catholic in Fort Worth. 

Tricia joined AISL in 2009 and is the President of the Dallas Association of Independent School Librarians as well as the Mentor Chair for AISL.  Tricia enjoys travel, yoga and music.

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