Keynote Speaker

Chelsea ClintonChelsea Clinton is the author of She Persisted Around the Globe: 13 Women Who Changed History; She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow Chelsea Clinton on Twitter @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at


Steven BauleSteven M. Baule, Ed.D., Ph.D. is superintendent of the Muncie Community Schools. His leadership focus has been to provide students with deeper understanding and connections between traditional curricular areas while enhancing that instruction through the innovative use of technology. He was identified by eSchool News as one of the top ten Tech Savvy Superintendents in 2009. Baule was invited to the White House in November 2014 for the Connected Superintendent Summit.
Susan A. BuffettChair, The Sherwood Foundation®
Chair, The Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Chair, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

The Sherwood Foundation® focuses on public education and poverty alleviation, and strengthening community in Omaha and across Nebraska.

The Buffett Early Childhood Fund focuses on early childhood education from birth to age five for low income families on a national scale.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation works globally on women’s health issues.

Susan A. Buffett also serves on national nonprofit boards, including ONE. Locally, she serves on the boards of the NorthStar Foundation, the Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center Foundation, and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).
Larra ClarkLarra Clark serves as Deputy Director for both the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy. Her portfolio includes national initiatives and partnerships, broadband access and adoption, and public library data. Her career spans 17 years managing library communications, policy and research following a decade in non-profit public affairs, government relations, and print journalism. She received her library master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Rhonda CowanRhonda Cowan has been a librarian with Muncie Community Schools for 18 years, 17 of those in elementary schools. As librarian at North View Elementary, she held the Technology Coordinator and Webmaster position. She was 2003 Teacher of the Year at South View Elementary. She and Mrs. Sheffield collaborated with Muncie Public Library to lead the transition to the new library system. They currently oversee Muncie Community Schools K-12 libraries and are responsible for training library aides who were hired in Fall 2017 in place of certified librarians.
Stephanie HamStephanie Ham is the Director of Library Services for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the 42nd largest school district in the country. Prior to her current position, she was the Coordinator of Limitless Libraries, a nationally recognized partnership program between Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has been named a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her advocacy and work with Limitless Libraries and was a member of the first Lilead Fellowship cohort. She can be found on Twitter @sjgham.
Beth KroehlerBeth Kroehler is the Assistant Director of Muncie Public Library in Muncie, Indiana. She holds a BS degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters of Executive Development from Ball State University. She has worked in a variety of library positions over the past 38 years.
She is a member of the Indiana Library Federation, the American Library Association, the Friends of Muncie Public Library, and Altrusa Club of Muncie.
Katherine MitchellKatherine Mitchell, Content Management Supervisor at Muncie Public Library, has worked in libraries for 14 years. She graduated from Marian University and expects to complete her MLS at Indiana University August 2018. In 2016 she mentored for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and was awarded a grant to build a school library in Honduras in April 2017. There she presented on Information Literacy at Juan Ramón Molina National Library.
Akilah NosakhereAkilah Nosakhere is the Director of Muncie Public Library in Muncie, Indiana. She has earned two professional degrees from Ball State University and an MLS degree from Atlanta University. An administrator, she has served all types of libraries and as a library consultant in West Africa. She is co-author of African-American Studies Core List of Resources, and coeditor of The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges. Her most recent work appears in Where are all the Librarians of Color?
Melinda SheffieldMelinda Sheffield has been an elementary librarian at Muncie Community Schools for 17 years. During her tenure, she has also been technology coordinator, webmaster, book fair coordinator, and StarLab presenter in various schools. In summer 2016, she collaborated with Ball State University to develop a unique learning opportunity for students across Indiana through development of electronic field trips, which included student participation in a live television production that streamed on the internet. She was named Teacher of the Year at Garfield Elementary in 2005 and at East Washington Academy in 2011 and 2017.