2018 Committee Members

 JennyJennifer Burke, DeWitt, NY

Jennifer is the Children’s Librarian at DeWitt Community Library where she has worked since 2008, straight out of library school! She received her B.A. in English Literature from Wells College and her M.S. in Information Science from University at Albany, State University of New York. She served on the Empire State Award committee and is an active member of the Youth Services Section of New York Library Association. She has been on the SABA committee since 2012.

NabeehaNabeeha Chaudhary, Austin, TX

Nabeeha is a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She has an M.A. in International Studies from University of Washington, and a B.A. in English Literature from Miami University. Nabeeha had her first short story published in 2013 by the Oxford University Press, and occasionally writes for different publications including The Seattle Globalist and The Aerogram. Passionate about storytelling in all its forms, she is ever intrigued by how different, and yet how similar, all stories are no matter what corner of the earth, or what moment in time we pull them from. Nabeeha has worked and taught in South Asia and North America.

faceJess Meyer, San Marcos, TX

Jess Meyer herds cats teaches World History and World History AP at San Marcos High School in San Marcos, Tx.  She also co-teaches World History for the 10th grade.

Maryann H. Owen Maryann Owen, Mt. Pleasant, WI (2018 Committee Chair)

Maryann is a member of the 2015 – 2016 South Asia Book Award Committee and is a Youth Services librarian at the Oak Creek Public Library.  She has served on the following committees:  Wisconsin Library Association’s Elizabeth Burr Award, the UW-Madison Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Charlotte Zolotow Award, and the American Library Association’s Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, Notable Children’s Books, the Odyssey Award and the Carnegie Medal/Notable Children’s Videos Award.  She also reviews books for School Library Journal and Booklist magazine.


Sarah Sharp, Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Sharp is currently a classroom teacher at William Penn Charter School, a 325-year-old Quaker school in Philadelphia.  She teaches social studies at the 9th, 11th, and 12th grade levels.  A life-long learner, Sarah has traveled to the Caribbean and the Middle East.  As part of her trips, she strives to bring back new ideas, new connections, and new images to share with wide audiences to help break down barriers across global populations.  In her spare time, she is an avid spinner at her local gym, enjoys Skyping with her 3-year old granddaughter, and devours murder mysteries.  Sarah holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at San Diego.

 Rachel Weiss (center)Rachel Weiss, Madison, WI (Award Coordinator)

Rachel is an Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a B.A. in Art History with a focus in Asian Art and an M.A. in South Asian Studies in which she focused her studies on Religions of India at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rachel has served as the award coordinator since SABA was established in 2011! (Photo L to R: Marge Loch-Wouters (past Committee Member 2012), Rachel Weiss, Shawn Brommer (past Chair and Committee Member, 2012-2013).

Emera Bridger WilsonEmera Bridger Wilson, South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University (Content Specialist)

Emera is the associate director/outreach coordinator at the Syracuse University’s South Asia Center. She is also a PhD candidate in Anthropology whose research focuses on tourism and work in North India. She joined the SABA committee in 2014.

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