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Board

Our board of directors govern the inner-workings of APBP and ensure volunteers have the support they need to pursue our mission.

Judy Panagakos, Co-President

Judy Panagakos is the co-president of APBP. When she moved to Morgantown in 2018, she became involved with the Morgantown Public Library and then started volunteering with APBP the following spring. Judy has a Master in Information Science from Rutgers with a specialization in digital libraries and currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees for the Morgantown Public Library.

Valerie Surrett, Co-President

Valerie Surrett began volunteering with APBP in 2015. She has since worn many hats at APBP, including graduate student intern, graduate research assistant, member of the women’s book club and co-facilitator of the men’s book club at FCI Hazelton, service-learning coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and board member. Valerie is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville, where she often teaches courses on representations of incarceration in American literature and film.

Cari Carpenter, Co-Vice President

Cari Carpenter has been with APBP since the very beginning. For the past five years, she has been involved with the women’s book group at FCI Hazelton, and she is currently serving as vice president of the organization. Cari has a joint PhD in English and women’s studies from the University of Michigan and is working on her fourth book of 19th century women’s literature.

Kristin DeVault, Co-Vice President

Kristin DeVault found a home at APBP as the organization’s first federal work-study student in 2017 in hopes of working with books and social justice. In her three years as a work-study student, she also volunteered and advocated for APBP, taking on additional roles as a community outreach coordinator and APBP student organization member. Kristin is a recent graduate of West Virginia University with a graduate degree in social work degree.

Erin Brock Carlson, Secretary

Erin Carlson has been volunteering with APBP since she moved to Morgantown in 2019. She currently serves as the secretary and is responsible for keeping records and archives organized and accessible. Erin is an assistant professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches in the professional writing and editing program and researches how community organizing and civic participation unfolds in rural areas.

Ellen Skirvin, Treasurer

Ellen Skirvin first became involved with APBP while pursuing her MFA in fiction writing at West Virginia University. She was a teaching assistant for a literature course taught inside a prison and has also worked as an educational outreach assistant for APBP. She is now a college instructor and serves as treasurer of APBP.

Rayna Momen, At-Large Member

Rayna Momen is a board member at-large for APBP. They are a long-time APBP volunteer who has served as an intern, as president of the student organization, and as a member of the women’s book club at FCI Hazelton. Rayna is a Black, trans poet, abolitionist, and sociology doctoral candidate at West Virginia University.