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

Katy Ryan, President

Katy Ryan, the founder of APBP, has served as board president, educational coordinator, work-study supervisor, and faculty advisor to the student organization. She is a professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches courses on American literature and prison studies. She also teaches college courses inside prisons as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. She was a long-time member of the women’s book club at FCI Hazelton.

Cari Carpenter, 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.

Beth Staley, Treasurer

Beth Staley is APBP’s treasurer.

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.

Judy Panagakos, At-Large Member

Judy Panagakos is the board member at-large for 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.